A SLICE OF PASTEL HEAVEN IN TORONTO: CAFÉ CANCAN
What was once known as Harbord Room has now been transformed into a lovely French bistro that offers casual French dishes. Inspired by the Can-can, a high-energy dance filled with vivacity, this restaurant lives up to its name. From the floral wallpaper to the patio chairs, the French touches remind you of your last trip to Paris. The moment I walked through the doors, I fell in love with Designer Tiffany Pratt’s vision. The pastel hued space has many whimsical touches. Tiffany has managed to curate every single detail in the space from the glassware down to the way the bill is presented to guests in a wooden duck. I couldn’t keep my eyes off of the main artwork above the buffet. On your way down to the rest room you’ll walk by the cute flamingo booth that is perfect for intimate semi private gatherings (no more than five people). On your way back to your seat, you’ll notice that couples are seated side by side on banquets instead of across from each other. Cafe Cancan believes in real romance. Behind the restaurant lies a simple yet elegant patio with floral touches that appear to be a Cafe Cancan signature.
It feels weird to say that I brunched on the patio in October. Who would have thought? The brunch menu is quite extensive and has something to offer even the pickiest diner. Many classic brunch dishes are available with a French flair. Dishes such as the Bread Pudding French Toast will satisfy your sweet tooth. I enjoyed the eggs benedict. Instead of ham or smoked salmon, I requested mushroom and I was pleasantly surprised with the heap of mushrooms that accompanied my benedict. The benedict is also served with a green salad topped with a tangy dressing. My friend ordered Barry’s Burger, which has a double patty, mayo remoulade, cheddar, red onion, served on a house made bun with a side green salad instead of frites. The cocktail list looked tempting but we decided to keep it a boozeless brunch and went for coffee and tea instead.
We thoroughly enjoyed the brunch as we didn’t say a single word after the food arrived. Well, I mean, after getting our perfect flat lay, we ate in silence, taking in all the flavour in every bite. The service is pleasant but noticeably French. You’ll understand once you go there and experience it for yourself.
I desperately wanted to try the eclairs and compare them to Nugateau but unfortunately they were all out of them. I will have to go back to try some of the sweeter fare on the menu next time. Cafe Cancan has been garnering a lot of attention lately so I would recommend that you make your reservation in advance to avoid disappointment.