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Sep 26, 2011 05:55 PM

Over-rated Bonjour Brioche

I went to Bonjour Brioche for the first time this weekend for brunch. Friends have raved about it so I was very excited but it was one of the worst dining experiences I have had in a while. The service was disorganized, slow and unapologetic but worst of all the food was not good. Hard, unripe fruit in the fruit salad, undercooked eggs, a strange addition of cooked celery to the eggs benedict. Why is this place so popular?

Bonjour Brioche
812 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

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  1. Odd with the food. I do agree that the service can be disorganized, but I've found the food good. I used to go fairly regularly (a long time ago when they were newly open) but then it got way too busy. However, I had lunch there in July and all of us were really pleased with our choices.

    1. I had brunch there last month and found that the place was way too hyped up for me. While I enjoyed the food, I did not find that it was anything mind-blowing. The croissant was soft and flaky, the crepes savoury, and pastries I've got from take out in the past were good too but nothing to write home about. Fun place, but to me overrated.

      1. For a little context, when they first opened, they were one of the only good brunch/lunch spots or bakeries in the area. In fact, I think they preceeded quite a few of the current crop of French bakeries around town. Now of course there is quite a bit of competition both locally and in other areas. The service you got is fairly typical although I have also had lovely service there. I like it when I'm in the area.

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        1. re: julesrules

          It may have been one of the first bakeries in the area, however there are a lot of good French bakeries in the north of the city that have been around for longer. Maybe the service and food quality is uneven, but I would prefer to go somewhere where I am guaranteed a good experience. Why risk it!

        2. When I'm in the area, it's one of my go-to's. Never been disappointed.

          1. I'm totally with you. The first and only time I was there, the eggs were also completely undercooked and the "grilled cheese" was just a toasted sandwich with cheese in it (and it didn't even taste that good). Overrated.