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Farmhouse Tavern

Posted by Josh Wise / Reviewed on January 26, 2013 / review policy

farmhouse tavern torontoThe Farmhouse Tavern makes it easy to forget you're in the middle of the city. The Farmhouse brings the quiet pace of the countryside to the Junction Triangle, an area otherwise marked by large warehouses, rail lines, and old inner-city industrial relics. Since their opening a little over six months ago, the Farmhouse has created quite a reputation for itself, and this quaint and rustic tavern has become a neighborhood staple.

farmhouse tavern torontoWith a clear attention to detail, the interior is decked out in a farmstead theme. Cow skulls, vintage news clippings, rusted-out license plates, and mismatched tableware tastefully decorate the tavern room. Arriving just after noon we're shown to a table for six, making it in before their usual Saturday brunch rush.

farmhouse tavern torontoA quick look at the ever-changing chalkboard menu revealed some interesting options, all a few steps up from your traditional 'bacon and eggs' brunch. The lone waiter patiently walked us through their elaborate dishes, all of which focus on seasonal Ontario ingredients, many of which are prepared in-house.

farmhouse tavern torontoDoubling as the bartender, our waiter was quick to serve us a couple Pints of Baus Kolkot Lager ($7), cups of coffee, and their signature Farmhouse Smoked Caesar. While on the pricey side for a Caesar ($10), the decadence of the smoked oyster and caperberry indicated this was not going to be an average brunch.

farmhouse tavern torontoFirst out came the bennys - one 'standard' with homemade smoked bacon, and the other with Gravlax ($13). Both were served on a homemade cheese biscuit which elevated these dishes past many of their benny counterparts. Served with a light pickled radish and fresh green salad, the dish was thoroughly enjoyed, but left some us feeling a bit peckish, so side fries were ordered ($8).

farmhouse tavern torontoThe Farmhouse Brunch burger ($18) has received a great deal of praise, and after hearing the description this was a 'must order.' One bite into the freshly ground chuck burger, and it was clear that the positive reviews were well-deserved. The burger was topped with homemade bacon, goat cheese, a fried duck egg, lettuce and a signature 'special sauce.' The side of fresh cut fries were great at mopping up the mess left by the sauce and runny duck yolk.

farmhouse tavern torontoThe Paul Simon fans at the table were eager to try the Mother and Child Reunion ($14). Served on a butcher board, the dish consisted of two deep fried duck eggs, and a dozen thinly sliced slices of duck prosciutto. The mild and crispy batter on the eggs was matched well by the sweet smokey flavor of the prosciutto and richness of the duck yolk.

farmhouse tavern torontoFor the vegetarian in the crowd, the simply prepared, yet quite satisfying Mushroom Frittata ($12) was a great choice. The dish saw radish salad and sautéed mushrooms atop a buttery and fluffy egg.

farmhouse tavern torontoWhile certainly on the pricey side for a weekend brunch, The Farmhouse Tavern's attention to detail, and overall quality of the food made up for the smaller portion sizes. Staying true to its rural roots, no shortcuts were taken at the Farmhouse, and next time the stresses of city-living catch up with me, a return to the Farmhouse will be in order.

farmhouse tavern torontoBrunch is served on weekends from 11am - 3pm, and the Tavern is open for dinner Thursday - Sunday, 6pm - 10pm.

