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Brunch at Momofuku Daishō

Brunch culture is very popular in Toronto, where people are willing to line up for hours just for pancakes, or eggs benedict. So, it's no surprise that several restaurants in Toronto offer brunch menus on the weekends. We had the pleasure of attending a private tasting at Momofuku Daishō for the launch of their new Spring/Summer brunch menu. The new brunch menu features several take on brunch classics, but they have put their own spin on it as well. Chef Paula Navarrete helms the kitchen with her team, and they have created a variety of exciting brunch options like the Everything Bun, Buckwheat Pancakes, and Niagara Ham.

 Located on the corner of University & Richmond lies the three-story Momofuku Toronto complex. Momofuku Daishō is located on the top floor that overlooks the busy University Street. The interior was quite nice with floor-to-ceiling windows allowing natural light to seep through. I love the clean space, and the lighting allows people to capture good Instagram photos.

Please enjoy the pictures from our brunch at Momofuku Daishō.

** Pictures by Brian Lai. Visit his Instagram to check out his feed ** 

 English Muffins ($5)

Lemon Meringue Pie ($5)

Mimosa (4.0 oz) ($12) - orange, sparkling

 Everything Bun ($9) - smoked white fish, capers, dill 

Pork Sausage ($18) - grits, frisee, poached egg 

    Potatoes + Onions ($7)

The amazing brunch spread from Sunday Brunch at Momofuku Daishō. Food kept on flowing out!

The new brunch menu offers an array of sweet and savory dishes. You can also complement your meal with a glass of refreshing mimosa. Sunday Brunch is available every Sunday morning at Momofuku Daishō from 11 am to 2 pm.

** Pictures by Brian Lai. Visit his Instagram to check out his feed ** 

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Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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The Natrel Milk Bar by java u in Toronto (Queen & Dovercourt)

The Natrel Milk Bar by java u cafe recently opened in downtown Toronto on the corner of Queen & Dovercourt earlier this month. Natrel has partnered up with Montreal-based café chain java u to bring forth this concept café in hopes of drawing coffee lovers to their newest endeavor. The Natrel Milk Bar by java u cafe offers a selection of 7 varieties of milk, allowing customers to create their own personalized coffee to their liking. It is the place where coffee lovers can have a delicious, and an original coffee experience.

"We launched this unique café concept in Montreal in May last year, and it was very well received," says Brian Cytrynbaum of java u. "Our mandate in Toronto remains the same as it was with our first opening — we want to raise the profile of the milk we use in our coffee and offer customers a one-of-a-kind gourmet experience in our cafés, which promote personalization and choice. After all, many specialized coffees are comprised of only one-third coffee; the other two-thirds are milk!" (source: Newswire)

As mentioned above, the concept café features a great selection of milk, including skim, 2 percent milk, and lactose-free. I know many people who are lactose-intolerant, and they try to avoid many of the coffee chains as they don't always offer lactose-free products. The new Natrel Milk Bar by java u is a great option for those who are looking for more choices in terms of the products that they can consume. Natrel Milk Bar by java u does not only offer coffee on their menu, as they do have a selection of bottled iced latte, milkshakes, desserts, and a food menu (salads, sandwiches, soups, etc ...) as well.

The seven varieties of Natrel Milk are available through a barista or self-serve on the side table. They are there to allow customers to personalize the range of coffee beverages that Natrel Milk Bar by java u has on their drinks menu. I love that they also have a seasonal menu including a variety of milk shakes and ice-cream that are now available for the summer. I opted to try the Strawberry Milkshake, which wasn't too overly sweet.

I was kindly invited to the Natrel Milk Bar by java u launch a couple of weeks ago where I got a preview of their menu (drinks and food). In attendance was Michael Breach from NYC, who is a renowned latte artist known for his latte portraits. I had the opportunity to get one done of myself, and it was just a nifty sight to see.

Internationally renowned coffee artist Michael Breach
The food menu features a variety of dairy-based food items including this delectable breakfast egg sandwich. 

The café, located at 1092 Queen Street West, is open Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on the weekend, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/javautoronto/
Website: https://experience.natrel.ca/en/milkbar/toronto

Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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Weekend Brunch at Drake One Fifty (Drake 150)

Situated in the heart of the Financial District, The Drake’s Drake One Fifty, recently launched their weekend brunch. Chef de Cuisine, Jon Pong, and his team has created a menu to celebrate the season’s light flavors and bountiful produce that support many local purveyors and farmers. The menu includes brunch favorites like eggs benedict, pancakes, skillet French toast, and steak & eggs. Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending an intimate tasting where guests got to sample the new brunch menu, and completed a hands-on cocktail masterclass (Caesar) with their head mixologist.


Drake One Fifty uses locally sourced products daily, and this hasn't changed with their new brunch menu. They source bacon and pork from Perth Pork, beef from Cumbrae’s, walnuts from 100km Foods Inc., cheese from The Cheese Boutique, Ocean Wise sustainable seafood, seasonal Ontario produce and even foraged mushrooms. Quality dishes are of the utmost importance at Drake One Fifty, and this is evident in the dishes that are served to their customers.

The team at Drake One Fifty has also curated a cocktail program that perfectly complemented the new brunch menu including the popular Classic Drake Caesar.

Photo Credit: Drake One Fifty
The Blueberry Scones ($11) - clotted cream & jam was a delicious start to a morning brunch. The scones are freshly baked in-house every morning, and delightfully soft.

