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On a recent trip to Toronto, two friends took me to one of their favorite brunch places. Now, my last time in Toronto had me searching for a brunch place with no success so I was so happy that someone had done the searching for me this time.
At 1st glance
Fire on the east side is nestled in a nice little area of Toronto with some parking space in the neighborhood. You will notice it by it’s fair sized terrace and when you walk in, you are drawn to its large bar and a well-spaced seating setup, blue-green walls and its funky iron Jesus art statue on the wall. The place also doubles as a club on the evening and although you do have to use the club washrooms and walk a distance when you get there you will be shocked to find how clean and spacious
The menu has some good options on it and it was not too long so that’s usually a good sign that what they do, they do well.. There are 4 omelettes ranging from $10-$12; eggs benedict come in 3 choices and range between $11-$12; the crab cake benedict ($12) was really good and a unique menu item. There are additional specials added to menu that change, like the french toast with raspberry jam and peanut butter ($12), it was quite tasty and came with 2 sausages and was a filling option. The classic egg options are from $9-$12 and the cranberry & almond granola comes with vanilla bean yogourt and seasonal fruit/berries and at $9 it’s a pretty good deal. The spicy sweet potato and smoked turkey hash ($14) may seem like an odd combination although it is out of this world. It comes with poached eggs, orange chipotle Hollondaise sauce, avocado and sweet corn salsa. This dish is wroth every penny and you should definitely try it. I should also note that all plates are served with an out-of- this-world complimentary banana bread, which is really tasty and filling. I also tried the McCartney Mimosa which is comprised of Champagne/ orange juice cranberry and mango juice. It was very tasty although there’s some stupid “law” that prohibited me from having it before 11:00, but rest assured that the minute it turned 11, I was drinking it. Technically, my complaint is with the law not the drink, but the law got in the way of my drinking enjoyment.
The staff was quite friendly; my coffee refills were frequent although we did have some difficulty flagging them down for a question, but overall quite satisfied in the service department.
If you are vegetarian then you have quite a few options – mainly the omelette and granola as well as some egg dishes. Try the quiche and healthy scramble which is egg whites, sun dried tomatoes, artichokes, shallots asparagus and goat cheese. As for vegan options, it looks like you are out of luck since even the granola comes with dairy.
As my first Toronto brunch experience, Fire on the east side was an excellent and exciting choice. I recommend it to anyone who is in Toronto, whether they be local or visiting and is looking for some good brunch. The menu has some excellent ingredients, the prices are fair and the decor is nice. All and all, its a solid pick.
| 6 Gloucester Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1L5
(416) 960 FIRE (3473)
Sat- Sun 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
|Bottomless Cup Of Coffee||YES|
Banana Bread (complimentary)