farmhouse tavern torontoPhotos by Marni Wolf

Discussion

41 Comments

lauren / January 26, 2013 at 02:56 am
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no way. i am all for paying more for a higher quality of food, but $30 for brunch steak and eggs? that is completely obscene. add a coffee and a ceaser, and you are well over 50 bucks for a decent brunch for one.
Jalodge / January 26, 2013 at 04:12 am
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I believe that farms "inspire" all restaurants, since all food comes from a farm of sorts.
Haley / January 26, 2013 at 09:22 am
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amazing service and delicious watermelon-and-something juice (amongst everything else on the menu).
PDG / January 26, 2013 at 09:23 am
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$30 for steak and eggs? On a crappy strip of Dupont? No thanks!
Haley replying to a comment from Jalodge / January 26, 2013 at 09:25 am
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The ingredients used in some restaurants is most definitely not from a farm. I'm sure you understood what Josh meant. Don't be a dick.
Junction / January 26, 2013 at 09:41 am
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This place is pricey for sure...but it is really good! The service is attentive and well informed about the menu. Nice, friendly people too. Relaxed comfy atmosphere.
And it's true there really isn't much around here either. Off the beaten path but worth try, in my opinion. I was there for dinner, not sure about brunch. I assume it would be good too.
Ron replying to a comment from Jalodge / January 26, 2013 at 09:45 am
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Stop being a douche. You know what they mean.
David / January 26, 2013 at 10:37 am
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The Farmhouse Tavern has a great brunch but it is for sure over priced considering the size and the neighbourhood.
FYI - In the Mother and Child Reunion dish is not Duck Prosciutto but Smoked Duck Breast.
Anon / January 26, 2013 at 10:44 am
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Wow. Really pricey for a brunch joint. $18 for a burger even? I'd pay that at Marben. But from some spot on Dupont? Come on guys. You can make good, local food without sucking your customers dry. Especially in a city with such great (and oft cheap) brunch options, there's just no way your prices are sustainable.
darcy replying to a comment from lauren / January 26, 2013 at 03:20 pm
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Hi Lauren,

Thanks for your feedback on the pricing. Just to clarify the Steak & Eggs is a 14oz. Rib Eye with two large Duck Eggs it is designed to be shared by two guests - although some of guests do a good job of it on there own.
Cheers,
FARMHOUSEtavern
v79 / January 26, 2013 at 03:47 pm
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Everything looks wonderful, but as others have said, the prices seem a bit excessive. I'd have no problem with a $13 Eggs Benny, if they'd toss in a side of homefries/fries to make it an actual filling meal. I can't find any justification for the burger though. At best that's a $12-13 item taking into consideration the higher quality ingredients. And $8 fries?!? Even a typical large order consists of at most two potatoes. Anything above $4-5 is simply gouging.
Jobye replying to a comment from darcy / January 26, 2013 at 05:40 pm
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Ever considered being open for lunch on weekdays? I work at Ubisoft Toronto and we're always looking for good lunch options in our area (we're at Wallace/Lansdowne). We're around 300 working at Ubi. Something to consider :).
bobby / January 27, 2013 at 06:02 pm
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YOOOOOOOO these prices are insane wtf
Alex / January 27, 2013 at 08:19 pm
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Fantastic place with great food, service and atmosphere! Will definitely come back again!
Tony / January 27, 2013 at 09:54 pm
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Let me put it gently. When my parents come up to Toronto to see how I'm doing, I'm not gonna have them take me out for an $18 Burger. Not sustainable - 2-3 years.
Darcy replying to a comment from Jobye / January 28, 2013 at 12:07 am
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Hi Jobye, not at FARMHOUSE - but maybe in another location nearby soon... :)

Oh, & BTW folks, that was 2 orders of fries ($4 each). Hold your breath - the same burger at dinner is $20!!! Next week we are doing a $60 Steak & Eggs for Brunch (feeds 4 ppl).

Cheers,
FARMHOUSEtavern
jen / January 28, 2013 at 09:01 am
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I went to a restaurant called Farmhouse Tavern in Chicago a few months ago...same sort of concept (local food and beverages, fresh stuff from the farm, up-and-coming neighbourhood). The price point was a heck of a lot cheaper, though. Their lunch burger is $13, for example, and the portion sizes stuffed you full. I couldn't finish my meal and it became lunch the next day.

