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The Green Wood (Brunch): Toronto, Ontario

The Green Wood (Brunch): Toronto, Ontario

Name: The Greenwood
Address: 1402 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M4L 1C9, Canada
Website: Website
Instagram: @eatgreenwood
Wifi: No
Tender: Debit,  Credit, Cash
Neighbourhood: Leslieville, Toronto

The Green Wood is located just on the outskirts of Toronto’s Leslieville neighborhood at Queen Street East and Greenwood Avenue. The space is flanked with white exposed brick, peachy pink tiles and greenery tucked into every corner. To be honest, this place is much further East than I’ve ever been, but it’s nice to see cute new spots opening in new largely undeveloped areas of the city.

The Green Wood : Interior
The Green Wood : Interior

While dinner is available in the evenings we arrive on Sunday morning to try out their brunch and start with a selection of their Souk Fries ($12 CDN + tax), the Farmer’s Flatbread ($11 CDN + tax ), and the Breakfast Potato ($11 CDN + tax).

The Souk Fries look mouthwatering when they hit the table. Hand cut fries are tossed with grilled eggplant, sumac seasoned salad, spicy tahini, and topped with a fried egg and fried halloumi. The idea is right and the flavors are good, but it’s overly seasoned. A little less salt would make this a stellar dish.

The Farmer’s Flatbread is served topped with soft cheese, confit tomatoes, a fried egg, and greens. We add additional bacon for an extra $2 as well. It’s essentially a breakfast pizza and it’s a tasty one at that.

The Breakfast Potato consists of a baked russet potato stuffed with bacon, and then topped with two poached eggs, crème fraiche, tomato salsa, and greens. This dish had the right idea but I do think small changes to the execution would have made all the difference. Instead of having two full strip of bacon placed on top of a halved baked potato it would have been nice to have the bacon crumbled and mixed into the potato along with the crème fraiche and tomato salsa. The side salad is dressed perfectly with a light dressing and is surprisingly quite good considering most side salads tend to be an afterthought.

The Green Wood: Souk Fries (top left) + Farmer's Flatbread (bottom) + Breakfast Potato (top right)
The Green Wood: Souk Fries (top left) + Farmer’s Flatbread (bottom) + Breakfast Potato (top right)

We also try out the Green Wood Classic ($11 CDN + tax) and the Toast ($8 CDN + tax).

The Green Wood Classic is exactly what you would expect form a classic breakfast, two eggs any style are served with bacon or sausage, greens, and toast.

The Toast selection is served with three slices of toast with the toppings changing daily. The day we are there it’s a selection of tomato feta, mushroom parmesan, and smoked salmon. The mushroom parmesan is the favorite of the three with the mushrooms being sautéed perfectly with a generous topping of parmesan. The smoked salmon is topped with chopped chives but could slightly better had it been served with a smear of cream cheese as well.

The Green Wood : The Green Wood Classic + Toasts
The Green Wood : The Green Wood Classic + Toasts

Lastly, we try the lone sweet offering the Cozy French Toast ($11 CDN + tax). Eggy cinnamon brioche is served with maple syrup and the Green Wood house butter. It’s plated beautifully with an edible flower and a handful of berries. Everyone unanimously agrees that it’s the best dish of the brunch. The brioche is rich and spiced well with cinnamon and is fried to the perfect shade of golden brown. The maple syrup however is poured into the bottom of the dish which makes the bottom slice overly soaked with maple syrup and the top slice completely dry without a touch of that classic maple sweetness that goes so well with French toast. It would have been nice to have the maple syrup served on the side but other than that this dish is a winner.

The Green Wood : Cozy French Toast
The Green Wood : Cozy French Toast

Overall the Green Wood serves up classic brunch dishes in a casual but inviting setting. Service was friendly and lots of menu options are available including vegan choices.  Don’t miss out on their fresh made green juices as well where a generous sized glass is priced at a more than reasonable $3.50. The Green Wood makes for a nice addition to an otherwise stark part of the city.

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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