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Breakfast at Marche-Richtree

Would you recommend the breakfast at Marche-Richtree inside the BCE place??

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  1. I've never eaten a full breakfast there, but I just wanted to say that all the Marches I've been to have had spectacular muffins... all natural, and tender and flavourful.

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    1. re: vorpal

      They were actually the best option for breakfast in the Eaton Centre when I worked nearby. Decent omelettes too. Just hated the whole lining up three times to get coffee, food and pay. I imagine BCE would be even more annoying that way. Depends on how patient you are in the morning ;) I like one line-up for takeout, or my food brought to me (coffee better come quick too..)

      1. re: julesrules

        I had an omelette at the College Park Richtree location yesterday, and couldn't believe that there were chickens and cows involved in the production of the eggs and cheese. It had the texture of greasy plastic and virtually no taste at all.

        1. re: estragon

          agreed! horrible tastless and overcharged for what it was. i got some deal that included "sausages" and "homefries". ugh, never again. greasy and bland.

      2. re: vorpal

        I agree re the muffins. I haven't had their other breakfast items and I'm not a huge fan of other things there. But whenever I feel like splurging on a muffin, it's gotta be one of those buttery muffins from Richtree in BCE. They have always been great (when it was Marche). I was just thinking this morning while I was buying my usual coffee from mmmuffins in CC, that the people buying muffins from there, would be way better off going to get their muffins from Richtree.

        1. re: pescatarian

          Agreed completely. I can't eat muffins from most of the big chains like Mmmufins, Tim Horton's, etc. anymore. They're generally dry and they all taste so chemically from the premade mixes that they use.

        2. re: vorpal

          I tried to chocolate chip muffin and I found it too too sweet. I will try another kind tomorrow. They smell delicious though :)

          1. re: TOchowgal

            If you enjoy bananas and they have them, do try their banana muffins. They're by far my favourite!

            1. re: TOchowgal

              Try the cornmeal muffin. That's my fave.

              1. re: pescatarian

                It appears they have a promotion Apr 19 - 29, muffins for $0.48!

                I went to get a sandwich today (at Eaton Centre), the receipt printer played a jingle when printing mine - I won a free rosti. Crossing my fingers and hope it's going to be neither burnt nor undercooked when I go to get it next time (both happened at Marche).

          2. This place is so overrated! I'm not sure how they fare for breakfast, but all my lunches/dinners there have been mediocre at best. I imagine most people go there for the concept rather than the food quality.

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            1. re: team_eater

              It's the same for breakfast. I like to take out-of-towners for the experience and the proximity to the rest of the sights we'll be seeing, but the food sometimes is almost embarrassingly mediocre.

            2. Get their BLT on a muesli bagel. It's actually pretty good. Also, right now..(might be just for this week, I'm not sure) they have their peameal/egg/cheese on their fresh buns for a dollar. Granted, the egg is kinda weird, but it's a dollar! Quite the lineups, as you may imagine. By the way, you can also pay first and then get your food.

              1. I would avoid that place. It was OK as Marche but has become terrible as Richlee.

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                1. re: wordsworth

                  except for the muffins - they are the same as before

                2. Personally, no, I would not recommend it.

                  Recently had nonfoodie friends who insisted on going. Even they were not pleased with the food quality and prices.

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                  1. re: orangewasabi

                    A friend and I went to the BCE Place/Heritage Square location for dinner last Saturday -- it was still pretty good. Being from out-of-town, I took her there for the experience more than the food. I remember going a few years ago when it was Marche and having a good time.

                    We liked it enough that we went to the College Park Richtree for breakfast the next morning. That was much less great. I went to the breakfast station to order an omelette and 4 strips of bacon. The guy doing the cooking had to walk off to another station, get another guy, then have him come back and show him what "bacon" was. He pointed to the giant metal bowl of bacon next to a giant metal bowl of egg yolks.

                    Obviously the guy just started, or never worked the morning shift before. After I got my food and sat down, I looked back at the station and saw a line of 8 people. Considering the traffic that place gets, you'd think they'd train the cooks better before having them face the crowd.

