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

La Société Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Brunch at Smith

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Entrance to Smith. This was my first time to the restaurant, so I didn’t know what to expect. Upon entering, I immediately fell in love with the chic and cozy ambiance of the restaurant. I was also surprised to find that it was a lot bigger than I thought it was. Instead of just one floor like I had initially thought, Smith has three floors! (I think they also have a patio, which  I will definitely check out on my next visit.) Regardless of how big it was, the restaurant still had a long line-up of people waiting to be seated. It was a good thing that my friend and I made a reservation before-hand!

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First floor. I love the decor for the table.

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Second floor.

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Coffee (Refillable) – $3.00

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Pancakes – $14.00
All I have to say is: heaven in your mouth! I don’t normally like pancakes, but Smith’s pancakes were AMAZING!

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Brisket Hash – $17.00
Spiced braised brisket, smoked cheddar, two poached eggs, bearnaise sauce

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Benedicts – $16.00

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Bakes goods – $7.00
Scones and coffee cake
Verdict: Everything was amazing and I’m not just talking about the food! Service was great, thumbs up for the atmosphere (would be a great date spot) and lets not forget their amazing pancakes! But be sure to make reservation before you go, as it would save you A LOT of time!
Parking: Street parking. If you are lucky, you might find parking right outside the restaurant. If not, you wont be walking too far.

Smith Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato