It has been a while since I wrote a restaurant review, so I could not think of a better establishment than Victoria’s Restaurant, located in The Omni King Edward Hotel.
H and I absolutely love brunch, and Victoria’s is a huge favorite of ours. We even celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary at the hotel!
Built in 1903, the historic King Edward Hotel was Toronto’s first luxury hotel and in recent years, underwent a $40 million dollar renovation. The world-renowned hotel was home to numerous celebrities and was also featured in film and movie sets.
The lobby is both grand and elegant. We still take pictures each time we visit!
Victoria’s Restaurant is located in the Sovereign Ballroom, which is truly exquisite with floor to ceiling windows and large teardrop chandeliers.
As usual, we requested a table for two by the windows and arrived early to take pictures.
I chose to publish this review based on our Canada Day brunch buffet, which also happens to be Canada’s 150th birthday. Executive Chef Daniel Schick and his team really outdid themselves, and it was obvious that a lot of time and thought went into planning the menu. We were thrilled to see many diverse dishes inspired by provinces within Canada.
We started with grapefruit and orange juice, which is included in the price of the brunch, as well as coffee and tea. There was also maple iced tea, which was refreshing and sweetened by Quebec maple syrup.
If you have not guessed by now, I am a huge cake lover, so instead of following H who tends to go straight for the food items, I headed to the dessert table. I had to look at the ginormous Canada Day cake. I took note of all the desserts before finding H.
The brunch was cleverly laid out, with beautifully presented platters of tantalizing food. Every time we are at Victoria’s, H jokes that I tend to gravitate towards the pastries, and true to his comment, that is where I headed next.
Here is just a brief description of what we enjoyed:
The croissants were flaky and buttery, perfect with a dollop of high-quality jam.
Assorted Fruit Danishes:
The danishes were also fresh and very flaky. I loved the blueberry one!
The scones were moist and flavorful with a generous amount of wild Canadian blueberries. I liked how they were not too sweet.
Chilled Scallop and Shrimp Salad:
We always enjoy this delicious cold salad. It is an excellent choice and is well prepared.
Devilled eggs with Newfoundland Caviar:
The caviar was a pleasant surprise and provided an upscale dining experience. We had just watched an episode of “Chuck and Danny’s Road Trip” where Acadian sturgeon was highlighted. We have tried caviar from New Brunswick; however, the Newfoundland caviar was firm with a buttery texture; very decadent and sumptuous.
Poached Salmon is another dish that we love seeing at the brunch. The salmon was perfectly poached, and only required a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. While other establishments feature whole poached salmon, we prefer Victoria’s version of individual fillets. Not only was it easier to plate, but it provided an elegant presentation.
Roast Chicken with Fruit Salsa
White Wine and Herb Steamed PEI Mussels:
We love PEI mussels, either hot or cold, and were happy to see them offered again.
Quebec Pork Creton
The forcemeat-style pork spread looked very similar to pate. The pork cracklings were crunchy and tasty.
Heirloom Tomatoes with Bocconcini & Basil Vinaigrette
Three Sisters Prairie Grains with Orange Lemon Dressing
Watermelon, Mint and Figs and Goat Cheese:
Pairing sweet watermelon with salty goat cheese was scrumptious, and the figs added another level of texture. I had to go back for more!
Fennel Arctic Char with Kozlik’s Maple Mustard
This was a very popular offering and we struck up a conversation with other guests on how much we love fennel. It was nice to see a higher quality condiment smartly paired with maple syrup.
Potato Salad with Prosciutto:
I can never resist potato salad. I love Victoria’s version with just the right amount of tangy dressing and slivers of salty prosciutto.
Buttermilk Pancakes with Quebec Maple Syrup
The infamous St. Lawrence Market Peameal Bacon with Fried Egg Sandwiches
Breakfast Bangers and Bacon
No brunch is complete without eggs benedict and Victoria’s version does not disappoint. H had two!
