Brunch is a big deal in Toronto. But while Cari and I consider ourselves bonafide foodies and avid restaurant patrons, the truth is that our experiences going out for brunch are quite limited.
I first read about The School Bakery & Cafe in Now Magazine, shortly after the restaurant first opened its doors. The place, located on Fraser Avenue in Liberty Village (near King St. W. and Dufferin), now serves dinner but remains sought after for their brunch. From the menu we could see why… toblerone-banana belgian waffles, super cheesy french toast, potato-sausage omelet with melted brie… our mouths were watering well before we ordered.
It took us all quite a while to narrow down our choices, as everything on the menu sounded incredible. In the end, I decided on the toasted coconut pancakes, served with a warm caramel sauce and whipped cream. Cari ordered strawberry shortcake buttermilk pancakes. Both were plated nicely, with small pancakes stacked tall alongside a shotglass of maple syrup.
Thankfully both of these dishes were as mouthwatering as they sounded. The coffee was also very good, and refilled regularly, a good sign for a breakfast/brunch spot.
Ultimately The School lived up to our expectations. From the innovative menu choices to the decor to the quality of food, everything amounted to a great dining experience. We’ll definitely be back.
The School Bakery & Cafe is located at 70 Fraser Avenue in Toronto.