The Chase Fish & Oyster recently launched their new Sunday brunch offerings. Chase Fish & Oyster is a more casual option located on the main floor in the 19th century Dineen Building.
A feast for our eyes, we were led through the gorgeous nautical room, with its light, maritime pattern fabrics and tables decorated with wood paneling with preppy seaside decors. We loved the welcoming feel of the restaurant, the ambiance and modern décor was perfect and their love of the Maritimes shows.
As you can guess by the name, the restaurant is a seafood-focused spot, with a few brunch options for those looking for something different yet refined. We started with mimosa for the table, a classic brunch cocktail, with options of peach, strawberry or orange juices, served with fresh fruits. Another interesting cocktail that we sampled was the CFO Caesar. Fitting for its name, this Canadian cocktail is a natural complement with seafood; placed on top of the cocktail was a shucked oyster with bacon jam, its smokey and savoury flavour goes with the tomato Caesar drink.
We started with warm cheddar biscuits with honey butter, a delicious shareable dish; a perfect way to start the meal with its fluffy and slightly crispy outside served with creamy honey butter with sea salt on top. Indulgent, it’s amazing how honey butter tastes; I would have finished them all myself. But, then I would miss out on the rest of the food.
It would have been a shame to miss out on the King Crab Cake Benedict (with coleslaw, poached eggs, hollandaise and watercress); a delicious twist to the traditional eggs benedict with no English muffins but filled with big beautiful chunks of crabs with light, buttery-smooth hollandaise and perfectly-shaped poached eggs.
The Salmon Pastrami Platter features red onion, cucumber, capers, crème fraîche, salmon caviar, soft scramble that you can build on top of rye bagel.
And of course there’s the “small” platter of fresh raw seafood with oysters, clams, tuna. Ours was topped with deviled eggs.
If you aren’t feeling like eating seafood for brunch, the Bananas Foster’s Pancakes, with dark rum, bananas, candied pecans and bitters are phenomenal banana pancakes. Light and fluffy with caramel coated bananas adds a significant banana flavor, while the touch of rum deepens the flavor.
As part of the Chase Hospitality Group, they are passionate in their philosophy of a healthier ocean, and it’s reassuring to know they source their food from sustainable suppliers. Even their eggs are collected locally from Mennonite farmers from Ontario.
An excellent spot if you’re looking for an upscale brunch with a nautical experience (a bonus with food that is locally sourced, and uses sustainable seafood).
The Chase Fish and Oyster is located at 10 Temperance St, Toronto, ON M5H 1Y4
Also be sure to check out The Chase on the fifth floor of the Dineen building with rooftop views of the city.
Photos by Nick Lee
Also check out brunch at Kasa Moto, another Chase Hospitality Group restaurant.