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Toronto’s five best brunch dishes

Best Brunch
No. 1
Such is chef David Neinstein’s dedication to barbecue that even the fluffy pancakes at Barque come with meat—in this case, rich and intensely smoky pulled duck leg. The inspiring accompaniments are a tart wild blueberry compote and creamy chèvre. 299 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-532-7700.


No. 2
A crispy patty of fried plantains and two perfect, soft-fried eggs form the bottom and top of the huevos rancheros at Origin. Inside: almost-crispy bacon, black beans in pork fat, and peppery guacamole. A fresh salsa cuts through the rich creation. 107 King St. E., 416-603-8009.

No. 3
Start a Cuban brunch at Delux with fresh doughnuts, followed by duck confit picadillo—a potato hash studded with shredded duck, red pepper, dried sultanas, capers and olives, all topped with a pair of sunny-side-up eggs—served with hearty plantain tostones. 92 Ossington Ave., 416-537-0134.

No. 4
Célestin offers excellent pissaladières—flatbreads that are distant cousins to pizza. The thin, crisp base is smothered with intensely caramelized onions and topped with figs, creamy goat cheese, toasted pine nuts and peppery arugula. 623 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-544-9035.

No. 5
Saving Grace is probably the sole hipster brunch spot to offer Vietnamese iced coffee. The surprisingly full-flavoured corn-tortilla quesadilla comes stuffed with wild rice and topped with a spicy-sweet chipotle fig chutney. 907 Dundas St. W., 416-703-7368.

(Image: The huevos rancheros at Origin, by John Cullen)

  • madskrilla

    ohh aunties and uncles beats saving grace for sure!

  • Peter212

    is bonjour brioche history? I am keen to hear fellow bloggers comments on this place – so run down, bad service, only cash , which means they could reinvest in the place!!!

  • verve

    Umm…how about simple “toast-like” brunches? You mean BEST “fancy-pancy” brunches.

  • jaydee

    “how about simple “toast-like” brunches? You mean BEST “fancy-pancy” brunches.”
    November 3, 2011 at 6:37 pm | by verve

    It does say “five dishes that turn brunch into a meal”.

  • Blossom

    All the brunches listed sounds gross.

  • Brunch Monster

    Ummm no. Fire on the East Side is the best. Hands down

  • Elizabeth

    I’m with Blossom and verve and “fancy pancy brunches” – just give me a plate of great eggs bennie and a geat cup of coffee, and I am happy (or any “toast-like” brunch)

  • 4normals

    Starving Artist
    School Bakery & Cafe
    Le Petit Dejeuner
    Uncles and Aunties
    &
    Hot House on Sunday to pig out.

  • ziurande

    Lady Marmalade hands down around Leslieville area..

  • parkdaleeater

    i would remove school from 4normals list as the food is mostly meh and the service is terrible. i can never figure out the line ups for this place other than the summer patio.

    when in liberty village i usually brunch at the liberty belle bisto.

    mitzi’s on sorauren is another parkdale fave and the king eddy for the grand buffet if it is a payday weekend

  • DOWNTOWN MAN

    BEST BRUNCH IS AT A DINER , WITH REGULAR FOOD , THAT AS BEEN MADE FOR YEARS AND YEARS ,

    DUCK CONFIT FOR BRUNCH , YUCK!!

  • guest

    That Delux dish really sucks.

 

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