Restaurant: Le Petit Dejeuner
Location: St Lawrence Market
Address: 191 King St E
Price Range: $10-15
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent
*Specialize in Breakfast and Brunch
*Wait gets long over the weekend
*Special Green Apple Coleslaw
*Known for Waffles
First of all, I am not much of a Breakfast or Brunch person. I do occasionally enjoy pancakes drenched in maple syrup and the scrambled eggs with cheese, but I never go out of my way to plan a brunch outing. Sure, the whole concept of getting up a little late on weekends and going for a brunch does sound relaxing, but I'd much rather spend few more hours in bed and go for huge lunch instead!
However, occasionally when there is a spot that's much raved about- I do like to scramble out of bed early
and give it a try. Le Petit Dejeuner is a neighborhood brunch place that's constantly praised for their special breakfast menu as well as their waffles.
I got there around 9:55AM on Saturday morning expecting a long lineup at the front according to other foodie reviews. But when I got there, it wasn't busy at all and didn't even have to wait (not complaining). The restaurant looks small from outside, but once you walk in- there are more tables near the back past the bar area.
Once I walked in, there were 2 people working but none of them looked my way. I stood there for good awkward 60 seconds before one of them noticed me and sat me down at a booth for 2. I was waiting to meet a friend there, so I decided to order a coffee and read through the menu (that i already stared at for good 10 mins the night before as I always do).
Ordered: Toast Champignon with a Poached Egg 3/5
*A halved bagel topped with sauteed mushrooms, herbs, onions, bacon and served with a potato rosti and apple coleslaw for $10.95
*I asked my eggs to be cooked thoroughly because I don't like runny eggs unless on top of fried rice
*This is not a big dish but decent size for breakfast and bagel will fill you up
*Overall presentation has home-dining feel to it
*Came with lots of mushrooms on top and the eggs done just the way I asked for it
*It came with Sesame Bagel so make sure to ask if you are allergic to seeds
*Bagel was kind of hard
*Overall kind of dry, but this might be because I asked for the eggs to be cooked all the way
*I asked for hot sauce (ketchup would work as well)
*Was looking forward to apple coleslaw that everyone liked so much
*Sweet tangy julienned green apple pieces with carrot pieces topped with creamy tomato sauce
*I think I would enjoy it more if the sauce was something lighter, something that wouldn't overcome to sweetness of apple
*Potato roti was thin, burnt and dry
Ordered: Eggs Benny with Peameal Bacon for $12.95
*Ordered by my friend and I didn't try any so I can't comment but she said it was good
*She mentioned how the Hollandaise sauce is very lemony
Other than the awkward 60 seconds when I first walked in, the service was absolutely fabulous. I don't mean fabulous as in they treated me like a queen, but they were there when I needed them. It was probably one of the friendliest service I've ever received in Toronto that felt genuine. They always checked up on us time to time and refilled my coffee/water.
Plus, even when there were people waiting at the door for tables, I really appreciated the fact that they didn't try to rush us out (not that we stayed there for that long anyways).
Bill was $14.50 plus tip for my breakfast and a cup of coffee
Summary: If a friend was in town and wanted to check out a brunch place, I would def bring them to Le Petit Dejeuner. Next time, I am trying their waffles.