Address: 299 Roncesvalles Ave. , Toronto, ON
When I visited: Summer 2015, 3 people, brunch
Rating: $$, 5
I have been to Barque for their family style dinners, but heard so much great things from friends about the brunch. I booked my reservations online in the morning for the same day, and they only had a reservation available at 1:00pm for a table of 2. I took what we could get. When I arrived, the restaurant was definitely a happening spot and was fully packed, including the bar. The restaurant is located in the vibrant Roncesvalles neighbourhood and attracts many locals.
I gave Barque a perfect rating for brunch because they met everything that made for a pleasant experience. The restaurant was family oriented, as seen by the number of kids and toddlers at the restaurant. The hostess did not make a fuss that there was 3 of us, and brought over a high chair for my young daughter readily. The service was friendly and attentive, and the food was well priced for the portion, taste and quality of the food. There was a variety on their menu for brunch to satisfy the meat lovers, vegetarians, as well as those with a sweet tooth.
Barque is a BBQ smoke house, so we wanted to order at least one item that they specialize in. My husband ordered the daily special of smoked ribs, fries and a side of arugula salad (about $14). I enjoyed the smokey house-made BBQ sauce!
I don’t have a sweet tooth but I absolutely loved the french toast with grapefruit and toasted oats and nuts, with real maple syrup ($12). This mega french toast was filling and scrumptious!
The vibe of the restaurant was welcoming, with a great menu to match. I would highly recommend Barque Smokehouse for brunch but do try to make your reservations far in advance.
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