Newly opened for brunch, I thought I’d stop by for a bite at Beast the other day while wandering Queen West. You know, before I had some random ice cream and a late lunch with friends over at The Hoof Café not two hours later. But that’s another tale.

Since I was on my own and eating “light”, I didn’t order much – just two items. The Huevos Rancheros was a comforting and cheesy dish, but it didn’t have a good angle no matter how I turned my plate. While I personally wished for more kick and cilantro, this would suit most palettes. I wasn’t going to get dessert (there’s only the one), but my sweet-tooth demanded I order the Kouign Amann to try. I haven’t had one before, so I can’t vouch for authenticity and all that, but this was a simple dessert and perfect for an after-brunch sugar hit. Or pre-lunch sugar hit. Take your pick. The crust is actually quite crunchy and seemed like it was soaked in melted – and re-hardened – sugar.

As a side-note, I had a chuckle when I sat down and compared the coffee menu and the brunch menu. The coffee menu was at least twice as long and twice as descriptive. I didn’t get the coffee (french press only), but maybe next time. Though I haven’t sampled enough of the menu to say for sure, I can see this being a brunch spot if I lived in the area – the patio is especially nice.

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