Having been to Bonjour Brioche once before, I knew we had to get here early for brunch if we wanted to eat at a reasonable hour (see my previous post here). It’s a popular (and small) brunch spot in Leslieville where you’ll often find a line wrapping around the corner.
Their menu consists of a selection of egg dishes and sandwiches. Make sure you check the blackboard on the wall for their daily specials. They also feature fresh juices each day and today I went with the Fresh Raspberry & Tangerine Juice ($3.75).
I was famished when we arrived so I couldn’t resist ordering one of Bonjour Brioche’s pastries to start off the meal. I’m a huge fan of raisin danishes and opted for the Pain Aux Raisin ($1.80). It was light, fluffy and a perfect way to whet my appetite. They make their pastries in-house and we saw many customers picking up pastries to go. I’d be here quite often doing the same if I lived in the area.
For my main, I decided to go with the Croque Madam – toasted brioche layered with ham & gruyere and topped with a fried egg ($9.50). The fried egg was nicely cooked, with the yolk still runny and I liked that they were really generous with the cheese. I like my croque madam extra cheesy! Overall, it was a tasty dish but it didn’t blow me away.
The dish came with a side salad which was topped with a fantastic vinaigrette. I’m glad it came with the salad as opposed to home fries which typically comes with brunch dishes.
Mike ordered the Prosciutto Sandwich – with 2 fried eggs, tomato, arugula and smoked provolone on a rustic loaf ($6.75). I don’t have very much to say about this one except that it was a damn good sandwich for a great price. Poor Mike…I ended up eating half of it!
While we both really enjoyed the prosciutto sandwich, we regretted not getting the bacon sandwich (with avocado, tomato and chipotle aioli served on their fresh baguette) which we later read many great things about. We’re definitely ordering this next time!
My friend Vanessa ordered the Poached Eggs with Hollandaise – with a choice of pemeal or smoked salmon ($14), which was served on a croissant. She decided to go with the smoked salmon and while I didn’t try any, Vanessa was really happy with it.
To end off the meal, we all shared the Baked French Toast – with fresh fruit and maple syrup ($9.50). I wasn’t a huge fan of it last time I was here since they do their French toast bread-pudding style. However, I really enjoyed it this time. It consisted of two thick slices of dense cinnamon brioche topped with powdered sugar. It was like eating cake! Very delicious cake, that is.
After polishing off our food, our server brought over a platter of desserts to tempt us. Bonjour Brioche has a great selection of housemade tarts which I would’ve gladly eaten had I not been so stuffed. So, if you have a sweet tooth, make sure you save room!
Overall, I had a great experience at Bonjour Brioche… much more memorable than my previous visit. I’ll certainly be back!
At a glance:
• Their baked French toast is a must-order
• Also known for their house-made baked goods
• Expect long lines on weekends
• Cash only
• Closed on Mondays
Ratings (out of 5):
• Food: 4 stars
• Service: 3 stars
• Atmosphere: 3 stars