What happens when you mix a Toronto neighborhood with the aesthetic sensibilities of Venice Beach? Brunch spot heaven known as La Palma. Started by Craig Harding and Alexandra Hutchison, this culinary duo knows a thing or two about restaurants. Their first restaurant, Campagnolo, rose in the ranks and now they are here to give you the pastel brunch of your dreams.
Is it the quirky-modern decor or their breakfast pizza that makes La Palma so lively? We say both - welcome to brunch!
Creative Director Alexandra Hutchison was inspired by a trip to California where she noted that Venice, much like her neighborhood town of Trinity-Bellwoods in Toronto, was a hub for the artistic and the creative. Expanding on that energy, La Palma's design aesthetic was born. Their pastel blue bar stools with gold finishings, Mid Century Modern chairs and subtle marble tabletops scream California cool.
And what would an art centric brunch spot be without a little art? The walls are painted by artist Madison van Rijn with abstract pastel shapes to match the soft yet cool vibes of the restaurant.
La Palma's menu has a fusion of influences. While Chef Craig Harding is known for his Italian food, La Palma introduces more of a California palette with Mediterranean flavors. The menu is playful with items like grilled doughnut benny, chilled king salmon and watermelon & honeydew.
Gang's All Here
Looking to brunch in a group? La Palma has a special treat for parties of six or more with their Chef's Table Experience. The chef will hand create a menu for your group based off of dietary restrictions and preferences. In return, you get to brunch while the food just keeps coming and coming. No decisions necessary. Overactive taste buds mandatory.
Time for a boozy brunch? Chef Craig Harding's Italian side comes out in his cocktails – La Familglia Spritz, Venetian Spritz and Felini Fizz, to name a few. Want something more brunch traditional? Try their bellini, a peach purée and prosecco brunch dream, or order a glass of champagne. Either way, you can't go wrong.
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Photography: Joel Levy | Anne Sage