Still fashionable after three years on the College Street strip, Torontoist finally brunched at Xacutti (pronounced sha-koo-tee) to experience its new brunch menu.
Executive Chef Brad Moore (formerly of Monsoon and the Rivoli) and sommelier Lesle Gibson (former co-owner of Teatro) have done the unthinkable with Xacutti. They have actually managed to create an unpretentious restaurant with its upscale L.A./Miami ‘Paris Hilton’ sassy style – thankfully there were no little accessory dogs poking out of mommy’s Gucci handbag. The crowd was a good mix of slightly older uptown Lacoste chic and College Street and Annex locals. Ambient tempo beats worked well with the modern minimalist décor of dark hard wood floors, mirrored walls, and high ceilings (Victorian style in the front dining room and tin in the back); but once the restaurant filled up, the beats were bouncing off the communal table making it a tad too loud.
Our table of four feasted on five dishes including banana brulee french toast with Devonshire cream and maple syrup ($14); super cheesy French toast with applewood smoked bacon and home fries ($14); toblerone chocolate fondue waffle with fresh fruit ($14); vanilla lime frozen yogurt with fresh fruit and crunchy granola ($7); and Bombay scrambled eggs with green chilies, toasted naan and mango chutney ($11). Everything was delicious, but the kicker was the sinfully tasty waffle served with lots of melted toblerone chocolate – everything about this dish was great, even the waffle alone was perfectly airy with a hint of citrus. The Bombay scrambled eggs were served in an Indian papadam shaped bowl but was a bit too filling, or was that the toblerone waffle, or could it have been the banana brulee French toast? It was all scrumptious and generously portioned. Though there was one faux pas (pronounced fo-pah), the freshly squeezed orange juice was served with ice, making a normally tasty complement to brunch diluted and too cold.
Service was professional and polite but lacked personal touch as we had too many servers to count, unless you deem personal touch as being the Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) handheld our server(s) used to take our order. Xacutti is the first restaurant in Toronto to use PalmPilot’s WaiterPad technology – a wireless, paperless, Silcon Valley stylish handheld system allowing orders to transmit seamlessly and directly to the kitchen. We half expected Rosie the Robot from the Jetsons to glide on through.