Colette Grand Cafe – Disappointing Experience

Last weekend my sister and I thought we’d check out Colette Grand Cafe since we were in the area and we’ve always wanted to give their brunch menu a go. As we were getting seated, I couldn’t help but feel even more excited by my surroundings. The interior was decorated beautifully. 

Everything was fine at the beginning. Our waiter greeted us and took our orders. I couldn’t decide on what to order, so he recommended a couple of dishes to me. My sister decided to get the eggs benny and I decided to be more adventurous and got the croissant tart. I didn’t really know what it was, but it sounded good when our waiter described it to us. 

When our food came, I was disappointed. I sort of expected it to be amazing but it was just alright. The eggs benedict tasted a little bland; nothing about that dish screamed “I want more” or even worth mentioning again. 

Up til this day, I still cannot describe how I feel about the croissant tart. It literally was just a croissant crust filled with jam and blue cheese topped with a poached egg. It wasn’t really what I was expecting. Perhaps it’s just me, but I didn’t love the whole combination of the sourness from the jam and the saltiness from the blue cheese. The only thing that stood out was the croissant. It was warm and flakey. That by itself woud’ve been amazing. 

The thing that spoiled the whole experience for my sister and I happened at the end of our meal. After our server brought us our bill, we asked our server to pay with 2 credit cards. Right after we told him that we were paying with 2 cards, his whole attitude changed completely. His smile was gone and was replaced with a look of anger. He unwillingly took our cards and the whole exchange became super awkward. We didn’t think paying with 2 different cards would be that big of a deal. We thought it would be easier for him so he wouldn’t have to go back and re-do our bill to have it seperated. My sister even calculated how much each of us would have to pay (we just split the bill in half), and all the waiter had to do was to input the numbers. Everything would have added up to be the same, his tips would have been the same regardless if we paid with one card or 2. 

His reaction and how he handled this was totally unprofessional. Never would I have imagined to receive this level of unprofessional service at such a fancy “Parisian” cafe. Other than the fancy decors, I have nothing more to say about Colette. Needless to say, I was completely disappointed with this place and will not be going back there anytime soon; especially not for their overpriced, mediocre brunch. 

Eggs Benedict – $16.00

Jambon de Paris, baby spinach, butter croissant

Croissant Tart – $16.00

Blue cheese, poached egg, sour cherry mostarda

Parking: there’s a parking lot right across from the restaurant for $15.00 and can be parked until 6pm. I would suggest finding another street to park on to avoid the hefty fee.

Brunch @ La Societe

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I love brunch! What I love even more is when a restaurant takes reservation for brunch! My friend and I visited La Société located on Bloor St West last Saturday. I must have walked along Bloor Street numerous of times in the past, but I never actually noticed La Société. I’ve noticed the ground level patio before, but never really thought anything more of it. Needless to say, I was quite shocked when we got to the restaurant and realization finally hit me. My exact thoughts were: “I never knew this was a brunch spot”. What surprised me even more was that the restaurant extended to the second floor.

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Once you get to the second floor, you have the option to dine indoors or sit out on their patio. Of course, my friend and I chose the latter option. It was a gorgeous day with the perfect weather for sitting out on the patio.

20160604_115741_mh1465402205594Mimosa – $15.00

20160604_121847_mh1465260711443Ricotta Pancakes – $15.00

Blueberries and maple syrup butter

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BEST PANCAKES EVER! To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of pancakes, but I cannot get enough of the ones from La Societe. Seriously, I can’t even begin to describe how amazing this was! It was so fluffy and soft that it literally melted in my mouth! Not only that, its got a little crunch on the side of the pancakes, so when you take a bite, you get a little bit of that crunchness and the rest just meltted. This is a must try dish! If you haven’t tried it, you are missing out! I would go back just for this pancake alone; of course, this wasn’t the only tasty dish!

20160604_121658_mh1465402098093Parisian Ham Benedict – $15.00

Dijon glazed ham, hollandaise, pommes Lyonnaise

Here at La Societe, eggs Benedict get their own section on the menu. I just thought it was an interesting fact to bring up. One thing I anticipate the most when I get eggs Benedict is to dig my knife into the middle of the poached egg and see the yolk running out from the egg. I remember going to brunch at a restaurant one time and when I cut through my poached egg, it was completely cooked. You can’t imagine how completely upset and disappointed I was.

20160604_122813_mh1465402040530Short Rib Hash – $20.00

Braised short rib, poached eggs, hollandaise and pommes Lyonnaise

This dish was amazing. Eggs poached perfectly, the potatoes drenched in the shortrib’s marinade and the braised shortrib itself- heaven! Flavoring of the short rib was perfect and the short rib itself was super soft and tender. I have a weird “fear” about braised short ribs. When they’re not prepared properly, it can be a real pain to chew. Just imagine chewing for the longest time, and it still doesn’t seperate properly in your mouth, making it super uncomfortable to swallow. That is what I’m afraid of. However, the braised short ribs from La Societe was so amazing that I barely had to chew! It was the most amazing feeling ever!

20160604_122856_mh1465402129099Crisp Bacon – $4.00

My Friend and I were craving for some crispy bacon that day.

Verdict: THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE BRUNCH SPOT! Service was amazing, and food was amazing! I had such an amzing time here. What made it even better was the fact that we sat outside and had a view of Bloor Street. I felt so relaxed sitting there, even with the busyness of the cars and the shoppers passing by just below me. It also shocked me that there was not a huge line up of people outside the door to be seated. I feel like there should’ve been. Maybe because many people have the misconception that this place would be super expensive? I don’t know. Whatever the reason is, I am glad that my friend and I discovered this place and that we didn’t have to wait long to be seated!

Parking: paid street parking / green P

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