Leaside’s Sophie’s Kitchen Offers Toronto a Bright New Midtown Brunch Destination
Sophie’s Kitchen, named after the daughter of owner’s Robbie and Hayley, is the new happening brunch spot on Bayview. The restaurant was dreamt up by Hayley when she noticed a lack of brunch fare in Leaside, the neighbourhood she had grown up in. Sophie’s opened in September and has already received a lot of attention for its sleek look, which was designed by Hayley herself. They are also receiving a lot of love for their lusciously Instagrammable dishes, such as their Skillet Farmhouse Fry, Eggs Bennington, and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes.
I was able to try all three of these dishes when I visited Sophie’s the other day. The first thing I was struck by was just how cute the restaurant is. The design is superb and really puts you in the mood for a mimosa and some brunch fare. The Lemon Ricotta Pancakes sound and look very inviting. My favourite part was the crispy edges of the pancake when mixed with blueberry compote and ricotta. Great pancakes.
Every brunch place must have an Eggs Benedict and Sophie’s Eggs Bennington serves them up traditionally on an English muffin. This dish also came with a side of some tasty sweet and yellow potato home fries, spiced nicely with peppers and caramelised onion.
The final dish, the Skillet Farmhouse Fry, is dubbed as Sophie’s “twist on poutine” brunch style. The excellent housemade potato hash, sautéed onions, peppers, toast, Quebéc cheese curds (the only way to curd), jalapenos, and housemade peppercorn gravy. Needless to say, it would be a great hangover cure. Served in a hot skillet with a fried egg on top, this dish was just begging you to break the egg yolk all over that delightful hash. Lots of #yolkporn going down at Sophie’s. I suggest you head over there soon before the lines get too long.
Cheers and Eat Well.