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Le Petit Dejeuner-October 2009- great breakfast on a Saturday morning

I had read the mixed reviews, esp. about service, so I went here without expectations, just the hope of a better than average breakfast. I'm including the time frame, since previous posts complained about long wait times at Le Petit Dejeuner.

We arrived around 10:15 am, and there were 6 people in line ahead of us. I asked one of the servers how long she expected our wait to be. If the wait was expected to be longer than 15 minutes, we thought we might try the brunch at PIco where Toba used to be. She came outside, and spoke to each of the parties, and our wait ended up being just about 15 minutes. We were seated by 10:30 am.

Our server took our coffee order within 10 minutes of sitting down, and maybe 5 minutes later, our coffees arrived. There was maybe a 5 minute wait before the server took our food order. Our breakfasts came quickly, within 10 minutes of ordereing. My eggs florentine were delicious- the best hollandaise I have tasted in TO, plus the most expertly poached eggs I can remember in a long time. Not a fan of their version of rosti, which is not as crispy as I expected. I liked the apple slaw, too.

My friend enjoyed the waffles with strawberries, but be prepared that this is just one waffle, and not as much waffle as one might receive in a standard North American breakfast place. He was still hungry, so we flagged down our server, who brought us some toast. If you want a filling breakfast at Le P D, and want to order waffles, I'd suggest order 2 waffles, or order a few side dishes to round out the order.

Although it is a busy place, and it takes a bit more effort to get the servers attention than some restaurants, the servers were friendly and courteous. My friend's coffee mug was frequently refilled.

I really liked the atmosphere, and the music that played in the background.

Our bill for 1 waffle with strawberries, 1 order of toast, 1 eggs florentine, 1 cappuccino and 1 decaf coffee came to just under $32.

By the time we left, at 11:15, 45 minutes after we were seated, there were at least a dozen people lined up outside. If you decide to go to Le Petit Dejeuner on a Saturday, I'd suggest getting there when they open at 9 am, or be prepared for a wait;) But I thought it was certainly worth a 15 minute wait.

Le Petit Dejeuner
191 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1J5, CA

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  1. detailed review ty :)

    1. I agree that the waffle portion is small but their waffles are my favourite anywhere. They're the crispest and lightest.

      1. I have always liked this place but lately we've been visiting more often for dinners (weekend brunch is just too busy) and its always good. Last week we shared strawberry waffles for dessert and they were fantastic as ever: light, crispy on the outside.

        For dinner mains, their mussels are good, including an all-you-can-eat option for less than $10. Loved the beef stew and the spaghetti too. The frites are stellar. The decor and vibe is laid back (they do often seem to be understaffed, but friendy) and they have a great beer and coffee selection, too.

        1. Thanks for the great review, phoenikia! I've always avoided trying this place because of the reports of long wait times. But I'm and early brunch person anyway, so I'll definitely give it a go soon.

          1. Had another great brunch at Le Petit Dejeuner this Saturday. I had a wonderful Eggs Benedict (my favourite in the city so far), and my dining companion had a delicious ham/cheese crepe. Service was decent, as always, and I do love the warm, cozy space. Yum.
            Had a decent benny at Peartree recently but I'd have to say LPD's version beats it by a significant margin.

            1. I can't believe it's taken me this long to finally get around to trying Le Petit Dejeuner! We arrived around 9:45 and waited about 10 minutes for a table. We loved, loved our experience. The food was excellent (breakfast crepe for me, "hungry gal" breakfast for DH) and we found the service cheerful and friendly. DH loved the coffee. My crepe was essentially a hearty omelette (peameal bacon, cheese and potatoes) in a crepe, served with their apple slaw. The sausage terrine that DH ordered with his breakfast was delicious -- lean and spicy with a bit hit of cumin.

              It was really difficult to decide what to order, as about 80% of the menu really appealed to me. I'm looking forward to going back and trying more -- the waffles on the table next to us looked out of this world. I'm also eager to go back for dinner. Yay for LPD!

              Le Petit Dejeuner
              191 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1J5, CA

              1. Update on LPD
                Thanks to TorontoJo & another buddy, I was encouraged to go there to satisfy by waffle craving =)

                Pics: http://www.cookiesandtomatoes.com/201...

                It was quite busy at 11AM, but not overwhelmingly so. They are very fair about the queue as they only seat groups once their entire party has arrived.

                Eggy Fried Bread ($9.75
                )Caramelized french toast with fresh fruit, organic maple syrup and chantilly cream
                This was fantastic. The Challah bread was fresh, soft, and delicious with the great syrup. I'd have to do a side-by-side taste testing to be sure, and perhaps it was the overall deliciousness of the dish but I think that Le Petit Dejeuner's maple syrup trumps Insomnia. It somehow tasted more maple-y than sugary, if that makes any sense. However, I can't be 100% sure about that.

                Authentic Brussels' Style Waffle
                Brussels' Organic maple syrup and icing sugar ($8.65)
                Strawberries Organic maple syrup and chantilly cream
                Light, crispy, & fresh, this was fantastic with the maple syrup and fresh strawberries. I happily stabbed strawberry slices and bites of waffles and swirled the combination with cream. Waffle heaven.

                The Hungry Gal ($9.75)
                Two eggs, toast, potato rosti, apple coleslaw and bacon, Added Hollandaise sauce ($4)
                This was a good, traditional breakfast. After comparing the price with the Eggs Bennies on the menu, my savvy friend it added a side order of Hollandaise sauce to top her poached eggs.

