S & I recently visited Bar Reyna in Toronto’s Yorkville area for brunch and it did NOT disappoint! I’d been seeing some amazing food photos on Instagram of Bar Reyna’s bites from some fellow friends and food bloggers @dineandfash & @food.diva that looked absolutely incredible and I could no longer resist!
When we visited, we had met another friend and blogger (@vincentko) for brunch. Vince had suggested we visit because neither of us had been before, and the fries had had him drooling for quite some time, too!
Bar Reyna’s fries had been calling my name!
Bar Reyna offers a variety of five plates of fries, each inspired by a different Mediterranean country. Given that French fries are one of my biggest weaknesses, I would say that they were the restaurant’s biggest attraction for me, and naturally we had to order at least one to try!
With that, we decided to start with Spanish Fries! They came garnished with a blend of Spanish spices, shaved manchego, shredded chorizo and a side of spicy chipotle mayo – yum! They were a little difficult to eat by hand to be quite honest, given that they’re cut so thinly, but if anything it did me a favour as it forced me to eat more slowly vs regularly inhaling my food!
Bar Reyna’s brunch menu is entirely Mediterranean inspired, and entirely delicious!
The Duck Benedict
From the mains, S ordered the duck benedict, which is a serving of an eight hour roasted duck plated on a potato rosti with shredded cabbage escabeche and a brown butter hollandaise sauce glaze. I (of course) had a bite of his to taste, mostly the potato rosti and hollandaise sauce and let me tell you, it was impeccable! If you’re a fan of duck and creamy hollandaise, this dish is for you!
Reyna’s Croque Madame
You may or may not know that I’ve been making an effort stay away from eating meat for quite a while now, for a variety of reasons. My traditional Italian & French upbringings weren’t necessarily the most conducive to being a vegetarian/vegan, but in recent years I’ve been pretty keen on exploring the possibilities. Because of this recent interest, I was drawn to the Croque Madame, though it is a technically a pescatarian option.
It came served on Bar Reyna’s house-made sourdough bread (which was still warm from the kitchen), with a spread of their house-made labneh, smoked salmon & dill, and a fried egg on top. While I’m slowly cutting animals out of my diet, starting with red meats, lighter meats, and lastly fish,
The Avocado on Toast
Our friend Vince ordered the avocado toast which is actually an entirely vegetarian option. Like mine, it came served on Bar Reyna’s house-made sourdough bread which truly was delicious, and was plated with charred tomatoes, and a poached egg with cilantro and mint to taste.
If you are a fan of the “smashed avocado” toast, note this dish serves the avocado in a spiral form, which presents beautifully, but leaves you to smash it down yourself with your fork. I would definitely order this dish on my next visit, oh and maybe a plate or two of some other fries!
Other menu items that caught my eye
Bar Reyna definitely makes it into my list of top Toronto brunch spots to visit, especially given my attraction to European and Mediterranean cuisines.
Aside from the fries, there was one other menu item that caught my eye; The Shakshuka, which is a traditional Israeli dish of eggs poached in a tomato sauce and usually served with fresh bread for dipping! Wish Restaurant serves the best Shakshuka I’ve had to date, though I definitely intend to revisit Bar Reyna to try theirs to compare!
Ever try Shakshuka?!
Let me know in the comments section below! If you’re looking for a great recipe though, my friend Megan from Meg’s Cucina has a delicious Shakshuka recipe that you try!