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You don’t need to go to Newfoundland for a hearty brunch, nor do you need to go to Paris for the classic variety. Melanie Ferriera and husband Arul Chettrar, owners of Melanie’s Bistro, have created a menu for this weekend repast right here in Toronto that will satisfy the most steadfast of brunch lovers.

If you’re looking for the kind of brunch that will become a weekend tradition, the bistro has a fishy East Coast variety with pan-fried cod cakes, poached eggs, herb Hollandaise and toast that will do the trick. “We have had loads of local Newfoundlanders come in; they say it’s spot on. Other people love it too. They say that they couldn’t imagine eating fish for breakfast before, but now they do.”

Melanie’s Bistro also serves up a Parisian influenced brunch with salmon and caviar (all you need is a glass of champagne). Eggs Benedict, simple home-style brunch, waffles and crab cakes are on the menu as well, and if you’re a vegetarian, you can opt for the tasty omelette.

Dinner is also on offer at Melanie’s Bistro, with a full slate of appetizers and mains including a superb pecan-crusted Atlantic salmon, classic-Indian butter chicken and traditional steak-frites, with special truffle-scented fries and Madagascar-pepper brandy jus. For lunch, the menu ranges from a typical bistro burger with all the fixings, to a Bombay-style curry chicken wrap for the more adventurous.

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  • Service: 4/5
  • Atmosphere: 4/5
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William B
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We have dined here many times and the service and food are always great. I would definitely recommend for lunch or dinner.

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Jojo777
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Melanie's bistro

Overly priced and not a very clean restaurant

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Restaurantica12
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Just okay...

This is actually not a bad spot for the east Danforth. However, the service was pretty lousy and the atmosphere a bit non-existent. The food is quite nice but not overly exciting. A bit more polish is required to bring it up a notch. DP

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The food was fantastic, great service, we had a...

The food was fantastic, great service, we had a really lovely evening. My children were made very welcome, given crayons and paper. There was just a small selection of dishes on the menu, and only one vegetarian meal, but it didn't matter because it was really good food. Staff were friendly and efficient. Cost a little more than we would usually spend on a family meal but it was still reasonable and well worth the price. We would definitely go again.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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March 26, 2017

My wife and I have dined at Melanie's for years and just like last night, the food is delicious. There is something there for everyone, the portion size is perfect and the presentation is first class. The owner is friendly and professional and her presence is a guarantee that everything that comes to your table meets the high standard of excellence that is part of her brand. Prices are reasonable. Melanie's is a sure bet for a great dinner experience.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

March 26, 2017

The service is always fantastic and very responsive at Melanie's, no matter how busy they are and the smiles and personal attention is tops. The food, though, is the reason we keep returning. Excellent variety and choice, always have a vegetarian dish, nice mix of flavours and mains, with fish, pasta, beef, chicken, pork. Appetizers are unique and the sweet potato fries are always superb--crispy, hot, not mushy. Desserts excellent, always a treat without being too sweet (extreme sweetness for me is a failing of North American cuisine, as it masks the true flavour of the dish). Each visit reminds us why we are so pleased returning here again and again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 25, 2017

We love having a great restaurant we can walk to in the east end! Melanie's always serves food that looks and tastes delicious!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 23, 2017

Always a wonderful meal. Luchious and delicious. Mushroom tarte! So yummy. Great service and the lovely Melanie meeting and greeting. A nice touch

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 23, 2017

Amazing as always! Thank you Melanie and Arul!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 20, 2017

Six of us, all first timer's and 3 who live in the neighbourhood finally ventured to try Melanie's Bistro and we were all impressed with our meals and server and ambiance.....thank you!!!!!!!! The Brunch Bunch will be back!!!..k

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 16, 2017

We are never disappointed in the food or service at Melanie's.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 16, 2017

Always a great place to dine!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 12, 2017

We had a great time celebrating a very belated birthday for our friend Sandra. Melanie's dining experience was wonderful, from the food to the service! Thanks Melanie, Cassie and your wonderful chef for making our celebration all the more special!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 6, 2017

Friendly family atmosphere. Great food and good service.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

February 24, 2017

Lovely restaurant. Great food. 10/10 would recommend

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 20, 2017

Fantastic food. Great burger, soup, salad, fries. Would recommend to anyone

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2017

One of the best meals we ever had. Perfect risoto. Truly one of the best restaurants in Toronto

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2017

Lovely place . Food tasted so good Very cozy

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 12, 2017

Fabulous dinner! Almost licked the duck pate container clean! Lamb tagine was delicious! Hubby had wild boar poutine and steak. Amazing! Brought a special bottle of wine and paid corkage. Service from waitress and owner was excellent!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 11, 2017

Great place for lunch. We loved the personalized service. Would definitely recommend to a friend!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

February 3, 2017

Really delicious food with unusual combinations, attentive service and nice atmosphere.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

January 22, 2017

Very accommodating and great food!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 20, 2017

Warm, relaxed, great value...nice can of craft beer....excellent, creative and tasty food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 15, 2017

We love Melanie's

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 9, 2017

Superior in every way!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 5, 2017

We've never had a bad meal at Melanie's, and would recommend it to anyone looking for fine dining at a reasonable price in the east end of Toronto.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 2, 2017

Great as always.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 1, 2017

Always a great evening out at Melanie's.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 19, 2016

Love this bistro!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 17, 2016

Friendly, attentive service. Comfortable, unpretentious decor. Beautifully prepared, well-presented appetizers and entrees.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 14, 2016

My first time and I will definitely return. Excellent friendly service and delicious food with ample servings.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 4, 2016

Food and service outstanding. Will definitely come back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 1, 2016

When I went online to checkout Melanie's menu, I was pleasantly surprised that on Wednesday's they provide free corkage! We enjoyed our bottle with Melanie's fixed price dinner @ $28 which is well worth the price. I started with the crab cake appetizer served with a small spring mix salad. The patty was hot & crispy with a delicate flavour. I would even have liked more if they had offered it as a main course. I had the pasta with shrimp and spinach in a light cream sauce which was perfection. My desert was a heavenly mixed berry crumble which was a lightly textured moist cake with a soft fruit crumble topping. It was the perfect finish to a fabulous meal. We will definitely return soon for another awesome meal at Melanie's. Overall, a wonderful casual dining experience with great food and service.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

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On Saturdays and Sundays, Melanie’s serves what many consider to be the best brunch in the neighbourhood. The offerings here include brilliant takes on classic breakfast dishes like bacon and eggs and fantastic Belgian waffles. But there are also some unique meals like The Parisian, which includes smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, fine herbs and caviar on a baguette, or the Newfoundland Special with pan-fried cod cakes and poached eggs. Melanie's is unlike anything else on the Danforth.

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