As of March 1, 2022, Ontario businesses no longer have to check for proof of vaccination. As a result, it’s not surprising that Mira Mira Diner on Queen St. E. was bustling on Sunday afternoon. The Beach’s brunch crowd was obviously chomping at the bit to eat and meet in person because when we arrived for our 1 p.m. reservation, the main floor of the restaurant was completely filled. Fortunately, our table was reserved on the second floor where there were still a few empty tables and quite honestly, the vibe was more relaxed due to better spacing of tables. As a result and because this was the first time we ventured out for brunch in two years, we felt more comfortable on the second floor.
I would describe Mira Mira Diner as a mix of California chic and Beaches casual. The restaurant is full of light streaming through the arched windows; the decor includes polished light pine floors, funky bar stools, and attention-seeking drop light fixtures. The menu is upscale diner with classics such as fish & chips, burgers (both beef and veggie) and meatloaf, as well as more modern dishes including Kale Caesar, Shrimp Cake Benny, Nutella pancakes and Beef Cheek Bourguignon.
Our party of four ordered two Country Breakfasts, $18; one French Toast, $17; and one Frittata, $17. Coffee is $3.50 and includes unlimited refills.
Because the restaurant was so busy, we waited about 15-20 minutes for our food to arrive. This didn’t bother us since it was a birthday celebration and we weren’t in a rush.
My sister enjoyed her Country Breakfast, which comes with two eggs sunny-side up, bacon, sausages, baked beans, gratin tomato, fresh fruit and either sourdough rye or challah toast. Our server forgot to ask my sister what type of toast she wanted so challah was served as a default even though my sister would have preferred the sourdough rye. My mother also ordered the Country Breakfast. She found that her sausages were overcooked and felt the bacon could have been crispier. She enjoyed the eggs and baked beans and particularly loved the fresh fruit and gratin tomato. My sister and mother split an order of home fries, $6. As is often the case at many restaurants, the home fries could have been hotter.
My brother-in-law raved about his order of French Toast and was actually full after eating it. Being a long distance runner, this feeling of satiety after a meal doesn’t happen very often for him 😉
My frittata was at least 2″ thick, which made it almost quiche-like. The caramelized onion, kale, cherry tomato and feta cheese filling were the perfect symphony of flavours. Served with a super fresh arugula salad and fresh fruit, the frittata is definitely a must-have item on the menu when you visit Mira Mira Diner!
Overall, we loved our dining experience at Mira Mira Diner! After eating there, we now understand why the crowds are flocking to this Beaches gem!
Mira Mira Diner, 1963 Queen St. E., 416-792-6472
Open Wed to Fri from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sat and Sun from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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