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Sunday Brunch Buffets

  • Nevy Nov 22, 2013 07:22 AM

I've been researching for the past week on Sunday brunch buffets and it seems that Toronto doesn't have the same focus on this culinary joy. I've been in other cities around the world (Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Shanghai) and usually the Sunday brunch buffet is a culinary event of great food and variety!

Most of the CH posts here are a bit dated and scattered. I'm hoping this consolidated thread can get the conversation going on what are the best brunch buffets in the city. I've added my notes and research into this but I'm desperate to hear fellow CH'ers thoughts and experiences as well.

Luxury Premium ($40 and up per person)

Ritz Carlton TOCA
$89 for adults, half price for kids, complimentary for toddlers/babies;
Reviews have been postive on quality and selection. Large variety including seafood, carving station, Hapa Izakaya maki; soup/salad, omelettes, cheese, charcuterie, dessert and alcohol. Service has been noted to be excellent
http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Propert...

King Edward Victoria Restaurant
$53 for adults, half price for children
Not many reviews but a CH'er has mentioned it was a pleasant experience. It's not clear what they serve. Service has been stated to be good
http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/...

Trump Towers STOCK
$49 for adults, half price for kids;
Reviews has mentioned to be ok for quality but they have a good selection. Service was excellent. Millygirl had a negative service experience (exorbitant and hidden costs for drinks).
http://www.stockrestaurant.com/

Windsor Arms
$50 for adults, $35 for kids;
Poor quality, serving temperature cool, service is careless and haphazard
http://www.windsorarmshotel.com/dinin...

Seasonal brunches
Frank @ AGO
Sen5es Soho Metropolitan
Intercontinental Azure

Moderate Luxury (Between $20 to $40

)

Old Mill
$35 for adults and $16 for children
Reviews have mentioned the quality and selection is underwhelming. Service is efficient
http://www.oldmilltoronto.com/service...

Fairmont Royal York
$29 per person
I haven't seen a review on this one?
http://www.fairmont.com/royal-york-to...

Hot House Cafe
$22 per person
Posts and reviews mention how it's a great atmosphere and decent selection. Quality is a steady offering over the years. Selection is moderate
http://home.hothousecafe.com/menus/su...

Basic Brunch (Less than $20

)

Archeo
$19 for adults
Reviews originally showed this as being great quality brunch for the value but recent reviews are showing it as taking a nose dive. Small portions with luke warm serving temperature and lacking flavour
http://www.archeo.ca/apps_%2526_salads

Gladstone Cafe
$16 for adult; $10 for kids
Basic fresh breakfast offerings. I didn't see many reviews. Anyone been here?
http://www.gladstonehotel.com/food-dr...

Free Times Cafe
$19.95 per person
Jewish cuisine brunch style with live Yiddish music
http://www.freetimescafe.com/pages/Su...

Did I miss anything?

I'm debating between King Edwards and TOCA for our annual holiday brunch event. There's a huge difference in offerings and price point so it's hard to compare apples to apples. We were thinking of Stock as it seems it's in the same price point as King Edwards. We're not drinkers so we wouldn't have the same nightmare as Millygirl. We care more about quality of food and selection. Has anyone been to King Edwards and Stock to compare?

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  1. Just a note that I heard Old Mill is closing down its restaurant at the end of the year. No more brunch buffet and no more Saturday evening big band dancing. Apparently the owner plans to renovate and open a more modern restaurant and bar.

    1. Great post! Thanks for all this legwork.

      I'm a big fan of Hot House's Wednesday and Sunday buffets.

      I believe they recently changed their name slightly to:

      The Hot House Restaurant & Bar.

      1. There's also the Free Times Café for a Jewish Brunch (IIRC it's $19.95).
        BUT possibly an acquired taste.

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        1. re: estufarian

          I've always been curious about that. Keep on meaning to go.

          1. re: estufarian

            Interesting! I'll add it to the list . how did you find the food quality, selection, and service?

            1. re: Nevy

              I went many years ago when a friend was dating a Jewish girl and her family was there too. They all seemed to really like it. For me, at the time, I thought it was decent but I am not a big fan of AYCE. Worth giving it a go, there was music too when I went.

              1. re: Nevy

                Personally, I hated it (!) but my companions loved it.
                Service? At a buffet? All they have to do is clear plates.

