Are you making questionable life choices? For example, queuing outside a restaurant for a plate of eggs and toast that you could have made at home? Well, the good people at La Carnita (501 College St., at Palmerston) are changing the game by introducing brunch service with a very interesting menu that combines Mexican cooking with their self-proclaimed gringo status.
Co-owner Andrew Richmond, who recently organized a staff trip to Mexico looking for new food ideas, says the brunch menu has been in the works for a while now and is set up much like the regular dinner menu, consisting of starters, mains (tacos and tostadas), and dessert. “It’s not family-style per se, but you’ll be sharing a lot of stuff,” he says. “In the centre of the menu is the sopes, tacos, and tostadas, and you’ll probably want to try three or four of them.”
What’s on the menu:
Guajillo granola and yogurt
Cochinita pibil tostada with fried quail egg
House-made lamb bacon and eggs tacos
Crispy chicken torta with habanero honey
Egg taco with lime-marinated avocado and chives
Roasted pork belly sopes with poached egg and lime-arbol hollandaise
Mexican hot chocolate with housemade torched marshmallows
Cinnamon buns with cajeta
Booze-wise, new drinks include a tomatillo Caesar, a mimosa flavoured with dill, a tequila-based cocktail with carrot and orange juice, rosemary and Mezcal, and The Faux J: a bottle of Olde E and a jug of orange juice that you proudly mix yourself, because you’re the kind of person who just brushed their teeth with a bottle of Jack.
La Carnita’s brunch service begins Feb. 10 and runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday.—Karon Liu