Figs is a small, sunny restaurant near the corner of Queen and Parliament that draws in locals for breakfast, brunch and lunch. As someone who loves brunch, but sometimes works weekends, I am always thrilled to find spots that serve good brunch fare during the week.
Figs has the feel of a family-run operation with nice touches sprinkled throughout, like the addition of fresh flowers and plants, and local artwork on the walls. I had heard this place described as Diner-style food so was pleasantly surprised to see a wide selection on the menu; with lighter options like yogurt with honey and granola, and rice pudding with saffron. And as a bruncher who love Eggs Benedict, I'm happy to report there are several variations of the dish for the choosing.
After some deliberation, my friend and I select the Royal Eggs Benedict ($12.99) which consists of smoked salmon and spinach. It's a hearty serving with three eggs, a generous serving of home fries, and fresh grapefruit, melon, and grapes. The notes of lemon in the homemade Hollandaise sauce (rich, but not heavy) are complimented by the sprigs of fresh dill. The eggs are poached to perfection, soft and slightly runny. This version of Eggs Benny is absolutely satisfying, and even feels healthy.
At a crossroads choosing our next dish, we opt for the Full Breakfast. Designed for the bruncher who wants it all, this dish involves bacon, eggs, sausage, toast, fresh fruit, and Belgian Waffle (also $12.99). The waffle has the winning combination of being very light and fluffy, while maintaining a slightly crisp shell. I also like my bacon on the crispy side and Figs delivered, but the shredded potato accompaniment is the standout for this dish; seasoned with paprika, it's addictive. I will return on the basis of these potatoes alone!
My only complaint here would be the coffee ($1.79). I generally enjoy Diner-style coffee, but this cup just didn't cut it for me, and I made a stop-off at another coffee shop after leaving.
The portions are large, the service attentive, and the price reasonable for what you get. Figs may be a little bit out of the way for some, but definitely worth the visit if you're in the area, or just looking for a weekday brunch fix.
Writing by Celeste Percy-Beauregard