                As for 'quality' - it was actually good compared to my limited exposure to this traditional cuisine. Plus the Klesmer music adds ambiance.
                But for $19.95 it's quite good value - reservations essential - it's always packed, but I'd recommend it more for the 'experience' rather than the food. Perhaps a guilty pleasure.

                1. re: estufarian

                  I would love to edit and add your experience to the top thread but somehow the edit functions on my OP is gone!

                  1. re: Nevy

                    Yeah, I wish CH let you edit your posts after the fact but it only has a few hour "edit " window unfortunately

                  2. re: estufarian

                    Given that you've said the food quality was compartively good and that you enjoyed the Klesmer, I'm curious as to why you hated it.

                    1. re: magic

                      First problem is that I'm not a fan of buffets (any of them).
                      Colder foods 'can be' mushy or semi-frozen and hot foods are rarely that - they're 'often' steam tabled or tealight (or other heat source)-style burners.

                      For me, texture is very important in food - and that's what's frequently lost in a buffet. In my post I was trying to show that my opinion was probably not the common reaction, but I couldn't bring myself to praise it.

                      I recall that coffee (and juice) was also self-serve at the buffet. Don't recall the water.

                      Overall this was as much fun as I've had at a brunch. Where I've had better food the price was always higher. Accordingly worth mentioning.

                      But if people are looking for more formal (or traditional), and quieter brunches, then this is probably not the best choice. It's popular and very crowded, with tables close together. But it's $19.95!

                      http://www.freetimescafe.com/pages/Su...

                      1. re: estufarian

                        Gotcha, your thoughts are most appreciated.

                    2. re: estufarian

                      Service is much more than clearing plates. Service is coffee, water, and other drinks. It's actually quite important at a buffet, at least for me and my family.

                  3. re: estufarian

                    That place is really good overall but when I went, the lines were crazy.

                  4. This is very handy, thanks Nevy.

                    Just to clarify re Stock - and as I stated in my OP, the service was excellent. No concerns there. My issue was as you state, around wine markups and hidden costs re water.

                    Thanks

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                    1. re: millygirl

                      Your experience is what makes me hesitant of booking it for our Sunday holiday buffet outing. I don't mind paying higher prices PROVIDED I know what I'm getting myself into... underhanded techniques just sours the entire experience.

                      The price (without the crazy drink prices) is closest to King Edwards and it looks like a better spread at Stock compared to King Edwards. If TOCA had an option of no AYCD mimosa and prices less than $75, I think I'd book there first.

                      1. re: Nevy

                        I know what you mean.

                        If you drink, I would say the Ritz is better value.

                        Initially I was going to suggest you go to Stock and just be aware of the prices, etc. but I do hesitate. Too be honest, I felt the food fell short. It was okay but nothing memorable for us, in fact the oysters, which I love - were really flat. I was told later but someone inside, that they apparently shuck them ahead of time which is why they seemed to have a funny texture.

                        If I think about it now, I would not go back.

                        But definitely will be hitting up The Ritz.

                        1. re: millygirl

                          Thanks for your thoughts Millygirl. When it comes to paying more than $50 per person at a buffet, I really look for quality and variety instead of sustenance food. So your insight on the food just being ok helps me decide against STOCK.

                          Now it's back to Ritz vs King Edwards ;)

                          1. re: Nevy

                            When I went, the Ritz was very stingy with the Mimosas. Not only were they watered down, you have to find the one waiter who served them. Saw him once the entire time I was there. Not worth the extra premium. I prefer Stock where I drink coffee.

                            1. re: MissBingBing

                              Luckily our waiter wasn't stingy with the mimosas nor the bellinis at the Ritz yesterday. Our table of 4 consumed 14 glasses worth plus our waiter brought a glass of just prosecco when asked in lieu of a final bellini. You definitely need to drink to justify the $79 price tag per person. The food was solid but nothing mindblowing. Highlights for me were the oysters, lobster, smoked fish, antipasti, pancakes and fresh fruit. Service was great. I would return for a special occasion.

                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                              1. re: fickle

                                Great pictures! Comparing your shots to what I had at KE, Ritz plating wins easily. It all looks so pretty.

                                The idea of lobsters and oysters sounds great. Was the lobster chilled or steamed with melted butter? I'm assuming they were tails only and a moderate size ? Also , were the oysters freshly shucked?

                                I'm not a drinker so the extra $25 per person charge is a bit much but if the lobsters were really good, maybe I'll put Ritz ahead of Stock.

