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Marvellous Edibles is closing Jan 18th

katsongs Jan 6, 2010 01:33 PM

Just went to lunch at Marvellous Edibles, and found out they've decided not to renew their lease. The restaurant will close after lunch on January 18th. Really sad -- it's our favorite restaurant. The owners will still be doing the farmer's markets with produce from their farm.

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    Tatai Jan 6, 2010 01:46 PM

    Oh no!!! It's one of our favourite restaurants, too. So sorry to hear this. I hope owners Jens and Ayse open something else down the road.

    1. Splendid Wine Snob Jan 6, 2010 01:53 PM

      I'm sad to hear this-I had been meaning to try this place for soooo long, but it fell off my radar because of the location. Know several friends/acquaintances who really enjoyed this place.

      1. Full tummy Jan 6, 2010 02:20 PM

        Will they be closing the bakery location on St. Clair as well? No more ME coconut cream pie? Boo hoo hoo.

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          JamieK Jan 6, 2010 03:05 PM

          My favourite is the banana chocolate cake, very moist and tasty!

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            callitasicit Jan 6, 2010 03:14 PM

            That is too bad, I have only heard positive things about this restaurant and the bakery. I must go there before it closes.

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            Tatai Jan 6, 2010 03:26 PM

            They closed down the bakery/cafe a few months ago.

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              Full tummy Jan 6, 2010 04:09 PM

              Oh, I never went to that location, but I was hoping they would keep that open.

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                Googs Jan 7, 2010 08:02 AM

                I'm not certain, but I don't think anyone's moved into their old St Clair location on a permanent basis. Baby come back.

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                  bytepusher Jan 7, 2010 06:40 PM

                  Was past recently and something else has completely moved in, a non-food business, I'm not certain but I'm thinking it was a pet store.

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                  callitasicit Jan 7, 2010 08:19 PM

                  So there is no way to order cakes for them now?

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                    Tatai Jan 8, 2010 03:38 AM

                    The restaurant is still open for another ten days or so. Why not give them a call?

                3. re: Full tummy
                  Tatai Jan 6, 2010 03:31 PM

                  I know... their coconut banana cream pie is amazing. Maybe someone can convince Ayse (she's the pastry chef; her husband Jens is the chef) to sell her baked goods at the farmers' market. (They're at the Wychwood Green Barn market every few weeks during the winter and at Bloor-Borden during the season.)

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                  tochowchick Jan 6, 2010 03:20 PM

                  This is truly sad news...one of my local favourites...have had many enjoyable meals there...boo hoo...

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                    bytepusher Jan 6, 2010 04:12 PM

                    That's too bad, I will join the chorus of people hoping they have a nice break and come back in the future in a better location, been enjoying their stuff since the days where all they had was the bakery, I have fond memories of squeezing in there for brunch on a cold winter morning. I've always enjoyed the food but didn't get there much even though it's reasonably close cause the location just sucked, especially when it came to parking.

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                      millygirl Jan 6, 2010 04:25 PM

                      Oh noooooo, that's one of our favourite spots for brunch. They do one of the best omelets!!!! And the frites with that special aioli.....say it isn't so. This is very upsetting news.

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                        Full tummy Jan 6, 2010 04:38 PM

                        Yes, parking was an issue, for sure.

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                          millygirl Jan 6, 2010 04:59 PM

                          Funny, we always managed to get a spot directly across the street.

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                            Full tummy Jan 6, 2010 06:01 PM

                            I probably came along a few minutes later, hahahaha.

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                          ghoti Jan 6, 2010 07:18 PM

                          Loved their lunches (great sammies) and their dinners (and desserts!). Agree with byte about the parking, but it was one of the few places I'd walked what seemed like miles to. It was worth it. Wish them all the best - and that they reopen soon.

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                            magic Jan 7, 2010 06:44 AM

                            There is tons of free sidestreet parking in that area. Parking to me was not an issue. Just have to walk an extra two minutes.

                            I only went once and was not thrilled by the food or the service. I know it is quite well loved, and it really sucks to see people who worked hard to grow, transport, prepare, and serve quality food close up shop. I wish them well regardless of my meh experience. I know I am in the minority and I respect what they did.

