Address: 3 Charles St E, Toronto, ON M4Y 1R9
Phone: (416) 935-0240
Tucked on a side street off the big intersection of Bloor Street and Yonge Street, you will find an attractive gazebo-like entrance to Wish Restaurant. You can find a paid parking Green -P around the neighbourhood, but beware of all the condominium construction across the streets from the restaurant. The prime location and the future opportunities look quite promising for successful business, UNTIL, a developer decides to buy the land, strip it down for new living space. But, for now, the restaurant looks really cute with the patio and very welcoming.
It was so cute, cozy and dreamy inside, though somewhat tight. I love the full white atmosphere, so airy and makes me feel like I am floating in the sky, or sleeping on a cloud. Mirrors were their accent pieces hanging on the wall to make the space look more open and wider to the eye. You would find yourself very relaxed in the restaurant. The owners really maximized their seating space to the max, because there were a few awkward seats, under the stairs, a three-some table on an angle facing the mirror column. I was annoyed looking at my own reflection constantly for the couple of hours I was there.
Apple Walnut Steel Cut Oatmeal Pancake ($15) was topped with salted butter and cider syrup on the side. I was a little disappointed that no fruits or salad came with the pancakes. This was a full carb breakfast diet, which was very fat. This was just too much pancakes, 5 large pieces! My heart kind of dropped when it arrived. Lesson learned, always order some fruits and vegetables on the side. It was quite dry and bland, turning soggy after some exposure. However, I did bite into small pieces of walnut occasionally, but not finding the apple bits. Overall, pancake was a pancake, nothing spectacular or screamed amazing. Neither the butter nor syrup could liven up the pancake. One last thing, I could not justify the cost of the pancakes; they were not worth it.
2 smashed avocado on rye toast with heirloom cherry tomatoes, goat cheese and poached egg ($18) was definitely more mouthwatering. Avocados taste good with anything! So basically, this tasted like guacamole, with stronger cheese flavours and larger tomato pieces. It was not as mashed or finely ground, but I liked the overall texture because there was more feel to it than the paste-like dip, causing more desire and enjoyment to the food. The eggs were runny, though with a rubbery white. With the runny yolk, it added more liquid and sweetness to the underlying ingredients.
Eggs in Purgatory ($17) is baked eggs, poached soft in a stew of peppers, chilies and tomatoes, studded with scamorza cheese and grilled baguette. This was the best brunch option of all that was ordered. The name was attractive and matched the appearance, how things look tortured in burning fire. The sauce was aromatic, full of sweet and tangy tomato flavours. However, the eggs were a bit overcooked, harder than I would like it to be. This dish of food had a bit of everything from every food group, your daily vegetables, protein, wheat, and dairy intake, hence, quite a healthy choice. It would be a shame to not lick your dish dry and immerse all your taste buds with the sauce.
Wish gave me an airy feel and the atmosphere set up your mood to the food that is served. There is a wide selection for everyone and the menu changes every season, while having a couple of stapled items. Remember to reserve your tables for brunch, otherwise, you will regret it because I know I could sit there for hours and chat.