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Bonjour Brioche

Posted by Tim / Listed on May 23, 2007 / review policy

Bonjour BriocheBonjour Brioche, at the corner of Queen East and Degrassi Streets is a favourite neighbourhood spot serving breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. Lines snake out the door on weekends as brunch-goers wait their turn for delicious eggs benny, fresh baguettes and, of course, brioche.

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kwfoodie / August 29, 2007 at 12:46 am
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I thought you might find it of interest that one of the old pastry chefs from Brioche has just opened his own bakery in Kitchener Ontario called GOLDEN HEARTH BAKING Co
Jason / August 30, 2007 at 09:14 pm
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Wow, what a terrible place to eat. Notoriously bad service and consistently bad experiences. And not as if the food makes it worth the aggravation (ours was cold). Skip it.
bh / August 6, 2008 at 05:39 pm
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Bonjour Brioche is a good spot. Definitely not my favourite brunch in the city, but good. My favourite part is sitting on their patio facing Degrassi street (Degrassi High was my favourite show! haha)

The portions are small, but the food is fresh. I had a chocolate croissant (yummy) and yogurt with fruit and granola. My friend had the eggs benny which she said were good, but also small portions.
Foodhogger / August 19, 2008 at 05:35 pm
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The food is good, the service is pompous. If you don't mind that and the wait for a table in a crammed little space, BB is a fun brunch place.

<a href="http://foodhogger.wordpress.com/2007/04/08/bonjour-brioche/";>Foodhogger's full review here</a>
Elly / September 10, 2008 at 12:04 am
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I've eaten in once (expensive, slow service), but usually drop in on Saturday mornings to take out some croissants. This restaurant would be better reviewed as a bakery. The croissants are wonderful, as are many of the other baked goods. Quiches are excellent as well. The cash only policy is a drag as is the crazed cashier on weekends.
Dank / February 1, 2009 at 08:59 am
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Mediocre food, the worst service in toronto. Inventors of the waiting line, and then blame customers for sitting down. If you are looking for a nice, unhurried, comfortable sunday morning meal, dont EVER consider BB.

If you are, however, intersted in waiting on line for 45 minutes, being berated for asking questions of the servers (or worse the owner) looking around to see and be seen, waiting 20 minutes for a coffee, and then rushed through your small serving so you can then be rushed out the door, then you'll love it.

The only person who would return would be someone without a clue as to what toronto has to offer, or a tourist.

Shame, as it was not always like this...or maybe it was.

Overrated, and OVER.
madcap / August 9, 2009 at 10:43 pm
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if you want quality, the effort is worth it. get there by 10am on the weekends to get a table without a long wait. best croissants in the city. quiches, granola, and their side salads are amazing.
Allison / August 14, 2009 at 12:07 pm
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if you're interested in a 'Big American' breakfast at drive-through rates & velocity...
keep on driv'n.

If you're interested in lovely coffee, perhaps with a nibble of lovingly prepared tartes, omelets, quiche, pastry, brioche or a baguette slathered in the owner's Mum's jam? ...& the crisp salad with true house dressing... ?

...then you can't find much better than a little table @ BB where they truly care about preparing a realistic portion of high quality & fabulous tastiness.
I've met several people over coffee while sitting and chatting at BB. Some really lovely people can be found working & enjoying the atmosphere during the slower periods.

Yes, its noisy (blame the self-important, demon-spawn of yuppies who never learned how to behave in public, much less table manners!)
Yes, it has long lineups if you get there late... find the lineups irritating?... you can also blame the restaurant patrons who plunk themselves in the way, bang into chairs & make petulant noises about waiting... then 'get even with the World' by hogging tables long after its polite to linger when others are waiting to share in the yummy.
BB is popular & busy because the food is fantastic. No, I don't blame BB for their popularity.
but... I blame the pockets of customers who haven't 2 clues how to behave as if anyone else mattered but themselves.

I'd eat there more often, but there's always at least one badly-behaved of my fellow Torontonians who makes it less appealing... & who treat the staff to the worst of their frenetic discontent.

If you don't like BB: you probably brought the misery with you to spread around.
chouette replying to a comment from Dank / August 21, 2009 at 12:37 am
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I humbly suggest that someone looking for a "nice, unhurried, comfortable Sunday morning meal" would do best to eat at home.

Brunch in Toronto is busy. Any place with even a whiff of popularity will have a line-up.

I have never found their portions to be stingy. The food is dense and rich to begin with anyway (quiche, savoury tarts, croque monsieur, meatloaf sandwich). And I've never, ever felt rushed.

Some of the waitstaff are calm, some harried; whatever. I don't boycott the TTC because of one or ten bitchy ticketbooth operators. It just wouldn't be prudent.

