Over the past 7 years whenever I stayed at my city home I rarely ventured out unless it was for a medical appointment or the rare outing with a city living friend. I'm now at a stage in my healing that I'm having a fabulous time getting out rediscovering old favourites and discovering new ones for: eateries, shopping haunts, activities, social outings, fashion and beauty, fitness and wellness and other amazing things the city of Toronto has to offer. I'll be sharing these adventures in a new series Celia in the City.
Today I'm sharing a recent outing to a chic French bakery Bonjour Brioche, which I often frequented especially during the summer (they have a great patio) with friends for breakfast or brunch. Stepping in after so many years ... the atmosphere was everything I remembered. The staff is super friendly and very attentive; patrons wait patiently for a table to open up - knowing the short wait is worth it!
The smell of fresh baking bread envelopes your senses, - smell, sight and when you are seated taste buds.
Once seated ... Mr. G. chose a Ceylon breakfast tea....
Moi .... a bowl of chocolat chaud...
As I sipped memories of times spent with friends here returned ...
The menu is an orchestra of culinary delights.... so hard to choose ...
I went for an old fav ... Croque Madame accompanied with greens and delicious banquette. Mr. G. went for a sandwich special of bacon, avocado and tomato served with a side of greens.
Another thing that has not changed ... is almost every patron does not leave without purchasing bread or a delicious sweet to enjoy at home later.
The sweets are truly delectable and they call to you visually and by scent. This tray is a small sampling of the goodies offered.
The lemon tart spoke volumes to me and when it reached my table was accompanied with fresh whip cream (exactly how I remember from my trips to Paris).
Mr. G. commented - no chocolate cake? To which the server quickly presented this flourless chocolate cake. Mr. G.'s mouth was still watering later in the day as he recalled this delight.
Of course I too did not leave empty handed ...note the small white bag in my right hand...
If you are looking to experience a little piece of France in Toronto, Bonjour Brioche will not disappoint. I believe the bakery has been around for approximately 17 years. The owner is from France. It is a petite place - so there may be a wait for a table especially on week-ends - but trust me it is worth the wait!
Where it is and what to know:
812 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario M4M 1H7
Hours: Monday Closed, Tuesday to Sunday 8 am to 4 pm No Reservations & Cash Only
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