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                          chef guru Jan 7, 2010 10:37 AM

                          Never thought much,first impressions you know!!
                          I had there peameal sandwich ,it had 2 slices MAYBE 2oz. of meat and a bunch of cheese $7.95 Most of there food was like that loaded with the cheap fillers easy on the protein

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                            Full tummy Jan 7, 2010 03:09 PM

                            That wasn't my experience, and I ate there many times. One of my favourite sandwiches there, the Cuban, had plenty of meat and was a large portion for the price. When you say "most of their food" is that based on the "first impressions" you allude to? Did you really order that many dishes on the menu?

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                              katsongs Jan 7, 2010 03:27 PM

                              I agree, Full Tummy. Everything I've ever had there (and I eat there a lot!) has come in huge portions, and when meat is involved there's lots of it.

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                              Googs Jan 8, 2010 06:14 AM

                              chef guru, are you sure you're talking about ME? As with full tummy and katsongs, I always found their portions plentiful and concoctions comforting. I'll especially miss them in the cold months.

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                                millygirl Jan 8, 2010 06:46 AM

                                Me too. I thought their portions were extremely generous. Omelets were huge and soooo good. I need to get a fix before they close. This is one place I will definitely miss.

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                                  antifoodie Jan 8, 2010 07:30 AM

                                  Love this place, so sorry to see it go. We moved away from the area a couple years ago, but still managed a visit now and again. Had a big 40th b-day dinner there for my wife, only 10 people, but it was so memorable — delicious, but casual and fun, service was perfect, great wine... ahh, this bites. Any talk of reopening in a new location? they could use a bit better space.

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                                    bargirl Jan 8, 2010 06:59 PM

                                    Sorry to see the place go....no talk of reopening. Another victim of the recession.
                                    Support your local restaurants. If you love them go often.

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                                      Tatai Jan 8, 2010 07:19 PM


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                                      katsongs Jan 9, 2010 03:23 PM

                                      I asked one of the owners about it, but they have no plans to open another restaurant anywhere. Said they've been running a restaurant for a long time, and it's time for a change. (I can only imagine how exhausting it must be to run a place like that, but I'm still really sorry to be losing it...)

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                                wellred Jan 11, 2010 07:31 AM

                                We went last night for a farewell dinner and though everything was delicious as always, it's clear that they're shutting up shop - they had run out of several things by 6:30pm (we overheard at other tables; got in under the wire!) and the selection in general wasn't up to the usual standard.

                                I'm really going to miss the place, though, it was our go-to for cozy tastiness.

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                                  Tatai Jan 12, 2010 05:00 PM

                                  Just had dinner at Marvellous Edibles for the last time, and it was wonderful as usual. Huge portions (I don't know what chef_guru's gripe is all about) of both the proteins and the sides, and no apparent problems with their running out of anything. (We arrived after 7 p.m.)

                                  After we'd devoured our meals and commented about how much we'd enjoyed our dishes, my husband and I said simultaneously, "Too bad." Too bad, indeed. But we're looking forward to frequenting the Marvellous Edibles Farm stands at the Wychwood Green Barn farmers' market (every Saturday starting in the spring) and at the Bloor-Borden market on Wednesdays.

                                  It turns out that Ayse, Jens and their son Cengiz will be moving to their farm near Owen Sound full time once the school year is up. Sounds like a great lifestyle change to me!

                                  Still trying to convince Ayse to get those banana cream tarts and her other scrumptious baked goods to market!

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                                    millygirl Jan 16, 2010 01:59 PM

                                    We went for a final fix for brunch this morning. Geez, I'll miss their ham and cheese omelets. It was a perfect meal, even the coffee was good today, which was iffy for me in the past.

                                    I feel badly for the wait staff. Apparently they were only told a week ago.

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                                      callitasicit Jan 16, 2010 02:14 PM

                                      That isn't right that they were told only a week ago if that is true.

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                                        millygirl Jan 16, 2010 02:31 PM

                                        I thought the same thing. But yes, this is what our server told us. You would think a decision like this isn't made overnight but something you consider over many months. Being a small family operated business I would have thought they would keep the staff updated, but not so. Apparently the owners had been alluding to it for the past few months but the woman we spoke with figured maybe it would happen sometime in the spring or later. She was only told last week they are closing.

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                                          katsongs Jan 16, 2010 04:30 PM

                                          I was pretty surprised about that, too. They were closed (as usual) over the holidays, and I heard that the staff was told about it on the first day back. Not a great time to be job hunting (and with only 2 weeks notice).

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