It occurred to me that I had not indulged in the ritual of weekend brunch in what seemed like over a year. So when my sister slept over at my apartment a few weekends ago I was faced with the thrilling challenge of finding a perfect spot for us to enjoy a leisurely Sunday morning feast. I consulted my iPhone for a note I continuously update which simply reads “Restaurant To Do’s” and smiled as MoRoCo stared up at me.
I texted my good friend Jonathan moments before Amy and I were planning on leaving the house as I knew he’d be totally game for a fabulously gay brunch date in the heart of Yorkville.
One enters MoRoCo to find a charming little Parisian chocolate shop featuring a glass case filled with truffles and macarons and shelves covered in a wild assortment of confections. I strolled past a rainbow of chocolate covered snowmen which sat smiling up at me on a festive sweets table. Past the cocoa boutique sits the entrance to an opulent dining room.
Everything about MoRoCo exudes luxury. The lounge reminds me of a chic Parisian cafe featuring white, black and purple motifs. The bar offers an elegant focal point which is reminiscent of Manet’s “A Bar at the Foilies-Bergere.” The sheen of black floors are juxtaposed by the twinkle of chandeliers overhead.
We were seated in the middle of the dining room where we quickly ran our fingers down the menu. Over the course of the next hour or so the three of us hummed and hawed about life leading up to the Christmas holidays. Jonathan and Amy enjoyed several cups of coffee which were complimented by a sweet truffle. I ordered MoRoCo’s signature “sipping chocolate,” a classic French indulgence which was accompanied by a glass flute filled with whipped cream. Brunch featured three steaming plates which were quickly swept into our mouths: a soft crepe, hearty dish of sausage and latke and truffled scrambled eggs.
MoRoCo was a simple reminder that brunch should be treated as a holy ritual. One rolls back their shoulders, pursues a cup of java and licks the smooth interior of a truffle to reveal its splendid secrets.
milk chocolate with chai, whipped cream
Chicken and Mushroom Crepe
rosemary white wine sauce
potato and herb latke, scrambled egg, toast
aged cheddar, marinated tomatoes, toast
#411 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010.