The 411 Since I started doing this site, I have fallen in and out of love with Bernard street. When I first started, I felt Bernard was the place to go for brunch then as time passed I discovered new gems hidden in various neighbourhoods. Now, Bernard street was staring to get stale and some of my favourite spots were falling out of favour but some new spots opened up and started doing some interesting things and then, Bernard street started getting interesting again.
In the summer time you can sit on the terrace and enjoy a nice brunch under the sun. The inside is also quite nice with large windows. The Royal Phoenix is a bar, and a busy one at night, so the interior does look like a bar but during the daytime it’s nice enough that you can eat there.
Food Dishes will range from $10-$14 and this is the tax included price so keep that in mind when comparing it to other places since they don’t have the price tax included. The menu is quite interesting and has some nice options for those with dietary restrictions like a tofu option for scrambled eggs & Huevos Ranchero as well soy milk instead of dairy milk in the coffee. They don’t have drip coffee and their coffee will range anywhere from $2-$3. The menu is a double-sided sheet and the breakdown is as follows (once again please note all prices include taxes):
All dishes start with a complimentary fruit cup and orange juice. This was a nice bonus and added extra value to the price paid for the meal. My friend had the classic egg dish ($8) which comes with two eggs, bacon, English muffin, potatoes and a salad. The size of the dish was quite generous and the potatoes were large cuts and well seasoned. The salad was a nice touch and the scrambled eggs were tasty. The side of bacon was beyond ample. In fact, it was a mountain of bacon,which was kind of cool to have, and likely the most bacon I have seen in an order.
The Braised Pork Benedict is $12 for one egg and $15 for two eggs. This dish is as it sounds:a braised pork eggs Benedict. There is hollandaise sauce, roquette, and potatoes on the side. The roquette was kind of “in the way” and overtook the plate for the photo, but hey! some roughage is good for you so I can live with it. The use of braised pork in an eggs Benedict is a real joy. The dish is filling, every bite is tasty and the portion size is generous and well priced especially when you consider it includes taxes in the price.
One person had the bacon sandwich ($11.50) which is scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo and a side of lettuce & salad. There is a veggie option for a dollar less and it swaps the bacon for tofu. This sandwich is actually served in a Panini bread and is quite large so you need to eat this “big sandwich style” – no fancy fork and knife approach. I should note the large Panini bread is a pet peeve of mine since I prefer a brioche bread like they do for a breakfast burger, but the portion is very generous; you will get full and the taste delivers.
Lastly, the Huevos Rancheros with meat ($10.50) came served with tostada, eggs, chili con carne, olives, tomatoes, sour cream, coriander and roquette. Filling is an understatement here since this dish was loaded the chili con carne and was bursting in every bite I took. The side portions were also generous. This, coupled with the complimentary fruit cup and orange juice, made for an amazing option where taste, value and portion size all delivered.
Service Our waitress was very nice, prompt, and offered details on the dish. Our dishes came quickly and we weren’t rushed out. What was extra nice was that upon hearing that there was a birthday at the table they gave complimentary strawberries dipped in chocolate which was totally unexpected.
Vegetarian There are some vegetarian options here and what’s nice is that some dishes, like the Huevos Rancheros and Eggs Benedict come with a tofu option. Not only is this great for those who are vegetarian but they can also have a fun dish on the menu.
Wrap up If you consider that prices include taxes and that the dishes included orange juice and a fruit cup, you get great value, a filling plate and a tasty brunch. I strongly suggest you try it, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
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