Over the years I’ve come to realize the type of breakfast and brunch eater I really am. Some people love sweet breakfast foods (think pancakes, waffles, French toast, that sort of thing) while others salivate at the thought of egg breakfasts, breakfast burritos and sandwiches, and all things savoury. Having the sweet teeth that I do, one would safely assume that my breakfast tastes lean more toward the sugar n’ spice n’ all things nice category. But they don’t. Oh, I enjoy an amazing French toast or waffle breakfast every once in awhile (I chomped on this thing of beauty, didn’t I?), but what really buzzes my biscuits is a full out savoury breakfast with all the works! I love home fries, eggs (hello eggs benny!), tofu scrambles, huevos rancheros, sausage rounds, green salads with my brunch, the whole nine yards.
Thus, I went into La Merceria one chilly morning ready for something warm and yummy and savoury and they did not disappoint with their selection of torta pasqualinas and mini empanadas. They had three kinds of pasqualinas (spinach and egg, ham and cheese, and veggie) and three kinds of mini empanadas (beef, chicken, and veggie) waiting for me for that morning, and since I was in the mood for something smoky and gooey the ham and cheese pasqualina fit the bill!
The spinach and egg pasqualina I had the last time was great, but this ham, cheese, and mushroom pasqualina was 100 times more amazing! OH.MY.GOD. For those of you who are vegetarian, I know, this doesn’t do anything for you, but for those of you who aren’t, you have to try this! It is SO scrumtiously delicious and I promise you that once you start eating it, you will want to stuff the whole shebang in your mouth. Because that’s sort of what I did. And this even took me by surprise.
I looooove mushrooms and cheese and every so often smoky ham hits the spot, but I was hesitant to dig into the pasqualina so ferociously just because anything cheesy has its enjoyable limits. I’m a lover of cheese but even I know it can get too rich at times. A lot of the time you end up needing something to cleanse your palate so the richness of the cheese doesn’t start overwhelming or overpowering your tastebuds, but that didn’t happen with this meal at all. I didn’t have to stop in the middle of eating to take a break from the cheese and I didn’t feel icky. It was truly one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever eaten.
The pasqualina was so incredibly moist, buttery, and flaky and the exterior was crispy while the layer right underneath the flaky golden-brown outer later was moist and chewy. The spinach and egg one is closer in taste and appearance to a breakfast quiche whereas the heavenly ham, cheese, and mushroom one is reminscent of a flaky, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth breakfast biscuit with all the goodness of smoky ham, cheddar cheese, and soft, juicy cremini mushrooms. This pasqualia was so honking delicious I finished the entire thing in one sitting. No doggy bag for the doggy bag queen! Now that’s a feat!
La Merceria’s pasqualina’s are priced around $4-$5 and they are worth it for their portion size and yumminess. If you’re in the market for something savoury but feel a little overwhelmed by big breakfasts, this would be right up your alley. And while you’re at it, sip some hot tea or coffee drink and admire the wonderful cafe as you eat your yummy brunch.
La Merceria is located at 506 Adelaide Street West by the northwest corner of Adelaide and Portland Street, east of Bathurst. La Merceria is located beside Sadie’s Diner and Juice Bar. Visit their website and blog here for updates, info, promos, events, pictures, and contact information and visit their Facebook page here.