Early Bird (Brookfield Place)
Early Bird has brought its espressos and pretty healthy breakfasts to the concourse level of Brookfield Place.
Just steps away from the entrance to Union Station, this sleek version of the popular Queen West cafe is the new necessary breakfast stop on your way to the cubicle.
With the same menu as its original location save for two or three items, the food at this cafe is ideal for takeout, but its minimalist aesthetic is worth taking your ten minute break in.
There's ample seating here and the pine woodsy space feels exceptionally cozy despite sitting right next to a bustling subway station.
It's only batch coffee here, no pourovers like at the Queen cafe. Rotating beans from a roster of great roasters like 49th Parallel, Coffee Collective, Calgary's Monogram and Pilot Coffee, Early Bird changes their options every month.
Ordering at the counter, you'll find a selection of energy balls ($3) made in-house with all sorts of healthy ingredients like spirulina and ginger turmeric.
Decadent donuts from Glory Hole are just small enough to relieve some guilt (live a little) and come in flavours like Ferrero, black forest, butter roast or butter pecan for $3 each.
Baked goods like chocolate chip cookies ($3.25) and croissants come from Drake Commissary on Sterling Road.
Premium, artsy cereal bowl- and avocado toast-flavoured chocolate bars from LA's Compartes are seriously pricey impulse items at $18.50, which is more expensive than anything else on Early Bird's offer.
The coffee shop has a standard menu of caffeinated favourites like macchiatos and lattes plus loose leaf teas. The matcha latte adds a kick of colour to your already colourful meal, using Bolivian beans for $5.50.
The nitro brew ($.45) uses Pilot Coffee beans this time, making for the pick-me-up you didn't know you needed, because cooling caffeine is way more revitalizing than a hot cup of coffee.
Along the back of the cafe is a fridge of Greenhouse Juices ($8 each) and little cups of beautiful breakfast bites. The overnight oats ($7.50) are handy vegan snacks made from coconut yogurt, oats, peanut powder, and a variety of tropical fruits.
The breakfast sandwich ($9.60) is satisfying and messy; napkins are definitely required to eat these palm-sized sandwiches.
While the coffee is really enjoyable here, the healthy, greened out breakfast foods of Early Bird is undoubtedly the main draw here.
Just looking at the hummus toast ($10.50) will make any morning grumpy head feel a little better. Arriving in a recyclable box, its sprinkled with edible flowers; its sourdough bread from Drake Commissary prevents the sandwich from getting too soggy.
The housemade pink hummus is especially pretty since its mixed with beets – something they like to incorporate into their sauces – and topped off with micro greens.
The eggs benny ($12.50) is definitely the star of the entire menu, tasting as good as it looks. Mixed greens and a beet hollandaise sauce douses a poached egg atop an English muffin.
The veggie mix is perfect but, again, beware of juicy yolk spills on your clean dress shirt. For its price this order is certainly a worthwhile breakfast.
This simple space certainly beats a visit to Mcdonalds for breakfast: as usual, the suits of Brookfield Place get the best of the best with a spot that carries high quality coffee and outstanding morning meals.