Fire on the East Side TorontoPosted By Jennifer Ho Jul 31 2012 · 1 comment · Dining Out
Looking to catch up with a friend in Toronto, we were drawn to Fire on the East Side after hearing about some amazing fried chicken on waffles. Upon getting there and scanning the menu with no sign of the dish, it proved to be totally elusive. According to our server, the dish had never existed at the place. I won’t lie, we were pretty disappointed, as we had chosen the place based solely on the possibility of eating that specific dish. We contemplated leaving for a few seconds, but the thought quickly vanished as we took the first few bites out of the house made banana bread. Moist and soft, the little square of sweetness bolstered our appetites and we sat on.
We both chose specials for brunch that day: apple cheddar stuffed French toast with bacon and a zucchini-tomato-sausage-ricotta omelette. The combination of flavors in the French toast were mouthwatering – when our server mentioned them to us, we both had that one in mind when deciding what to order. Luckily for me, the omelette sounded almost equally as good, so I went with that.
The toast was regular size, and tasted like store-bought bread (as opposed to homemade) and to my taste a little harder than I am used to. I hate to say it but maybe slightly stale? The mix of ingredients themselves were great though – apple, cheddar and bacon? Can’t go wrong there.
As it turns out, I actually enjoyed the omelette more than the French toast. Light, fluffy eggs folded in with diced tomatoes and slices of zucchini as well as pieces of sausage made this hearty and filling. The addition of ricotta to the omelette just gave this omelette a saltier edge that I quite liked.
Overall though, it was a solid brunch. Great terrasse, timely service and good atmosphere.
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