King Street West is saturated with numerous brunch and dinner hot spots, many of which are fairly high in quality and well-known to those who enjoy eating out. On a Sunday morning, Jen and I decided to have brunch at Bier Markt since neither of us have been. They also have another location by The Esplanade. Reservations were made for 11am, and when we walked in, we were greeted by an entirely empty space with a lifeless patio. I guess many people were suffering from a hangover which explains the lack of patrons, but anyway, that didn’t prevent us from having brunch here ;) Since Jen and I were the only ones, the waitress enthusiastically said that we get to sit wherever we wanted. Yeah okay.. it wasn’t really something worth being ecstatic about.
Looking at Bier Markt’s brunch menu, everything sounded delish. I should also mention that in the descriptions, you’ll find the word “farm” coming up frequently, such as farm eggs and farmers’ sausages. I don’t know how much of an effect this may have on you, but “farm fresh” has such a nice ring to it, haha.
Jen ordered Belgian coffee ($4.50) and she finished it rather quickly. I tried a sip and understood why she enjoyed it so much; it was amazing! Although we know how dangerous the light plop of innocent-looking cream can be, our guilt is temporarily diminished due to the bitter and strong coffee. Not only did this Belgian coffee taste bitter-sweet, but you’ll also experience a bitter-sweet feeling while sipping it. Be sure to have your phone camera handy as you may have suddenly grown a fluffy white mustache. Don’t panic when that happens – simply lick your upper lip for that extra bit of cream because you deserve it more than your napkin does.
The Swiss Skillet ($12) definitely looked and tasted hearty. The cast iron is so adorable and heart-warming. I do have to warn you how heavy this dish is though – potato roti, crispy strips of bacon, caramelized onions, two over-easy eggs, and what’s better to top it all off than an emmental & gruyère cheese gratin? ;) Haha, now you know what I mean. Incredibly cheesy and artery-clogging, but hey, I know some of you enjoy comfort food such as this. The potato roti was slightly too mushy, probably due to the fact that it acted as a base for everything on top. But honestly, nothing beats runny eggs and crispy bacon on a Sunday morning; they definitely brought a smile onto my face.
The Brioche French Toast ($13) consisted of two sunny side up eggs, brioche french toast, grilled sausages, maple syrup, and house confiture. I thought the french toast could’ve been pan-fried for a bit longer since they were on the softer side. Look at those three fat and juicy sausages on the right. Lying so carefree on my breakfast plate, they were totally asking for it. With no time to waste, I dug my fork into the sausage and devoured it voraciously. They were bursting with fatty goodness and flavour. The raspberry (or cranberry) preserve I didn’t care too much for since I have a disliking toward all things berry (don’t ask). This dish was a reasonable portion with classic brunch items.
What caught my eye on their dessert menu was the Orange Creamsicle Brûlée ($9). Insanely creamy, thick, with an apparent orange flavour, Bier Markt absolutely delivered what they promised. I’m a huge fan of Crème Brûlée, and whenever a restaurant has a flavoured Crème Brûlée available, I’d be very excited to try it. More often than not, I’m disappointed since the flavour is usually very subtle and doesn’t differ much from the classic Crème Brûlée. For this reason, I was delighted to discover how much this product actually reflected its name on the menu. Bier Markt, wow, you surely delivered you – big props to you.
Would I come here again? Well, everything tasted decent and they have a good brunch menu with something for everyone. Service was okay and the restaurant is fairly spacious with a huge patio. I don’t think I’d come back since I didn’t find their food to be fabulous, but it’s not terrible so I’m not going to tell everyone to stay away ;)
600 King Street West
Toronto (416) 862-1175