Brunch used to be part of our regular Sunday routine but between home renovations and wedding planning, it became a distant memory. With all of that now behind us, I’m hoping it’ll make its way back into our regular weekend schedule. On a recent lazy Sunday morning, we decided to forgo our usual breakfast of bagels and decided to check out the popular Saturday Dinette for brunch.
Located on Gerrard Street, across from Gerrard Square, Maple Leaf Tavern has quite the history. According to their website, the building was originally built in 1910 and converted to a hotel in 1935 which was also home to a bar and dining room. In recent years, the bar, named Maple Leaf Tavern, was seedy at best and from what I heard, had an interesting clientele. The space was purchased in 2013 and after undergoing a massive renovation reopened with the same name in the spring of this year.
Whenever we’re in the mood for Shanghai food, we always end up at Ding Tai Fung in Markham. In the quest to try some place new, we wound up at 369 Shanghai Dim Sum, located in the Peachtree Plaza at Highway 7 and Kennedy.