1255 Bay St.
Phone: 416 964 2333
please note the change of spelling from the former Eggstacy (Church and Carleton) to Eggstasy (Bay and Yorkville)
Eggstacy’s original incarnation at Church and Carlton was great. While it may not have been the best brunch in the city: the huge portions, campy menu item names, flirtatious waiters (see original review) and generally fun and carefree attitude made it a helluva good and filling place to be. Recently, the owners of Eggstacy split up, with the original location changing its name to “Daybreak” and brand new Eggstacy opening up on Bay St. directly adjacent to Yorkville.
Curious to see what the changes were, I sauntered (yes walked) over on a gray Sunday morning and met Mark for a socially acceptable 11:15am brunch. First off, the place was packed with a generally upscale, good looking yet not particularly “hip” crowd?.. well it is Yorkville you have to remember. After a brief wait, we were seated right next to another couple finishing their own meal. The dé£¯r of the restaurant was sharp and clean yet didn’t particularly hold much interest nor carry a feeling of the hominess that my favourite brunch places do.
While the ambiance had dramatically changed from the original Eggstacy, the menu, from what I can recall, was almost exactly the same. The camp names of the large variety of omelets and frittatas like “The Forest Hill” (smoked salmon, capers, onions etc…) remained as did the portions. Well at least for my meal. While Mark substituted the accompanying toast, potatoes (choice of fries, hash browns or mashed), and two pancakes (this is correct: all three of these items come with any omelet that is ordered) for a side salad. My portion ended up being about 2-3 times the size of his. So a note for those on a carb-lite diet: don’t eat here!
My “Capn’ Crunch” omelet consisting of gooey cheddar, peameal bacon and? another ingredient that I can’t remember was average as was the accompanying aforementioned items. Despite this mediocrity, taken together you can’t really go wrong at brunch with that much food on your plate. Free refills of coffee and pop doesn’t hurt either. Both the hostess and our waitress were cheerful and attentive, answering Mark’s requisite thousand questions with glam and gusto.
While the new Eggstacy has lost much of the charm the old venue had, it still cranks out a massive plate of food that will keep you going right through to dinner.