Weekday brunch is the new weekend brunch and this is the new that. On a gray and wet Friday morning, Torontoist ambled towards the heart of Toronto’s Little Portugal district for brunch at Saving Grace. SG regulars have been enjoying lunch and brunch here for years, including local talents Sarah Polley, Sloan’s Chris Murphy and Sook-Yin Lee, to name a few who have all been spotted gracing this cozy spot.
Saving Grace’s daily specials include their “eggs of the moment” ($7), waffles and homemade soups. On this particular day we were treated to scrambled eggs with goat cheese, tomato, zucchini and avocado, served with toasted baguette and roasted potatoes.
Aside from the celebs and the specials, it’s the standard menu items that keep us coming back for more. What has to be one of the best sandwiches ever (by the way, sandwiches are the new panini) is the toasted whole-wheat raisin bread with old white cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado and rosemary mayonnaise ($7). Also worth noting is their terrific French toast – savour it – a couple of slices of crispy French baguette served with caramelized bananas and real maple syrup ($6.50). Pair it with an iced Vietnamese coffee ($2.75) and you will be bouncing off the walls for hours. A safer bet may be to order some freshly squeezed juice ($3.00 to $3.50, apple-raspberry, orange, grapefruit, mango) or tea, of which they have ample variety. And if that weren’t enough, they also bake delicious homemade cookies and muffins (muffins are the new cupcakes) on a daily basis.
You can’t beat the service either. Our usual server David couldn’t be more entertaining even if he tried. Calling you “babe” is only the start. The first time we dined here he actually scooched in with us as we deliberated over Saving Grace’s mouth-watering menu.
The restaurant’s white walls, high ceilings and large front windows brighten the small space (the restaurant is cozy with a capacity of about 25 or so). The décor may be minimal, but it’s the welcoming service and great menu selection that will win you over. Beware of worth-the-wait-weekend line-ups.
Saving Grace is located at 907 Dundas Street West (at Bellwoods Avenue)
Telephone: (416) 703-7368
Hours: Monday to Friday (closed Wednesdays), 9:00am to 3:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00am to 3:00pm.