I opted for the Omelette ($16) - Bulgarian feta, grilled shiitake furikake, baguette crostin, as my choice of main course, and I am glad that I did. The omelette was a modern take on the brunch favorite, but they did add a unique spin to it by adding Bulgarian feta.

We ended brunch with Pancakes ($15) - miso banana caramel, chocolate cream as our dessert. It was quite the sweet treat!

 Hot Smoked Salmon Benedict ($17) - dill hollandaise, salmon roe, toasted sesame

Photo Credit: Drake One Fifty
 Drake Breakfast ($17) - skillet, corn bread, breakfast sausage bacon, 2 eggs, chicharrón, BBQ bean puree 

Photo Credit: Drake One Fifty

Brunch is available every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm at Drake One Fifty.

Address: 150 York St, Toronto, ON M5H 3S5

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DrakeOneFifty
Instagram: http://instagram.com/thedrakehotel
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDrakeHotel/
Website: http://www.drakeonefifty.ca/dining
Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.
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Little Fin

Opened in 2014, Little Fin is a casual seafood-centric eatery under the The Chase Hospitality Group umbrella. Earlier last month, they started serving breakfast with the addition of four new menu items. The new menu highlights the flavorful cuisine that Little Fin has to offer, and pairs perfectly with their freshly brewed coffee.

Their offerings include the following four items:

1) Peameal bacon sandwich "The Ultimate Brek-Fin Sandwich" ($7)
2) Smoked Salmon Bagel ($6)
3) Egg white, kale and goal cheese wrap "The (Egg) White Wrapper" ($5.50)
4) Crispy Chicken and Waffles Sandwich ($6.50)

The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Dineen Building, and lies within the Financial District. Little Fin's new breakfast menu mainly caters to the fast lifestyle of the young professionals who work or reside in the area. The breakfast items are available for both eat-in, or take-out, and it's fairly priced. Breakfast is available every Monday to Friday from 8 am to 11 am.

Out of the four choices, I went for the Chicken & Waffles Sandwich ($6.50) - fried chicken, sweet waffles, maple-fancy sauce. It's a classic concoction with a slight twist. Instead of making the waffles crispy, Little Fin opted for soft waffles. This added a nice textural contrast between the crispy fried chicken and soft waffles. The well-spiced fried chicken is sandwiched between two waffles making it one of the best combinations for breakfast. I would definitely order this again for breakfast!


To celebrate the launch, Little Fin is currently holding an Instagram contest where one winner will win free breakfast every Monday for a month. The winner will be selected on April 8, 2016. All you have to do is post a photo with you and your breakfast, and use the hashtags #finfanbreakfast and #anyfinispossible. Check out the post on their Instagram here.

 Address: 4 Temperance St, Toronto, ON M5H 1Y4

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/little.fin/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Little_Fin
Website: http://littlefin.ca/

Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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Denny's Toronto

The 24 hours diner is synonymous for their no frills "Grand Slam" breakfast, and there are an abundance of locations worldwide including several in Ontario. Denny's opened its first Toronto location in mid 2014 on the corner of Bay and Dundas. Its central location makes it very close to both the Eaton's Center, and Ryerson University (students also get 15% discount), so it's a convenient spot.

Denny's Toronto offers a menu of classic breakfast and comfort food for relatively affordable prices. Although breakfast seems to be the central focus at Denny's as it's available all-day. I arrived to Denny's Toronto for lunch, and opted for the highly recommended Cinnamon Pancake Breakfast - cinnamon sauce and cream cheese icing drizzled over two buttermilk pancakes. Served with two eggs* and hash browns, plus your choice of two strips of bacon or two sausage links and a side of warm syrup. I don't often eat breakfast foods for lunch, but it was available so why now? Judging solely on appearance, I'd say that the cinnamon pancakes was very aesthetically pleasing on my first visit (IG-picturesque).

However, I was slightly less than impressed with the lack of presentation on my second visit for dinner, and there was no syrup between the layers this time around. Luckily, the taste was still the same, which I enjoyed on both visits. Tasty and fluffy pancakes! Overall, the meal came with a substantial amount of food, and I was pretty full by the end of lunch.

I also got a strawberry milkshake, which was delicious!

Denny's Toronto has a couple of skillets on the menu, and J got the Crazy Spicy Skilletcrumbled chorizo sausage, jalapeños, sautéed mushrooms and fire-roasted bell peppers and onions blended together with seasoned red-skinned potatoes on a sizzlin’ hot skillet. Topped with grilled chicken breast, shredded Cheddar cheese, a spicy five pepper sauce and Pepper Jack queso.

Overall, the restaurant caters to the regulars in the area, students from Ryerson, and tourists, so it's a nice mix of patrons. Denny's Toronto is open 24 hours, and is essentially a go-to place for breakfast foods, and late-night dinners.

Denny's Toronto recently introduced an app called The Denny's Club App, where patrons are able to collect points for their meals (social loyalty program). Additionally, the app has the capability to allow you to pay for your meals within the app - a two-in-one feature. It's nice that you don't have to pull out your wallet, as your payment information are securely stored on the app. I like that if you're a frequent diner at Denny's, then the app instantly recognizes you as one of "Denny's Loyal Customers", and offers you extra perks.

Go paperless with your receipts and download the app today; available for Apple and Android.


Don't forget to drop into Denny's on your birthday for a FREE grand slam breakfast.

Address: 121 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1C4

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Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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