The baguette alone is reason enough to return, if my tastebuds didn't insist I do so for all the other food as well.
tim / January 21, 2010 at 08:26 am
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sad Toronto! you guys are so terrible with the bad comments, BB is one of the few decent places in Toronto we should be proud of. good simple food, and charming atmosphere. The problem with Toronto is its unhappy people not understanding their own misery. gosh!
mina / February 3, 2010 at 01:06 pm
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this place is a gem. Their food is made with love. Their portions are enough for a healthy adult, and they have no pretense other than serving good food.
NotHardToPleaseBut... / March 18, 2010 at 06:16 pm
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The last 2 times my office ordered from them they were rude and the food last time was below average. Their food can be really good but it doesn't justify the rudeness. There are plenty of other quality places to eat in this city where everyone on staff is professional and courteous.
Quads / March 29, 2010 at 04:00 pm
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Delicious croissants...but horribly rude service at the counter. Snobby and bitchy -- a winning combination.
Sonique / May 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm
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Terrible service but the food is OK. I have been once in the last six months and I live just around the corner. If the service were half decent I would probably spend money there regularly. There are a load of people who obviously don't care as they are always packed. The sign of a good restaurant may not be adequate service but if the staff are rude the food just doesn't taste good. Might come back some day but not for a long long time.
brad / December 11, 2011 at 07:51 pm
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Rude snobby staff. high prices. small portions.
even ruder cashier today- pity.
fabavg / March 5, 2012 at 11:14 pm
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I heard it gets busy over the weekend; went during a weekday morning instead. Service isn't great...but the Brioche and French Toast are fabulous! Definitely one of the best French Toasts I've had - rich in taste yet spongey and light. My friend really enjoyed her quiche, and her fresh baguette was divine. Great cozy atmosphere. Will definitely go back!
Klaus / March 31, 2012 at 01:31 pm
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If you want to be treated like cattle this is the place to go. Cramped, full of people breathing down your neck (and food) while waiting for a table, and a rather indifferent staff (in that sense the place is indeed very French). We were three guys and asked to share a table for two since they would not give us a table for four, so two of us ended up cramped on the bench which was just ridiculous;on top of that my friend got hot coffee spilled all over his jeans. The food is of good quality but overpriced ($3.50 for a handful of greens as a side order). Overall, a very mediocre experience and Bonjour Brioche must be one of the most overrated places to eat in the city.
Julia / April 7, 2012 at 01:50 pm
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Wow, what a terrible place. Worst service in Toronto. Arrived at the restaurant 15 min ahead of my brunch date ( who is NINE months pregnant) to get us a seat. The place was dead. Tones of spots to choose from. Instead of letting me sit and have a coffee, they made me stand by the door and watch while the place all but emptied ( it wasn't even 930 AM at this point). When I explained that I wanted to get a seat for my friend, pointed out that the place was empty, they still insisted I stand. Do not go to this dump. Lots of great places to choose from in town. Dan the hairy and simple server man is the worst.The reviews of the bumbling cashier are also all true and yes the portions are small and cold. They really need to step up their game. In tough times this is not a place to spend either your time or money.
Aron / July 4, 2013 at 07:22 am
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BEST BAGUETTE IN TORONTO. That's pretty much all I have to say. I live super-close and this is the only place I get bread.
suzan / August 24, 2013 at 09:58 pm
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OMG!!! Sad,disappointing,fresh? No, nothing works in this place. They cannot even provide a proper fresh fruit bowl. They don't even have a fresh egg to crack. What's the meaning of brunch? Bakery covered with sad attitudes and lack of service. I got it, that's what this place should be called. I felt so ashamed in front of my guests from France. Did not experience such a miserable so called brunch spot in my entire life. Shame and more shame.
Chris / September 28, 2013 at 11:59 am
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Great salad dressing. It's my fav salad dressing anywhere. I need to know the recipe. Any ideas?

Service is ok.
The restaurant as a whole has outstanding food, this is the only place I will buy French toast. It is complete the best anywhere. But I don't even like salad but the dressing here is fantastic. I really wish I could make it at home. Its worth a trip just for the dressing.
Emcee / March 2, 2014 at 08:27 am
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Buy your croissant and baguette and eat them at home. They are exceptional. I love the ambience of this place but it's just too busy on weekends.
Armino / March 25, 2014 at 02:46 pm
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what the average lemming does not realize is that the food there is what any fast-food chain serves in france and it is by no means "gourmet" or "fine french"!...the service is however just as pompous and occasionally even abusive as the best tourist traps in paris and that is why i will not visit either any more...
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Cole / August 7, 2014 at 11:30 am
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Worst place ever to eat. The staff are so rude and there are few spots to sit. Moreover, the food was stale!
Gayle / September 1, 2014 at 04:58 pm
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Whenever I am in this end of town and it is lunch time I top in for lunch. The best Quiche Lorraine I have found sered with a baguette and salad! Perfect!! I have never been treated rudel by the staff, I go in often. One of my fav spots for unch during a busy day rushing around town for work!!!!

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