Location: 189 Augusta Avenue, Toronto
I’ve been meaning to check out Egg Bae pretty much since it opened, though I’ll admit that the name kinda makes me cringe. I can’t help but think about this moment from 30 Rock every time I see it.
But regardless of the name, I just can’t say no to a tasty breakfast sandwich. Who can?
The menu is admirably focused, with breakfast sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, and more breakfast sandwiches (they also have hash browns if you want something on the side). I went with the eponymous Egg Bae: “Soft Scrambled Eggs, Chives, Muenster Cheese, Slow Cooked Onions, Bae Sauce.”
It’s decent enough, but alas, it didn’t quite knock my socks off.
All of the components are really good (in particular, the eggs themselves are perfect — they’re amazingly soft and creamy with zero sliminess), and the hearty bun does a great job of holding up to the very gooey sandwich.
But all of the flavours and textures are basically on the exact same wavelength; it’s one-note soft, salty, and rich, and as good as it is, it gets monotonous. It really needed some texture to balance out how soft everything is, and something acidic to cut the richness. It’s not a large sandwich, and I was still sick of eating it towards the end.
Certainly, Gold Standard, which serves my current favourite breakfast sandwich in the city, remains the… well, gold standard of breakfast sandwiches.
This will probably flush my credibility down the toilet, but I think even a McMuffin is better (I’m partial to the Egg and Sausage). Yes, the quality of the ingredients at Egg Bae are clearly superior and the eggs are better prepared, but the McMuffin is just more satisfying. The toasted English muffin gives it some much-needed textural contrast, and the flavours are better balanced.