249 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON M5B 1T8
The Senator is a Toronto landmark. Toronto's oldest restaurant is a diner on Victoria Street that used to be a house and has been serving up food for the last 84 years. Pretty impressive for a city that sees restaurants open and close all the time. No. In order to stay open that long, the food needs to be good, and it was.
The place looks rather unassuming on the outside but the interior looks...old. But old in a good way. It has the old classic diner feel despite being in the heart of the city and just a short walk from the shadows of Dundas Square. The menu apparently hasn't changed much over the years and offers some classic American breakfast items.
Of the popular items, I ordered The Senator Big Plate. They weren't lying about the "big" part. It's 2 eggs, bacon, home fries, maple baked beans, challah toast, and a big fat pancake. For $15, you get all this and it's insane. The bacon and eggs are a classic combo. The home fries are cut up and cooked nicely, while the maple baked beans are whatever. The challah toast is a nice touch as they are perfectly dense and buttered nicely. The pancake is also rich ad dense. The maple syrup soaked into it so nicely. Big fluffy pancake to ensure that if the other items didn't make you full, this ought to do it.
The wife ordered the Eggs Benedict ($11.95), which comes with peameal bacon that sits atop an English muffin with their medium poached egg laying on them. The peameal bacon slabs are wide and fat, while the combination of the hollandaise and egg work nicely together. She ordered a side salad, which consisted of sharp arugula and light dressing.
The servers are friendly but lightning fast. They zip up and down the aisle of booths to help control the chaos that is Sunday brunch here at the Senator. The place is consistently packed and you really need to get there earlier if you want to avoid any long wait (or come after 1pm). Parking is limited, but there is a Green P at Dundas Square if that helps any. Regardless, the location is not far from Dundas Square, so if you're ever in the area and want a good brunch place, The Senator is your best option.
Ambience: A- | Service: B+ | Price: B+ | Food: B+