Maha’s Fine Egyptian Cuisine is an amazing spot for Egyptian brunch located east of the downtown core.
We were lucky to be seated after a half hour wait compared to the usual wait time of over an hour on the weekends.
I liked how decorated the place is and the windows allow plenty of natural lighting into this cozy restaurant. Since the space is pretty small, we were asked to share a table with another party of two.
Maha’s Mind Blowing Chicken ($10) is absolutely delicious. We really were mind blown with everything between the buns! The chicken is really juicy and tasted so good tossed with Maha’s sacred marinade. Yummm! The egg buns were soft, slightly sweet and yellow on the inside (sort of reminds of some of the buns found in Asian bakeries). I highly recommend ordering this dish.
Cairo Classic ($12) is a traditional breakfast that consist of flava beans, tomatos, onion, egg, falafel, and creamy homemade tomato feta. The charred balady bread it came with is really good. There is also a side of salad. I always try to order at least one traditional dish when I go to ethnic restaurants! This dish doesn’t look as appealing at first glance but I was pleasantly surprised with the mixture of flavours when I had my first bite. J really enjoyed this dish, even more than the Maha’s Mind Blowing Chicken sandwich.
It was our first time at an Egyptian restaurant, and definitely will not be the last. If you’ve never been to one, and feeling for something different from the usual eggs benny and pancakes, I suggest checking out Maha’s Fine Egyptian Cuisine!
We thought we made a great choice in choosing a brunch spot that weekend since we both really enjoyed the food. Mmmm. The only thing we regretted was not getting the Turkish coffee, which we will come back for!
226 Greenwood Avenue
Toronto, ON M4L 2R2
Mon – Tue: 8am – 7pm
Thurs – Fri: 8am – 7pm
Sat – Sun: 8am – 5pm
Saving Grace, located at Bathurst and Dundas in the Trinity-Bellwoods area has become one of my favourite brunch spots.
Since the place is quite small and the food is so delicious, the wait time is generally between 1 – 1.5 hours throughout the day. The lady I spoke with on the phone suggested to arrive 15mins before opening at 9:45am as we would likely get a table. J and I showed up on Sunday at 11:15am, placed our names on the clipboard located inside by the door, and stood outside to wait our turn. We patiently waited about 45 minutes for a table.Their everyday menu includes yogurt, French toast, oatmeal, porridge, polenta, a variety of sandwiches, eggs, and their popular french toast with caramelized banana and maple syrup ($10, $5.50 half order) and of course tea and coffee.On the chalkboard are the specialty dishes available for the day. This menu is constantly changing and never boring.We ordered three dishes which all came with a side of seasoned roasted potatoes and arugula salad. I personally don’t like arugula, but besides that I loved everything we ordered and they seriously tasted as great as it looks! This is the poached eggs on cornbread waffle, with brie, bacon, blueberry preserves ($13.25). I’ve never heard of cornbread waffles until I came here. Its plain on its own but quite delicious with the hearty toppings!Scrambled eggs with dill, and smoked salmon, avocado, pickled red onion tartare ($13.25) is the dish that J ordered. The tartare is a tasty and unique brunch item. The scrambled eggs were fluffy and the dill paired well with it. I kept stealing bits of his dish – yum!We also shared the warm brie pear walnut honey on open baguette ($9). The bosc pear makes this a sweet and refreshing way to end our meal. I’d like to try making this at home one day.The food was absolutely delicious and we thought it was worth the wait. We were so stuffed from ordering so much food but I’m really glad we did! We had to take some of the potato and toast to go but that’s okay.The plating is so colourful which makes it very appetizing. I do want to try their french toast with caramelized banana and maple syrup next time which I regret not ordering.
This place is homey and perfect for a date (if you can avoid the lines), or just a weekend brunch with some girls. Like most good brunch spots downtown, they don’t take reservations. Be careful if you take a walk and come back, because you will lose your spot on the wait list if you’re late!
907 Dundas St W.
Toronto, ON M6J 1V9
Cacao 70 is a Montreal dessert chain that opened up its first location in Toronto a few months ago at the Distillery District. Everything on their menu involves chocolate. While I’ve been to the Cacao 70 in Montreal, I was uber excited when they open one in Toronto. I came here on three separate occasions.
The place was a little busy but N and I didn’t wait too long until our turn. We shared the Choco-Nut Waffle which is a classic waffle topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, candied hazelnuts, served with fresh fruits.
There are so many types of hot chocolate on the menu which I definitely have to come back to try! We each received a warm cup of American Style Hot Chocolate (choice of milk, semi-sweet or dark) complimentary for moving tables, which we didn’t mind at all. We both love dark chocolate, so this drink really hit the spot on this cold evening. It was rich, not too sweet, and delicious!
On my next visit, J and I ordered a fondue set, Sweet Chocolate Experience for Two. What really caught my eye was the mini grill for the marshmallow!
Some girls and I were planning a girls brunch date and I suggested Cacao 70 as I wanted to try their brunch menu (available from 10am – 4pm). I was feeling something healthy and ordered the Vegetable Frittata which is like a quiche in a skillet but without the pastry. It came with a side of fresh fruits and of course, chocolate!
My friend H ordered the Illegal Chocolate Waffle. This comes with caramelized bananas, which is the star of this dish. Yummm.
Below, pictured at the top is the Lazy Breakfast (scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, bacon, potatoes, beans). Pictured bottom right is the Blue Mushroom Omelette (with onions, mushrooms, spinach, swiss cheese, potatoes). Both served with fresh fruit and melted chocolate!
Every item on the Cacao 70 menu, whether its desserts, drinks or brunch comes with some form of chocolate. You can also order chocolate that originates from different parts of the world. Overall, it is a great place to hang out and chat with friends. You can count on this place to satisfy your sweet tooth and chocolate cravings!
28 Gristmill Lane
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
Sunday – Thursday: 10am-11pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am-12am (midnight)