The top 5 Filipino brunch in Toronto
Filipino brunch in Toronto will satisfy cravings for fried eggs and sausage - only these establishments sub in garlic fried rice in lieu of starches like toast or home fries. Traditional silog breakfasts prevail on menus, but there are other delicacies to be had too; try the sisig at Lamesa, where pig's head and chicken gizzards get topped with crispy fried eggs.
Here are my picks for the best Filipino brunch in Toronto.
This Filipino restaurant on Queen West serves classic brunch foods with a Filipino twist each weekend from 11am to 3pm. Start with fresh shucked oysters and a Filipino shandy (lager with calamansi juice) before moving on to dishes like longanisa-cured salmon benny, ensaymada French toast with ube cheese mousse and dolce de leche, and sizzling sisig topped with a fried egg and served with pico.
Open on weekends from 9am, this restaurant on York Mills offers a complete range of Filipino silog breakfasts including Tapsilog (beef), Longsilog (sausage), and Liemposilog (pork belly). Aside from the classic combo of eggs, garlic rice and meat, find Tortang Talong, an eggplant omelette, and steaming bowls of Arroz Caldo (a congee-like rice porridge).
Kanto by Tita Flips
Operating out of an upcycled cargo container, this vendor at Market 707 opens daily at 11:30am. It might be a little late for breakfast, but falls squarely in the parameters of brunch, and can indeed get your fix of tapsilog (with beef) or tosilog (with tocino) complete with sinangag (garlic fried rice), itlog (fried eggs), and atchara (papaya slaw).
This breakfast spot on Birchmount is open from 7:30am Tuesday through Saturday serving up typical Canadian-style staples (eggs, pancakes, etc.), and the real menu gems: Manileneous breakfasts. Each order ($8.50 or less) starts with two eggs, garlic fried rice, and a chopped salad, to which you can add on a choice of longanisa (sweet cured sausage), beef tapa, chicken adobo, or daing na bangus (milkfish).
Coffee In, 2181 Lawrence Ave East
Don't be fooled by the name, this strip mall establishment on Lawrence Ave. East at Birchmount Rd. isn't so much a cafe as it is a well stocked Filipino hot counter. Open daily at 8am, find tapsilog offered at breakfast complete with a couple sunny side up eggs, pan fried beef strips, a huge scoop of garlic rice, and tomato onion salad.
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Lead photo from Lamesa's facebook.
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