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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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  • Atmosphere: 4/5
  • Food: 5/5
  • Service: 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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June 19, 2017

Always have a wonderful time and excellent meal at Melanie's Bistro. Have recommended to numerous friends.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 7, 2017

Great fixed price dinner including appetizer, main course and dessert. Delicious! Service was excellent. Would definitely return to Melanie's!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 4, 2017

Great as always!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 21, 2017

Great place for brunch. Went with a group of my closest friends. The food was fresh and delicious and the staff was delightful. This place has everything those super busy core downtown brunch spots have... without the need to plan weeks in advance or wait in lines. Highly recommended!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 20, 2017

Excellent as always. Have been coming here for 6/7 years and truly have NEVER had a meal which was not delicious. Excellent value and truly a wonderful local restaurant. The only thing I would suggest is in view of the small menu, regular changes. We would visit much more often if the menu changed up regularly.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

May 15, 2017

Atmosphere is awesome. All of the servers were great. Owner came to check on us three or four times. The BEST sweet potato fries in all of Toronto!!!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 15, 2017

Although I got a confirmation from yp dine the actual restaurant did not have it! Obviously some glitches between the app and the restaurant. Luckily they squeezed us in but I won't be using this app in the future.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

May 16, 2017

We booked and received our confirmation for a Mother's Day brunch. Then we received a text and email from the restaurant that they could not fulfill our reservation with no explanation. Responded both by text and email asking what had happened and didn't receive a response. Terrible customer service. Will not try to reserve there again.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

May 15, 2017

mothers day brunch was great! loved the Parisian breakfast!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 14, 2017

I had the Newfound special as did the other couple - we all thought it was fabulous. Hubbie had Croque Madame and he thought it was quite good. You have the best coffee in town as well !!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 8, 2017

Had a great meal! Stayed until they had to get ready for next service :). Would def go again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 4, 2017

Always friendly and helpful staff and food always very good.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

April 24, 2017

Great service and delicious food. A wonderful neighbourhood gem.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 23, 2017

Service was slow because it was very busy but we didn't mind. We enjoyed everything - from the pork tenderloin to the children's pasta that our 6 year old raved about. She insisted the Chef be informed her pasta was the most delicious she had ever eaten.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

April 20, 2017

Excellent food and dining venue

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 16, 2017

Very tasty brunch and friendly service! My group of 5 all enjoyed our food and had no complaints.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 10, 2017

Always busy. Always great.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 4, 2017

Some of the best bites I've had in a long time. The mixed mushroom tart was positively exquisite - I savoured every bite. The smoked chicken pasta was good, but not my favorite dish. The steak and fish were excellent -- good portions, beautifully prepared, with delicious sides. Melanie is very friendly, and goes out of her way to connect with customers - making for a more personal experience. Our family just decided to make a point of eating out less, as the cost rarely matches the value. Melanie's Bistro surprised me in being a true exception to that. Money well spent. This is definitely my new favorite spot on the Danforth. Thank you for doing what you do, so very well. We will definitely be back - again & again!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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 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 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

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Melanie’s Bistro, celebrating eight years this month, will be open on Easter Sunday. Famous for a menu filled with dishes made from local ingredients, and being a popular dining choice in the east end, it’s a fab cway to spend the holiday.

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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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