                    1. re: spyctuna

                      one wonders how on earth they managed to even FIND someone who didn't know what bacon looked like, never mind one that applied to work in food services. Yikes!

                      I too have good memories of Marche -- that was where my non-foodie friends got the idea originally, from visits to Marche years ago.

                  2. The (main floor) Marche at BCE Place was always much better than the other locations. The MarcheLinos have always been inconsistent and extremely inconvenient, and the York Mills Marche location, in my opinion, was always pretty bad overall. But the original Movenpick management (despite some unfortunate staffing and "service charge" policies I won't get into here) made a real effort to keep the food quality at BCE Place high and to ensure that the people at the food stations could do the cooking required at that station.

                    Although I never liked having to line up multiple times and wait for food to be cooked each time, and then line up for a drink while the food cooled (or vice versa) some of the Movenpick Marche food was delicious and some of the desserts were sensational.

                    I still find myself eating at BCE Place because visitors often want to go there. The current Richtree management doesn't seem to care much about quality, consistency, or anything else. I feel sorry for the staff, many of whom don't seem to be trained. Much of the food has been awful - undercooked, overcooked, greasy, dry, or just plain weird. I have been served rosti both underdone and burned, sometimes in the same portion; smoked salmon too salty to eat; dried out rotisserie chicken (it used to be great); etc, etc. The sandwich fillings are no longer premium quality - just low end processed meats these days.

                    Yes, the muffins are still pretty good (if a bit sweet for my personal taste), but let's face it - it's hard to really mess up a muffin. So is some of the other baking. But, for the most part, they offer bad food, badly cooked, in what remain the most confusingly organized cafeterias in town.

                    The College Park location is especially bad. I looked forward to their opening, but found everything so consistently awful that I've returned to food court "dining" or Dominion take out when I'm there.

                    My heart truly goes out to the guy at College Park involved in spyctuna's bacon incident. Not only was he obviously untrained, I'm guessing that he is a fairly recent immigrant, almost certainly Islamic, who has never seen bacon in his life and might have been disgusted to cook it had he known what it was.

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                    1. re: embee

                      Richtree on College Park has daily specials and on Friday's, it is Hungarian chicken in a rose sauce with rosti for $5.49. I ordered one to go (and after some confusion as to who should work the rosti station) one guy came from the back to fulfil my order. I went at 6pm (they close at 7pm) and they didn't have much food left. Only 3 chicken pieces the size of my thumb and a quarter of a rosti in a pan (who knows how long that was sitting there). Anyway, I said "that's all the chicken I get?" And the guys says "Oh, don't worry...I'm going to give you some CURRY CHICKEN too!" Can you believe it? If I ordered Hungarian chicken, I want damn Hungarian chicken ... not a medley of different types of chicken! This isn't the first time I've had a bad experience at this cafe. Anyway, as of Friday, I am now boycotting this place and I want Toronto Health Services to inspect this place because I saw 2 workers grab food with their hands instead of using gloves and another guy who was wheeling a garbage bin into the back and then park this bin in the centre of the store to "serve" dessert to a woman who was standing at the counter. Gross. Unfortunately, I can't remember if this guy was wearing gloves or not. Beware chowhounds!

                    2. yeah breakfast at richtree is not good at all, i have to chime in. i just went there this past weekend, thinking that it's the only place that opens at 8am... (it opens at 7:30am, actually) so we go in, and look around, and the 3 stations that are open are serving the same menu. they have 3 types of omlettes--veggie, plain with cheese, and "the works" (veggie with bacon bits and ham). then there are the sides--1 or 2 sausages or 3 pieces of bacon. and then i think theres side smoked salmon too, ... i had the veggie omlette (i dont think they serve eggs other styles other than omlettes) and it was HORRIBLE. could have barfed there and then. the sausages were SOOOOOOO salty. i ordered 2, and couldnt finish it. my boyfriend had a strawberry waffle with maple syrup at almost $8. it was so not worth it. my friend told me that i should have went to fran's at the pantages hotel.. they open 24 hrs, it seems. we're going there next time we're downtown that early!