I've been brunching a LOT.
I ate a lot of brunches over this summer, and I wanted to share my experience here. I love breakfast foods and any excuse to combine sweet and savory foods in one seating gets a thumbs up from me. The three restaurants I will be chatting about today are Saving Grace, Bonjour Brioche, and Maha's Egyptian Cuisine.
I'm also thinking that I want to (attempt to) replicate a few of these dishes? Maybe that will be filed under "kitchen disasters".
Saving Grace is a quaint little spot just north of Trinity Bellwoods park. They had some really unique offerings (especially their daily specials menu). We ordered a fig omelette, beet and lentils with poached eggs, and french toast. Everything was incredibly delicious and I definitely want to head back to try more! The only con is there is limited seating and the food takes a bit longer to arrive.
Just two words here: over hyped. I decided to try out Bonjour Brioche because it was featured on quite a "best of" lists. Personally, I was really disappointed with the food. The portions were quite small (to be fair, I eat a lot) and the food was neither unique nor exceptional. I felt that I could have made the same food at home and it would have tasted better.
After a less-than-stellar meal, I ordered a blueberry brioche. Finally, something good (insert praise hands)! The brioche redeemed this restaurant in my eyes. It was delicious and if you happen to be in the neighborhood, I recommend picking up one or two.
Maha's is an endearing family owned restaurants with some of the best food I've had in a while. You will feel as if you are at a friend's house being overfed by an Egyptian mom. The food here is hearty enough to keep you going from breakfast to dinner. Expect lots of traditional dishes with a modern twist. I tried the Pharoh's Po Boy, Maha's Mind Blowing Chicken, Cairo Classic, Cumin Scented Potatoes and Chef's Appetizer Platter. And I've already been back to try out pretty much everything else on the menu! I think it's clear that Maha's is a MUST for brunch enthusiasts looking to go beyond an egg benny.