Wednesday, 14 November 2012



488 Wellington St W
Toronto, ON

Ambiance: 4 / 4
Service: 3 . 75 / 4
Food: 3 . 75 / 4
Price: $$$

We arrived at Marben late one Friday night. The restaurant was buzzing. Luckily we had perfect timing and were able to be seated right away. We sat at the back in a cozy spot near the open kitchen.  The restaurant had an interesting edgy, yet rustic vibe; as the night went on we continued to notice more aspects of the decor.  The staff were all very hip, welcoming and very knowledgeable about the items on the menu.  

As we sat down our server was quick to bring us WARM BREAD, inform us about the menu and their daily specials, and take  our drink orders. Right away, we could tell the service was going to be great.

We started off with the MARBEN'S CHARCUTERIE BOARD. It was served with pickled carrots, seasonal jam, toast and house mustards. We appreciated the classic meat choices but our favourite was the grilled salumi, which was a unique add to the otherwise standard charcuterie.

To go along with our mains we decided to try the PATATAS BRAVAS; house cut fries, toped with spicy tomato sauce, smoked paprika and garlic aioli. The fires were hot, fresh and well seasoned, and the spicy tomato sauce was tasy, but more smoky than spicy.

Our mains were both small but extremely tasty. I had the PASTA SPECIAL, which was house made ravioli stuffed with fresh scallops and covered in a rich, chunky lobster bisque and crispy red apple slices. The fresh pasta was so delicate it melted in your mouth; the soft, smooth scallop filling went harmoniously with he crisp sour apple, and the rich lobster bisque. Thank goodness the portion was small, because I would not have been able to stop myself until it was finished.

AM ordered the DINGO FARM'S ROASED RED ANGUS BEEF: 6 week dry-aged grass-fed beef, with bacon and crispy green beans. Once again the portion was quite small but large in flavours; the meat was perfectly cooked and well seasoned.

Would we go back ? Yes

Pasta Special

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