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Review of brunch at Vivetha (Yonge/Lawrence location)


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Review of brunch at Vivetha (Yonge/Lawrence location)

TorontoJo | May 21, 2011 07:13 AM

Sing hallelujah and slap me silly! A decent weekend breakfast/brunch option has finally opened in the Yonge/Lawrence neighbourhood. I was really excited when Hazel's Diner opened up a couple of years ago, but I found the quality went downhill pretty quickly and that straying from a basic bacon and egg breakfast was a bad idea. So I had pretty much given up trying to have breakfast in the area and inevitably ended up downtown. In another post, I described how I noticed Vivetha just a couple of weeks ago and wondered when the heck they had opened.

They open at 8am on Saturday and Sunday, which is a rarity and a welcome change. Turns out they opened in that location in January, which apparently means I don't eat in my own neighbourhood very often. The space is quite small, with a total of about 8 four-tops, which I imagine they separate into two-tops when they need to.

This morning I had the wild blueberry pancakes, which includes two large pancakes full of wild blueberries (yes, the nice small ones) topped with an unsweetened apple compote, two sausages and three slices of bacon. DH had the "Beach scramble" (a nod to their original location) which consists of a large portion of scrambled eggs and corned beef hash (with the potatoes shredded and the corned beef julienned instead of cubed). We both enjoyed our breakfasts. DH found the corned beef a bit too lean and thought the hash would have benefited from a bit of extra fat. I personally liked the leaness and dryness of the hash. My pancakes were good. Not fantastic, but good. I found the apple compote an unnecessary flavour note and would have preferred my pancakes without it so I could enjoy the taste of the blueberries on their own. The bacon was of the super thin variety, so that was a bit disappointing, as I like my bacon thick and meaty. But the protein portion was plenty generous with the inclusion of the two fat sausages.

I thought it was unfortunate that the syrup was chilled. I hate putting cold syrup on hot pancakes. But it's a minor quibble.

Service was friendly and coffee refills arrived regularly. DH said the coffee was very good.

Our two breakfasts, plus one coffee and a side of toast came to $21 before tip. Really reasonable for that area (and cheaper and better -- so far -- than Hazel's Diner just up the street). Our breakfasts at The Fry Basket, a greasy spoon at Yonge and Steeles have been the same price or more expensive, so Vivetha feels like a pretty good deal. I wouldn't call it a destination brunch, but it's a very, very welcome addition to the neighbourhood.

I'm looking forward to trying dinner there. It would be nice if this could turn into a non-Italian neighbourhood restaurant for us.

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