The city’s best champagne brunches
Nothing kills a Mother’s Day brunch faster than rubbery pancakes and watery mimosas. Here, three gems that deliver excellent nibbles and bubbly respite
Her Majesty’s Pleasure
556 King St. W., 416-546-4991, hermajestyspleasure.ca
This beautifully appointed primping palace offers a full list of spa services, including blowouts, manicures and organic facials—with cocktails, croissants and organic fresh-pressed juices, too.
What to drink: The rapidly expanding Green House Juice Co. has installed a pop-up bar. They make a prosecco Popsicle with fresh fruit and bubbles, then dunk it in a glass that’s filled with more prosecco.
Bosk at the Shangri-La
188 University Ave., 647-788-8294, shangri-la.com
Two words: champagne wall. The Shangri-La’s plush restaurant stocks labels like Perrier-Jouët and Billecart-Salmon.
What to eat: The lemony spring pea soup is beautifully refined, but this is a celebration, so we suggest the Bosk burger with smoked cheddar.
What to drink: Go for a glass of La Gioiosa prosecco, or upgrade to Taittinger Brut champagne.
100 King St. W., 416-216-6767 (First Canadian Place, mezzanine level), mamantoronto.com
Michelin-starred chef Armand Arnal is behind this wee French café (the original location is in SoHo), adorned with whitewashed vintage window frames and photos of staff family members.
What to eat: Parisian ham quiche and lemon-thyme madeleines.
What to drink: The hedonistic Beurre Noisette (pictured above), made with a bitters-dabbed sugar cube, brown butter and sparkling.
607 College St., 647 352-5520, thewalton607.com
At this sweet new café, Frank Sinatra croons from the speakers, and decadent pastries from the excellent Tempered Room bakery are stacked high on vintage cake stands.
What to eat: Dill-pickled herring or salmon gravlax on rye toast from Woodlot.
What to drink: The Elderflower Royale, an elegant, citrusy sweet sipper, combines St. Germaine, lemon, sugar, sparkling wine
Raca Café and Bar
1704 Queen St. W., 416-901-9951, racacafeandbar.com
In her Roncesvalles kitchen along a quiet stretch of Queen West, Ivana Raca serves beautifully composed bistro fare.
What to eat: The jacked breakfast sandwich made with house-made focaccia and the decadent panko-crusted poached egg with brie and hollandaise on a buttery croissant.
What to drink: The Pomegranate Breeze made with vodka, pomegranate liqueur, rosemary syrup and sparkling wine.