The original Mildred Pierce restaurant in
Toronto opened its doors in 1990, and shut them on the
previous location for the last time in the summer of 2007. In such
a fickle business as this, any restaurateur should be more than
content with a run just shy of 20 years. But Mildred's owners are
not just any restaurateurs.
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If you're not much in the culinary loop of TO, you may not know
that the folks behind the beloved Mildred Pierce are husband and
wife team Kevin Gallagher and
Donna Dooher - the same Donna Dooher who is the proprietor of
Cookworks Studio (the school) and host of The Cookworks on Food Network Canada.
Couple such pedigree with the draw of an exiting new space in
Toronto's urban condo 'hood, Liberty Village, and
much to Torontonians' delight, you get Mildred Pierce reborn, as Mildred's
Although in the 15 years - give or take - that I've know of it,
I've never actually dined at Chef Dooher's restaurant. What I was
obsessed with however - and I was by far not alone - was
Chef Dooher's brunch.
At the old Mildred Pierce, come the weekend you had to get there
around 7am to get a seat - they didn't and still don't take
reservations for brunch. Temple Kitchen however is about 80 million
times the size, and even still, nurses a formidable line-up for
those who think they can just stroll in at their leisure.
Once seated in the airy, modern room - a stark contrast to the
plush, bistro-like space in an old warehouse - brunchers are there
for many things, but particularly for Dooher's famous
blueberry pancakes. The menu has changed some to reflect
Chef Dooher's move toward more Farmhouse cuisine, but the city's
favourite pancakes remain right where they should be - on the menu.
I love my pancakes, but I also love my eggs, and bacon, and scones
and salad and every other brunch food you can think of, so our
table ordered one of almost everything off the tidy list of
- Eggs with truffled oil over mushroom salad and bits of
- The heavenly scones with homemade preserves
- The gorgeous side of bacon
- And, of course, the blueberry pancakes (just as I remember,
simply to die for)
Heavenly food aside, it's worth mentioning that the new space has
allowed the resto to really spread its design wings; before you
enter the main room of modern furnishings, dramatic light fixtures
and the sleek expanse of an open kitchen, you may languish for some
minutes in the aforementioned line-up, actually a fabulous waiting
lounge outfitted in Molo
Designs. Molo is a Vancouver-based design firm known for their
ingenious collapsible paper furniture. Check out the
dividing paper wall and the variously sized
ottomans/coffee tables in the gallery below!
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