The Location: Hollandaise Diner near Woodbine and Danforth
The Time: early March, Friday afternoon
The Company: Not my brother, “we’re just friends” Mateo Lewis
Veggie Menu: The Hungry Herbivore (a large meal featuring eggs, veggie meats, and a pancake or french toast), Veggie poutine with hollandaise sauce, Eggs Florentine, Cajun Benny with polenta patty and sautéed peppers, Build-a-Benny (options such as veggie meats, sautéed vegetables, artichokes, and five hollandaise sauces to choose from), an assortment of pancakes, and an assortment of frittatas
Vegan Menu: A tofu frittata
High chair available: Yes
What started out simply as a brunch date turned into “Shari and Mateo’s Day of Fun!”
We started our day off at Hollandaise diner, a small friendly Danforth restaurant that boasts an impressive customizable menu and an overwhelming amount of veggie options. I opted for the build-a-benny with the polenta patty instead of a biscuit, topped with artichoke, eggs, and zesty hollandaise sauce. Since the restaurant takes its name from this sauce, I expected it to blow my mind and give me this reaction:
The hollandaise was good, but not “Oh…My…God…” good. While the polenta patties were amazing, the zesty hollandaise sauce wasn’t lemon-y enough for me, and the home fries were unmemorable. And I didn’t eat my orange slice, as I’m not pregnant anymore, and only pregnant Shari eats fruit.
What DID give me the “Janice” reaction was blue tea…
…that turns purple!
Our Day of Fun continued at a hair salon (“Is he your brother?” … “Oh no, (giggles) we’re just friends”), an art exhibit in a cafe, a musical theatre rehearsal, and a dive karaoke bar (which we turned into a musical theatre bar with Mateo’s rendition of “Maria” from West Side Story).
Even though Hollandaise brunch didn’t “wow” me, I’ll likely be back due to all the vegetarian options, the polenta patties, the warm and friendly service, and tea that turns into my favourite colour.
See you next day of fun, Hollandaise Diner.
Shari’s Veggie Meter (out of five):🍅🍅🍅