UPDATE April 2019: Colette Grand Cafe is now closed. However, Colette reopened a restaurant in Yorkdale Mall and will be opening soon at Holt Renfrew in Yorkville. Although the buffet brunch has discontinued, you can still have their regular brunch menu at Yorkdale Mall on the weekends.
Colette Grand Café is one of those places where you admire the beautiful Instagram posts of both their decor and food, but you’ve never had the chance to go or let’s be honest, the reason to spend almost $50+ on brunch without bubbles.
With my birthday and anniversary taking place in and around the same time, I had more than enough reasons to justify a $54 brunch buffet on a Sunday morning with my boyfriend.
Having been there for brunch, I can see why you see why it’s a big hit on Instagram. The decor is chic and modernized with the feel of Paris, it brought back the feelings of my Paris trip just being surrounded by it all. The splashes of navy & white are perfectly balanced around the restaurant. Colette faces South, so during the mid-morning, the front and side of the restaurant is filled with sun. The mirrors all around the rest of the walls help bring in the light towards the back of the restaurant.
I don’t know if this happens every brunch, but in addition to the buffet was also a special of the day. That day’s special was eggs benedict with or without smoked salmon,. It was prepared on a croissant, instead of a biscuit, playing to the Parisian theme well. The benedict was no Mildred’s Temple but it was still delicious – the croissant was the main feature in my opinion. One thing is for sure, they did not skimp on the hollandaise sauce and the egg was runny like a benny should be. Expect no less from Colette, it was perfectly cooked considering a buffet menu.
As with any buffet, it was split into different sections: hot foods, cold foods, and dessert.
I started with hot foods as it was closest to our table (and I was seriously hungry by the time we sat down). My first round consistent of salmon wellington, roast beef, eggs and potatoes.
My favourite of the hot foods was the eggs and potatoes, surprisingly! Eggs are usually not an item I’d reach for at a breakfast buffet but it was cooked and kept well (very important in my opinion!), giving it a firm texture and surprisingly full of flavour. The salmon wellington, something I was personally looking forward to was a bit overcooked for my liking.
If you’ve ever eaten at a buffet, the hardest part is portioning. For round two, I tried the cold foods which was technically referred to the as the cheese, meat and salad bar. If you are a seafood fan, you already know this, but at any buffet that serves crab, you ALWAYS have to have to eat a few or many if you’re a seafood-loving Asian. Colette’s king crab legs were a bit on the fishy side but fresh and meaty! I also picked up a French toast and it paired very well with Nutella. Lastly, the cheese – no complaints here.
Finally, dessert – the best part of any meal. By this point, I was close to full like most people would be but I tried to taste everything I could anyways. My only comment is the crème brûlée would’ve tasted better had it been portioned. It was prepared in a large tart tray which is more efficient, but once you plated it, the appeal and taste suddenly differs.
Overall, it was a great experience from start to finish. I enjoyed the food and the exceptional service.
However, there wasn’t anything that really stood out for me, and it’s also a bit pricey for brunch. Unless I was celebrating something, Colette wouldn’t be my top choice. However, if I lived in the area, I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up a croissant on my way to work – they tasted like Paris, literally.