CLOSED: Hudson Kitchen (Toronto)

Location: Toronto, Canada
Address: 800 Dundas Street West
Type of Meal: Brunch

Hudson Kitchen, an airy but cozy two-roomed restaurant along Dundas, has had its share of celebrity sightings. During TIFF, Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt and Colin Firth dropped by and on a weeknight Adam Sandler stopped in for dinner. But, on a day-to-day basis, non-celebrities like you and I can visit and now that the hype has died down, reservations no longer need to be made weeks in advance.

Their brunch menu is a limited selection but covers the crowd favourites. The Spanish omelette ($11) smelled so good when it arrived. It may have something to do with the thinly sliced potatoes on the bottom being cooked in butter. Then finished off with some onion (?) and eggs, it’s a simple but flavourful omelette. On the side, some aioli (personally didn’t use with anything) and a thick tangy tomato soffrito on baguette.

Not remembering that Spanish omelettes contain potato, I also ordered a side of duck fat roasted potatoes ($4). Arriving piping hot with a golden crust these were delicious and well-seasoned.

In hindsight, the dark greens salad ($4) my friend ordered would have likely been a better choice. It’s a surprisingly generous portion topped with walnut brittle and champagne vinaigrette.

I particularly enjoyed the tarte cider vinegar that glazed the chorizo ($13), which cut against the greasiness of the plump dense sausage. This dish is a full meal served with roasted potatoes, a slow poached egg and braised apple.

The buttermilk pancakes ($12) are fluffy, light and has a great rich egg flavour. Unlike most pancakes, there’s no syrup but rather served with a peach caramel compote, almonds and bourbon whipped cream. I loved the addition of mint slivers over everything which really lightened up the pancakes.

Although we didn’t see any A-list celebrities during our brunch, I was nonetheless pleased with the meal and service. The traditional dishes are prepared with simple but fresh ingredients and are seasoned perfectly for my taste. A return visit may be warranted to experience their full leaf to root philosophy.

Overall mark - 7.5 out of 10

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Gastro World's Grading System

  • Anything under 5 - I really disliked and will never go back
  • - decent restaurant but I likely won't return
  • 7 - decent restaurant and I will likely return
  • 8 - great restaurant that I'd be happy to recommend
  • 9 - fantastic restaurant that I would love to visit regularly and highly recommend
  • 10 - absolute perfection!