Though I don't routinely eat breakfast, brunch is my favourite meal of the week. One Sunday, I joined a meetup.org group for brunch at Goldfish on Bloor.
The room is bright and pastel - a lovely setting for brunch, though unbalanced tables and coffee stains on the walls do little to enhance the atmosphere.
Service was friendly - there was witty banter from the waiters (who looked so much like Nathan Lane and Jamie Oliver as to be slightly disturbing), a visit to the table from the chef and the owner and just good spirits all around. They weren't so hot on the actual service part of things, mind you - simple things like water without ice failed to materialize, water refills ended up splashed all over the table, and the bills were mixed up at the end - but they were very friendly.
The food was at least as half hearted as the service and decor. Potatoes were dry and nasty looking, eggs appeared almost universally overcooked. My dish, an order of French Toast (though, I believe not the version of French Toast I had actually ordered) was okayish. Making it with actual french bread was a nice touch, but it was nearly dry, with very little eggy custard that make French Toast, well, French Toast. It was fine, not complainable, but not very good.
A few of us had desserts because the chef made them sound so good. The chocolate souffle looked basically uncooked - it was supposed to be molten, but I don't think it was supposed to be soup. The bread pudding on the other hand, was the highlight of the meal. Dense and chewy, with all the richness that the French Toast lacked and then some, it was lightly sauced and not too sweet. It was truly excellent, but sadly, the only thing about the meal (besides the company) that was.
372 Bloor St. West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X2
tel (416) 513-0077
fax (416) 513-9493
Hours of Operation
Brunch: Sat-Sun 11:30 AM-2:30 PM
Dinner: Mon-Sun 5-10PM
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