I recently took my friend Jennifer Anne Dumaran out for brunch at Chez Cora. I had heard a lot about this breakfast chain and thought I should try it out for myself and see what the big deal was. I was welcomed by an incredibly tacky interior…as though the designer had procured decorations from a rummage sale. The signage throughout the restaurant reminded me of a kindergarten classroom.
Cup of Coffee
Mango Banana Smoothie
Raspberry 4 Lucie
crepe filled with raspberry and cream cheese with raspberry coulis, honey and english cream
roasted potatoes and fresh fruit
two eggs, bacon, ham, sausage and crepe
Everything we were served was underwhelming and the price tag on our menus did not line up with the food sitting in front of us. My smoothie was garnished with a bruised piece of pineapple (really?) and sat on a plate decorated with a lettuce leaf and slice of cantaloupe (really really?) The raspberry crepe was made of frozen raspberries. The entire dish was cold. My Eggs Benedict featured a luke warm english muffin and a cheap cut of deli ham. The roast potatoes were undercooked, flabby and lacked any sense of crispiness. Jenn’s “Cora’s Special” was anything but special. Her plate featured an underwhelming spread of toast, greasy bacon and cheap sausage and ham. Both of our plates were overrun with fruit.
The Chez Cora experience is not worth your time or money (especially if you find yourself living in downtown Toronto, which of course has plenty of options). There are far better alternatives which use farm fresh ingredients, arrive at the table at an adequate temperature and actually have a charming ambiance.
Chez Cora is slowly killing its target market. Restless parents looking for an accessible family friendly environment. Mothers are blinded by the brick and brack on the wall while children are slowly suffocated with plates towering with too much fruit. Next!
#274 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010.