School Bakery + Café

This past weekend I went “back to School” minus the bullies of my adolescence. The cheerleaders have been replaced by servers donning tartan-printed school girl uniforms and geeks have been upgraded to hipster-status.  Overall, a very young and trendy crowd.

Keeping with the school-themed decor is a wall of school clocks, a chalkboard and library shelves filled with booze instead of books – welcome to adulthood?!

The wait at 12:45PM was less than 10 minutes for our table of four, though tables of two seemed to have to wait a tad longer.

For those of you who don’t know, there is free parking on weekends towards the rear of the restaurant – don’t be tricked into paying for parking at the Green P.
Pitchers, called flasks here (old school?) are available and we opted for the Orange Mimosa ($35) – a very expensive pitcher of Fanta.  This averages out to about two glasses each for a party of four.
There are a daily selection of baked goods available so be sure to ask your server about those. These range from cookies to scones.

We ate:

Krispy French Toast ($12) with Orange Infused Honey & Whipped Brown Sugar Butter.  The bread was coated with flecks of Rice Krispies.  The citrus honey was a nice departure from the usual maple syrup.  Absolutely delicious!

Krispy French Toast with Orange Infused Honey & Whipped Brown Sugar Butter @ School Bakery & CaféSpanish Scramble ($14) with Chorizo, Caramelized Onions, Tomatoes & Pepper Jack Cheese with Cheddar Chive Biscuit & Pumpkin Seed Greens.  For me, an overall disappointing dish as there was just too much going on in this omelet and the Chorizo didn’t do much in terms of flavouring the overall dish.

Spanish Scramble Chorizo, Caramelized Onions, Tomatoes & Pepper Jack Cheese with Cheddar Chive Biscuit & Pumpkin Seed Greens @ School Bakery & CaféMelted Gooey Four Cheese Omelet Souffle ($14) with Home Fries & Greens.  We added bacon for $3 more.  Their menu reads “the best bacon in the city” – that’s not false advertising, even if it is on the side of embellishing.  Light and airy with cheese oozing out from all corners.  The home fries were a home run for me.  They are served in wedges.

Melted Gooey Four Cheese Omelet Souffle with Home Fries & Greens (w/ bacon) @ School Bakery & Café Super Cheesy French Toast ($13) with double smoked bacon, maple syrup and greens.  I wasn’t a fan of the sweet and savoury combo in this case.  While it wasn’t bad, I felt the cheese and maple syrup were clashing like a mismatched outfit.  It didn’t taste horrible but it didn’t quite go together either.  Where’s the table of misfits?  We have a dish for you!

Super Cheesy French Toast with Double Smoked Bacon, Maple Syrup & Greens @ School Bakery & Café Side of Maple Sausages ($5) is sweet and savoury done right (redemption for the Super Cheesy French Toast).  Not too oily, with a hint of sweetness that doesn’t overpower the saltiness of the sausage.

Maple Sausages @ School Bakery & Café

Footnote – The greens that accompanied the dishes were about as exciting as reading a geography textbook (read B-O-R-I-N-G).

At the end of the day the damage was about $35 each which won’t leave you running for your piggy bank.  While we may have loathed rolling out of bed for class at 8:50AM in our youth, the adults are all rushing to get to School.

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