                                1. re: Nevy

                                  The lobsters were chilled and of a good size. We really enjoyed them, our table probably went through as many tails as we did bellinis and mimosas :) The oysters were freshly shucked in the kitchen and brought out. The seafood table was definitely a favourite, it was continually being replenished and devoured throughout the 4 hrs we were there.

                    2. Bloor St Diner.
                      Was $29 last time I went (last year)

                      Regular brunch food. Rotisserie Chicken, Carvery, Omelet station, salads, pre-made benny's (bad), sausages and a table of desserts that includes the infamous chocolate fountain!

                      1. Ritz: Tried it a month or so ago and while it had some good parts, I wasn't keen on the Bellinis (not very flavourful) and the omelet was the worst one ever--tiny bits of mushroom and very runny. Blech. The Chocolate room was good but not out of this world. Good cheeses and some lovely fish (smoked and poached). Not enough salady choices considering the price. Service was good.

                        I am going to try King Eddie soon..

                        We also tried Estates of Sunnybrook around last X-Mas (it's seasonal) and it was very good.

                        The Boiler Room in Distillery District was decent for the money too.

                        I had a Groupon for Windsor Arms so overall, I was content with the selection and quality.

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                        1. re: Ediblethoughts

                          I didn't know Sunnybrook did a brunch buffet... thanks! I'll look into it.

                          Before I forget, I think Boiler Room closed down was replaced by El Catrin? Am I remembering incorrectly?

                          1. re: Nevy

                            Archeo took over the Boiler House brunches.

                            1. re: Full tummy

                              I guess it was a year ago when I tried the BR... El Catrin looks like a tasty menu...

                              Anyone tried the Archeo brunch buffet?

                              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                Yes, we did very shortly after Boiler House closed, and it was very good.

                                1. re: Full tummy

                                  Good to know!

                        2. Splendido? $35 p.p. and looks like a more interesting menu than most of these.

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                          1. re: schmecks

                            I thought Splendido did a price fixe and not a buffet? If they start doing a buffet, that would be great.

                            1. re: Nevy

                              It isn't a buffet in the traditional sense - it seems you can take your pick from the spread (croissants, scones, cheese, cured ham) and then choose one main item (brioche french toast or eggs benedict etc.) Dessert is an extra cost.

                              1. re: bluefirefly

                                I did not know Splendido did this. Hmmmm......

                                Sounds interesting. Anyone been for brunch?

                                1. re: magic

                                  I don't want to go down a Splendido v. Scaramouche road, but does anyone know if Scaramouche also does a brunch??

                                2. re: bluefirefly

                                  Hi Bluefirefly - My colleague just mentioned that in his summer brunch, you are given a bread basket and it's not a AYCE basket. They don't refill it. So it's a price fixe. Did they change the format recently? He did mention the croissants were pretty amazing and that children brunch options are an affordable $10. They're a bit dumbed down compared to Le Select but for $10, you really can't complain.

                              2. re: schmecks

                                Thanks for the info on Splendido brunch!

                                Food was great. I had some billing issues, but they were graciously sorted out. Service was pretty good but I maintain not on a Scaramouche level.

                                End of the day, killer food, very nice staff, fair price points for that caliber of joint. Bruch there a great option if you don't want to break your bank with a more pricey dinner.

                                1. re: magic

                                  Nice to hear about your experience. Was it a price fixe or partial buffet?

                                  1. re: Nevy

                                    It's a prix fixe.

                                    A gorgeous spread of croissants, bread, terrines, jams, house prosciutto, cheese, etc, as well as your choice of a brunch entree.

                                    A word of caution. I dined with someone else and they really only brought pastries and bread for one person. When I requested the other basket of pastries/bread I discovered I was charged for it when the bill arrived. I was not happy and took it up with the staff and it was nicely removed. I didn't care for the fact that I had to ask for a part of the meal to be taken off the bill as an extra when it was supposed to be included in the prix fixe to begin with (at least that's how I interpreted the set menu). So..... perhaps keep this in mind.

                                    The food was great.

                                    1. re: magic

                                      To what extent if any is there a free- for- all trough?

                                      1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                        No trough my friend. It's all very civilized.

                              3. Toronto seems to be more about seated service brunch than buffets

                                If you don't mind a bit of a trip the Landmark Group restaurants all do Sunday brunch buffets (Ancaster Mill, Cambridge Mill, and Elora Mill)

                                Took my Mom for her 75th birthday to Ancaster and it was very nice, lots of variety, high quality.

