The small but busy restaurant often only has one or two varieties of items like quiches and omelettes a day and once they’re gone, that’s it.
Baking prep happens in the basement, almost everything cooked and baked in the same microscopic open kitchen. A pastry case loaded with brioche, croissants and baked wonders of all kinds curves in front of this area, customers pressing against the glass to line up and purchase items to go.
The omelette du jour ($11) has potato, caramelized onion, smoked bacon and cheddar cheese when I visit. Though fillings change, omelettes are always incredibly velvety and fluffy with a satiny smooth surface.
They’re also always served with house baguette with a thick triangle of butter and greens dressed with Bonjour Brioche’s signature house basil vinaigrette.
Quiche Lorraine is a very reasonable $10 for the du jour offering, a classic Parisian-feeling lunch. Studded with chunks of smoky ham, rich Swiss and fragrant curls of leek, the egg somehow hovers between a liquid and a solid, incredibly airy encased in a light and flaky crispy crust. Both 35% and 2% cream make the filling super creamy.
Croissants ($2) are some of the best in the city here, thanks to a longer three-day process of dough-making, rolling, proofing and baking, their richness owed to 45 per cent Canadian butter content.
Baguettes ($3) are extremely popular from here as well, though they’re a more basic version in the city. Relatively slim, soft and white on the inside with a relatively tender crust on the outside, eat these with the recommended generous amounts of butter or as sandwiches. They also do provencale, rustic, multi-grain and brioche loaves.
Brioche Royale ($2.35) comes in lemon raspberry or blueberry custard varieties.
A pear almond tart goes for $18 for a size that feeds four to six, $29 for a large size that feeds six to eight.
Clafouti follows the same pricing, another iconic baked good that comes in sour cherry, blueberry, raspberry or mixed berry varieties.
Bonjour Brioche is cash only, and you can take a seat outside on a quaint patio when the weather is warm.