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brunch at Olivia's At Fifty Three

jmalcolm | Mar 8, 200808:00 AM

My wife and I are big fans of the restaurant and we heard they were doing Sunday brunch. We recently went to taste the goods with a few friends. It's in our neighborhood, so that made it easy...
You never know what to expect from a dinner restaurant doing brunch as we can attest to from numerous experiences in this city. However, we were very happy with the food and service. The brunch food remains at a consistant quality with the restaurant's dinner fare; somewhat exotic, very delicate, delicious in every respect, and wholesome, (for the most part) natural ingredients.
We had to do their micro-winery wines to accompany the food, even though it was only 1pm, but we couldn't resist.
My wife and I weren't too hungry, so we shared the club on freshly made multi grain bread. Mmmmm. Grilled back bacon, roasted tomato aioli, and a pomegranate molasses grilled capon breast. Fantastic! Our guests had a traditional crepe bretonne, which is a buckwheat deal wrapped in a sauteed vegetables with goat milk feta. And finally, a brunch place with good croissants! We were blown away by the croissants on our guests' 'plate' order, which was membrillo (!), daily cheese selections, fresh fruit and croissant. Of course we asked how such a beautiful, fresh, flakey, rich and perfectly made croissant was found in a Toronto restaurant they told us the owners pick up fresh croissants every Sunday morning from Pain Perdue. That explains it. Toronto's best croissant bakery!
Anyway, the entire experience was up there with my best brunches in Toronto. We're planning on going back soon, so we'll keep you posted as to whether everything is consistently good!

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