Thanks to millygirl and soko in this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/798587 for bringing Hammersmith's to my attention. DH and I are happy to travel far and wide for our breakfasts (Goody's Diner in Scarborough was the last foray) and Riverdale was our destination today.
The space is a former diner that retains a lot of its diner charm, but with a much needed cleaning and whitewashing! Huge windows mean the space feels bright and airy.
The menu is small and changes slightly from day to day. Today the menu consisted of:
- steak and eggs ($14)
- smoked bacon omelette ($12)
- mushroom omelette ($9)
- steak sammy ($9)
- tomato, basil and burrata (?)
- bacon hash ($5)
- freshly baked scones with Ontario-grown raspberries ($1.25 each, plus there is a platter option with 3 scones, honeycomb, jam and butter)
- cupcakes (not sure what kind, as she was just frosting them as we were leaving)
DH ha the mushroom and cheese omelette, which was served with toasted baguette slices and a perfect green salad of lightly dressed arugula and green leaf lettuce garnished with some shaved radish and red onion. The omelette was cooked perfectly and the mushrooms were fresh and delicious. I was drawn to the bacon hash, which is actually meant to be a side order, but they kindly increased the portion for me to be a main, which I got with a side of the toasted baguette. The bacon is amazing quality (possibly from Sanagan's?) and the hash is made with loads of caramelized onions and small cubes of roasted potatoes. It was rich and savoury and soooooo good (photo below)
I also started with a scone, because I couldn't resist when he told me they had just come out of the oven an hour ago. The scones are just the right size in my books, not the giant bread bombs you get at Starbucks. It was crispy and flaky on the outside and tender and light on the inside. Not sweet at all, but with a nice hit of sweetness from the fresh berries and the sugar crystals on the outside. Excellent.
Good coffee and REAL grapefruit juice (squeezed on site) rounded out a great brunch. The couple that owns it are young and incredibly nice and I wish them well.
The current hours are 9am - 4pm Mon - Fri (closed Tuesdays) and 9:30am - 4pm on the weekend. The menu is the same all day. Go and give them a try.
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