The Westerly

An old friend visiting is the perfect excuse to try somewhere new for brunch. Last weekend my friend Caitlin paid a visit to Toronto. Friday night was spent drinking cocktails at Montauk and Saturday morning was spent at The Westerly eating brunch.

The Westerly is located in Roncesvalles. It is a spacious restaurant, with exposed brick walls, a wall of subway tiles and beautiful hardwood floors. And the best part about it: they take reservations for brunch! Add it to the ist of restaurants to frequent with large groups of people on Sunday mornings. GC and I shared a pot of French-press coffee and moved on to food.

I ordered the Créme Brulee French Toast.

IMG_0481 IMG_0482Créme Brulee French Toast.with vanilla bean custard soaked fresh bread baked golden and finished with brulee, fresh cream, and fruit compote.

This was literally like eating créme brulee for breakfast. It was sweet, creamy and rich. The top of the French toast was my favourite part. It was thick, and fruity; it tasted as if it was topped with apples. My only complaint was that the portion was small and should have been accompanied with something else, either salad or home fries.

GC ordered the Monte Cristo.

IMG_0480The Monte Cristo with fresh bread layered with delicate, smoked ham and gruyere, free run egg dipped and perfectly pan fried. Complimented with brunch potatoes.

Caitlin ordered the Frittata.IMG_0479Frittata with sauteed fresh spinach, grape tomatoes, fresh basil pesto, Woolwich Dairy goat’s cheese, pan fried potatoes, and toast.

As soon as Caitlin’s frittata came, I was jealous. The smell of basil was intoxicating. The aroma was strong, like stepping into an Italian garden. It was fresh, fragrant and the perfect glimpse of summer. I plan to make my own version of this with the haul we are going to pull from our own garden.

The Westerly is a casual and relaxing place to enjoy brunch. It was not my favourite of the brunch places we have been to but it is definitely a good option when trying to plan a brunch around a large group of people or specifically in Roncesvalles.

Happy munching!

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