I would love to try this place, it looks amazing and I am sure the food is delicious, but with those prices it's just not an option.
Ransomme replying to a comment from Darcy / January 28, 2013 at 09:16 am
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PRICE GOUGERS! EVIL, EVIL! WTF? You cater to the 1% don't you?
Stephen / January 28, 2013 at 02:25 pm
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Considering Farmhouse is a full house most nights, and their upscale pop up restaurant is almost sold out as well indicates that they do not need your business to survive. If you find it too expensive, perhaps you are not the clientele they are aiming at. To everyone else who says its a dreary stretch of dupont with nothing close, just take a look at Bloor & Lansdowne right now. Farmhouse is ahead of the curve.
Josh / January 28, 2013 at 11:39 pm
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This place is awesome - you want chicken and fries, or anything else, GO HERE.
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Carr Hamba replying to a comment from Stephen / January 29, 2013 at 10:03 am
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Ooooh, so touchy. How many free duck eggs they give you, steevee?
Johanna / January 29, 2013 at 10:19 am
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Wonderful addition to our neighbourhood (which isn't really all that drab anymore)! Been here many times for dinner and never found my bill to be overly high compared to anywhere else I choose to eat. You get what you pay for. If you want cheapo brunch, there are plenty of places in the area that cater to that - it's nice to have a variety and a local option for higher end brunch. Love Farmhouse!
Bernstyne Kott replying to a comment from Johanna / January 29, 2013 at 10:36 am
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Same lingo I heard coming from an 'overcharged but happy cora's' patron.. Eggs is eggs, no matter WHO does the scrambling, darling.
Maya / February 1, 2013 at 09:35 pm
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Been here several times for dinner, I recommend it to everyone! I don't have a problem with the price, because its some of the best food I've ever had. In fact, i think its reasonable for just how good it is, this is 5 star restaurant quality. Every time I go and whomever I'm with, we're always in awe of everything we eat, so creative and delicious. The burger is one of the best burgers I've tasted, ever, and I love the house made cola. Also, highly recommend the ploughmans platter, they change it up every time but its always a great variety of delicious tidbits.. I will continue to come back, I'd eat here every week if I could.
Jen / February 2, 2013 at 09:11 pm
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Went here a few months ago with a large group for brunch. I live down the street and was excited to try it. Consensus among all six of us was that it was overpriced and overly fussy (and we are definItely the target customers). Haven't been back, probably won't bother. Excellent brunch spot with similar food philosophy to this place that's a few blocks away, and roughly half the price, will keep our business. ;) and sorry, but I found the caesar oily and overly complicated.
Allisa / February 7, 2013 at 02:16 pm
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Just moved to the neighbourhood in Sept. 2012, and I joined Farmhouse for brunch one of my first weekends here. I was so blown away by the eggs florentine, and the fresh juices and coffee, and its definitely something to look forward to when the sun comes out and the weathers warmer so I can sit on the patio. Everyone who I've brought there is always put off by the prices, but as soon as they take their first bite they don't seem to care anymore. I recommend this place to anyone who needs an introduction to the junction :)
Alex / February 13, 2013 at 12:52 pm
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Went 2 weeks ago. Amazing place, amazing food, amazing service. Great atmosphere. Definitely coming back. A little pricey if you eat there every day, but you get what you pay for. I guess it's okay to hit the spot couple of times a month.
April / March 25, 2013 at 04:32 pm
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My fiance and I had brunch at Farmhouse Tavern this past weekend. I was really quite excited to try it, as I love the concept. I was really looking forward to having eggs benedict, as it is my favourite brunch item, but unfortunately I was left feeling disappointed with my dish. The hollandaise needed a splash of an acid, such as lemon juice, as it was too buttery. We both could have used salt and pepper, however none was at the table and since the waiter had just topped off our coffee, we did not see him again until we were finished. He actually should have come over a couple minutes after we received our dishes to ask how everything was, however it was busy, so I'll let it go. My eggs benny was served on 2 oatcakes, which were extremely heavy and had a weird flavour. It completely took away from the dish, in fact ruined the dish, and I ended up disassembling my food to get rid of that oatcake. On the side I was served a tiny square of some layered potato which also had a weird flavour. My fiance and I actually had a laugh over 'what the heck is that'? The best thing on my plate was the mixed greens salad - that was really quite good. But the star should have been my eggs benny... I wish it had been served on that cheese biscuit I read about on these reviews - that probably would have made a difference. Or even just a basic english muffin would have been good. That being said, the service was fantastic, the atmosphere cool, and everything was fresh. So I will definitely go back and give them another chance.
tosca / April 9, 2013 at 11:01 am
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Yay!

Next to Zocalo, Bloor & Symington
Whippoorwill, Bloor & Landsdowne (ok ok Bloordale...)

Farmhouse is a welcome addition. Sounds amazing, cannot wait for the weekend!
Items may sound pricy but, having eaten brunch at La Palette (miss them in Kensington!)
this isn't too over the top for the occasional visit.

Seriously looking forward to the Junction Triangle's gentrification.
Now will someone please open a cafe along Davenport & Osler? SJCB, I'm looking at you! ;)
stephintdot / April 15, 2013 at 02:32 pm
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Amazing food! Truly outstanding, along with the service, and reasonable -- way less than you would pay for not nearly as good food downtown.
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Matt replying to a comment from lauren / June 7, 2013 at 10:20 am
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I thought the same thing at first...

