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Oct 20, 2012 10:31 PM

Brunch on Queen East

One time we had a nice brunch at Baldini on Queen East. Today I forgot the name and the location and went too far east and ended up at Edward Levesque - what a mistake. My "smoked salmon & Stilton omelette" was an overcooked egg patty folded over the ingredients, which was fishy tasting salmon on the right side and cheese on the left. My partner's "eggs full monty" consisted of rubbery eggs, hard piece of overcooked bacon, boring banger, beans fresh out of a can, and 3 (maybe 4) pieces of home fries. His plate says "Montana's". How classy is that!

A long time ago we tried Okay Okay and it was the worst brunch we've ever had, even the service was dismal. How is the new OK2?

Any other good brunch places along that strip?

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        1. re: peppermint pate

          What are the line-ups like for Sat and Sunday brunch??

          1. re: Herne

            pretty bad.. long waits, but if you go very early (like when they open) or very late (like when they are about to close), you will have less of a wait. my friend and i went around 2pm once and there was no wait.

            best brunch though!

            1. re: helenhelen

              Love their Baja rice bowl... but the lines... the lines...!

              1. re: jlunar

                Agree with everyone that the lines can be discouraging. I find they generally move on the faster side, as service tends to be pretty quick and people don't generally linger as much as at other brunch-y spots but yeah, it's a busy spot. The timing is hard to get right - I've been there at 9:30 and there's a half-hour wait and I've walked in at 11:00 on other days. I mostly go there for weekday breakfasts now (always great to have brunchy weekday options).

                1. re: peppermint pate

                  Yeah... I think LM has great food, but getting the timing right is tricky, and waiting outside in the cold sucks.

                1. re: CocoaChanel

                  Bonjour Brioche is good but cant stand the attitude.
                  Lady M is crazy busy, hate the lineups.

                  Hammersmith's is great and doesn't have either of the above. Love it.

                  1. re: millygirl

                    I agree with you about the attitude @ Bonjour Brioche. They're not particularly friendly.

            1. We were at the Tulip today & it's as reliable as ever.

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              1. re: terrycar

                You know I've heard Tulip's great, went there only once and it was off-putting. Words that come to mind are "greasy, inedible texture, odd smelling". Not my kinda greasy spoon I guess?

                1. re: JonasOftoronto

                  Didn't the Tulip change ownership a while back? And $25 for an 8-ounce steak and frozen fries is no bargain.

                  1. re: MissBingBing

                    It seems like only awhile ago that a small striploin steak was around $9.00 at the Tulip. How big was the steak that cost $25?

                    1. re: Bob Catt

                      Checking the menu, it was $22.50. It also says, it comes with salad and fries but they would only give me fries or salad, maybe because it was takeout. Total bill $25 with tax (no tip).

                  2. re: JonasOftoronto

                    We had good eggs benny & hash browns(9.50). Nothing greasy(in a bad way ) about it.
                    There is a bit of a funky odour coming from the basement bathroom area but no worse than what I've smelled in a half dozen other places in town.

                    1. re: terrycar

                      LOL i found the queasy steak-eggs plate odd-smelling, I can make better. That should be the point, yes going OUT for brunch should be better?

                      Maybe I'll go try what you had, fair enough.

                2. Bonjour Brioche is a page (or five) ripped out of classic French Bistro. Food's GOOD, place is bustling busy, service is very brisk but never rude.
                  This is a small excellent place working extremely hard to provide very consistent value. I don't know if the Toronto gene can always recognize that, because it's rare.

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                  1. re: JonasOftoronto

                    Errr, brisk is fine, and actually exactly what I prefer for brunch. Rude is something all together different and the people at Bonjour Brioche are rude. Have you ever called them to place a caterering order? I have, a few times in fact. The last time was the final straw. They are RUDE!

                    1. re: millygirl

                      I guess the culture shock doesn't affect me, which is also why I love travel - I don't expect anyone from another part of the world to be different for MY sake.
                      What you interpret as rude (ie. 'brisk') seems to me classically European, and I prefer this to the less socially-advanced alternative (waiters who socialize too much while they forget and mix up orders.)

                      1. re: JonasOftoronto

                        Huh, what does culture have to do with it? We're not talking France here, were talking about a resto on Queen Street, Toronto.

                        You mean to say, it's either rude/brisk/classically Euro OR waiters who socialize too much while they forget - and that's it? Nothing in between? Wow, okay.