                Eggs Veronique ($12.95)
                Eggs Benny with sautéed bell red peppers and onions
                Added sautéed peameal bacon for my Fat Kid Personality ($4)
                I especially enjoyed the Hollandaise sauce - it had a tangy, lemony zip that was really addictive. The red peppers and onions were also sautéed very well. The sweetness of the caramelized onions were so nice with the lemony sauce and salty bacon. This might sound like an odd thing to remember, but I also really liked the pickles that came with the greens. The potatoes were shredded, fried, and crispy!

                If I could have Le Petit Dejeuner's hollaindaise sauce and veggies on top of Hoof Cafe's eggs and suckling pig, with Insomnia's tasty potatoes I think I'd have the perfect dish.

                Apple and Brie Panino ($10.95)
                Slices of Natsu apple, Dijon and melted brie
                I've tried apple-brie sandwiches before, but the Dijon was what really made a difference. I only wish they put a bit more apple between the delicious challah bread. It came with salad, which I happily took off of my salad-hating friend's plate.

                Overall, I had a great brunch! The service was efficient, attentive, and friendly. The waitress strongly recommended the ham & cheese crêpe, which I passed because the menu said it was topped with cheddar sauce but after seeing another bruncher digging into his I think that that will be my order next time! It was only a drizzle of sauce and the crepe was obese with delicious looking sautéed ham. A sunny and delicious brunch! Waffle craving satisfied.

                I'm so pleased!

                Erin :D

                Le Petit Dejeuner
                191 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1J5, CA

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                1. While I usually love the Petit Dejeuner, I made the mistake of ordering one of their crepes on my last visit. It looked like a dog's breakfast. A soggy yet spongy injera-like crepe the size of a Mission-style burrito, filled with salty shredded potato, 3 cheeses, eggs and spinach (instead of the peameal), drizzled with an orange sauce than looked like salad dressing. Served with apple/celery slaw which was topped with pickles. I'm not sure if this is what all their crepes look/taste like, or whether these were just the crepes made by a midweek cook or maybe a new cook. I was surprised anything that looked or tasted like that would end up in front of me at LPD.

                  My friend's waffles with strawberries were fine, as was my cappuccino.

                  I like LPD's eggs florentine and benedict, and will try their crocque monsieur or madame on a future visit, but wanted to warn fellow hounds to give their take on crepes a miss.

                  Le Petit Dejeuner
                  191 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1J5, CA

                  1. We tried out this place last weekend and must say we were pretty disappointed, especially after visiting Lola's Commissary the week before.

                    I had the Hungry Gal breakfast. Eggs and toast were fine. The fish cakes were ho hum, and the petite rosti was fine. I was hungry after this and had to finish my SO's meal which were the apple buttermilk pancakes.

                    We found these overly dense and fairly doughy, not light at all as one would expect from using buttermilk.

                    Anyways, LPD is nice enough, but not a destination spot as mentioned in some of the other 'Best Brunch' threads.

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                    1. re: pakmode

                      I beg to differ :) My friend makes a point of going there every time she's in from NYC...just for the waffles! :P

                      1. re: pakmode

                        Generally agree that LPD isn't a destionation spot, unless I was looking for a decent eggs florentine with a good hollandaise. I'd spend a subway token, and 30 minutes of transportation time to visit LPD for their eggs florentine. If I was looking for bacon & eggs on King E, I'd head to Patrician Grill, a block further east.

                        I do like the vibe and the coffee at LPD, and the service has always been good when I've visited, especially on weekday mornings when there's less of a crowd.

                        Patrician Grill
                        219 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1J9, CA

                      2. The SO and I headed to LPD for brunch yesterday and it was a big disappointment. We venture away from the waffles and that was a mistake. He has the egg's benny and I had the croque monsieur.

                        The meals came within about four mins of placing our order so they were for sure pre-cooked and held until assembled.

                        The eggs in the benny were hard. The potato rosti was burnt and the apple slaw has been replaced with some sort of mixed pickled veg that was just gross.

                        My sandwich was dry, room temp at best and the ham in side was barely there.

                        I left over half a sandwich and all of my wilted salad, my SO ate only one egg and half an English muffin and the server didn't even ask if there was a problem.

                        If we go back, it will be for the waffles only.

                        1. Returned to Petit Dejeuner for a midweek breakfast, around 10 am. The place was maybe a third full. We were seated quickly. Our server was friendly but pokey. Orders sat for at least 3-5 minutes after the kitchen rang the bell, letting the server know the pick-up was ready. Difficult to get her attention to come back to take our order, and difficult to wave her down to get the bill.

                          She didn't seem to want to make eye contact with the customers as she'd walk past the tables, and at least one attempt to flag her down, after she seemed to avoid making eye contact, failed, so we finally walked up to the bar, and paid there.

                          The omelettes (the spinach and the 3 cheese) were good. I can't understand why the service was so slow, especially when it wasn't busy. Breakfast took at least twice as long as it would've have taken at the Patrician, Detroit or Goodbite. Probably won't be back.

                          Le Petit Dejeuner
                          191 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1J5, CA

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                          1. re: prima

                            My SO and I went last week on Thursday at around 9am and it was pretty empty, only one other table was occupied and a single diner came in after us. It was a guy server and the food was sitting for about a couple of minutes on the counter before he brought it over. SO had asked for the hollaindaise sauce on the side which wasn't communicated to the cook so the server apologized and offered to get another plate, but my SO decided to eat it anyway as he was really hungry!

                            We both got the eggs benny and a side order of the plain waffles with maple syrup. We both really enjoyed the food and my SO ended up liking the sauce (thought it would be too lemony). We had pretty good service and he even checked up on us as well so it looks like you will get good service depending on which server you get. My SO was put off by the decor and the one bench with a rip in it. Thought it seemed dirty and could use a good cleaning. :)