Brunch at America Restaurant in Toronto was quite simply, epic, and one of my favourite dining experiences of 2015. I loved everything about it, from the place itself to the food and the style of dining. If I find myself in Toronto again, I am certainly making sure I’m there on a Sunday to go for brunch at America Restaurant.
Described as a “Sunday Small Plates Brunch” – this is my ideal way to eat, no need to choose from a menu and the food comes to you. Trays of tasting-sized dishes are brought to your table and you can choose the dishes you want to eat. Each tray can include a couple of different dishes to try. Along with the trays there’s stations and trolleys of things like tacos, oysters that are customised and plated at your table…I really wished I like oysters as the oyster trolley looked so good. The plates range in price from $5 to $11 each and the recommendation is to allow at least three small plates per person. I’d probably suggest that’s a bit too few, 4 or 5 is more accurate but really depends how hungry you are.
There is a traditional a la carte brunch menu as well for those that didn’t want the tapas / buffet style brunch. But I recommend going the small plates way.
America is located on the 31st floor of the Trump International Hotel and Tower, Toronto in the downtown financial district area. The room is luxurious with high ceilings, large windows, bright coloured art on the walls. The furnishings are decadent and high end but it doesn’t feel stuffy or austere, it’s welcoming, bright and confortable.
Onto the food and here are the dishes we had, some we shared between us and some we had double of. Hard to pick out a favourite, each one was really wonderful.
Smoked Salmon – delicate slices of smoked salmon with a topping of rocket, leaves and radish, a wonderful fresh way to start brunch.
Huevos Rancheros – the prettiest looking plate of food, with that gorgeous fried egg and the orangey yellow yolk perfectly runny. With the tomato salsa all the flavours worked so well and I loved it.
Beef taco – made fresh at your table from shin of beef with all the usual taco toppings available. I hoped he would return to our table but alas…
Beet Salad – fresh, light and so delicious with fresh and pickled beets, we had two of these!
Eggs Florentine – a more traditional brunch dish, this was creamy cheesy and so good, served with toasted pita bread, perfect to dip into the egg and spinach.
For our final dishes we got the Beef Sliders (one each) and shared a dish of the deep fried yams. The beef came with a little bowl of gravy to dip in also… I don’t know that there’s anything I can say that the pictures don’t show but oh my, these were perfect and a great way to finish the savoury part of brunch.
With all the usual Brunch drink offerings, one thing caught our attention ‘Brunch Bottle Service’ ($70)… a bottle of Belstar Prosecco, accompanied by make your own selections of juices and fruit liquers to make kirs and mimosas – now this is how you do Brunch.
Throughout it all the bar served came back to our table with fresh glasses and whipped up new drinks with our juices and liqueurs.
For dessert, there is a trolley, a very large trolley brought to your table from which you can choose desserts, chocolates and sweet treats…
So hard to choose but we settled on a raspberry chocolate tart, key lime pie and pistachio truffles which we enjoyed with an espresso coffee.
An amazing brunch experience that we enjoyed so much. I love being able to try different dishes and drinks so this was perfect for us. Our brunch including all the dishes above, the Brunch bottle service and the coffees came to CAD$168.37 (including tax / excluding gratuity). We will definitely return next time we are in Toronto.