243 King East
To summarize Toba would be simply “lovely”. Set in the St. Lawrence market area on King and Sherbourne,
Toba is a cute and unassuming place that serves an elegant brunch with a small and diverse menu. Quality
is high, presentation is beautiful and artistic and decor is minimalistic with funky art on the walls,
representations of working women in the 1970’s- Andy Warhol style. Brunch prices are between $10-$15 per
person. Drink prices are kind of steep but service, food, and whole brunch experience is just so
Some stars and funky fixtures hang on the walls, almost looks like a kid’s bedroom surround the place.
Toba has a clean, slick look, very similar to Verveine.
For our brunch, we were served by a very friendly waiter and we started with plain lattes, extra hot,
and served in tall glasses ($5). Toba serves up some daily baked good (scones, muffins, pastries)-
$2.75 as well as mimosas and other “brunch” alcoholic beverages. Aaron started with the vegetarian
poached eggs with 2 eggs over chipotle brioche with grilled tomato, spinach, old cheddar with a
Hollandaise sauce ($11). The dish came out looking gorgeous, colourful, with texture, freshness, and
everything looked attractive to the eye. I ordered the French toast (4 triangular wedges) in a pecan
maple sauce with caramelized pears topped with maple syrup ($10.50). The dish was spectacular. Other
dishes include typical brunch fare: granola + fruit + yogourt ($5), Blueberry pancakes with fresh fruit
and whipped cream ($9.75), Hang over helper (scrambled eggs chorizo, green pepper, old cheddar, served
with organic greens, home fries, and toast ($11), the “traditional” breakfast (2 eggs any style with
choice of bacon, sausage or peameal bacon with home fries, organic greens, and toast) $10, poached eggs
with peameal bacon, Hollandaise sauce, and organic greens ($11), Duck Crepes (Wendy friendly)- with
Peking duck, carrot, apple, cabbage, hoisin sauce, and gruyere ($12), a crab melt (crab salad with gruyere and bacon on a baked angel biscuit($11), Corned beef hash (corned beef with shredded potato, caramelized onion, red peppers, with 2 baked eggs, Holandaise sauce, chipotle puree, organic greens, and toast ($13), and finally Steak and eggs with Hollandaise sauce, home fries and organic greens ($15). Toba serves a different “tart of the day” with organic greens and home fries for $10 and the omelete of the day is served with organic greens, home fries and toast is $11.
Toba is not hip and cool like Auntie’s and Uncles but it’s chiche and classy. I would definitely recommend this place for brunch-goers. Extra friendly service with high quality food, beautiful decor, and great ambiance. Great to bring a date. Seats about 15 tables. Serves Italian fare at night for dinner. Accepts all cards. Liquor license