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

Cora- Surprise

26 Feb'17 Coras Surprise

The meal: **1/2

Most disappointing meal from all my visits to Cora. The plate caught me by surprise, pun intended. I expected thick French toast but after reading the ingredients again, I realize it’s the French toast batter that the toasts are dipped in. There was no “mountain” of fruit though. Nevertheless, the egg, ham, & Swiss cheese sandwich was not bad. Another classic that you can’t really go wrong with if you’re looking for ‘snack’.

The place:

Same warm and bright ambiance. If you have never been to Cora, you can check out previous Cora reviews under Toronto’s Brunch food escapes for more.

The price: $

– Strawberry Sherbet

 

Le petit déjeuner- Special

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The meal: ***1/2

There was a special Benedict the day we visited (fried eggplant with homemade tomato sauce and melted cheese) and I decided to try it out. As you can see from the picture, the dish was not your standard eggs benny accompanied with home fries or greens. Instead, the sides were potato rosti/pancake and apple coleslaw.

The meal was nummy and was one of the best benny’s I’ve had thus far. This is coupled with the fact that the e ingredients were out of the ordinary and well done.

The place: ***

Another popular spot that has a guaranteed line up. It’s a tight fit and has a homey feel to it. I really like the shelf at the back with the turntable, speaker and records.

The price: $

– Strawberry Sherbet

Insomnia- Memphis Benedict

Mar 18 `17 Insomnia

The meal: ***

RaspberryCream and I shared a pear grilled cheese sandwich while waiting for the Memphis benedict and oven baked pancakes. This was my first time trying a pear grilled sandwich (pear, brie, cheddar, honey roasted pear) but was not impressed as the toast overwhelmed all the other ingredients. The salad and potatoes that came with the dish were more exciting which says a lot. Maybe my expectations were too high. RaspberryCream did mention that there are better pear grilled sandwiches elsewhere. If you happen to know of any spots, please do leave a comment.

As for the Memphis Benedict, my purpose of the visit, it did not let me down. The dish came with a side of greens and home fries with Insomnia’s legendary (ketchup based) sauce. It was just as delicious as it looks in the picture. Blend of flavours was just right and the pork was tender as saucy

The place: **

This restaurant is quite popular so expect a 30 mins minimum wait time at peak hours (10am onward). It has a bar feel to it in the sense that it’s loud from all the conversations, the lightsare dim and there’s a bar with seats if you just fancy a drink. The space on the table we were seated was quite limited.

The price: $

– Strawberry Sherbet

Luna Café- The Alpha & Omega

Mar 25 `17 Luna Cafe

The meal: ***

The Alpha Omega includes 2 poached eggs, smoked salmon, capers, onion, dill and avocado with toast (extra). As you can see from the picture, the presentation was not the greatest but that did not in any way translate to the taste. I actually didn’t mind the raw presentation as it reminded/gave the impression of a home cooked meal. The ingredients paired well and one can never go wrong with avocado. It was a tasty dish but not filling from my point of view. You could say it was Alpha but definitely not Omega. 😉

The place: ***

The café is in a residential neighbourhood (converted house) and thus is very homey and has a vintage look to it. I.e. there is bench and table right across the kitchen and behind that is a vintage glass cabinet with kitchen utensils. It’s definitely not your typical/go to café which makes it unique. Please check out RaspberryCream’s review of Luna Café for more on the place.

The price: $

– Strawberry Sherbet