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Jul 7, 2009 08:26 PM

Lady Marmalade - Queen E.

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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      1. are they open for dinner or just brunch?

        1. re: hungryabbey

          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.

          1. re: drjolt

            thanks for the reply! sounds worthy of an investigation

            1. re: drjolt

              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.

              1. re: plainjane_to

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

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

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          1. re: JennaBean

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


            1. re: JennaBean

              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.

              1. re: bridgetb

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

            2. 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.

              1. 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.