Bonjour Bonjour Brioche!

Hello and hope everyone had happy weekends! I’m still on the mend from the flu, but I did manage to get some delicious food down this weekend ;)

Seeing as we’re on the other side of winter now – the new year side – I’m realizing my time in Toronto is only getting smaller and smaller. So many places to see and experience in such a short period of time! Suddenly, the need to visit certain restaurants has reached an emergency status.

Sunday morning started like any other – in my favourite way with free yoga. At Lululemon. A relaxing and stretchy Hatha class with my big sis who is visiting from Ottawa this week.

The only thing better than free yoga on a Sunday is brunch on a Sunday. Sister Sara, Roommie Megan and I decided on a place that’s been on our radar for quite a while – Bonjour Brioche.

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Because who doesn’t love crusty white bread?

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Like any brunch place in the Riverside/Leslieville area, it’s tiny and bustling with people on the weekends.

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They also sell loaves of bread and pastries at the counter. It almost reminded me of my beloved Tartine in San Francisco. Almost.

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And Bill Cosby was here! (I know, what?)

I skipped coffee before yoga (learned that one the hard way) which meant I had to go until noon without coffee. By that point I was looking for an IV hook-up.

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But three cups of coffee in an IKEA mug worked just fine.

The menu looked spectacular and they had some great specials on. I knew I wanted to get something with brioche because it’s the restaurant’s namesake. Thankfully, Sister Sara was up for splitting two dishes with me.

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First up, we ordered the Croque Madam: toasted brioche layered with ham & gruyere and topped with a fried egg.

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With the Baked French Toast.

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Roommie Megan ordered the Smoked Salmon Scrambled Eggs: with chives, rosti potato, creamed horseradish and caviar. This dish definitely won for best presentation and apparently did not skimp out on the salmon.

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The croque madam was indeed very good. I’m not a huge fan of sunny side up eggs because slimy egg whites creep me out. But the bread was great and there was lots of ham.

Really though, we need to talk about the french toast.

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Because it was the best I ever had. Damn! The waitress said they use day-old pastries to make the French toast. Our plate was made with some kind of flaky chocolate swirl bread. But we saw a few different varieties floating around the restaurant. It was more like bread pudding. I would have never guessed a flaky bread would take on an egg soak so well. Every now and then I’d get a bite of creamy chocolate filling. Topped with maple syrup, the whole thing was perfection.

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Another Leslieville brunch success! Megan and I have a checklist going to visit every spot in the ‘hood before we move away.

It doesn’t end there though. Ohno. For we spotted this place just down the street…

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The Canadian Pie Company. Eerily similar to a pie joint you may remember from Pushing Daisies

If I had to choose between cake or pie, I’d choose pie.

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Even better, they had savoury pie. The Scotsman in me likes that.

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We were lured in by the promise of a free custard tart with the purchase of coffee.

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I skipped the deal, seeing as I had dessert for brunch.

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But that didn’t stop me from taking a bite.

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A buttery, flakey…

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…sweet, creamy…

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…bite of heaven.

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Sister Sara said that if the tart was that good, imagine how good the pies are. I think I know where I’ll be getting my birthday cake birthday pie this year ;)

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Two more places to check off the list, and both get very big enthusiastic checks! I’ve got more restaurants to talk about. I have a feeling it may turn into restaurant week here on the blog. Hell, it may turn into restaurant month ;) It’s all for the greater good of culinary adventure, I swear.

 

Question of the Day: What is your favourite kind of pie? Sweet or savoury! I lovelovelove chocolate pie and leftover apple pie with cheddar for breakfast. For savoury I love mom’s meat pie and a traditional chicken pot pie.

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Posted on January 9, 2011, in Restaurants, Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. So much gorgeous food! French toast made with pastries sounds incredible. My favorite pie is this pumpkin gingersnap thing my mom makes!

  2. pies are SO HIP right now! esp. little mini ones, which are perfect for me b/c then i can eat a bunch of different flavors. out with the cupcakes!!!

    • TOO funny because me and my sis were discussing how pies are going to become the new food trend!! Cupcakes are way out, macarons are still in, but pies are where it’s at ;)

  3. Hmm I have never heard of this pie place! Looks cute.

    How long are you in Toronto until?

  4. Hmm…I’m iffy on pie. Has to have good crust, otherwise…no thanks.

    My favorite sweet pie is probably my mom’s strawberry pie…she makes it with Sprite and it’s awesome. Is a quiche considered a savory pie? Because if so, I love all quiches.

  5. You are too adorable. I really want to start making eggs and smoked salmon. I had some in Puerto Rico and have fallen in love since.

  6. I will also always choose pie over cake! My favorite is definitely apple pie!! My aunt makes an awesome apple pie that I find super hard to resist.

  7. Lemon meringue. I had some fresh out of the oven a few weeks ago and O M G it was to die for!!! I also enjoy banana cream with fresh banana’s chopped on top. Yum yum yum!

  8. You know – pies have been declared the new cupcake, with mini pies of all sorts :D I think there is a store in Denver now?

    I love strawberry rhubarb.

  9. I always find myself going back and forth when I’m out to breakfast re: sweet vs. savory choices. Sounds like you got the best of both worlds.
    And you look gorgeous in the picture with the braids, by the way!!

  10. GAH I want a good traditional breakfast spread right about now…eggs…bagels…french toast…and all that I don’t have to make myself! Lucky ;) And I’m a non-discriminatory pie lover. Cherry, blackberry, whatev, just make sure it’s a la mode!

  11. Christina @ Food.Fitness.Fun.

    Looks like a delicious day! I also LOVE pie! Lemon meringue is a fave but I also love just about any fruit pie :)

  12. The brioche put my breakfast buritto to shame! Can move in with you?

  13. Next time you are home we should make slider savoury pies – endless possibilities.

  14. Oh wow I’ve really gotta go there now, don’t I? That French toast looks divine!!

    I like pie, but I don’t love it. I like cupcakes much more :P But I do like a nice slice of cherry or apple pie, with ice cream!

    xo

  15. Apple pie has gotta be top for me or fish pie is pretty damn good too x x

  16. Lemon meringue and key lime are my favorite pies. Once in Key West I had a frozen, chocolate dipped key lime pie and I truely believe it was the best thing I ever ate.

    Otherwise, I am really not that into pies unless the crust is right. If it’s not made with real butter it grosses me out. I’ve not had pie since going GF and I don’t have high hopes for GF crusts…

  17. I love pushing daises!

  18. what? holy shit. i have to get into canada and have that french toast. and the fried egg. holy. i am in awe. glad you are feeling better! coffee before yoga learned the hard way.. please tell me you didnt poop your pants ;)

  19. OMGGGGG…you mentioned pushing daisies! i feel like i was the only person in the world who watched that show, but i LOVED it. probably because kristen chenoweth is my hero. love the fact you had dessert after breakfast. that is why we are friends.

    and megan is moving from toronto too? gah, guess i am going to have to visit you BOTH in the maritimes? :)

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