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School Bakery and Café (Toronto)

Last weekend, when Conor from Hold the Beef was in town (all the way from Perth, Australia in the midst of a whirlwind around the world tour apparently to do with her grad school work though looks like she might be doing some kind of degree in food and drink..), I felt the pressure to find a great brunch place to take her.  She often reviews restaurants on her blog and it seems brunch comes under the most scrutiny.  I knew, though that I could entice her to anywhere if I promised that we would visit a cheese store afterwards so I confidently proposed that we visit The School Bakery and Café, right around the corner from a new cheese store we had been wanting to visit, The Village Cheesemonger.  We also met Krys from Rosewood Estates Winery there  (a brunch and cheese lover too!).

It’s a wonderful old redbrick building with lots and lots of funky “school” references including these cool school clocks!

Being the World Cup and all, there was the ubiquitous big screen TV showing the game but we were fortunate enough to score a table on the patio where it was threatening to rain but held off for us!

The menu choices were aplenty and it was hard to choose – everything looked amazing, especially to Conor who had spend the better part of a day travelling the day before from Albuquerque to Toronto and who had not eaten a decent meal for days!

Neil and Krys choose the “Super Cheesy” French toast with smoked bacon and greens:

Both Neil and Krys LOVED this dish. The right amount of sweet and salty with some greens to boot.  I chose the “overstuffed” popover with Gruyère, smoked bacon and greens:

Let’s just check out HOW overstuffed it is:

Awesomeness!Loved the slight sweetness of the popover itself, the creaminess of the scrambled eggs and the salty bacon. A perfect brunch meal for me!

Conor, in her fuzzy-brained state of fatigue was oscillating between the egg-white frittata with shrimp, oven roasted tomatoes and greens and the eggs Benny…  Neil scorned her for even thinking about an egg dish that did not contain egg yolks. Nonplussed by his suggestions (I actually think he just wanted the eggs Benny as well!), she chose the frittata:

It was very beautiful, as you can see and it came with great home-fries, including some sweet potatoes but I have a feeling our Conor was secretly kicking herself for not listening to Mr Neil.  I think it was pronounced “good, but not amazing”. I really think Miss Conor just needed something more substantial in her little belly. You know, like the missing yolks!  So not a bad dish, but not a smart choice for those particular circumstances…

I was excited to discover this place which is in a part of Toronto that is what we like to call “up and coming” (very fast, actually!).  It’s also within walking distance of our house (yay – if we walked there and back we could indulge in some of their baked goods too!) so I foresee some trips there in my future.  A lovely space both in and outside with simple food done well and  they also do lunch and dinner.  Even though both my grad school and my job school are out for the summer, I wouldn’t mind a little summer school here ;-)

The School Bakery and Café
70 Fraser Avenue
Toronto, ON M6K 3E1
(416) 588-0005

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Also as promised, I am announcing the next hostess of the Hay Hay it’s Donna Day event and that lucky lady is Giulia of Juls’ Kitchen!  She received the most votes in last month’s roundup but really, you were all winners in my eyes. That is truly one  of my favourite posts ever!!!  Giulia will be posting the next Donna Hay recipe very soon so head on over to check out her blog!

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40 Responses to School Bakery and Café (Toronto)

  1. Jamie June 16, 2010 at 05:41 #

    What a fun place to eat! Love the brunch dishes and yay! a bakery near your house! Ha Ha! And congrats to Giulia and I’m looking forward to next month’s HHDD! Thanks for hosting this month, Mardi!

  2. Belinda @zomppa June 16, 2010 at 07:46 #

    Oh……..that French Toast is awesome. Gotta tell ZomppaTsering about this one b/c she’s IN Toronto!

  3. penny aka jeroxie June 16, 2010 at 09:39 #

    Awesome! I like this “Super Cheesy” French toast with smoked bacon. It is calling to me.

  4. Stella June 16, 2010 at 10:40 #

    Great post! I absolutely love this place! It’s my favourite brunch spot =)

  5. Jen Laceda June 16, 2010 at 13:51 #

    I’ve been eyeing School for a long time. I think this space used to be Maro…The food looks fab!

  6. Lora June 16, 2010 at 13:58 #

    I gotta try that French toast- Booking my flight now….

  7. A Canadian Foodie June 16, 2010 at 15:16 #

    What a fantastic concept! Great photos.
    Valerie

  8. Mr. Neil June 16, 2010 at 17:03 #

    Sometimes – just sometimes – it pays to listen to Mr. Neil.

    • Tami June 16, 2010 at 18:39 #

      Yes Mr Neil, definitely agree with the – just sometimes!! Otherwise could prove to be a recipe for disaster………….

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite June 19, 2010 at 11:39 #

      I am sure Conor learned her lesson!

      • Conor @ HoldtheBeef June 30, 2010 at 03:03 #

        I did :( I’m not sure what was worse – ending up with the wrong choice of meal, or knowing that I should have listened to Mr Neil…

  9. Tami June 16, 2010 at 18:55 #

    Any other morning Mardi, the food would look absolutely divine, particularly the ‘popover’, but sadly there was a huge night of footy to be had in Tami’s house last night: State of Origin – QLD 34 (woo hoo) NSW 6; next up soccer: Chile 1 vs Honduras 0

    Finally popped over to Conor’s blog for a looksee and sure wish I had some of those Boozy Chocolate Footballs last night – may have been a better option than those last few VB tinnies!! Or maybe it’s just the four hours sleep………….

  10. Magic of Spice June 16, 2010 at 19:19 #

    Food looks great, and a wonderful post:)

  11. Cook with Madin June 16, 2010 at 19:47 #

    I love everything here, but my eyes were right on the “Overstuffed Popovers with Gruyere”. Looks like a fun place to go. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction June 16, 2010 at 20:30 #

    Love the decor/theme of the School Bakery! Looks like a place I would like to visit. I’m always a fan of brunch, too. :)

  13. Sara June 16, 2010 at 22:36 #

    Oh my popover!

  14. Penelope Tsaldari June 16, 2010 at 22:45 #

    Gosh I loved this. I’m posting it to my fb.
    Hugs,
    Penelope

  15. Christine @ Fresh Local and Best June 17, 2010 at 21:20 #

    I’m still drooling over the “overstuffed” popover with Gruyère, smoked bacon and greens. How did you ever bite into it?!

  16. Tonya @ What's On My Plate June 18, 2010 at 07:45 #

    I used to go to School but gave up because the service was always bordering on awful (slow, food delivered to the wrong table, no water, understaffed etc). Have things changed? I’d love to revisit!

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite June 19, 2010 at 11:23 #

      We were pretty impressed with the service at brunch – it was busy and there was a huge party next to us but our server looked after us really well. You should go again, the food is definitely worth it!

  17. cat June 22, 2010 at 22:35 #

    that popover looks luscious! and the school clocks? very cool.

  18. Sharlene (Wheels and Lollipops) June 24, 2010 at 10:18 #

    OOOh that French toast has my name all over it !!!!

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