I’m starting to count the number of days left before my sister has to return to work from her maternity leave. Until then, our brunch game still remains strong.
I explored a number of different restaurants for brunch across Toronto over the past year, so I was starting to run out of options. Most people take it as a sign that they eat out too much but I just see it as a challenge to discover new places. So when I found out about Cafe Cancan, intrigued, I thought I would take the opportunity to check it out with my sister.
The moment you step through the front door, you’re presented with an extremely charming and pretty space. You can tell a lot of attention went into the design of the restaurant. The pastel coloured theme carried throughout the space – from the walls down to the plates. I didn’t get a chance to check out the patio but the hanging lights felt so inviting, perfect for those summer nights.
I looked at their menu online beforehand – I was already salivating from reading the brunch menu but naturally, it is only available on the weekends. As we were there on a weekday, we happily settled for their breakfast options. I love to share because that means I can try more things. It’s come to the point that if you’re eating with me, you have to share with me or I might politely ask, “we’re sharing right?” leaving no other options. So we decided on the Breakfast Sandwich, the Beef Tartare and the Roast Beef Baguette.
We were surprised by the frites the waitress brought over to our table (best surprise ever if you asked me). I didn’t realize it was apart of the breakfast sandwich and beef tartare. However, they’re not like the traditional skinny frites you would find in Paris, it was a lot larger and chunkier – just the way I like them. Bonus fries are the best kind of bonus out there.
Is it too early for steak tartare?
No, it’s never too early for steak tartare. Also, I’m the wrong person to ask anyway. If it makes you feel better, I was looking at the same thing
We can share…
My sister and I have very similar tastes and eating habits. We usually end up enabling each other when it comes to food selection and in this case, the beef tartare was no exception. I enjoyed the use of chips on top because it gave it a crunchy texture. However, I normally prefer thin slices of baguettes to pair with beef tartare. Nonetheless, this reaffirmed my statement that it’s never too early for steak tartare.
Both my sister and I really enjoy french food and this place checks off all the french boxes. Every bite we took, we found ourselves reminiscing to the times we were in Paris and would mumble “this is just like Paris” to ourselves every four bites.
Next up was the breakfast sandwich which was almost like a fancy french take on a sausage mcmuffin. There was sausage topped off with fluffy scrambled eggs and crispy bacon, completed with a shiny brioche bun. If you’re looking for something on the heavier side, this is your sandwich.My favourite out of all the dishes that we ordered was the roast beef sandwich. It sounded very simple but it was very much understated and reminded me much of Paris. The baguette was fresh with the perfect amount of crunch and the mustard nicely complemented the roast beef, not at all overpowering. I don’t know what it is that restaurants put in their salads, particular french ones, that makes it so addicting. The salad on the side was no exception to this. It consisted of a spring mix with pickled shaved root vegetables and honey sunflower seeds on top making it a nice and light option.
Overall I really enjoyed the meal I had and would definitely recommend Cafe Cancan in a heartbeat. At first I was afraid that it was going to be another pretty space but it definitely delivered in both taste and presentation. Now more the reason to come back for brunch and dinner one day.