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drjolt Jul 7, 2009 08:26 PM

Any recommendations on what to order? We're going to try and beat the crowds this weekend, as they don't take reservations. I called today and they said they've been "busy all day, every day" since they opened. My partner is a total brunch nut, so I don't have any choice in the matter. Suggestions and reviews are welcome.

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    hungryabbey Jul 22, 2009 06:38 PM

    are they open for dinner or just brunch?

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      drjolt Jul 22, 2009 07:19 PM

      I believe they're only open until 4pm each day, but they serve breakfast and lunch the whole time.

      My first experience was pretty good. The food was decent, was seated quickly despite going on a weekend mid-morning. I had one of the Mex-inspired dishes (don't remember which), and that probably wasn't the best way to go. I was eyeing the cheddar waffles and will trust my instinct next time. The prices are great, no doubt. The service was variable, with some waitstaff quite friendly and others seeming a bit too "hipster aloof" to do their job. Given the variety on the menu and the affordability, we'll definitely return. But with decent brunch offerings at places like Bonjour Brioche, Joy, and Barrio, they're going to have to figure this out if it's their main schtick.

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        hungryabbey Jul 23, 2009 05:57 AM

        thanks for the reply! sounds worthy of an investigation

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          plainjane_to Jul 24, 2009 01:29 PM

          I had the savoury waffles and was very happy with my selection. The only issue was the salad in a small bowl - they really need to have smaller pieces of lettuce. The crepes with ham were nice, but tough to eat in a way that got all the flavours together.

          Waitstaff was nice, if busy.

          We tried for the "good afternoon poutine" and was told it has sold out by 9am every weekend thus far.

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            piccola Jul 26, 2009 07:57 PM

            Hmmm. Then they should stock up to make more. I mean, if it has consistently sold out, fix it.

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        JennaBean Jul 22, 2009 07:44 PM

        By chance do you know if they are open on Monday's?

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          toveggiegirl Jul 22, 2009 10:25 PM

          According to their website, they are open 8am to 4pm every day.

          http://www.ladymarmalade.ca/

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            bridgetb Jul 25, 2009 05:09 AM

            They are not open Mondays for now, my understanding is they are hoping to open soon. I know the website says they are but the not the Toronto location yet.

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              toveggiegirl Jul 25, 2009 10:07 PM

              Thanks for the clarification. That's good to know.

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            Tatai Jul 25, 2009 04:19 PM

            We had a very enjoyable meal at Lady Marmalade today. We arrived at about 1:45 and had to wait about 10-15 minutes for a table.

            We had the savoury waffles, eggs benny with pesto and tomatoes, the tortita gordita (AKA a "fat little Mexican street sandwich"), and a side order of slaw. Every item was beautifully seasoned and delicious. The service was extremely efficient (although the kitchen was a bit slow), with coffee refills being offered every few minutes.

            Note that it's cash only for the time being. 898 Queen St. East.

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              melnumnums Aug 1, 2009 08:03 PM

              Brunched there today. Apparently the poutines are no longer available on the weeiend. Very kid-friendly. Fairly good cheddar & scallion waffles. Fun Coke Float. friend enjoyed her avocado, brie & bacon benny. Service poor: three tables seated after us had orders taken first and finished meals before we got ours. So good food, great value, a family friendly resto that suits Leslieville perfectly.

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                childofthestorm Aug 3, 2009 10:19 AM

                We had a great breakfast there this morning. Deor and vibe is reminiscent of Aunties and Uncles, and it's very kid-friendly indeed, our 11 month-old was lucky to snag one of the two highchairs. I had the huevos rancheritos and they were quite tasty, served a tortilla with guac and a big ol' pile of good black beans. Had some potatoes on the side (no breakfast poutine available and it sounds like they may want to either sort that out and take it off the menu), but yeah the spuds were lovely and roasty. My wife had this savoury crepe with veggies and poached eggs, it was delicious.

                The other thing I like about them is the all-day lunch menu, because frankly post-10am I want other options besides eggs. Service was just fine, coffee was refilled and hot sauce brought promptly when requested.

                They moved into the perfect neighbourhood for what they do, not surprised it's a big hit.

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                  ILoveLeslieville Aug 5, 2009 10:53 AM

                  Try the poached egg BLT and the bacon and mango bennie!

                  I love this place, it gets really bust at the weekend, but no worse a queue that Bonjour Brioche and equally worth the wait!

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                    SusanB Aug 5, 2009 01:29 PM

                    I have 3 days off work (not planned) and I'm having a little vacation in the city. We live about 2 blocks from Lady Marmalade and it was on my list of places to try. Great choice! I had the eggs benny with the grilled veggies. The holandaise was wonderful. We got there around 12:30 today and it was pretty busy (all tables were full), but we didn't have to wait too long.

                    I love going out for brunch, I just never do it on the weekends, so this was an unexpected treat.

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