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Smith

Posted by Libby Roach / Reviewed on June 28, 2014 / review policy

smith torontoSmith has been open for three years on Church Street, carefully rebranding itself to serve a more diverse clientele than its predecessor, the disco nightclub cheekily dubbed "Straight". Owner Renda Abdo is a serial restaurateur, with popular sister restaurants 7 West, Wish, and now, the new House/Maison all within a short walk of each other.

Smith shares some similarities with its siblings: the decor is almost interchangeable at Wish and Smith, with layered antiques mixed with playful curios to distract and engage, whereas 7 West is a little more bare-bones and laid-back.

Smith TorontoBrunch is always busy at this three-floor restaurant, and with two patios on the premises, summer is the best time to check out their midday munchies. The narrow courtyard patio is tucked in just off of Monteith Street; flanked by brick walls and wrought iron gates, the cushioned benches and mismatched plates and cups give it a distinct eclectic vibe.

smith torontoBrunch offerings are concise and tempting. Sweet treats mingle with sturdier options and lunch-like items like the tuna melt or the poached salmon nicoise offer more choices than just eggs and bacon. Firmly on the breakfast side, the eggs benedict ($15) is elevated by chef Andrew Bradford with a parmesan leek fondue sauce instead of the standard hollandaise. Poached eggs are perfectly runny and a side of crunchy cubed home fries mops up all the extra delicious sauce.

smith torontoHuevos rancheros ($15) brings eggs (usually poached, but we pleaded for scrambled) resting on a tortilla with black beans, guac, sour cream, fresh chopped salsa and shredded cheddar cheese. No heat here, but that was quickly remedied by the cheerful wait staff, who swiftly brought some hot sauce over. The plate hit all the major food groups and wasn't as gut busting as the eggs benny, while still offering a good, hearty start to the day.

smith torontoCoffee cake and scones ($8) are daily 'smithed' offerings. Made in house, that day's scones were flecked with dried cherries and yellow raisins and were delightfully fluffy on the inside. The coffee cake was more chocolatey than coffee tasting and the accompanying lemon curd and blueberry compotes were fragrant, but straight up butter would have been better.

smith torontoHot doughnuts ($6) paired well with the latte ($4) and cappucino ($4). Unfortunately, being there before 11am meant missing out on Smith's extensive cocktail collection. A side of Drip Maple Syrup sweetened up our coffees and played nicely with the nutty caramel doughnuts that should not under any circumstances be missed.

smith torontoSmith is an indisputable Village hotspot, especially for brunch, and it should be. The food is tasty and approachable, honest and comfortable. Just what the Village needs.

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Discussion

3 Comments

Ivan / June 29, 2014 at 05:40 pm
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So I went there today and maybe its just because of Pride, but I was not terribly impressed. The food was decent, but it took the waiter almost 15min to come and drop off the menus. Let me say that the place was half empty and it was about 1pm .
The Salmon Frittata was OK, the eggs were and rather than anything in the eggs they just dump a bunch of salad on top. One slide of cured salmon. The salad is mixed with so many croutons in it that you feel like you are eating a bread salad.
My friend ordered the Huevos Rancheros and they forgot to bring any of the salsa, guacamole, etc. When she mentioned it they did bring some on the side without saying a word, no sorry or anything. The salad and the guacamole were very acidic to the point that it caused my tongue to get a bit sore. I think its important to be picky about a place like this since they are trying to give you a hirer level of food and experience. Like I said its only one time there, so maybe this was just a one off.
mememem replying to a comment from Ivan / June 30, 2014 at 04:18 am
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yeah,
don't go on pride, too much going on with all the restaurants despite smith being empty, try next sunday, you will be impressed
Luke / July 9, 2014 at 11:50 pm
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I gave this restaurant two chances last year. While I thought the food tasted quite nice, both visits resulted in 2.5 - 3hr dinners. I assure you this was not a result of our table camping and indulging in cocktails or multiple rounds of appetizers. The second visit we didn't even order apps or pre-dinner cocktails and the food took 1.5hrs to arrive after waiting 30mins for a server to take our order. To make matters worse, when the food did arrive, it was cold.

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