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Mary Be Kitchen: Toronto, Ontario

Mary Be Kitchen: Toronto, Ontario

Mary Be Kitchen is located right at the intersection of Yonge & St. Clair and brings a much needed modern and updated touch to the area’s restaurant and eatery scene.

The interior is casual but very pretty. A feature wall is flanked with cabbage print wallpaper by Candice Kaye Design who’s wallpaper collections and custom work can be found in some of the chicest spaces across the globe and now in Mary Be Kitchen as well. Light wood accents, plush seating, and plenty of fresh greenery make the space feel like an extension of a zen garden.

 

Mary Be Kitchen: Interior
Mary Be Kitchen: Interior

 

Mary Be Kitchen: Interior, seating
Mary Be Kitchen: Interior, seating

The menu is focused on providing wholesome foods meant to nourish you and there are plenty of options for both omnivores, vegetarians, vegans, and the gluten intolerant. I can always respect a place that caters to a wide variety of diets especially when it comes to getting a group of friends together whose needs can span any and every eating style.

 

I come for brunch because brunch is basically life. We try out the The Weekender Breakfast (Two soft-poached eggs, organic multigrain sourdough toast, Market Leafy Greens & choice of Beretta bacon, smoked salmon, or grilled avocado, $12.95) and the Dahl & Eggs (Housemade red lentil curry, two soft-poached eggs, yogurt, cilantro, organic multigrain sourdough toast & Market Leafy Greens, $13.95).

For the Weekender Breakfast I choose the grilled avocado but add a side of bacon as well. I’ve never actually had grilled avocado before and I’m not sure why because it takes the already perfect avocado and elevates it to the next level. Slightly crispy on the outside it gives the avocado a slight nutty flavour. The texture is beyond smooth and silky and very similar to foie gras except without the greasy heavy feeling after you get from eating actual foie gras. It’s pretty epic AF. If there was such as thing as vegan foie gras it is grilled avocado.

 

As impossible as that would be to follow the Dahl & Eggs are my favourite dish of the brunch. Perfectly smooth and creamy it has just the right amount of spices and comes with two perfectly poached eggs. It’s like eating an Indian porridge except it’s flavorful and addictive and not bland like regular porridge is (sorry porridge lovers, but not really because Dahl is so much better).

 

And of course what is life without beverages? Once again their drink menu caters to all. Espresso based drinks using local favourite Pilot Coffee Roasters beans are available as well as healthful and unique options like lavender lattes, turmeric-ginger lattes, matcha, and chai. A decadant hot chocolate made with dark chocolate and steamed milk is also on the menu for the young and the young at heart and taste buds.

 

 

 

Mary Be Kitchen: Dahl & Eggs + The Weekender Breakfast + Turmeric-Ginger Latte
Mary Be Kitchen: Dahl & Eggs + The Weekender Breakfast + Turmeric-Ginger Latte

Lastly we try the Smashed Avocado Toast because in this day and age you didn’t really have brunch unless you had avocado toast. Served on organic multigrain sourdough, smashed avocado is topped with chili-garlic oil, sumac, lemon & sprouts ($7.95 as is or add poached eggs for $1.95). Topped with eggs it makes a nice light meal and sans eggs would be good as a quick and tasty snack.

Mary Be Kitchen: Avocado Toast topped with Poached Eggs
Mary Be Kitchen: Avocado Toast topped with Poached Eggs

 

Mary Be Kitchen hits all the right spots. The space is beautiful,  yet comfortable and approachable. You could easily come for a weekend brunch as well as feel just as comfortable kicking back and enjoying a book and a cup of caffeine curled up on one of their couches. The menu though is perfect in that it serves real, and wholesome food that actually tastes good. It’s healthy, but I didn’t feel like I was missing out by not having an eggs benny and just goes to show that health doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing on taste. It’s definitely a place I could see myself eating at on the daily and that would probably be a very good thing.

 

Disclaimer: This post was NOT sponsored, however the meal was complimentary. All opinions expressed are my own. All offerings and prices are accurate as of time of posting. Please refer to respective shops\company websites for most up to date information.

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