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Hungry Amoo (Brunch): Toronto, Canada

Hungry Amoo (Brunch): Toronto, Canada

Name: Hungry Amoo
Address: 74 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Y7, Canada
Website: Website
Instagram: @hungryamoo
Wifi: No
Tender: Debit,  Credit, Cash
Neighbourhood: Ossington, Toronto
Type: Pub/Snack Bar/International

Hungry Amoo is located in Toronto’s trendy Ossington neighborhood on Ossington Avenue at Queen Street West. The space is long and narrow and filled with a mix of long counter height communal tables as well as seating for smaller more intimate groups. Exposed brick, wood tables, and copper accents give the space a warm but modern feel.

Hungry Amoo: Interior
Hungry Amoo: Interior

The cuisine here is eclectic and a mix of all international cuisines. It is a reflection of the owner’s many travels but the name Hungry Amoo is derived from the Farsi word “Amoo” which means uncle in Farsi. We start brunch with some cocktails including a pitcher of mimosas ($12 CDN + tax) and an Old Fashion ($14 CDN + tax). The Old Fashion is made fairly well but the mimosa pitcher isn’t quite mixed uniformly and some glasses end up tasting like pure orange juice while others have way more than their fair share of spike to them.

Hungry Amoo: Cocktails
Hungry Amoo: Cocktails

The Pancake Tower ($10 CDN + tax) arrives and it’s stacked high like a good pancake tower should be. The presentation is unexpected, but very pretty with three thick rings of pancake topped with caramelized bananas and maple syrup. Three dollops of banana whipped cream are framed artfully around the pancake tower. The texture of the pancakes is not what you would typically expect. Much thicker in texture it is more of a cross between a pancake and a waffle. The top ring is nice and has just the right amount of sweetness with the caramelized bananas and drizzle of maple syrup but the bottom two rings lack any syrup and are a bit too plain. It would have been nice to have had a side of extra maple syrup to accompany them as well. The banana whipped cream is a nice idea and tastes faintly of bananas but the whipped cream itself is unsweetened which is a little odd.

Hungry Amoo: Pancake Tower
Hungry Amoo: Pancake Tower

Next we try the Classic Breakfast ($13 CDN + tax) which includes bacon, sausage, home fries, 3 fried eggs, toast, and lentils. An upgrade to turkey sausage can be had for an additional $3. The dish itself is exactly what you would expect of a classic breakfast with the most interesting item being the lentils. The toast is plain though and it would have been nice to see it dressed with some butter or jam or at least have had some on the side.

Hungry Amoo: Classic Breakfast
Hungry Amoo: Classic Breakfast

For those that love an Eggs Benedict there are three different types to choose from on the brunch menu. We try two out of the three including the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict ($16 CDN + tax) and the Mushroom Eggs Benedict ($14 CDN + tax).

The Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict is served on a homemade biscuit and topped with smoked salmon, cream cheese foam, roe, and served with a side of lightly dressed greens. The cream cheese foam tastes faintly of dill which goes well as a classic pairing with smoked salmon. It’s a nice enough dish but like the classic breakfast it doesn’t exactly have wow factor.

Hungry Amoo: Smoke Salmon Eggs Benedict
Hungry Amoo: Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict

The Mushroom Eggs Benedict is also served on a homemade biscuit that is topped with caramelized onions, hollandaise sauce, and two poached eggs. Declared as one of the best dishes of the brunch the caramelized onions pair well with the perfectly sautéed mushrooms, hollandaise, and poached eggs.

Hungry Amoo: Mushroom Eggs Benedict
Hungry Amoo: Mushroom Eggs Benedict

Lastly we try the Brunch Burger ($15 CDN + tax).  A medium rare grilled beef patty is served on a lightly buttered and toasted milk bun with coleslaw, cheddar, and a fried egg. It’s served with a side a fries and the cool and creamy coleslaw goes well to offset the fried egg and the beef patty which is heavy on the garlic.  It’s my personal favorite of the brunch dishes and egg yolk is also perfectly runny and garnished with just the right amount of flaky sea salt.

Hungry Amoo: Brunch Burger
Hungry Amoo: Brunch Burger

Overall I thought that the brunch menu was a little bit on the safe side and as a place that touts their menu as international it would have been nicer to see more fusion of worldly flavors in the dishes, with the lentils being only real noteworthy item. With a name like Hungry Amoo there is opportunity to take more risks with the menu and it is almost to be expected that there should be. It would definitely be a good way to stand out amongst the strong brunch scene in Toronto. Still, for the most part the dishes were executed well and tasted nice and what was good about it was that there was a wide enough variety of items that can be enjoyed by both omnivores and vegetarians alike.

 

 

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored, however the meal/items were complimentary. All opinions expressed are my own. All menu offerings and prices are accurate as of time of posting. Please refer to restaurant/shop for most up to date information.

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