HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >


Brunch Sunday before touring ROM

  • b
  • busy Nov 9, 2011 07:04 AM
  • 21
  • Share

Looking for something that's not too expensive and won't have the usual Toronto brunch-fan huge queues to get in. Ideas??

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Posting Guidelines | FAQs | Feedback
  1. While not cheap, C5 has a lovely brunch and it's in the same building.

    1. Gallery Grill at Hart House does a nice brunch. It's just around the corner from the ROM.

      Gallery Grill
      7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

      1 Reply
      1. re: sloweater

        Second this option. I would say it is mid-price point not cheap but not expensive.

      2. Holt's Cafe is also mid-priced.
        But it doesn't open until 12:00.
        Only 5 minutes away.

        1. Over Easy. http://www.overeasyrestaurants.com/

          Over Easy
          208 Bloor W, Toronto, ON M5S1T8, CA

          2 Replies
          1. re: jennjen18

            Great idea, Jennjen!
            I love C5 (had brunch there 2 weeks ago) and do want to get to the Gallery Grill sometime, but my friend was hoping for something 'diner-ish'. Over Easy fits the bill and couldn't be more conveniently located.

            Over Easy
            208 Bloor W, Toronto, ON M5S1T8, CA

            Gallery Grill
            7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

            1. re: busy

              Beware of early morning lineups on weekends!

          2. Caren's Wine and Cheese has a great brunch. I just saw your response above though and it definitely isn't diner-ish.

            2 Replies
            1. re: Cat123

              Dim sum at Dynasty? I personally think Over Easy is terrible.

              Over Easy
              208 Bloor W, Toronto, ON M5S1T8, CA

              1. re: sake

                Ditto on "Over Easy". Totally mediocre. Prefer every other rec on this thread - expanding the radius slightly, you could also add Aroma, Insomnia and Cantine.

                138 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R2H6, CA

            2. I would throw in La Société in the mix as a couple of friends have recommended their Pirx Fix menu.

              3 Replies
              1. re: elvisahmed

                I really enjoyed the French Toast at La Societe. Not a diner feel but a decent option.


                1. re: elvisahmed

                  Do you know how their prix fixe works? Dont think its on their online menu: http://lasociete.ca/menu/LaSociete-Br...

                  1. re: jennjen18

                    Soup, sandwich, small dessert $15 lunch only (or so I'm told). Might be only weekdays.

                2. I would recommend Insomnia Cafe on Bloor/Bathurst. Nice, simple brunch menu that's prepared well.

                  1. Other options include:

                    Flo's Diner

                    New Yorker Deli
                    (@ Bay & Bloor; south of Bloor. Across from Indigo


                    or if you are going on a Sunday, I recommend the Brunch Buffet @ Bloor St. Diner. Very fair price and decent food.

                    2 Replies
                    1. re: j3n

                      Do any of those take reservations? The OP did say no lineups.

                      1. re: iMarilyn

                        Flo's is one of my favorites but has HORRIBLE line ups. Bloor Street Diner is so so for food.
                        We have a reservation at la Societe and will report after!
                        Thanks for all the input.

                        Bloor Street Diner
                        55 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M4W1A5, CA

                    2. I went to Over Easy once. Got to agree, it's really mediocre....waited for ages, was served salad from a bag with rotton pieces in it, sent it back and was then served more of the same salad. Asked the server "would you eat this?" she said no. Complained and got nowhere with them. Would never recommend going there.

                      1 Reply
                      1. re: panthera

                        That is so completely different from my experiences there. I've been to Over Easy many times (never for non-breakfast food) and have always had quick service. I recommend any dish with ham. Unlike lots of other breakfast places, they have proper, baked on the bone ham. Oh, and they have real Hollandaise.

                      2. Sorry, I just remembered I promised to report on La Societe. Food was fine, waiter was new at his job, so a bit hit or miss. Room was VERY crowded and noisy with many small children. Next time, I'd ask to be seated in the small bar/lounge instead of the main DR. But there WILL be a next time!