Sunrise Grill And Crepe
By YP Contributor

Healthy Breaky Abounds

Sunrise Grill & Crepe specializes in breakfast and brunch, but it’s far from a greasy spoon.

Indeed, you won’t find deep-fried hash browns or fat-soaked eggs on the menu at this popular Roncesvalles Avenue restaurant. Mohammad Khorrami, Sunrise’s owner, says he opened the warm, airy eatery in 2006 to realize his vision of “serving food that is healthy and light in an atmosphere that is comfortable for families.”

In the 1990s, Mohammad worked as a chef at an all-day creperie. Because the skinny pancakes are so nutritious and breakfast-friendly — Sunrise’s fillings include bananas in a creamy chocolate-hazelnut mix; blueberries, strawberries and custard or chocolate; and savoury spinach, melted feta, walnuts and caramelized onion — he felt that Sunrise should focus on pre-dinner meals.

Plus, he jokes, “It’s nice to run a place that closes at 4 p.m. I want to have a life!”

So many parents come in here with their kids and I just love it. They tell me breakfast or lunch is ‘a treat,’ and that makes me feel so good. They give so much life to the place. - Mohammad Khorrami, owner
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Families Come First

Sunrise’s focus on family just makes sense in a neighbourhood like Roncesvalles, says Mohammad. “So many parents come in here with their kids and I just love it. They tell me breakfast or lunch is ‘a treat,’ and that makes me feel so good. They give so much life to the place.”

Mohammad also feels good about serving up healthy, high-quality fare. There’s no deep fryer here — mounds of fresh fruit stand in for fatty fries, while omelettes are packed with peppers, red onion, mushrooms, cheddar cheese and homemade sausage or smoked ham. “Our food prices are a little high, but we use better quality ingredients than most breakfast places. I do my own shopping and I’m careful about what I buy," says Mohammad. "And we don’t use much oil. Nothing is greasy.”

Which is just the way his customers like it. “When the spinach-feta crepe became our bestseller, I knew I was on to something,” Mohammad says, smiling.

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Happy Staff, Happy Diners

Mohammad isn’t the only one smiling at Sunrise. The serving and kitchen staff are all rays of sunshine, which could have something to do with Mohammad’s suggestion that they treat each shift like “a picnic.” “When we’re smiling, it makes everything easier,” he says, gesturing toward the tiled open kitchen. “If we’re happy, customers are happy, too.”

Sunrise has even gained a reputation among local business people as a relaxed, comfortable venue for weekday morning meetings, Mohammad adds. But it’s the regular families that really make him smile. “I treat customers the way I would want to be treated," he says. "Would I want a plastic lid for my three-year-old’s chocolate milk? You bet I would!”

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