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Posted by Staff / Listed on August 24, 2006 / review policy

My frequent dining companion (we'll call him Mr. C) and I have decided that every time we go out to try some new eats, half way through we'll do what we call "The Switch Up". We swap plates. I'll eat half of mine, he'll eat half of his and then we switch -- no matter what. This way I get to sample two dishes and report on both.

Our latest brunch took us to Musa on Dundas West and Euclid. When I first moved to downtown Toronto, I lived on Palmerston and watched the transformation of this old bland building into what is now quite an interesting painted exterior. If you decide to check it out, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about as soon as you get there.

Upon entering, we decided to eat on the cute little patio despite the fact that it looked like rain but we were warned: if you sit on the patio, and it can't come back inside. We understood the capacity issue of the statement, but were they REALLY going to leave us out in the pouring rain with our breakfast? Regardless, we risked it and enjoyed a very windy brunch. Flying napkins anyone?

I decided on the Challah Bread French Toast with a side of fruit and whipped cream. The challah toast was soaked in maple syrup (no need to add my own) and was a delight to dig into. The fresh fruit placed around the plate was a definite bonus to even out the sweetness of the French toast. The side of whipped cream I really didn't NEED, but who can resist dipping your food into a little more goodness?
Mr. C decided to order one of the daily specials. A Texas toast sandwich filled with egg, bacon, spinach, mozzarella cheese and tomato. It was matched with a side of Cajun homefries that he couldn't resist stealing after the imposed "Switch Up". Along with this was a side mixed green salad that was an explosion of flavour. It's a must try. Light, simple but very flavourful.

Our bill tallied up to just over twenty dollars and this included a pot of tea and orange juice. All and all, a pretty good deal because we left more than satisfied and it fueled our walking tour of the ROM. Fully licensed.



bianca / August 24, 2006 at 01:03 pm
i love love love musa.

i am addicted to their "tropicana" breakfast. in fact, i am compelled to go right now.

sigh, i forget that i'm stuck in an office...
Tanja / August 24, 2006 at 01:22 pm
Mmmm, that looks tasty. Nice presentation too.
Alisa / January 3, 2008 at 05:35 pm
Overated. I had the Steak frites. Although my steak was well cooked to my taste, the accompanying fries (not very crisp) were smothered in a soy sauce vegetable stirfry disaster which should have been in the trash and not on my plate. Presenting the steak above the frites, smothered in the putrid saute created a big brown soggy mess.

My boyfriend's moussaka was another disaster. It came out looking like some sort of building material. The potatoes were chunkily cut, overloaded with bland bechamel and layered with greasy overly soggy eggplant.

Will not return. I do not know what the hype is all about.

dirk / March 31, 2008 at 04:32 pm
My girlfriend and I had a pretty lousy meal there recently. We started with the mussels that came swimming in a lemongrass broth that was salted to death. Then we both had the falaffels and fries special. There was way too much food, which is only a negative 'cause it was kind of inedible. The dry, crumbly falaffels came in bland pitas with a mountain of fries. The ketchup bottle on our table became an integral part of the meal since it provided desperately needed moisture to all the bread, starch and salt. We both gave up after only half our falaffels and despite pigging out on fries, there was still tons left on my plate. Oh yeah, and it was freezing cold. We were eating with our jackets on as were several other customers.

I have had good brunches there so maybe it was just a bad night for them.
favorite! / December 15, 2008 at 05:39 pm
I love Musa. Brunch there is amazing, same with dinner. Reasonably priced and in my 'hood. I could go back every week! Tables were a little crammed last weekend but the food made up for it.
Brad / February 17, 2009 at 10:58 am
This place has great food but has a serious problem with the staff that work the dining area. I don't know if I've been to a breakfast place more unorganized than this. On two consecutive visits (my last two) the wait staff were uninterested in seating anybody. They are too busy and no one seems to be a dedicated host. When I finally found a table myself the couple next to us got the wrong orders, and then when their actual orders came one of their sides was missing and the waiter picked it up off another patrons table. The couple recognized the problem and refused the side immediately. My food was great, but not hot/warm. It doesn't surprise me that with a staff that confused/overworked that my food sat on the counter for a while before being served to me.

To sum it up, my experience with Musa is great food, but a horribly frustrating brunch experience. I will not go back. I don't need the stress on a sunday morning.
vanessa / November 14, 2009 at 03:05 pm
great food, shitty staff. i got the bubble and squeak breakfast and it was amaaaaazing (with goat cheese) and my boyfriend got the classic breakfast. the rosemary potatoes are great, the scrambled eggs were perfect, and we could hardly finish. our bill was about $20 and that included coffee. i would go back despite the waitresses all being cranky and rude.
angie / February 21, 2010 at 03:47 pm
Totally agree about the crappy service.

I had brunch there recently. The food was awesome but the service spoiled the experience. The waitress went on the defense when I inquired about making a slight change to my meal. They had run out of stuff so I thought I could get something else. Just asking ... geez.

I had the french toast which was delicious but the waitress didn't bother checking up on us or even refilling the coffee.

I'd rather eat at another place with friendly service.

Claire / July 13, 2010 at 01:02 pm
Musa is burnt down! I pass by it everyday and it's been over a week and it still looks destroyed.
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J / July 2, 2012 at 01:20 pm
Musa is now condos.

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