Brunching at Cured Wine Bar

Despite my social hibernation this month, I have taken some time to meet up with some friends and lengthy brunches have been on the agenda. Cured Wine Bar recently started offering brunch and my fellow food loving friend Cindy rounded a bunch of the “food friends” up to go for brunch (her review is already up!). Cured Wine Bar is located in Ellerslie and I have to admit, my preference is usually to head out to the city centre instead of the suburbs, but for good food, I am willing to make the drive.

Love the Cured Wine Bar space - especially the antler chandelier

Love the Cured Wine Bar space – especially the antler chandelier

The Cured Wine Bar space is really cool with a lot of different decor that would look great in photos. I love the banquettes along the walls and the antler chandelier is beyond amazing. I kind of want one for myself… it would clash horribly with my decor but I could see maybe changing up my space for this chandelier.

Coffee

But first coffee…

Before any ordering happened, I had to have some coffee and I will say that the Cured staff is really great about coming by and making sure you always have coffee. I also love the rose gold cutlery… these are some more items I want in my home!

Cured Platter: 2 scrambled eggs, Cured signature bacon, breakfast sausage, confit hashbrowns, multigrain toast and fruit

Cured Platter: 2 scrambled eggs, Cured signature bacon, breakfast sausage, confit hashbrowns, multigrain toast and fruit

Cured Platter: 2 scrambled eggs, Cured signature bacon, breakfast sausage, confit hashbrowns, multi-grain toast and fruit

The Cured brunch menu is relatively small, but there should be something for everyone. I decided to go with the Cured platter because it was the only option with eggs that was not of the 62.5 degree or poached variety. The fact that I went with eggs is certainly a bit strange since I feel the whole internet knows that I don’t really like them, but I wasn’t in the mood for chicken and foie-ffles or any of the other brunch/lunch items. The Cured platter is quite large with both bacon and breakfast sausage plus the toast and fruit. My eggs had a lot of pepper in them, which was interesting, but maybe a smidgen too much for my tastes. The bacon and breakfast sausage were great and I definitely enjoyed them. The multi-grain toast does come with some wonderful jam options and I went with the saskatoon berry, which was a little thin so it kept sliding off my knife, but the taste was fantastic. My least favorite item on the plate were probably the hashbrowns – they were fine, but maybe a bit on the overcooked side for me as I found them a little dry. By the time I got to them, I was bordering on full anyways, so I felt comfortable leaving them behind.

Dolce Banana: House made banana bread, vanilla bourbon custard, dolce de leche, pinocchio salted caramel ice cream and hazelnuts

Dolce Banana: House made banana bread, vanilla bourbon custard, dolce de leche, pinocchio salted caramel ice cream and hazelnuts

I know that I said by the time I finished my platter, I was leaning towards full, but I feel like saying no to dessert, especially when someone offers to share (thanks Cindy!) is very wrong. We were pretty much sold on the dolce banana once we heard the description and it was a very comforting dessert. The banana bread got a little too toasty on the top but that’s probably just too much surface area – a smaller, deeper dish similar to those for bread pudding might have worked a little better. Regardless, the banana bread with the pinocchio ice cream was ridiculously delicious.

So What Would Argenplath Pay?

So my total came out of $19 + tax and tip, but that is because Cindy paid for dessert. I feel like the price for coffee and the Cured platter is quite reasonable and similar to most brunch places in the city. Dessert pricing is a little higher than I would have expected but if you’re going to splurge a little bit and have a long brunch, it is probably worth ordering.

My meal breakdown:

  • Coffee – $3
  • Cured Platter – $16
  • Dessert – $13

I really enjoyed my experience at Cured and would suggest stopping by for brunch if you’re heading down to the south side. The staff is lovely and the space is fantastic – I am looking forward to coming back to try the charcuterie and dinner options they have available!

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