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Leña Restaurante (Breakfast): Toronto, Ontario

Leña Restaurante (Breakfast): Toronto, Ontario

Name: Leña
Address: 176 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5C 2L7, Canada
Website: Website
Instagram: @lenarestaurante
Phone: (416) 507-3378
Wifi: No
Tender: Debit, Credit, Cash
Neighbourhood: Financial District, Toronto
Type: South American

Leña Restaurante is located inside Saks Fifth Avenue at the Toronto Eaton Centre and is the latest endeavor to the ever expanding Oliver & Bonacini empire. The new multi-level restaurant spans over 3 floors and focuses on South American cuisine with influences from Spain and Italy.

It’s hard to know where to look first when you first enter the space as every inch is covered in rich accents that showcase the charm of the historic building in which it resides. Mosaic tiles, rich caramel leather upholstered seating, and teal banquettes encase the entire space.  In the center a show-stopping octagonal shaped marble bar flecked with gold accents takes center stage.

Leña Restaurante: Bar Area
Leña Restaurante: Bar Area
Leña Restaurante: Interior
Leña Restaurante: Interior

The breakfast menu is sectioned off into 3 categories – facturas (pastries), sustancia (mains), and beverages. We start the meal with some facturas including the Medialuna ($3.25 CDN + tax), the Palmito Verde ($3.25 CDN + tax), and a few cappuccinos ($5.50 CDN + tax) with coffee being provided by local Toronto roaster Propeller Coffee Co.

The Palmito Verde is a croissant-esque pastry that is flecked with broccoli, swiss chard, and then topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano. It’s incredibly flaky and buttery with subtle hints of broccoli and just the right amount of saltiness from the Parmigiano-Reggiano. It’s quite the perfect savory pastry.

The Medialuna is a classic croissant that has been topped in rock sugar. It’s good, but nothing about it particularly stands out for me. I do think that had there been more rock sugar to completely cover the top of the croissant it would make it more interesting both in taste and visually.

Leña Restaurante: Medialuna + Pamito Verde Facturas
Leña Restaurante: Medialuna + Pamito Verde Facturas

For the mains we try out the The Full Gaucho ($19 CDN + tax) and the Garbanzo Toasts ($12 CDN + tax).

The Full Gaucho is served with spiced hen’s eggs, morcilla, jamón, mushrooms, plancha potatoes. The plating is definitely on the rustic side but it works. I would describe it as a beautiful mess and it makes me want to dig in immediately. The dish itself is hearty and flavorful. I imagine that this would be South American morning comfort food.

The Garbanzo Toasts are served with a thin layer of chickpea spread, smoked paprika, and then topped with avocado and oven-dried tomatoes. They have decided to separate the avocado and tomatoes onto 2 separate slices of bread, both with a thin layer of chickpea spread underneath. They’re definitely generous with the avocado and tomatoes with an entire sliced avocado and a heaping mound of tomatoes placed on each slice. I do think that this would have been better served with equal amounts of tomato and avocado together on each of  the slices though.

Leña Restaurante: The Full Gaucho + Garbanzo Toasts
Leña Restaurante: The Full Gaucho + Garbanzo Toasts

Lastly, we try out dessert including the Chocolate & Dulce de Leche Tart ($13 CDN + tax) and the Churros ($12 CDN + tax).

The Chocolate & & Dulce de Leche Tart is served with a slice of chocolate mousse-like cake that has been drizzled with dulce de leche sauce. It is accompanied by a scoop of sour cream ice cream on the side. The chocolate rich but the sour cream ice cream does a nice job of balancing the sweetness from the chocolate and the dulce de leche.

The churros are served unlike most churros you find in Toronto. Long, thin, twisted strands that are deep fried and covered in sugar (without cinnamon) are served with a colorful tea cup that has been filled Soma Mayan Chocolate for dipping. The churros are soft, pillowy, and less dense than most churros in Toronto. Oddly though I find the chocolate to be underwhelming, especially given that Soma is one of the top chocolatiers in Toronto. The chocolate is a little to subtle and flavor isn’t bold enough to stand up to the churros. It would have been nice to see a spicy Mayan chocolate dipping sauce with these instead.

Leña Restaurante: Churros + Dulce de Leche Tart
Leña Restaurante: Churros + Dulce de Leche Tart

Overall I enjoyed my experience at Leña. Service was friendly and the interior is spacious and beautiful. What’s nice about their breakfast menu is that it is available everyday during the week, which is somewhat uncommon in Toronto. An expanded brunch menu is available on weekends and lunch and dinner menus are also available daily. The atmosphere and style of the menu also lends itself to be a place where you can stop in quickly for casual coffee and pastries or stay longer and linger for a full service meal.

 

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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