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The Best Splurge Brunch in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / February 7, 2013

brunch torontoThe best splurge brunch in Toronto takes our favourite midday weekend meal up a notch or two. Beyond the basic pancakes and eggs, these brunches feature freshly shucked oysters, lamb bacon, duck confit, and more, all of which pretty much demand a freshly squeezed mimosa or glass of a signature house brunch champagne. Which all goes to say — leave your pocket change at home. These brunches certainly fall on the steep end of the scale, but for freshly baked biscuits, house-smoked meats, and, um, a chance to get out of those sweatpants for brunch, we'd expect nothing less.

Here is the list of the best splurge brunch restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The best brunch in Toronto
The best new brunch restaurants in Toronto, 2012
The best new brunch restaurants in Toronto, 2011
The best all-day breakfast in Toronto
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The best breakfast sandwiches in Toronto

Origin King East

Origin King East

This is not your greasy spoon eggs and bacon breakfast. Far from it. The brunch at Origin on King East is mid-morning sophistication in the form of French toast paired with duck confit, egg white frittatas, and Origin burgers with chipotle aioli. Paired with a champagne cocktail or two, this is definitely a superior morning meal. But at over $20 per person, it's certainly a once-in-a-while treat. More »

Union

Union

For a splurge brunch over on Ossington, few do it better than oyster-equipped Union. With a brunch menu that changes from one weekend to the next, Union consistently offers fresh twists on conventional (and colourless?) breakfast items. Lobster frittatas, BBQ rib benedicts, and steak tartare are just a few of the Union brunch must-try options. More »

Mildred's Temple Kitchen

Mildred's Temple Kitchen

This brunch could surely carry you through to Monday. Starting with Mildred's famous homestyle scones, this Liberty Village spot excels in the realms of hollandaise, flaky croissants, and rosemary-infused bacon. Mrs Biederhof's legendary pancakes are a Mildred easy call, best paired with a "Morning Mimosa" made with freshly squeezed orange juice. More »

Le Select Bistro

Le Select Bistro

With a patio spot in the summertime and the revered Croque-Madame, Le Select Bistro attempts to offer a little taste of Paris in the heart of the rush by King West. Le Select's brunch menu features free-range egg omelettes, stuffed French toast, and various salads and sandwiches, most of which will arrive at your table only after a bit of a wait. It's worth it. More »

Beast Restaurant

Beast Restaurant

Beast Restaurant does every carnivore's dream brunch. For a couple of bucks more than your average breakfast sandwich, the Beastwich will surely send you into an blissful afternoon food coma. Made with fried chicken thigh, pimento cheese, a fried egg, pork sausage gravy, all on a buttermilk biscuit, this mega sandwich is perhaps only rivalled by Beast's own egg scramble or duck confit French toast. More »

Toca at Ritz Carlton

Toca at Ritz Carlton

Sunday brunch at Toca is indeed the priciest on this list, but it's also the most extravagant. For about $80 per person, diners can explore a brunch wonderland of lobster tails, shucked oysters, a live carving station, omelette station, charcuterie and more, plus access to an all-inclusive mimosa and bellini bar. And if that wasn't enough, a chocolate fountain, creperie, and French pastries for dessert. More »

Frank Restaurant at The AGO

Frank Restaurant at The AGO

Call it one of the most culturally diverse brunch menus in Toronto, Frank Restaurant offers everything from huevos rancheros (naturally) to butter chicken. Most plates here ring in around the $20 mark, with the daily omelette and smoked salmon benny standing out above the rest. Frank's signature black currant scones are a necessary side. More »

Cafe Belong

Cafe Belong

Cafe Belong changes its brunch menu depending on the season, but you can usually count on some variation of a country-style feast. Hosted at the Evergreen Brick Works, anything with Belong's homemade buttermilk biscuits is pretty much a win, along with its breakfast martini made with fresh lemon and orange marmalade. Most mains range between $12 to $20, with duck eggs holding strong through most of the cafe's seasons. More »

Weslodge

Weslodge

Bison pastrami, duck bacon, and provimi schnitzel galore. As long as you don't mind forking over a couple of extra bucks, Weslodge will treat you to brunch tastes that are totally unique to this King West spot. Many of the menu options are prepared in house through and through, including the house smoked turkey that goes into its sandwich, and the freshly baked English muffins served with Beppino Occelli butter from Italy. More »

Discussion

23 Comments

mezimeen / February 7, 2013 at 12:58 pm
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'Splurge' does not equal 'Best' by any means...
Joho / February 7, 2013 at 01:04 pm
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King Eddie all the way...
Brandon / February 7, 2013 at 01:33 pm
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Haven't had brunch at Cafe Belong, but I've been there for dinner twice, and if the quality of the food was any indication of their brunch menu, I'll definitely have to add it to my "to try" list!
Jennsanerd / February 7, 2013 at 01:39 pm
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La Palette on Queen's nice as well, especially in the summer. It's not too splurge-y, unless you're dropping money on Mimosas. I think they're $11 each or something. Great spot, though. Try the eggs florentine.
Elizabeth / February 7, 2013 at 01:51 pm
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I'd add the three course brunch at Cafe Boulud!
Leila / February 7, 2013 at 01:54 pm
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No 1 should be: Gallery Grill in Hart House http://harthouse.ca/gallery-grill/
asdf replying to a comment from Joho / February 7, 2013 at 02:22 pm
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Agreed... all-you-can-eat brunch at King Eddie is the definition of splurge!
BillyO / February 7, 2013 at 06:04 pm
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Cafe Belong is great for brunch, been there twice. It's a little out of the way in the Brickworks but other than that it's excellent.
Gabe replying to a comment from mezimeen / February 7, 2013 at 10:54 pm
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Nobody said Best except you! We all know what splurge means. You can splurge on the best things you can splurge on the worst things...
Kelsey / February 7, 2013 at 11:29 pm
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Best splurge brunch is the Bangcakes at Origin in Libery Village. They are abseloutly to die for.
Josh / February 7, 2013 at 11:37 pm
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McDonalds is splurge enough for my breakfast...
Geoff / February 11, 2013 at 06:50 pm
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I always love Marben,LOVE the home made bacon!..So good we normally eat it every Sunday!
New Toronto Condos / March 11, 2013 at 03:30 pm
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Le Select Bistro is my favourite brunch place in King West Toronto! seriously, try it!
Deal / March 15, 2013 at 09:39 am
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Aline / March 29, 2014 at 09:17 am
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You missed the best one! Cafe Boulud at Four Seasons.
Tee / March 29, 2014 at 09:22 am
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King Eddie. Hands down the most decadent in the city.
geez / March 29, 2014 at 09:40 am
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how did you not include splendido on this list? blogto what is wrong with you?
Kaori / March 29, 2014 at 10:19 am
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Glas Sunday brunch. Cheese course.
Kelly / March 29, 2014 at 03:09 pm
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Farmhouse Tavern should be added to this list! Their brunch menu is always unique and delicious!
jenn / August 31, 2014 at 10:18 am
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Gilead Cafe!!!!

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