                                1. Hi Nevy, just curious where you ended up going. I am debating going to TOCA for Christmas Day brunch and wondering if it's worth the price. Thanks!

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                                  1. re: magpiebakes

                                    We booked the King Edward hotel for ours. It's more affordable than TOCA and I'll post our experience once we've gone. We wanted a family friendly brunch that has a lot holiday decorations and King Edward fits the bill. Next year I'll try TOCA!

                                  2. La Mexicana, 1887 Eglinton West, has just started a Mexican buffet, for Sunday only, 1-4pm, $15.

                                    The place is a combo grocery store - light diner. It should be a pretty good spread for $15.

                                    If someone tries it, please report back.

                                    Excellent parking, generally free or cheap at the Green P surface lot across the street.

                                    Not to be confused with La Mexicana on Bathurst St. or it's newly kosher (meat ) location on Clark in the Sobey plaza, called Lime Taco I think.. No connection.

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                                    1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                      Very interesting. No pork in the cooking.
                                      I asked why and was told that they believe in the Bible and pork is forbidden. I didn't get anywhere trying to discuss ancestry. For eg. Go into the Catholic cemetery on St.Clair at Oakwood, St. Clair entrance. A little bit in on the right side of the path, there is a big tombstone," Medeiros", and carved in it is a large candelabra as depicted on Titus' Arch in Rome.

                                      I didn't try, but this is what I saw.
                                      A nice, substantial salad with shredded beef, a shredded chicken and onion stewed in a light red sauce, red beans , black beans, rice, corn tortillas. More may been brought out later. It looked like a solid AYCE adventure for $15.

                                      Can't go wrong.

                                      They have good , dessert quality passionfruit pulp in the freezer. $4 or $5 for a good sized pouch.

                                      1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                        Can't say I follow this part: "For eg. Go into the Catholic cemetery on St.Clair at Oakwood, St. Clair entrance. A little bit in on the right side of the path, there is a big tombstone," Medeiros", and carved in it is a large candelabra as depicted on Titus' Arch in Rome."

                                        1. re: MissBingBing

                                          I tried to find out why there was no pork in the cooking. at La Mexicana Eglinton (no connection with the others).

                                          It is a long road to the tombstone.

                                          In 70CE the Roman commander Titus essentially ended what became known as the First Jewish War with the capture and sack of Jerusalem. Titus and his father Vespasian, who had preceded Titus as military commander in Judea (and subsequently became Emperor), were granted a triumph, a victory parade, in Rome.
                                          In 82 CE the Emperor Domitian, Vespasian's son and Titus's brother, built an Arch to commemorate Titus' victories. Some of the booty from the Temple in Jerusalem that was shown off in the parade is depicted on the Arch in a stylized scene from the parade. The seven branched candelabrum is prominent. This candelabrum became the symbol of Jews and of the State of Israel. (The Star of David is relatively recent, from the Middle Ages).

                                          The Romans decided to get their Jewish problem over with once and for all with the War. They massacred or expelled many of the Jews in Judea. But there were were two more wars, and more massacres and expulsions. With the end of the Third Jewish War in 135CE the Romans effectively suppressed Jewish rebellion against Rome. Their ultimate act was to rename the country Palestina, after the long disappeared Philistines, in order to humiliate the Jews and distance them from their country.

                                          Many Jews ended up in the Iberian peninsula. In 1492 the Spanish monarchs expelled Jews from Spain and its dominions if they did not convert to Catholicism, in 1493 and 1497 the Portuguese monarchs did the same. Most Jews left the Iberian peninsula, but some converted. Some - many (?) of the conversions were false and the converts practised their Jewish faith in secrecy. Their descendants in the Iberian peninsula continue vestigial Jewish practices until today, such practices as (secretly ) lighting candles Friday night and not eating pork.

                                          The Spanish Inquisition was founded in 1478 to seek out false converts (Marranos, literally, pigs). It became much more active after the expulsion. The Portuguese Inquisition, in 1536 . Consequently the need for secrecy.

                                          I was impertinent enough to ask an obviously Latino owner of La Mexicana why they didn't have pork in the buffet. After all, pork and lard are everywhere in (my limited understanding) of Mexican cooking. I started with pretend ingenuousness. I asked if they are Seventh Day Adventists (who also follow the dietary laws in Leviticus.) They answered, no. I continued fishing. They answered simply that they followed the Bible. I left it at that without asking them too directly if they had come from Marranos.

