Brunch @ Aviv Restaurant (The Annex)

I had visited Aviv Restaurant last year for a Yelp event, and there were several dishes at the event that I really enjoyed, one being the pancakes with bananas, so I made a mental note to return with my group (I run a food Meetup group) for brunch in the near future.

I contacted Robert, the manager at Aviv Restaurant over the summer and discussed with him the possibility of hosting a Meetup event at his restaurant. Initially I had made the reservation for 16 people, but the interest for this event was so high, that I increased the reservation to 22 people. Robert was incredibly accommodating and patient with the last-minute changes I had to make.

The Good:

1) Robert responded to my messages quickly. He was also professional and eager to please my guests and accommodate my requests.

2) Most of the food was delicious.

3) Good portions and good value for money.

4) I wanted to order a dish from the regular lunch menu, instead of the brunch menu, and Robert made it happen.

5) The restaurant had a jazz band come in to entertain the guests during brunch.

6) Gave my guests a glass of dessert wine at the end of the meal on the house.

7) My dish did not come with shrimps, only calamari, but received shrimps as an extra treat.

The Not So Good:

1) I had asked Robert if he could make mini pancakes like the ones we had at the Yelp event for my guests (I would pay for it), and he agreed to do it. This never happened.

2) The reason I chose to order the salad from the lunch menu is because I love avocado and calamari. When I received my salad, it had calamari but was missing the avocado.

3) The jazz band was very distracting. My guests and I had to yell at each other in order to carry a conversation.

4) There was one waiter and one waitress, and the waiter did not seem to know what he was doing. He seemed so lost and confused. Even with the coffee refills; seems simple enough, but he had to be reminded to refill our cups many times.

5) The food took about an hour to come out.

6) No prices on their online menu.

All in all, we had a good experience at Aviv and would return if the kinks are ironed out.

Cubana Eggs Benny

Braised pulled pork on sweet potato latkas, two poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce and served with freshly tossed mixed green salad

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Cubana Eggs Benny

Braised pulled pork on sweet potato latkas, two poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce and served with freshly tossed mixed green salad

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Sky High Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Triple decker sandwich mad with brioche bread, two-year old Balderson cheddar, brie, sliced apples and caramelized onions with your choice of home fries or freshly tossed mixed green salad

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Cubana Eggs Benny

Braised pulled pork on sweet potato latkas, two poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce and served with freshly tossed mixed green salad

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Sky High Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Triple decker sandwich mad with brioche bread, two-year old Balderson cheddar, brie, sliced apples and caramelized onions with your choice of home fries or freshly tossed mixed green salad

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AVIV’s Shakshuka

Fresh stewed tomatoes, swiss chard and house roasted sweet bell peppers topped with two fried eggs and served with warm flat bread and side of mixed green salad.

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Traditional Breakfast

Two eggs prepared to your liking, choice of house smoke bacon

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Insalata Verde Quique

Mixed greens with sugar and snap peas, green beans, avocado (missing), sherry vinaigrette and topped with crumbled goat cheese. Grilled Calamari at extra cost.

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Side of grilled shrimps

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Dark Belgian Choco Pancakes

Topped with roasted caramelized bananas, cherry jubilee and Pure Canadian maple syrup

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Yiddish Eggs Benny

House smoked Atlantic salmon on potato latkas, two poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce and served with freshly tossed mixed green salad

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Dark Belgian Choco Pancakes

Topped with roasted caramelized bananas, cherry jubilee and Pure Canadian maple syrup

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