Restaurant: Saving Grace
Location: 907 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1V9
Price Range: $$
Saving Grace is probably one of the most popular brunch restaurant in Toronto and I’m happy to say that they deserved it! The signage is not obvious so your best bet is to find the restaurant by the amount of people lining up outside. Since the restaurant is quite small, I recommend getting here early and make sure to put your name down on the clipboard.
Seating space is limited and maximized so prepare to squeeze into a table. The atmosphere is quite lively and always bustling, but never too loud to disrupt a conversation. Service was quite attentive but the food did take sometime to arrive. I also liked how there are different varieties of dishes on the main menu along with the constantly updated special menu.
The scrambled eggs were under-seasoned and I didn’t think the potato nor red onion went well with the eggs, but I loved the masala chickpea! It was not too spicy (for me) and you can differentiate all the different spices in the masala, and the yogurt was much needed to tone down the heat. The paratha was spicy as well but a bit too dry and crumbly.
I had a bite of Mike’s french toast and it was actually quite good. The toast was soft and delightful. I thought the gruyere cheese would be quite strong but it was not the case. The nutty and creamy taste of the cheese complimented perfectly with the sweet caramelized apples.
The waffle wasn’t too soft and have a slight golden brown crust on top. I loved that they used plantain here instead of banana as they tends to be a bit more sugary or creamy, whereas plantain still remained that hint of savoriness. And of course how can you say no to dulce de leche?!
Overall I thought Saving Grace was a solid brunch place and I wouldn’t mind coming back again. The ingredients felt fresh and the meal didn’t leave me feeling sluggish and heavy afterwards. Value wise, I think the portion was quite small for the prices, but they were perfect for a small-eater like me.