898 Queen St E
(647) 351 7645
Ambiance: 2 . 5 / 4
Service: 3 / 4
Food: 2 . 75 / 4
Lady Marmalade is considered one of the best Leslieville brunch spots. If you drive by Queen Street East any weekend morning you are guaranteed to see a long line up of people willing to wait 45 min to an hour for a table. Lucky, I made plans to meet up with one of my favourite teacher friends for a week day lunch during the break. The interior feels like an upscale diner with mix and match seats, plates and salt and pepper shakers and mugs still hanging around from the 80s. The extensive menu offers some interesting breakfast items. We were both were scratching out heads trying to decide what to order; after a few cups of bottomless coffee, we were ready to decide.
As TM says no breakfast is complete without some super crispy BACON. Neither of our breakfast bennies came with it, so she ordered a side dish. She asked for extra crispy, and they sure did follow through with her request.
After a trip to Cuba I was still dreaming about the pulled-pork, so I went for the “COCHINITA PIBIL” YUCATECAN pulled pork & citrus marinated red onion bennie. The eggs were cooked to a nice medium-soft and covered in their famous lemony hollandaise sauce. The pork was tender and went beautiful; with the marinated red onions. The baked hash-browns were extremely tasty and a little spicy; I especially loved how they had a crispy outer crust yet soft and fluffy on the inside.
TM got the ROASTED VEGETABLES & AGED WHITE CHEDDAR bennie. which was also served with the hollandaise and hash-browns as well as a sesame-dressed side salad. The servings were so big, it took us quite some time to make it through all of the food on our plates.
Would we go back? Yes, but I don't think it's worth the long line