A quick scan of the menu at the newly revamped Lady Marmalade in Toronto’s east end reveals ingredients like: sustainable salmon, smoky ajvar (red pepper based condiment from the Balkans) and ancho pulled chicken (spiced with Mexican chili). The conclusion should rightly be that you’re eating breakfast or lunch in a place that specializes in always fresh, sometimes exotic fare that is also mostly locally-sourced, and healthy for both you and the environment.
But there’s more reason to visit. It begins with the modern space, lined with light wood panels and greenery. The overall atmosphere of the two-story restaurant is extremely airy with tall bright windows that rise almost the full twenty feet of ceiling height.
This swish location on Broadview is a reincarnation of the old Lady on Queen Street East that was more cozy and eclectic in style. In nine years it had built up a large following.
One change that I really appreciate is that it now accepts credit cards. But one carry over is its extreme popularity and limited seating. I suggest getting there extra early, especially on a weekend to elbow out all the locals who flock there for a late morning noshing of egg dishes, salads, bowls, sandwiches (gluten-free options) and tortas. No reservations.
There’s also no WIFI offered, so you’ll just have to talk to your eating companion about how great this place is.
What’s Spot On:
• “Build your own Benny” option
• Fabulous natural morning light