However, our server pointed out that the $30 steak and eggs is meant to be shared between two people.
Blake / June 8, 2013 at 03:55 pm
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Five star prices don't make a five star restaurants.
The location and the service certainly don't warrant prices like these. Don't get me wrong, I love the Junction but the rent and overhead on the charming but cheap decor should be reflected in the pricing. I think someone is taking themselves far too seriously.
I went there this week, the food was delicious but the hospitality was non-existent. Had a gorgeous friendly waitress who was either overwhelmed or not really a waitress. Was there early, 7:30, and it took until 8:15 before we had a morsel of food. I'm sorry but people eat out to have fun, eat good food, drink good wine, be welcomed into an establishment. We're there to eat. Give us a drink and a snack or some bread and olives or something. We ordered and were completely left alone, impossible to get our waitresses attention, until our food hit the table 45 min later. The food was good, we ate in 15min and left. Hated the whole experience. Nothing warm or welcoming about it. Boring not fun.
Farmhouse is local, wanted to love it and be a regular, didn't and won't.
We went to Carmen on Queen St also this week. Awesome! Friendly, fun, welcoming, delicious food. We stayed for hours and kept ordering because they were so hospitable to us. Will go back again and again. I highly recommend Carmen to the owners of Farmhouse, you NEED to go there and have a good time!
brie / June 17, 2013 at 08:43 am
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Thank goodness we have you in the neighbourhood. From Ossington to Dundas Street West/Dupont strip is a dearth of good restaurants. We'll be stopping in soon.
By the way, to the people who made remarks about the 'location' of the restaurant, as a neighbourhood, you are as you make it. All neighbourhoods make transformation, and I for one would like this part of town changed, so let's give this place a chance and hope others will follow suit!

My two cents on a small soapbox
Brie
P Arrow / July 15, 2013 at 08:53 am
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Was there on the weekend. Nothing bad to say about the place. I got the $20 burger and it was f'in AMAZING!!! I've been dreaming about it since. Service was excellent. Can't wait to go back.
Daniel / March 4, 2014 at 03:13 am
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I've worked notnihg but customer service related jobs my point is it's not accurate to simply say the majority of customers are a-holes and only a-holes, since, like I said, we're all customers at some point. Are you an a-hole? I doubt you'll say yes. Anyway Yes of course, there some customers who are too stupid & rude to live but there are others who, although may not fall into the green 'right' category are still perfectly fine people and shouldn't be called a-holes.
Vladimir Popoff replying to a comment from Daniel / March 4, 2014 at 11:07 am
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Hey Danny-boy. The only a-holeish types around this place are the ones overcharging the customers. This joint isn't anywhere near posh or classy enough for those prices. Maybe they burp and wipe the chins of the diners after the meal? C'mon.
GSCODRAS / March 18, 2014 at 09:18 pm
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If all you want is cheap, you can always eat at McDonalds. Quality and Service are why there is a Walmart and a Nordstrom :-)

Bon Appetit a Tous!

godge / April 11, 2014 at 08:05 am
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$20 for a burger?? It's a friggin burger! And I refute the accusation made by the ignorant GSCODRAS above that there is either expensive or cheap and nasty. Plenty of places have affordable food and are not mcdonalds- i would suggest broadening your horizons.
Claire-Lise / June 15, 2014 at 03:31 pm
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I was looking forward to having brunch today with my family to celebrate Father's Day, and sadly for me (I can't speak for the rest of my family) brunch was ruined by an incredibly rude, and attitude-filled waitress, and over-priced food. My parents are a little older, and a little hard of hearing, but very into fine dinning. When the waitress rudely explained the menus were on the wall and my dad asked to repeat them, she gave him attitude as if he should know what she's talking about (plus to save them time, a little more description of what the meal is would be nice - ie, "mother and child?! Wtf is that supposed to mean?!). When my mum asked for wine, she showed no interest in explaining what wines they had - just simply they were from ontario. I had asked about my order of bread, and she very sarcastically said it was coming. And then proceeded to poke fun at my mother and I about asking for bread. She was extremely disrespectful to almost all of my family. I realized to restaurant, right off the bat, was catered more to a "hipster" crowd, but that doesn't mean they should be rude to everyone else. The food was pretty good, but over priced, but the service just left a bad taste in my mouth. I won't be returning, and I won't be recommending them. Hopefully their other location is better.

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