Brunch at The Corktown Kitchen in Toronto’s East End

The Corktown KitchenOn a Sunday morning when the sun is fighting through the clouds and there’s an unpleasant chill in the air, a laid-back brunch and catching up with friends seems like the thing to do.

If you’ve been following this blog you know that Corktown has been gaining popularity over the past few years largely thanks 2015 PanAm Games and the condo developments that served as the Athletes’ Village. This neighbourhood is experiencing a rebirth with dozens of new businesses popping up such as bars, restaurants, coffee shops and furniture stores.

Corktown Common

Corktown Common

One of the restaurants gaining popularity is The Corktown Kitchen, located at the corner of King Street East and Power Street. This east-end eatery replaced Weezies and is serving gastro-pub fare created by chef Matt Griffiths of Ultra Supper Club and Senses. There are a few dinner favourites like burgers and steak frites as well as impressive brunch offerings.

The Corktown Kitchen

Photo by The Corktown Kitchen

I stopped by The Corktown Kitchen for brunch on that gloomy Sunday I mentioned earlier. If you visited Weezie’s in the past, you’re familiar with its storefront setting. The current owner and chef, Matt Griffiths, has made a few alterations starting with the bar which is now bigger. Overall, the space is bright, cozy and laid-back. Seating is limited here, so I would recommend making a reservation if you’re planning to visit with a larger group (more then two).

While I wait for my friend to arrive, I enjoy a freshly-brewed cup of java. Don’t expect an espresso-based, frothy bevy here. Corktown Kitchen only offers classic drip coffee, and as much as I enjoy a cappuccino, this coffee was quite delicious and satisfying.

The Corktown Kitchen Coffee

The Corktown Kitchen Coffee

As I scan the menu, I notice the diversity in their dishes. There is something for everyone – from harty, generous plates to light and wholesome. My friend Dorothy will roll her eyes at this because “if you’re going to order something that boring like fruit and yogurt, you might as well stay home and eat”. But here’s the thing – sometimes you’re just not that hungry but still want to meet up and share a meal with friends. It’s good to have variety, and Corktown Kitchen has just that.

The brunch menu offers classics that include a breakfast plate with two eggs, bacon, potato rosti and grilled tomato, as well as an omelette, and french toast. But there are also favourites like triple bacon mac’n cheese with eggs, and eggs benny four ways, including lobster and crab!

The Corktown Kitchen French Toast

The Corktown Kitchen French Toast

We go for the French toast topped with berries and a side of delicious, crispy bacon. The French toast is eggy and fluffy with a generous serving of fruit. The savoury bacon perfectly compliments the sweetness of the French toast, with just the right amount of crisp. Needless to say, we’re quite pleased.

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The Corktown Kitchen Mimosa

The Corktown Kitchen is a great casual neighbourhood spot with delicious, quality food and warm, friendly service. I will definitely be back…maybe for dinner, this time. The hamburger and steak frites are calling my name. Cheers to that!

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