Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sunday Brunch at Splendido

Splendido is one of Toronto's finest restaurants.  It's where people often go to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. It's highly regarded for its outstanding dishes, excellent service, and oh yeah, a hefty bill at the end of the night.
But with a major focus shifting away from high end restaurants to more casual ones Splendido is shaking things up.  This February Executive Chef Victor Barry offered a Winterlicious menu for the very first time and on Sunday served its inaugural brunch.  Barry joked that Sundays were his day off, so why not!

For $35 a person and in true Splendido style, the brunch is extremely generous and filling, making every bite worth the dough.  Trust us, you'll be full for days.


'The spread' (included in the $35) is sent out first with freshly baked croissants and pain au chocolat, scones, preserves, whipped cream cheese, manchego cheese, Westphalian ham, a potted chicken liver and foie gras mousse parfait with rhubarb jam, terrine and pickles.
After notifying the staff of a gluten allergy at the table, they brought out a separate tray of gluten free pastries - also made in house.  

(gluten free)   

The mains range from lighter dishes (granola parfait with a fruit compote, a smorgasbord with burrata, french bread, tomato jam, avocado and salad, and an open face lobster sandwich) to heavier ones (the must try decadent brioche french toast, flank steak and eggs, and a croque madame topped with pork belly).

There are a number of sides for $6 each including bone marrow, pork belly, baked beans, breakfast sausage, frites with aioli, a quinoa salad, boston bibb lettuce with poached pears and a fruit salad.      
They also have East coast oysters for 3 bucks a pop and of course some brunch cocktails (including fun non-alcoholic options).

(brioche french toast with lemon mascarpone, bananas foster and vanilla anglaise) 
(egg white omelette hidden under Boston bibb salad) 
(VB's Splendido burger with red pepper and onion relish, braised beef short rib and fontina cheese) 
(Cumbrae's flank steak and eggs) 
(eggs benedict with brown butter béarnaise, avocado and pancetta)  
(side of baked beans) 


If you even have room for dessert, be sure to get the peanut buster parfait.  The caramelized peanuts, chocolate sauce and salted caramel mousse form an intoxicating combo that's hard to stop eating until it's completely gone.  

(peanut buster parfait) 
(coconut milk parfait with dulce de leche, pineapple chutney and brown butter crumble) 

The restaurant also offers a pre-order menu.  Reserve by Thursday for your Sunday brunch.  Check out the menu by clicking here.

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