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peppermint pate Apr 27, 2012 01:31 PM

Hi there - looking to make reservations for Sunday brunch for 6 people. Should be kid-friendly, good selection of breakfast-leaning brunch items and more midtown (Eglinton to Bloor). Lola's Kitchen is always a possibility but also wondering about Cafe Belong, Globe (Bistro or Earth), others? Bonus marks for stellar espresso-based coffee. Thanks.

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  1. TorontoJo RE: peppermint pate Apr 27, 2012 02:10 PM

    The brunch at Globe Bistro is delicious but I don't find it very child friendly in either menu or atmosphere.

    I haven't been to Cafe Belong, but it's on my list, and from the descriptions I've seen, the space would be kid friendly. If you go, please report back, because I don't hear enough about it! :)

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      peppermint pate RE: TorontoJo Apr 27, 2012 02:18 PM

      Thanks TorontoJo! It's funny because I love the Brickworks, and I'm a huge fan of Brad Long but whenever I've looked at the menu for the Cafe, I've been totally underwhelmed. Agree that it's definitely kid-friendly and gorgeous space. Maybe I'll take one for the team and give it a whirl.

      Have you tried L'Ouvrier?

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        TorontoJo RE: peppermint pate Apr 27, 2012 02:24 PM

        No, haven't tried L'Ouvier, sorry.

        Take one for the team! I find that menus can be misleading. Case in point: Hammersmith's has a very small menu that doesn't read all that interesting. But I always love whatever I get there. It's all about the quality of the ingredients and the love that goes into the cooking!

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          justsayn RE: TorontoJo Apr 27, 2012 02:31 PM

          L'Ouvier - one of the best burgers in the city - great fries. Great house-made bacon - coffee is press and delicious. Gotta love this place and I think it is kid friendly.

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            peppermint pate RE: justsayn Apr 27, 2012 03:35 PM

            Hmm, any idea if they take reservations?

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              justsayn RE: peppermint pate Apr 27, 2012 07:01 PM

              I don't know but although busy, there has never been a line up before noon.

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                jovialetr RE: justsayn Apr 29, 2012 09:48 AM

                I was there yesterday, and they said they only take reservations for dinner, but not for brunch. I agree that the burger was excellent. The french toast and bacon were also very good. I also agree that it is appropriate for children, at least for brunch. I noticed a baby in a high chair and another baby in a carrier yesterday around 1 p.m. Also, there is a round table that I think seats up to 8 people for larger groups.

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              Herne RE: justsayn Jul 19, 2012 03:17 PM

              Is there any parking, in addition to on street, nearby?

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              peppermint pate RE: TorontoJo May 9, 2012 10:35 AM

              So we ended up going to Cafe Belong. I have to give it a mixed review. On the positive side, a couple of the dishes were outstanding. The oatmeal pancakes consisted of 3 large fluffy pancakes, griddled with a crispy exterior, served in a pool of honey, topped with creme fraiche and peaches. Generous portion, amazing flavours. The granola with sheep's milk yoghurt and a blueberry coulis (if I recall) was also fantastic - one of those dishes that can range from mediocre to fantastic depending on the quality of the ingredients used. This was as good as it gets. Americanos were good and all coffees were decently priced. The interior space, with floor to ceiling windows and the surrounding market and ravine, is light-filled, airy and beautiful.

              On the flipside, some of the dishes were way overpriced - a fritatta with foraged mushrooms and greens was $18. It was a generous portion but that's a crazy price. Also, the service was PAINFULLY slow - it was 20 minutes after we sat down before they took our order and close to 50 minutes more till we received our food. Nobody seemed particularly aware or apologetic for the fact that it was taking too long.

              I'd try them again on the strength of those 2 dishes, and because I generally love going to the Brickworks, and to see if the timing was an isolated incident - but if I arrive for brunch at 1 (when they weren't even full, by the way), I really want to go somewhere where I can eat before 2:15!

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                TorontoJo RE: peppermint pate May 9, 2012 11:54 AM

                Thanks for taking one for the team and for the review! It's sounds like a good spot, except for the wait. That seems really unreasonable. I'd like to try it for dinner some time.

        2. prima RE: peppermint pate May 20, 2012 10:17 AM

          I noticed L'Avenue on Bayview takes reservations for Sat + Sun brunch through Opentable. Has anyone tried the brunch? http://www.lavenuebistro.com/brunch/

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            pakmode RE: prima May 22, 2012 08:26 AM

            Wow, for a minute I thought this had ties to L'Avenue in Montreal, which has some of the best bang for your buck brunch I've ever had anywhere. Alas, it does not seem so.

          2. prima RE: peppermint pate Jun 11, 2012 07:34 AM

            Noticed Left Bank Bistro is also taking Opentable reservations for brunch in midtown/uptown (on Avenue between Lawrence and Wilson). Has anyone been? Interesting that their Eggs Benny are priced at $11, considering most Eggs Benny have been running closer to $15 at most brunch spots downtown.

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              TorontoJo RE: prima Jun 11, 2012 07:39 AM

              I've had dinner there and it was a very respectable bistro dinner at very reasonable prices. I would imagine that brunch would be worth trying.

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                prima RE: TorontoJo Jun 13, 2012 03:09 PM

                Good to know. Thanks, TorontoJo :-)

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                prima RE: prima Feb 10, 2013 01:48 PM

                Finally tried the Left Bank's brunch. The Eggs Benny are served on a croissant, rather than an English muffin. Very good value, at $11. I liked their chicken & mushroom crepes. http://www.leftbankbistro.ca/

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