Simply Nosh Bistro
Simply Nosh Bistro has a sign that's been attracting my attention for the last couple of months.
This Roncesvalles brunch spot, which replaced B in January but closed for two months earlier in the year, sits at the apex of Dundas West and Roncesvalles Ave. Its red lettered sign is perfectly positioned to catch the eye as you approach the intersection.
As befits its name, Simply Nosh serves a good selection of embellished bistro staples: basic pastas, salads and a myriad of egg based breakfasts (omelettes, poached eggs and multiple, inventive frittata choices).
There is something about visiting Simply Nosh that is, fleetingly, very slightly trepidation inspiring.
The combination of it's temporary-looking signage and sparsely decorated but conspicuously accessorized interior gives a bit of a transient impression. You'd be forgiven for thinking it had either just opened or that it's open status was permanently in question.
Once seated though, the relaxed atmosphere doesn't reflect this at all. Stacks of newspapers and magazines are available to peruse, divertingly coloured local art covers the walls and menus come enclosed in eclectic vinyl album covers.
We order coffee and try not to keep our server waiting too long as we finalize our choices from the extremely appealing selection available.
My friend gets the irresistible trio of french toast ($11.95) which is composed of maple crunch, blueberry and cream-cheese filled variations.
A tasting platter of french toast is a damn appealing notion, especially on an empty stomach and it doesn't disappoint. A side of homemade berry compote and a litre bottle of maple syrup for free pouring at your own discretion help to amp up the indulgence factor.
The smoked salmon organic salad ($10.25) includes sautéed potato wedges, delicious house dressing and is impressively tasty despite it's simplicity.
A light and scrumptious soft omelette with tomato, olive and gruyère filling ($8.95) comes with dressed salad greens, sautéed potatoes and buttered toast.
Our server also thoughtfully brings a jar of home made jam and extra butter with the food, just in case we want to further augment our breakfasts.
Simply Nosh Bistro is a great addition to Roncesvalles, especially as there are relatively few designated brunch places in the neighbourhood. The service is friendly and it's still quiet enough that you can easily get a table and linger if you want to, even at weekends.
Opening hours 8.30 a.m-3.30 p.m, Tuesday-Sunday.
Photos by Emma McIntyre