                                          Some years ago I was in a Portuguese restaurant on Geary Ave, Dovercourt and Dupont, a commercial street which is very Portuguese. On a kitchen wall was a Star of David, three feet across. in blue metallic ribbon. I asked what it was all about . The owner smiled sheepishly and said that it was a good luck symbol.

                                          This finally gets me to Medeiros and the candelabrum on his tombstone. The candelabrum is the same as the one on Titus's Arch and is the symbol of the State of Israel. I believe that in death it was finally shown that the deceased buried even in a Catholic cemetery, was from a family of forced converts that had never given up their identification as Jews.

                                          I was shocked when I saw this candelabrum depicted on virtually the whole face of Medeiros' double tombstone.

                                          1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                            you truly are a wealth of weird knowledge vvm

                                    2. My family and I booked a Sunday brunch after Christmas at the King Edward Hotel and it was definitely a family focused event. The main ball room was about 75% filled and it ran the entire spectrum in terms of family age groups. You had young toddlers all the way up to elder family members as patrons and the food selection was approachable for everyone.

                                      There was a charcuterie station, cold and smoked seafood station, cheese and cracker, roasted vegetable table, fresh salad station, meze table, viennosorie table, hot breakfast area, hot lunch table ( 3 carving stations, 2 proteins, 1 vegetable pasta, and several hot vegetable sides), fresh fruit, smoothie, and juice table, and lastly... the desserts! So overall, food was plentiful, interesting without being too obscure for a young palette, fresh (I commend the kitchen staff who were literally walking non stop replenishing all plates that were down to 30% filled with a freshly filled one), and well seasoned for a buffet.

                                      I primarily made sure the young and elder family members had food and were not causing trouble. The buffet was nicely spread out and the tables environment was spacious so we would not be bumping into our neighbours. The atmosphere was definitely festive with the many trees and large nut crackers decorating the entire 2 storied ballroom. Though the setting was formal, the service was relaxed and informal (perhaps a touch too formal from certain individuals). Most of the staff were smiling and pleasant and very quick to refill cups and glasses.

                                      I found the viennoiserie surprisingly good. The croissant, danishes, and other pastries were buttery, crackly crispy exterior, with loads of lovely layers puffed inside. I would say that it's better than most bakeries I've been to in Toronto. They weren't the horrible pale palor but instead they were on the dark golden brown that exudes flavour.

                                      Charcuterie was decent but the prosciutto was especially nice. I think they must have refilled it like 8 times I was there... there was a particular table that devoured a plate every 15 minutes.

                                      The salad section had about 6 types and all of them had large portions of brightly coloured vegetables with bold flavours and light on oil (my pet peeve is heavy oil use). My favourite was the roasted sweet potato and french green beans and the roasted winter root vegetable salad.

                                      The seafood consisted of decent smoked salmon, smoked trout, deshelled chilled shrimp (about 31-40 size), grilled calamari salad, South American influenced ceviche style scallops and shrimp salad, chilled poached salmon, and another smoked fish I cannot recall. Overall, it was solid but not awe inspiring. Everything was cooked and prepared well. I did like the scallops with the citrus and chimchurri like vinaigrette.

                                      The breakfast area was definitely better than other places I've been to. Crispy waffles spiced with Christmas spices and orange with maple syrup. Cinnamon french toast with a lovely custard interior, eggs Benedict was good (eggs were cooked well... yolks were liquid gold to the nice hollandaise but the english muffin was a bit too moist/chewy), and the freshly made omelettes were cooked exactly to order and filled with tons of veggies and cheese.

                                      The carving station was composed of a porchetta, roasted lamb, and a beef wellington. The beef wellington was pink throughout. My family liked the beef but not pastry.. perhaps it was held too long? The porchetta was well received by the table but I'm not sure how authentic it is. Lamb was lamb... it's a rare occasion when I truly think it shines. Here, it's ok.

                                      The warm lunch items were surprisingly good. They had a roast salmon in a light herb cream sauce. The salmon was not dry and the sauce was bright instead of heavy. The chicken was roasted then combined with a South Asian style sauce (Thai influence). The chicken was moist and flavourful... the toddler ate a whole chicken leg and he can be picky. They had a vegetable stuffed pasta, roasted potato, and winter vegetables lightly seasoned with salt and pepper. Considering how poor this section could be (and experienced at other buffets), this one was far better than I would have thought possible.

