Bonjour Brioche


 812 Queen St. East   Toronto, ON
416 406-1250

Having risen early (6:30 a.m. on a Sunday!) for an “all-staff meeting” for work, I was rarin’ to eat some good brunch by 10 a.m. Bonjour Brioche did not dissapoint. Located just west of Hello Toast on Queen St., Bonjour Brioche has a slightly upscale menu and also serves as bakery, with baguettes and ‘brioches’ (sweet buns with a different something inside). After waiting about 20 minutes we were seated in the shade on the patio, which is on the side of the restaurant. Scanning the menu, I was recommended the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and topped with caviar. However, upon further inspection I went with the ‘Tart of the Day’ which consisted of roasted garlic, mushroom and asiago cheese. I’m not sure how a tart differs from a quiche as they seem very similar, but this one was rich and tasty. Brigette also tried a tart but her’s had spinach, ricotta and olives inside. Her’s was milder tasting but also delicious. Marina had the omelette of the day which consisted of smoked salmon and creme fraiche, while Mark (not Polger) had the french toast which was incredibly rich and sweet (maybe too much so). Everyone came away fully satisfied.

Hello Toast (Now called Toast on Queen- Nov 2005)- Mark

Now called Toast on Queen- Nov 2005
993 Queen Street East
phone number: 416-778-7299

Hello Toast is located in the heart of Leslieville, at Queen and Pape. This small, trendy spot is a fun place to come to every time. The decor is beautiful, with deep red walls, adorned with colourful vibrant artwork, exposed brick walls, antique toasters surround, and little toaster caricatures on the ceilings. The tables are small and cramped together, giving it an intimate look and feel. Try to sit in front where there a comfy lime green couch.

With a funky (but small) brunch menu and a dinner menu with an assortments of Thai, French, and Italian dishes, Hello Toast is a hidden gem in Leslieville.

Hello Toast is a packed into two cosy two rooms, a main dining area and a back room with exposed brick and antique fridges. Food and ambiance are ecclectic and ambiance is trendy and alittle chi chi poo poo. Expect a lot of people-watching. Very gay friendly. Weekend brunch is super busy. Expect lineups from 12:00-2:30pm sometimes.

Dinner mains include a varieites of pasta dishes ($14–$15), risottos, and meat dishes like a roast pork tenderloin wrapped in apple and brie in puff pastry ($18- 23). For dessert, there is an apple tatin topped with vanilla ice cream.

Brunch items are between $7.95-$12.95 for brunch and portions are large. I always have the granola with fruit and yogourt. Staff are friendly and tables are small and placed quite close together. Although there are few vegetarian egg-free options, I really enjoy Hello Toast. Most of the menu consist of egg dishes with smoke salmon, pancakes, and sausage/pea meal bacon dishes. There are 4 varieties of eggs and smoked salmon. Substitutions are not allowed. Expect long waits for your food. Liquor licensed. Accepts all cards.

Pulp Kitchen (2002)

898 Queen Street East

This hip and trendy juice bar now has light meals. Located on Queen East at Logan, this hip hangout serves excellent fruit smoothies, energy and protein bars, vegetables juices, and light vegetarian and vegan meals. Beverages are quite expensive but this is the place if you want to treat yourself. I went with a friend who ordered a beet and carrot and ginger warm drink for $6.00 and I ordered the blueberry and banana smoothie. My drink was thick and smooth and creamy and very flavourful but expensive.