MONTREAL Brunch and BreakfastMildred's Kitchen Temple - MONTREAL Brunch and Breakfast
Oct
19
2010

Mildred’s Kitchen Temple

Mildred’s Kitchen Temple – Classy, Sexy, Cool

The 411

On a recent trip to Toronto, my friend brought me to this place that is apparently a hot spot for breakfast in the city. Every time I travel to Toronto and visit my friend, I always end up going to a quality spot for brunch so needless to say, I was excited. We had been drinking the night before at my friends fundraiser, and although we knocked back more than our fair share of drinks, we were still in decent enough shape to put some food into our system.


At 1st glance

We walked up to Mildreds kitchen temple and were greeted by a hostess at the desk who told us it would be around a 30 minute wait for a table. So we decided to walk around outside, bought some liquor from the LCBO (it was on sale) and went back into their waiting area. There were a bunch of people already waiting and lots of them were in their late twenty’s and thirties most likely from the area which has some nice condos filled with DINKs (double income, no kids). There was a bar in the waiting area with was at a lower area than the main dinning room and people were dressed to impress even on a Sunday morning. The washrooms are nearby and exist as a large unisex room with lots of private stalls and a common area to wash one’s hands. This model would have been a great idea if it wasn’t for the fact that some stalls were broken and some people made a mess by leaving paper towels everywhere. I will not blame a particular sex in this offence but honestly people, clean up after yourselves especially when you are in a fancy place like this.

Food

The menu has around ten items all priced in the $12-$14 range and coffee is not included and will run you $2.95 extra. The menu was broken down as follows:


  • Huevos Monty – $14 (a breakfast tortilla inspired dish)
  • Salade Lyonnaise – $12 (salad, eggs bacon, mushrooms)
  • Veda’s choice – $14 (poached egg in a croissant)
  • Mrs Biederhof’s pancakes – $13 (blueberry pancakes)
  • Crunchy Granola – $10 (granola, yogourt and berries)
  • Green Eggs and Ham – $11
  • Chef’s savoury tart – $12
  • Little Kay’s favourite grilled cheese sandwich – $12
  • Biscuits – 2 for $5/ 6 for $12
  • Rosemary bacon – $4
  • Fennel sausage – $4
  • Roasted potatoes – $4
  • We started off with some refreshments meaning, we all had some coffee ($2.95). Although it was extra, it did come with refills and was normal morning coffee. I had the Bert’s Back ($8.50) cocktail which was campari, vodka, and fresh grapefruit juice. I chose this drink because I found the name to be cool but in hindsight, I have to remind myself to stop doing that since I did not like it primarily on me not being a fan of campari. I filed that one under the “should have known better” folder.

    One order was the Huevos Monty ($14) which are black bean refritos, cheddar cheese, baked in a flour tortilla, eggs sunny side up, salsa, avacado & crème fraiche. This dish has a simplistic look but a complex flavour and is an absolute must have if you come here. I usually shy away from Mexican inspired breakfast dishes but this one was a hit. It was fresh, bursting with taste and the salsa and avocado worked so well with the eggs and tortilla. The taste really was out of this world and there was not a single crumb left at the end.

    The Vedas choice ($14) came as poached eggs on a croissant with smoked salmon, béarnaise (that’s a French sauce with clarified butter, egg yolks and herbs) & oven roasted potatoes. I was initially concerned that the dish was not enough and that I would be hungry since it does not look large once it’s placed in front of you but it ended up being quite filling and definitely tasty. The eggs were perfectly poached and the croissant was tasty. The sauce was spectacular. I felt the taste and flavour of this dish was second only to the previous one we had which gives you and indication of how good it was.

    We made sure to order Mrs Biederhof’s pancakes ($12) which are blueberry buttermilk pancakes, maple syrup and whipped cream. Sadly, the whipped cream fell before I could take a picture so you will have to imagine how much nicer it looked than in my photo. Looks aside, taste is what matters and that did not disappoint at all. The pancakes came as a generous sized stack with loads of blueberries and wonderfully light cream. The pancakes themselves were not too dense and were a touch airy. The flavour of this dish really delivered where it counted and I can see why it is one of their most popular dishes.

    Lastly, we indulged with some biscuits. Normally, I’m not a biscuit fan but I tried them and they were quite impressive, tasty and warm and came with a nice side of jam and cream. They were also of decent size since most people would associate biscuits with being small. It’s a nice thing to have to share and not a main dish which is why the $5 price tag works so well.

    Service

    Service was excellent! The time estimate was correct almost down to the minute and they did a good job of explaining the menu. Our waitress was really funny and our coffee refills were also frequent.

    Vegetarian

    The majority of dishes are vegetarian granted, it is a short menu. You can get healthy items as well like the crunchy granola. There are no real vegan options unless maybe if you ask them to hold the yogourt from the granola.

    Wrap up

    Mildred’s Kitchen Temple is quite impressive, not only for the décor but the food as well. Every dish we had was great and the Huevos Monty still makes my mouth water.The price is decent but once you factor in that coffee is not included and the sides are limited, it becomes a little more than your average spot. But, then again, you don’t come here for your average meal. At the end of the day you get what you pay for and enjoy every bite of it. If you find yourself in Toronto, make sure that this is one of your stops.


    85 Hanna Ave #104
    Toronto On,
    M6K 3S3
    (416) 588-5695

    Saturday-Saturday 10:00am – 3:00pm

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    Price $$-$$$ $12-$15
    Overall 4.5/5
    Wheelchair Access 3/3
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