                                      The desserts had some bright spots as it has a Christmas influence on some unique items. My favourite was a chestnut pavlova like morsel. I love chestnuts and it's rare to see it being used so I was quite happy to see large swirls of chestnut on top of a crispy meringue. Other items include a maple tart with raisin, a mincemeat tart with strusel, creme caramel, creme brulee, 3 normal cakes (chocolate truffle, red velvet, almond mocha) and 2 Christmas inspired cakes (yule log complete with meringue mushrooms, and a chocolate mousse one). They also had a fruit mousse ... passion fruit perhaps? Oh chocolate mousse, 2 types of Italian cookies, and I'm sure I'm missing another type of dessert but at this point, I was venturing into sugar overload.

                                      Overall, I felt that it was a nice place to have a family affair in a great storied location with plentiful and fresh food. The prices was $53/adult, half price for children, and free for toddlers and younger. Comparing this to notes and pictures of Stock (which is the other brunch buffet in the same price range), I feel this is far more approachable and enjoyable for a family personally. Though, I did see many tables with late 20s just laughing and enjoying themselves there as well. So perhaps it's good for everyone. I can definitely say I will return.

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                                      1. re: Nevy

                                        Great review of your experience Nevy, thanks.

                                        Man, how have I not been here yet?!

                                        I have to go.

                                        1. re: magic

                                          It's funny... I had a similar reaction to you. I was thinking... how hasn't any one of my friends or colleagues tried this place? Or that there hasn't been a note anywhere on CH (positive or negative!)

                                          Perhaps the $50+ /person is a bit daunting but considering you can sit there for many hours and have quality food with a lot of variety, the price was reasonable. I did some quick math and I easily nibbled my way above the $50 charge. Just the shrimp, scallops, smoked trout, chilled shrimp, and smoked salmon would get me to $50 (3 appetizers and a main). I liked how I can try a small bite (literally!) I would normally not order as my first choice... like the country pate, the beef on the charcuterie plate, blue cheese, lamb leg, smoked trout etc. I usually zone to a sweet breakfast item or an egg item for brunch.

                                          1. re: Nevy

                                            Everything you said here - agree 100%.

                                            This will be my next special outing, perhaps in a coupla months or so.

                                            1. re: magic

                                              I'd be interested in hearing about your experience. Hopefully the quality remains and I didn't get lucky. I overheard their Easter and Mother's Day brunch is particularly special and done with great care.

                                              1. re: Nevy

                                                Oh that is good to know. Thanks for that.

                                                Ok, will do, for sure.

                                                1. re: magic

                                                  I'm waiting to see how Ink and O&B handles Stock in the coming months. If it looks good, that might be my second stop on the luxury brunch tour of Toronto.

                                                  Oh I forgot to mention that they had Eccles tart at King Edward or at least their variation. It was a foot long rectangle, about 3 inches wide, and an inch tall of pure dates, raisin, currants, and candied oranges. I couldn't believe it... It was lightly covered with the puff pastry. It's quite unlike the Brick St version where the puff pastry is centre stage. In this version, it's a true taste of the fruits with a touch of crisp pastry for texture.

                                        2. re: Nevy

                                          I had a similar experience with the pastries and desserts at the King Eddy Sunday buffet a couple of years ago. Really good. Probably the favourite part of my meal!

                                          1. re: TorontoJo

                                            I was wondering if it was a seasonal thing where their quality is up for the holidays but it sounds like you've had a good experience too! Perhaps the King Edward brunch buffet is a hidden gem in plain sight.

                                            1. re: Nevy

                                              Here's my very brief write up from a few years ago:

                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7019...

                                              I didn't go into as much detail as you so it's all a bit fuzzy for me now, but it seems like they may have "done it up" a bit more for the holidays, but not by a whole lot.

                                          2. re: Nevy

                                            I must say I am surprised by your experience. Maybe they decided they need to put more effort in, because your experience seems far better than mine (from two years ago): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6800...

                                            1. re: Nevy

                                              I tried this out a couple weeks before X-Mas and (minus the X-Mas specialties like the logs), it was very much as you've described it.

                                              It was way better than the Ritz Sunday brunch (likely since Ritz includes alcohol) but still, I'd go to KE again while not so much interested in paying for the Ritz again.

                                            2. Boots n bourbon, new place in leslieville, has a Sunday brunch. Chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, eggs Benny.... (from what I saw from pics).

                                              Haven't tried it yet, I want to.

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                                              1. re: szw

                                                SZW - Do you know if B&B is buffet only or if they do a la carte as well?