Lady Marmalade – Crepe Croque Monsieur

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About the meal: This dish is a creative way of reinventing the croque-monsieur, traditionally an oven-baked grilled cheese sandwich with ham. This dish contained ham, cheddar, scallion cream with poached eggs, spinach and potatoes. I believe you can sub the ham for roasted veg, for those who cannot have meat/pork.

In essence, the bread in a traditional croque-monsieur was replaced with a savoury crepe, making the overall dish a lot less crunchy. I found the ham and cheese mix within to be a little too salty, and even though the poached eggs and spinach were a perfect accompaniment, the salt was a little overwhelming. The concept and choice of ingredients were great however!

The potatoes on the side? To die for!! You must give them a try if you ever visit 😉

-RaspberryCream

 

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Lady Marmalade – Daily Baked Bread Pudding

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About the meal: I have a sweet tooth, so I will always try something sweet (and different) during brunch. I love bread pudding and berries so I thought Id give this a try, and I wasn’t disappointed!

The brea pudding is served with fresh fruit, berry coulis & Ontario maple syrup. The pudding is soft and fluffy inside, and a little crunchy on the outside – from the fact that it’s baked. It has just the right amount of berry coulis to give it a hint of sweet and sourness. I also loved the fact that the portions are decently sized to either enjoy as a solo portion, or share.

About the place: We had to wait a decent hour in line before getting a seat. The staff attended to the line, contrary to a lot of other places I’ve been to. Once inside the service was good, pretty quick, and the atmosphere was a calm and comfortable one. I would definitely check this place out again!

-RaspberryCream

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen- Big Brunch Skillet

Big Brunch SkilletThe meal: ***1/2

The first few images you’ll come across on Google will be of blueberry pancackes. This is what they’re mostly known for but I, on the other hand, was in the mood for something savoury. I thus opted for the big brunch skillet which comes with spicy pulled pork, black bean and potato hash with sunny eggs and piri piri salsa. Thankfully, the spices were not hot. The meal was quite satisfying and tasty but I felt that I had to hunt for the flavours (not consistent).

We did, however, get the buttermilk pancakes to share and they were very delicious. They were thick & fluffy and very tasty even without the pairings (blueberry compote, whipped cream and maple syrup). Highly recommended.

The place: ***1/2

Open space concept. The setting/display reminded me of a typical university campus cafeteria dining hall. I have nothing against uni. campus cafeterias but this was my first impression. The main kitchen (yes, there are 2 kitchens), overlooks the guests (front, right, and left) where they, if they so choose, can see the chefs prepare and cook the dishes. It seems to me that the intent is to have the island in a way mimic the standard altar found in places of worship hence the ‘worship flavour’ slogan. The second kitchen is used to mainly prepare ingredients and desserts. The restaurants overlooks train tracks which adds a factor of serenity; away from the bustling streets of . Furthermore, the space is naturally lit.

The wait time, however, is brutal! We went on a Sunday and the wait was 1hr 20mins minimum with a first come first serve basis, as reservations are only taken at the door. The wait to get your name on the list can be an additional 15-30 mins. We were not in a rush and thus took a walk around the area while we waited for the text.

The price: $

– Strawberry Sherbet

Light café- Desserts

Choco-Banana Mille Feuille & Charcoal Black Sesame Waffle-sesame ice creamThe meal: ****

Next door neighbour to Artic Bites. I opted for the choco-banana mille-feuille whereas RaspberryCream opted for the Charcoal Black Sesame Waffle with black sesame ice cream and mochi (Japanese rice cake). Yes, the latter was just as mouth-watering as it sounds. The mochi was infused within the waffle to add a little edge. The waffle was also warm and thus paired very well with the ice cream.

The mille-feuille on the other hand was also tasty but not in the same league. The pipette with chocolate sauce, however, was quite unique.

The place: ****

According to the waitress, the spot opened no more than 2 years ago. It has a very modern look and feel to it. Furthermore, there’s a living wall inside the café. There are enough seats to accommodate a small crowd and with wi-fi access, obviously. Good hang out or first date spot.

The price: $

– Strawberry Sherbet