Typically, Easter is a big family affair at home – a home cooked meal around our large dining room table. But this year, we decided to try something different. This year, we opted to go out for Easter brunch.
But where to go? The city is filled with options, of course. There’s no shortage of restaurants in Toronto. But we wanted to try something new and someplace that would feel special for Easter. Good thing the Ritz-Carlton just opened downtown!
I never think about hotel restaurants when looking for a dining option but what a great idea. The newly opened Ritz-Carlton Toronto has two restaurants and a bar: Toca by Tom Brodi (where we had brunch), Toca Bar and Deq, an outdoor patio perfect for summer evenings.
The restaurant is stylish and intimate. There’s a modern rustic feeling – the wide-planked unfinished wood floors and glazed brick walls lend a welcoming feel to the space. The extensive wine cellar is in full view behind glass doors adjacent to a large private dining area. But the best part?
The glass-enclosed cheese cave is truly one of a kind. Here, a selection of cheeses are given time and privacy to age to perfection. At any given time, three cheeses that are ready to be devoured are selected and served to diners. The cheese cave is home to about $250,000 worth of cheese. There’s currently a block in there worth about $10,000!
The brunch menu was select but the options were wonderful. Here’s a sampling of what you missed:
Brunch starts with a virgin Caesar shooter followed by two Bellinis in your choice of flavours: Peach, raspberry, mango or lychee.
No surprise here: I opted for the French toast. It’s served with a fruit compote on the side and maple syrup. It’s got a cream cheese filling inside – an unexpected but yummy surprise!
My sister opted for the oatmeal pancake with rhubarb and vanilla.
My mom and brother-in-law sampled the signature item: Eggs Benny on Brioche. They’re served eight different ways so there are options for everyone.
Every order comes with a side of fries, greens or poutine. We had to try the avocado frites. Breaded, then fried, they were delish!
Brunch Therapy at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto, $49 per person; view full menu here. For more information, visit ritzcarlton.com or call (416) 585-2500.