4.5 Stars – Overall Experience
4.5 Stars – Price
4.0 Stars – Service
4.75 Stars – Enjoyment of Food
4.0 Stars – Atmosphere
Lady Marmalade is your typical “hole in the wall” brunch spot. Very low key with its decor and fairly small in terms of space, it still packs quite a punch with it’s food! You always want to come early as there is usually a line up out the door waiting for one of the few tables on the weekend. I got there around 10am and was 4th in line (about a 15-20 min wait or so). As I typically don’t want to feel “social pressures” that early in the morning (aka makeup and fancy attire), I can really appreciate their bright green walls, random art, chalkboard specials, laminated menus and relaxed atmosphere.
While waiting in line, servers did get our party numbers to prepare themselves for when people leave. Unfortunately this means that if there is a table of 2 opened up and you are a table of 4, you might get bumped in line by a smaller party. But, that is the way of brunching in Toronto typically! We were initially seated at a table of 4, but the servers kindly asked us to move to a table of 2 when one opened up. I didn’t mind at all as we hadn’t ordered yet and the server helped us move our stuff. They took our order in decent time, asked us regularly if we were enjoying the food and didn’t pressure us to leave when we were done (despite the long line up, so we did get up to allow others to sit). Overall friendly staff.
I ordered a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice (I don’t drink coffee) and really enjoyed it. It was a pretty generous size glass and tasted as fresh as they claimed it would be!
I loved how they had a “Build Your Own Benny” section on the menu so decided to go for that. I ended up ordering for my toppings spinach and avocado and was absolutely in love! Why don’t more Egg Benny’s come with avocado? It was served on top of a well toasted english muffin, smothered in a delicious Hollandaise sauce (they were extremely generous with this), all to highlight a perfectly cooked egg (firm on the outside, yet runny on the inside). On the side was delicious home fries and a side salad with a sesame dressing. Surprisingly I loved the salad, which I thought was going to be a few iceberg lettuce leaves with a boring dressing. Was very flavourful and added a nice fresh touch to the meal. I also love the fact that at the top of their menu they highlight the fact that “We use free run eggs & ‘rowe farm’ meats, organic bread & local produce when possible”. For myself this is a really great point, as I only buy free run or organic eggs. Adding an ethical element to any restaurant is added bonus and one I appreciate!
As I got to build my own, it gave me lots of options for combinations of Eggs Benny. Aside from that menu section, there are plenty of other choices from crepes, to waffles, to porridge and much more. They even have a tofu scramble option for many of their egg dishes so it seems they have flexibility for lots of different diets. Also, they do have gluten free items highlighted on the menu as well. Safe to say this is a good place for many restricted eaters!
My friend and I each got our own Eggs Benedict and a drink (coffee for him, OJ for me) and we ended up paying a little over $40 with tax and tip. I thought $20/p was more than reasonable as there was a lot of food and they were not skimpy on the Hollandaise. The whole menu is all under $15 a plate. Good bang for your buck! One big thing to note is this place currently only takes cash (but I believe they might be upgrading soon).
Time of Brunch: 10:00am
Date: Friday May 22nd, 2016
- Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
- “Build Your Own Benny” with spinach and avocado added
Again be sure to get their early on a weekend morning to not wait in too long of a line and bring cash!
Visit their website at http://ladymarmalade.ca