The Best New Brunch Restaurants in Toronto, 2012
The best new brunch restaurants in Toronto is a bumper crop of impressive new destinations that are ready to serve the hungry and hungover. Perhaps it was the Olympics or all the naked Royals, but Torontonians woke up this past year with a taste for greasy British breakfasts, turning 2012 into the year where comforting classics reigned supreme. The elevated brunch also saw no signs of slowing down, with many of the below adding luxurious (for the wallet and the waistline) accents to beloved brunch staples.
Here is the list of the best new brunch restaurants in Toronto in 2012.
This charming bakery cafe pays tribute to Canadian comfort food all day long and brunch-time is no exception. The menu boasts classic weekend fare highlighting house baked breads and Beretta meats that are cured in house. The crispy griddled red skin potatoes are the standard which all brunch spots should aspire to, and are reason enough to venture out to St. Clair and Dufferin.
Be prepared to wait for a table at this 25-seat, greasy spoon turned upscale diner that's helmed by ex-Drake Hotel chef, Anthony Rose. Drawing inspiration from the classics, recent menu highlights have included wild blueberry-topped bread pudding, and fried eggs over schmaltz hash with toast and bacon, sausage, or a pork chop.
Situated on Dundas West, the menu at The Federal lists a selection of soups, salads and sandwiches highlighting thoughtful combinations of fresh ingredients. The expected brunch-time essentials are all here, too (eggs, bacon, and potato rösti), though you may be easily tempted by more indulgent offerings like the french toast and foie gras with bacon, dates, almond butter and maple syrup.
Boasting that it's "a little country, a lot rock and roll," this charming, rustic dining room features a chalkboard menu composed of farm fresh ingredients du jour. Expect to find a tailored selection of hearty offerings including sugarstack pancakes, the ploughmans platter and the barnyard burger.
Part coffee shop, part cocktail bar, Voodoo Child offers a small selection of ever-changing weekend options to satisfy the fevered College Street brunch crowd. Expect to find lovingly prepared and generously portioned plates of french toast infused with seasonal flavours and pancake specials peppered with thick sliced bacon.
Upgrading the full English breakfast, the brunch menu at The Oxley offers an inventive take on classics from across the pond. Served in the luxe interior of a historic Yorkville Victorian, the menu includes Scotch woodcock (scrambled eggs on toast), as well as a glorious eggs benedict on cheese scone, and optional sides of grilled grapefruit.
This new addition to Koreatown divides its Sunday-only brunch menu into savoury or sweet, and stars hearty favourites like the egg-topped, beef bacon hash or caramel-covered banana bread French toast. Everything here is made in house, from the freshly baked English muffins to the house-cured hickory bacon, all offering impressive value for unexpectedly high quality plates.
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