Insomnia – A place that will wake you up
On a recent trip to Toronto I visited my friends for the weekend for some much needed out-of-town partying and after a long weekend of partying there are 2 things needed: a nice 5k run by the water and Brunch. I love doing brunch in Toronto because it allows me to explore an undiscovered landscape of pancakes, and eggs. I pretty much know of most places in Montreal but know of very few in Toronto and the couple I stayed with always introduces me to a new spot every time I come, so brunch in Toronto is always a delicious experience.
At 1st glance
With a name like Insomnia I can automatically connect and the giant bloodshot eyeball on top of the outside door definitely reminds me of mornings I and many others have had in the past. When you get there you can see a lineup forming on the inside and sometimes poking out the door which is usually a sign that the food is good because most of the time no one will wait in line for brunch unless its really good (ie. L’Avenue in Montreal) Once you enter, you notice seating areas on your right far left and near the back there is a giant bar on the right that goes a good length down the place and that is quite impressive. The people there are a mix of after-clubbers and local people coming in for a bite. Although the entrance is wheelchair accessible the layout as well as the effort needed to clear the initial barrier of the podium at the front makes it practically impossible, and that podium where the hostess takes your info looks pretty heavy, so I don’t expect them to movie it around that often.
The menu is a basic four-pager but there’s nothing simple about the options. In fact, they serve all the traditional favourites with a little twist which makes it both filling and tasty. Right off the bat there’s five different types of Mimosas ($7.00) and they have a different take on mimosas by having an option of orange juice, grapefruit, pineapple, and Chambord, as well as a Hoegaarden beer and orange juice which is a really novel idea. Theres some vegetarian options priced between $5.50 to $8.00 which can include salads, muesli, and fruit bowl.
The eggs plates are presented in 8 choices ranging from eggs Florentine ($9.50) to steak and eggs ($16). There’s even a sweet side with choices and prices ranging from 7 types of Waffles ($7) to Heaven on Earth ($10.50) which is a wild berry French toast sandwich with cream and honey.
My friend suggested the PLT ($10) which is peameal bacon, lettuce, tomato, and aioli on foccacia bread, with home fries and some greens (cheddar is $1 extra), I ended up splurging and added the cheddar which was well worth it – actually the whole plate was worth it. The bread was not too crumbly and managed to hold in all the liquid from the eggs and tomato, the mix of the eggs and bacon with cheese was great and it was incredibly filling. I loved every bite of it. The house fries were covered in a dark sauce which I was originally hesitant about but it worked quite well and I walked away from this table with a new favourite dish.
My friend ordered the 3 egg omelette ($10) which changes daily and came with house fries, greens and toast. The omelette was very fresh and bursting with flavour. Lastly, my other friend had the eggs Benedict ($10) which consisted of 2 eggs, peameal bacon, house hollandaise sauce , home fries and greens. The hollandaise sauce was really good and the eggs were perfectly prepared being neither too runny nor too firm.
The menu is fairly priced with basic items being under $10 and those specialty ones are at the $10 range so if you consider the quality of food, taste and generous portion, you get an amazing deal.
The service was quite good, refills were frequent, the waitress was helpful in answering our menu questions, the bill came quickly and the food came on time as well. No weak points here so I was quite pleased.
Most of the plates offered are vegetarian with only a small amount having meat, so I’d say that this is a safe bet. You will also find on the menu some health conscious items and they also have some items that are vegan such as salads and fruit plates so you do have a few choices if you are not into meat.
I really liked Insomnia in that the way they make the food is different than most places. Moreover, it is filling, fresh and uses lots of varied ingredients. The location is nice and they have a good enough selection on the menu without having it turn into a book. What they do, they do well and the service and ambiance is well done. I strongly suggest that if you go to Toronto you check this place out where you can get a quality brunch at a very good price. In fact if this was served back in Montreal the price would likely be $2-$4 more.
| 563 Bloor St West
Toronto, ON M5S 1Y6
Sat-Sun 10:00 a.m.- 15:00 p.m.
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