Great food, airy atmosphere, excellent service, and fun attention to details….I love Mildred’s Temple Kitchen!
Liberty Village is a delightful little area in the western part of the city, so it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Mildred’s Temple Kitchen is equally delightful! I’d recently tasted a tiny nibble of the restaurant’s offerings at Second Harvest’s Toronto Taste event earlier this month, and was eager to visit and try out their brunch menu!
. My friends and I visited on a Sunday afternoon. As it was Father’s Day, the restaurant was very busy. Seating was on a first-come, first-serve basis, and at 12:30pm (when we arrived), we were told it would be a 45-minute wait. It being such a lovely day outside, we didn’t mind at all. (There are a few benches you can sit on just outside the restaurant.)
. At the entrance to the restaurant is a lovely little shaded outdoor dining area, where guests may enjoy some fresh air with their meal. I love the adorable little white gnomes perched on each table (I was so tempted to take one home with me!), as well as the friendly-looking doggy planter sprawled in the corner, watching as passers walk by! It’s small details such as these that make this restaurant such a delight!
. Walking into the restaurant, you instantly get a sense of the restaurant’s style…
. A gorgeous white bar as you enter is indicative of the upscale elegance of the entire establishment. It looks very chic and modern, with its pristine surfaces and its twinkling lights.
. Past the bar, the main dining area is surprisingly deep, airy and inviting, with its high unfinished concrete ceiling and array of delicate, dangly lights. Large floor-to-ceiling windows span one wall, filtering in lots of natural light. Along the opposite wall, a beautifully-maintained open-concept kitchen is situated on a raised level for all to see. This restaurant is a truly elegant and inviting space. It is a contemporary blend of clean wood, polished stainless steel, and homey knick-knacks. I loved discovering the random treasures that are casually displayed around the space! It is casual elegance with an eclectic flair for knick-knackery!
. The staff at this restaurant was exceptionally friendly and the service was excellent. (But I already sensed it would be – While we were waiting outside for a table, we witnessed one of the restaurant employees bringing out a dish of water for a thirsty pooch belonging to one of the restaurant’s patrons, who was sitting outside.)
. This restaurant is ideal for a long, leisurely brunch! We had a lovely meal and were very impressed with our experience. We’ll definitely be back!
* On the day of our visit, the only menu available was a special $25 prix fixe menu in honor of Father’s Day. This included a glass of juice (choice of orange or grapefruit), biscuits & scones, an entree, and a small take-home sweet treat at the end of the meal.
. Grapefruit Juice (included) and a Mimosa (not included):
- The mimosa was my friend’s so I didn’t try it. The grapefruit juice, however, was great – obviously fresh!
. Buttermilk Biscuits and Blackcurrant Scones: Served with homemade preserves and sweet butter.
- These were so good! Light and tasty. I loved the apple butter preserve (that was essentially applesauce)!
. Veda’s Choice (Regular price – $14.50): Mildred’s classic poached eggs on a flakey croissant with your choice of smoked salmon or rosemary bacon, topped with Béarnaise sauce & served with mixed greens.
- I opted for the Veda’s Choice. It was beautifully presented and delicious! I loved the light flakiness of the croissant and the runniness of the two perfectly poached eggs inside! So good!
. Huevos Monty (Regular price – $14.50): Black been refritos and sharp cheddar cheese baked in flour tortillas and topped with eggs sunny, fresh salsa, and avocado crème fraîche.
- M and S both ordered this and they both raved about it! Not only did it look delicious, but it tasted delicious, too!
. Pecan Squares:
- These pecan squares were gooey and sweet. Very good!
ADDRESS: 85 Hanna Avenue, Toronto (South-East quadrant of King St W & Dufferin St; In the same building as the LCBO, beneath the GoodLife Fitness)
WHERE TO PARK: There is paid parking in the parking garage below the building, as well as a paid outdoor parking lot nearby. Paid metered parking (a somewhat less expensive option) is available on Hanna Avenue.
- Outdoor seating available