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“Wonderful place for brunch” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gilead Cafe

Gilead Cafe
4 Gilead Place, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C9, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
647 288 0680
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Ranked #1,867 of 6,561 restaurants in Toronto
Price range: $8 - $13
Cuisines: Canadian, Café
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
Markham, Canada
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Wonderful place for brunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

Our daughter took my husband and I out for brunch at the Gilead Cafe on King street for Father's Day. It was wonderful! There were typical items that you would expect to find on a brunch menu like eggs bennies, omelettes, and hash, but they were anything but typical! In Jamie Kennedy's hands these brunch mainstays were elevated to epicurean heights without a trace of pretention! Even my husband who usually doesn't have much to say about any meal, had the eggs benedict, and said "I don't know what's in this hollanaise sauce but it tastes so much different than at other places. It's great! The best I've had!" I had the asparagus omelette and it was perfect. The asparagus was extremely fresh and delightfully crisp, and the eggs in the omelette fluffy and flavourful. My daughter enjoyed the smoked whitefish hash which was busting with flavour from the fresh fish, potatoes, and seasonings like mustard seed and black pepper.

My omelette and my daughter's hash were served with boiled, skin-on potatoes on a bed of greens and dressed with a light horseradish dressing that had just the right amount of kick to it without being over-powering.

Our server (we didn't get his name) was amazing as well. He was friendly, gracious, and attentive (always refilling our water glasses and coffee). And he had such a big smile that you couldn't help but smile back!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Montreal
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Superb brunch!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

Very fresh ingredients, great coffee, nice ambiance, friendly stuff- will definitely go there again!

Visited May 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Poutine!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Best fries cooked in duck fat!!! Great bread and salads too!!!

Visited May 2012
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Markham, Canada
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53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Fun Birthday Celebration”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

We were a group of 7 people and had a great dinner here. The food seemed like a gourmet version of classic comfort foods. We ordered several dishes and since they can not get everything to come out all at the same time, the dishes came out one or two at a time and we all just had small samples of everything. The desserts are truly decadent!

Visited November 2011
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Huntsville, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“huge disappointment”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

You expect so much more when Jamie Kennedy's name is the drawing card. Great location and nice minimalist interior but the food was quite terrible ....tasteless in many cases ....our table of five all ordered different menu items and all were disappointed. We will never go back.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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