Emma’s Country Kitchen has a reputation for serving one of the best brunches in Toronto. This would explain the line up outside the restaurant before they opened at 9am. By 9:10, every seat was filled.
Following online advice, we ordered the doughnut of the day which was New Orleans beignet with dolce de leche filling. It was devastatingly good. The beignet had a chewy yet light consistency. The dolce de leche was neither too thick nor too runny, and had a chocolate flavour.
I ordered the Memories of the Farm French Toast. Their house made home style white bread, spiraled with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, roasted walnuts and ham, is soaked in a buttermilk custard, griddled until golden brown, and topped with a sweet cream cheese drizzle, and a sunny side up egg. I am not usually a fan of french toast, because most simply taste like egg soaked toast. Emma’s french toast is so multifaceted in comparison that it was a flavour explosion.
My significant other ordered Emma’s Benny: house cured peameal bacon, poached eggs, and mousselline sauce on buttermilk biscuits, with griddled red skin potatoes on the side. He was a big fan of the biscuit, which was rich, but light. His only complaint was that he found the potatoes under seasoned.
Between the friendly, cheerful server, and the unhip decor, Emma’s Country Kitchen was refreshingly unassuming. I appreciate that their focus is on execution and innovation in their dishes.
★ ★ ★ ★
Emma’s Country Kitchen, 1108 St Clair Ave W, Toronto
Dined July 2014 – Junggugeo Kaenada 중국어 캐나다