Located at King and Jarvis is Le Petit Dejeuner, a cute little brunch spot tucked between all the furniture stores in the area.
Mike and I arrived just before 10am on a Sunday morning to find a line of around ten people. Luckily, it turned out they were a few large groups and given that most of the tables inside the space are for two, we were seated immediately. So, if you’re impatient like me, don’t come with a large group.
According to their website, Le Petit Dejeuner is a “family run business specializing in Belgian-Canadian comfort food.” If you’re not a brunch person, they also serve dinner on Tuesdays to Saturdays.
I usually start off brunch with a Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice. A glass at Le Petit Dejeuner is quite reasonably priced for $3.
Having been disappointed with my choice last time (see my post here), I stayed away from the crepes and ordered the Croque Madame – ham, swiss and Dijon topped with a sunny side up egg ($13). It consisted of two thick slices of challah bread (which tasted awesome, by the way) with a generous portion of ham sandwiched between them. I was a little disappointed to see that it wasn’t topped with melted cheese like the one at Le Select Bistro, since I like my croque madame really cheesy.
All the sandwiches come with mesclun greens and an apple coleslaw which complimented the heavy sandwich nicely. It was a pretty substantial portion which left me full for the rest of the day.
Mike went with the Eggs Benny – with pemeal bacon served on an English muffin with lemony hollandaise, potato rosti and apple coleslaw ($15). We knew we had to order this since we had heard such great things about it after missing out on it during our last visit.
The eggs were perfectly poached and I liked that the hollandaise wasn’t too lemony like the one at the Drake Hotel. Overall, it was a pretty darn good eggs benny.
The benny came with the apple coleslaw which accompanies most dishes and a potato rosti which tasted fine…it just needed a side of ketchup or a little more seasoning.
You can’t leave Le Petit Dejeuner without ordering their Brussels’ Style Belgian Waffles ($7) which was served with maple syrup. They were just as good as I had remembered – light, fluffy and they’ll leave you wanting more!
I didn’t have the greatest experience during my first visit here but after being told I didn’t order the right things, Mike and I decided to give it another shot. Our second certainly changed our mind!
At a glance:
• Great brunch spot located at King and Jarvis
• Doesn’t take reservations for brunch, expect to wait in line
• Most tables are two-tops so don’t come with a large group
• Also serves dinner – Tuesdays to Saturdays
• The Brussels’ style Belgian waffles are a must order
Ratings (out of 5):
• Food: 4 stars
• Services: 3 stars
• Atmosphere: 3 stars