Forget what you previously knew about brunch in Toronto.
While I still respect the classics, from the likes of Mildred’s Temple, Saving Grace and Lady Marmalade, it’s about time you ventured outside the box. Being a millennial means we are constantly on the lookout for something new and we are complicated and brunch just isn’t about bacon and eggs anymore. It’s about which fusion fare can be paired with your over easy order or trying out that strange ingredient that you wouldn’t dare try to pronounce in your morning cocktail. I’ve narrowed down the list to seven unique spots all across Toronto, so let me guide you through the next realm of restaurants that’ll make even your most brunch-opposed friends swoon.
Not just your fancy neighborhood noodle bar, the owners of New York’s Momofuku have recently opened their doors for weekend brunch. The menu features the restaurant’s asian fusion take on brunch classics, including their Everything Bun, a mouthwatering boa bun with smoked white fish and crème fraiche, as well as their goats milk yogurt served with banana bread, granola and elderflower. They take reservations so put your name down a few days before to ensure a good spot and no wait.
Don’t worry, I’m not telling you to go back to school. This Liberty Village bodega has long been a hot number on my brunch list. From the Sweet Potato and Leek Scramble to the Krispy Krunch Waffles, there’s nothing healthy about this spot, which is exactly what makes it one of the best. They don’t take reservations so arrive before 11am to ensure your not waiting for an hour to eat. We don’t want any hangry readers here.
If you find yourself venturing over to Leslieville, make your way to Suzanne Barr’s classic dinette (feminized take on the diner), you never see in Toronto anymore. Favourite dishes at this joint include the Shakshuka with it’s tomato ragü and farmers sausage, as well as the GF Buckwheat pancakes featuring a maple thyme butter and orange blossom ricotta cheese. While the name suggests otherwise, this diner only serves brunch on Sunday, so be there early to avoid lines.
4. Fat Pasha
Brought to you by chef Anthony Rose, owner of Toronto classics, Rose and Sons and Big Crow, Fat Pasha brings together a delicious blend of Israeli and Sephardic cuisines to make the perfect brunch menu. From the juicy Pastrami Shwarama and Fried Eggs to the Nutella Babka Bread Pudding, this Jewish take on brunch is not to missed. The restaurant takes reservations so do the right thing and book ahead.
Whoever thought Greek’s didn’t serve brunch was sorely mistaken. Now open on the weekends, this Ossington favourite offers quite the menu. From the Poached Eggs and Grilled Lamb to the French Toast served with baklava pistachios, hazelnuts and fresh grilled peaches, this decadent take on your favourite greek fare is sure to win over even the most brunch-stubborn of friends. Mamakas also takes reservations so feel free to save a spot prior to your brunch outing.
6. The Scullery
A sweet bakery and cafe opened by two childhood friends, this Cabbagetown brunch spot is excellent if you’re feeling something low-key. Favourites on the menu include the rose petal granola served with greek yogurt and honey, as well as the coconut waffles featuring vanilla mascarpone cream and stewed mangos. If those sounds too feminine for you, they also have all your favourite brunch classics, such as the eggs hemingway, eggs benny and more. No reservations here, so make your way early to avoid the crowds.
An Egyptian family affair, this brunch restaurant is not one to be missed. Located in Toronto’s Little India neighborhood, the menu offers something for everyone. A true classic-with-a-twist is the Date Grilled Cheese, which includes juicy dates sautéed in butter and three different cheeses on their house made Egyptian baladi bread. Also a popular dish on the menu is the Pharaoh’s Po’ Boy, featuring battered and deep fried baby shrimp on mini baladi bread drizzled with tehina sauce, fresh lime juice and parsley. Another spot with no reservations, so be sure to get here early as seats tend to fill up fast on weekends.
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