Scrambled Eggs with Snipped Chives
King Edward Beef Wellington:
This classic dish is irresistible and the filet mignon was tender and flavorful. It is definitely the highlight of our brunch every time. H enjoyed it so much that he did not even notice the Three Province Poutine sitting right next to it! I forgot about it as well … so sad.
Three Province Poutine
Chicken and Waffles:
This was by far one of our favorite dishes. It is so popular nowadays, and we were so happy to see it at the brunch. The chicken was crunchy and moist with a hint of garlic. The Belgian waffles were thick and crispy, perfect with just a drizzle of Quebec maple syrup.
KD Mac n Cheese with Ketchup Chip Crust (kid friendly)
Pulled Pork Braised in Ottawa Beau’s Beer
East Coast Corn Fritters on Summer Succotash:
I loved the corn fritters and they were flavorful with a slightly crunchy coating. The fresh succotash was the perfect accompaniment.
BC Smoked Cedar Plank Salmon:
We love salmon and it was great to see it offered both cold and hot. Again, the slightly smoked salmon only required a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
What’s on our plates:
My favorite part of any brunch/buffet! Desserts!
The sous chef suggested a squeeze of fresh lemon juice!
150th Canada Day Cake:
This cake was a showstopper. As a cake lover, I was stunned to see such a beautiful cake. Embarrassingly enough, I just stood and stared at it, as any cake lover would! The fondant and decoration were well executed. I truly wish I had room for more than just one slice, and I was thinking of this cake for days afterwards! The vanilla sponge was mouth-watering moist, and I think I tasted lemon curd and Italian Meringue buttercream. The cake was sumptuous with the addition of sweet and tart berries.
Summer Fruit Crumble:
We loved the crunchy buttery crumble combined with fresh berries. To gild the lily, we drizzled crème anglaise over top and the simple dessert became sublime.
This is one of my favorite cakes and is a regular feature at the brunch. It has an intense almond flavor and is truly decadent. I feel transported to France with each bite.
Fresh Fruit Tart
The shortbread crust was buttery and had a nice firm texture. The pastry cream and whipped cream were luscious and again paired well with the tart berries.
Chocolate Espresso Mousse:
H is a chocolate and coffee lover, so he always enjoys this dessert. The mousse was smooth and creamy with a dark chocolate flavor enhanced by espresso. The whipped cream and serving size is perfect.
The Great Canadian Butter Tart:
Wow, it was nice to see this classic Canadian dessert added to the Canada Day brunch. What I immediately noticed was how thin the crust was. Most butter tarts have a very thick crust and less filling. These tarts were the opposite and had a generous filling. The crust seemed to melt in my mouth and had a distinct maple flavor. I am sad to report I only ate one.
Intense Chocolate Truffle Cake:
We have eaten this cake many times in the past and we love it. When I dipped my fork into the cake, I could immediately detect how tender the sponge was!
The chocolate truffle filling really is “intense” and super delicious. The dark cocoa powder makes for a great finish and cuts down on the sweetness.
This is another classic dessert that we love seeing at the brunch. I did not have room to enjoy it this time, but H sure did!
When I downloaded all the pictures I had taken, I noticed there were so many dishes we wish we had sampled!
Chomeur Maple Pudding
Great Plains Rice Pudding
Vanilla Cream Filled Profiteroles
What’s on our plates:
Overall, the food was very well presented and bountiful with appetizing flavors. The variety of dishes were both classic and innovative.
David Watson, Director of Outlets at The Omni King Edward Hotel checked on us every now and then, and answered any questions we had. His presence elevated our dining experience, and created fond memories of an amazing brunch experience.
The staff are genuinely warm, welcoming, graciously polite and attentive, yet not intrusive. The service is what you would expect from The Omni Group. It was also nice to see Hector again.
We are definitely still thinking of the brunch so a return visit is imminent!
Brunch courtesy of The Omni King Edward Hotel.
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