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Coast @ 1 TwentySix

01 March 2010


I love weekend brunches. Never mind if you have to get up earlier than usual on a weekend, and never mind that you normally feel lazy thereafter. Weekends are really meant to pamper yourself after a tiring week, and who would sincerely (without the slightest bit of reluctance) say no to the smell of scrambled eggs, baked sausages, french toasts and maple syrup? I know it would be a big yes for me :)


Just a couple of steps into Coast @ 1 TwentySix is enough for you to realise how quintessentially "1 Rochester" this is, and true enough it belongs to the same group of restaurants and has a sister in 1 Caramel as well. Service here, contrary to the negative reviews on the Hungrygowhere forum, is excellent - the wait staff were friendly, polite and professional throughout our brunch. I'm guessing they have worked very hard to clean up their act, which is commendable.


You can say I was pretty enthralled by the ambience of 1 TwentySix, where you can choose to sit at the patio facing the sea or else take sanctuary in their tastefully designed private garden. For the pampered city children, there's indoor, air-conditioned seating too, not to mention air-conditioned washrooms. The latter is a much welcomed space if you want to take a cool respite from the warm and humid weather.

Buttermilk Pancakes
With grilled bananas, strawberries and maple syrup


Like Spruce, Riders Cafe and Epicurious, 1 TwentySix serves a signature burger as well and I would definitely have ordered it if not for the fact that it was not available for the morning! I settled with the pancakes, which were good because they were fluffy and buttery and had the sweet company of banana slices and strawberries. The only problem is that the serving is not filling enough, and for $5.50 less you could get the same portion from Riders Cafe.

Breakfast Platter


My delightful company for the day had the breakfast platter, which consists of an array of "eggs with sausage, honey baked ham, bacon, hash browns, baked beans, baked tomato and toast". Lest you would think that is a lot, do note the singular tense for most of the items. We both felt it just wasn't hearty enough, and somehow or another I'm left daydreaming about my favourite brunch at Spruce.


Still, the ambience here is great and I hear it's also a good place for drinks, snacks and live music at night. Thus, while 1 TwentySix may not score impressively well for the food served at brunch, I'm still positive that it's main courses for lunch and dinner are worth a try, beginning with that signature burger. That will be another story for next time, so stay tuned! :)

Service
Excellent.

Price
$15.50 for the buttermilk pancakes
$17.50 for the breakfast platter

* Prices subject to the usual 7% GST and 10% service charge.

Place
902 East Coast Parkway, Playground @ Big Splash #01-26.

Pictures taken with the Canon EOS 500D.

17 Foodie Comments:

Angeline said...

Delightful company indeed. haha
Next time go there at night. The ambience is much better esp with live bands!

March 1, 2010 at 9:05 PM
*Harris said...

Hey I posted this up barely 5mins ago and here you are! :)

March 1, 2010 at 9:06 PM
HungryEpicurean said...

Delightful company. Hmm. , only for the day :)

Nice post!!! I love the pictures!! The ambience shots look so professionally taken, "Ready for Press"

March 1, 2010 at 9:08 PM
Angeline said...

I've got fast fingers harris. haha

March 1, 2010 at 9:13 PM
*Harris said...

Why are you both looking at the "delightful company" part hahaha...

March 1, 2010 at 9:14 PM
Angeline said...

that word is too striking for some reason. haha. Should probably add a sweet company too! :p

March 1, 2010 at 9:18 PM
*Harris said...

hahaha...

March 1, 2010 at 10:54 PM
ice said...

Why no picture of delightful sweet company...

March 1, 2010 at 10:54 PM
*Harris said...

Well... there's still two more posts to come, maybe there will be one? Gosh you guys!!! This is a food blog! Haha...

March 1, 2010 at 10:56 PM
HungryEpicurean said...

@harris: it's stuff like that, that makes us human :)

@ice Picture of sweet company; yes yes on FB!! Very sweet indeed!

March 1, 2010 at 10:59 PM
Stargirl said...

Yes the ambience at 1 TwentySix is lovely! It really caught my attention while I was cycling at ECP (:

March 2, 2010 at 11:43 PM
*Harris said...

Pretty eh? Must really go check it out at night... Weather these days have been hot hot hot and humid though!

March 2, 2010 at 11:55 PM
HungryTrotters said...

Nice post! We're a fan. Keep it up :)

March 4, 2010 at 1:14 PM
*Harris said...

Thanks :)

So you guys go to 1-TwentySix often? Tell me what's good there!

And I see you have a brand new blog, awesome! Welcome to the local food scene, most delighted to see fellow food-lovers :)

March 4, 2010 at 4:51 PM
HungryTrotters said...

Thanks Harris. It was nice of you to reply to a fan. :) We haven't been to 1-TwentySix but definitely on our top list :)

I usually blog about our eat-outs in my multiply account which is only for friends. I only had the guts to extend it to the public recently. hahaha

A fellow foodie suggested Veal and Black Angus Beef...she was persistent...Those are must-haves. :)

March 4, 2010 at 10:38 PM
*Harris said...

Oh. I honestly didn't think you meant a fan of this food blog, and I had went on to interpret it as a fan of 1-TwentySix! I'm most flattered :)

It's good that you're going "public" now on your eat-outs, share the love! I'll add your blog on my blogroll if you don't mind, so that I can keep tabs on some of your adventures.

Enjoy the weekend~~

March 4, 2010 at 10:46 PM
HungryTrotters said...

Hahaha...you're so down-to-earth. :) Pleasure is mine to be part of your blog roll. Enjoy your weekend...eating galore! :)

March 5, 2010 at 8:04 AM

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