We were wandering around trying to find a brunch place late on Sunday after running to the theatre to buy advance tickets to finally see the movie Avatar, and couldn’t find anything that was either a) still serving breakfast or b) somewhere that we felt like eating. I was also extra indecisive that day (read: tired, hungry and cranky), which wasn’t all that helpful, and probably drove my boyfriend absolutely nuts.
Regardless, we had walked so far at this point that we were almost at the Shangri-La Hotel. I had remembered that not too long ago, someone had commented on one of my other posts saying I absolutely had to try the French Toast at Market by Jean-Georges. So this seemed to be fate – we were going to head there and give it a shot (in hopes they were still serving it at 3 pm)!
We walked up the stairs and into the doors on the right, and the host greeted us and let us know that we were just in time for the tail end of the lunch and brunch service for the day. So we were seated in the main dining room, and made a decision on our meals within seconds.
We also added on a couple of decaf lattes, some orange juice and waters. Upon perusing the menu, I had noticed that there were five or six home made sodas listed in the drinks section, and the passion chili soda just sounded delicious. Our server confirmed that it contained passion fruit juice, soda, and some chili, so I decided on that as well. While the lattes were standard – nothing special in terms of the flavour of the coffee, I was ecstatic about my soda! It wasn’t overly sweet at all, and the chili gave it a little extra punch that I loved. All of this in a beautiful setting, complete with fresh pink orchids on the tables.
So on to the Eggs Benedict with Ham first (there was also the choice for smoked salmon or spinach instead). Thinking back on this now, I did enjoy this dish, but there was nothing outstanding about it. I liked the potatoes – they were slightly crispy and salty, and the good thing about the hollandaise sauce was they had put the perfect amount on – it wasn’t way too much, but it wasn’t skimped on either. The english muffin that it was served over was also very fresh-tasting and warm and toasty.
Now on to the French Toast,served with pear and bacon. This was delicious! I’m not generally someone that loves bread or other similar items like pancakes and waffles for breakfast, but this version was great! The outside of the toast was super crispy, and there was a delicious amount of cinnamon and what I believe was bakers sugar sprinkled on the outside. The bacon was also cooked to the point where it was crunchy (in a good way!) and the softly cooked pears on top added a nice touch. This was great even before pouring the maple syrup on top – that just made it heaven!
I’d have to say, last time I came to Market, I did not enjoy my experience. The service and atmosphere and room were all good, and I sat on the beautiful patio that evening this past summer, but the food itself did not come close to hitting my expectations. I did try a large variety of things that night, too. However, after going back again and giving brunch a try, I will return another time for dinner, in hopes that it will be better next time around. I have heard from other uber-critical foodies that this place has been great for them, so I will definitely be by to give it another chance at a later date.
To see more of the restaurant itself, I have included an impromptu video tour below (approx. 1 min 58 secs):