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Over-rated Bonjour Brioche

davis66 Sep 26, 2011 05:55 PM

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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    SusanB RE: davis66 Sep 27, 2011 04:39 AM

    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.

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      looosia RE: davis66 Sep 27, 2011 12:25 PM

      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.

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        julesrules RE: davis66 Sep 27, 2011 12:45 PM

        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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          davis66 RE: julesrules Sep 27, 2011 12:59 PM

          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!

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          5andman RE: davis66 Sep 27, 2011 06:15 PM

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

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            maritimah RE: davis66 Sep 29, 2011 01:37 PM

            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.

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              currycue RE: davis66 Sep 29, 2011 10:59 PM

              I've always been a fan. Just don't go that often because of the lineups. Never had bad service there. I suppose when a place is that busy, it's not the place to do things like be very demanding or make substitutions, but I usually respect that when I'm there and haven't had any issues over the years. Still the best baguette and quiche in town as far as I'm concerned.

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                Pincus RE: davis66 Sep 30, 2011 09:26 AM

                Good food and service, but too popular and too small.

                1. prima RE: davis66 Sep 30, 2011 09:28 AM

                  I think it's a "love it or hate it" kind of place. I have friends that love the BB French Toast, who insisted that I try it. Not my thing, and not my idea of what I want to eat for brunch. My friends who love BB often don't like the restaurants I think are neat.
                  Different strokes for different folks.

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