The weekend is upon us and we know what that means: happy weekend brunch times all around! Thus far, I’ve only had weekend brunch at Table 17 and while I love coming here, I’m looking forward to introducing new and yummy members to the weekend breakfast club throughout the summer and giving them their rightful spots on the blog. There is so much weekend brunch goodness in the city I might as well create a completely separate filing system just for this!
I am having an absolute field day researching and looking up weekend brunch menus and special seasonal dishes, especially French toast and waffle ones. I always seem to err on the side of savoury but I wanted to start switching things up on the blog or at the very least start featuring more sweet breakfast dishes because 1) I’m a big fan of waffles and 2) French toast is my mum’s favourite brunch meal so I’ve been looking up and jotting down every single French toast menu item I come across, just for fun and for future reference.
I figured there was no time like the present to start my French toast and waffle mission, so I have a delightfully scrumptious stack of challah French toast from Wish Cafe to post about today! I loved Wish so much I came back for weekend brunch and their brunch menu is just as impressive as their lunch and dinner ones. Much like the lunch menu, many dishes are priced between $10-$15 and there’s a perfect balance between savoury and sweet breakfast dishes, as well as ones with and without meat for vegetarians.
Some of my favourites include a grilled nutella sandwich with raspberry compote (calling all nutella lovers!), 3 types of eggs benedict with leek and parmesan fondue, creamy oatmeal with cranberry apricot preserves and maple syrup, spinach with caramelized apples, pecans, and stilton cheese, and for the meat-lovers, a pulled pork sandwich with fried egg and cheddar! They have a great list of accompanying side dishes that you can choose from to complement your main (the grilled tomatoes and the grapefruit and apricot marmalade have my name on them!), and if the weather is nice, the beloved patio of theirs that I love so much is open for brunch too.
My decision to have French toast was totally guided by my nagging sweet tooth. I’ll be honest: I wanted a cupcake but knew I wouldn’t have the time to get to a cupcake shop after brunch so I knew a sweeter brunch dish would soothe that craving and fulfill my French toast mission on the blog! Wish Cafe’s thick, sweet, mouthwatering challah French toast brunch meal ($12) is served with caramelized bananas, blueberries, maple syrup, and dusted with powdered sugar. The 4 thick, moist-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside slices of French toast with stack one on top of each other and they were absolutely divine. I felt like I was eating French toast for the first time and discovering this insanely tasty dish all over again! The French toast was cooked perfectly with crispy edges and moist and thick middles (no one wants thin and soggy French toast!), and the caramelized bananas were amazing because it was like having bananas foster all over my French toast with warm caramel-like sauce all over it!
I know for a fact that I’ll be coming back to Wish for many meals to come, brunch included. While I was eating my French toast and “mmming” throughout the entire meal, I snuck a peek at the neighbouring table’s dishes, saw their mouthwatering florentine eggs benedict, and said, “well, I guess I know what I’ll be having next time!” With so much great food on their menu, they almost make my blogging too easy.
Wish Cafe and Restaurant is located at 3 Charles Street East at the corner of Charles and Yonge Street in downtown Toronto. They offer lunch and dinner, as well as weekend brunch, and their patio is currently available for spring and summer wining and dining! They are open from Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays). Hours of operation are 11am-11pm from Tuesday to Saturday, and 10am-4pm on Sundays. View their official website and menus HERE.