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Edward's 1290

Posted by Meaghan Binstock / Listed on October 1, 2010 / review policy

Edward Levesque's KitchenEdward's 1290 in Leslieville, so i've heard many times through the brunch grapevine, is an east end staple for the city's beloved weekend meal. This spot has caught my eye on many a best brunch list, but being a west-ender I don't often venture as far as the other side of the Don Valley for my Saturday eggs.

Having become very familiar with what the west end has to offer in terms of brunch, my friend and I decide it's about time we head to Leslieville to see what the east side has to offer.

Edward Levesque's KitchenThe small storefront, aside from being bright orange, doesn't look like much from the exterior, but as soon as we enter the restaurant we feel immediately welcomed. From the street we walk directly into the open kitchen where we're greeted by various cooks who all offer us a friendly hello as our server guides us to the dining room in the back.

The room is fairly small and cozy, and though there is a quiet buzz of soft music and brunch diners, this space somehow seems a little more reserved, even elegant, compared to the usual bustling, noisy brunch found in some of my favourite weekend haunts.

Edward Levesque's KitchenOur sociable server is quick to bring us two cups of bottomless coffee (2.50) and walk us through the specials. The weekend menu at edwards1290's offers the same sandwiches, salads and all-day breakfasts available throughout the week, as well as a selection of various enticing sweet and savoury dishes offered only on the weekend. Though many of the all-day items catch my eye, it only seems right to order from the weekend-only menu.

Edward Levesque's KitchenAfter much deliberation, we finally come to a decision, the first of which is an appetizer of four mini chive biscuits ($3.50). The savoury biscuits arrive warm with some soft butter for spreading, just what we need to hold us over 'til the mains arrive.

Today's omelette special (top photo) is roasted tomatoes with herbed ricotta cheese ($12), and when our server informs us he just enjoyed this dish himself, we're sold. The giant, fluffy omelette comes sided with some whole grain toast and a generous heap of unexciting greens, but the omelette itself makes up for the lacklustre side.

The sweet roasted tomatoes and herbed ricotta make an appetizing omelette filling, and the omelette itself is very well prepared.

Edward Levesque's KitchenWe also order the poached eggs with Italian sausage, corn bread, home fries and chilli sauce ($14). When the generous bowl containing all of these items lands in front of my dining companion, I immediately experience dish envy. Thankfully after a couple bites of the omelette, my friend pronounces this her favourite of the two, and we happily swap.

Moist, mildly spicy cornbread comes topped with (albeit slightly overcooked) poached eggs, accompanied by excellent herbed home fries and a sweet sauce of tomatoes, herbs and spices that brings the dish together; the final touch is one Italian sausage gracing the top of this delicious mess. Though runnier eggs would have perfected the dish, this, to me, is an excellent example of what a brunch meal should look like.

Edward Levesque's KitchenThough already feeling full, when the scent of today's roasted cauliflower soup ($5) wafts over from the next table, we decide to try a bowl as well. The pureed cauliflower flavoured with warm spices (cinnamon, we wonder?), is topped with two cheese and chive sprinkled crostini, a lovely soup for a gloomy fall day.

Edward Levesque's KitchenAn appealingly diverse brunch menu and a welcoming atmosphere make it clear why edwards1290 is considered a neighbourhood favourite, and our satisfying meal leaves us feeling that our foray to the east was worth the journey.

Editor's Note: This article has been updated to reflect the name change of the restaurant from Edward Levesque Kitchen to Edward's 1290.

Edward Levesque's KitchenPhotos by Taralyn Marshall



Honesty / January 24, 2008 at 04:26 pm
The owner snapped at me 3 times for asking to substitute homefries for salad. (I even offered to pay more!).

worst service ever. This place will eventually go under due to service. The waitresses seem so sweet for the first while and after a few months they get bitchy like him.
Keven / February 21, 2008 at 11:54 am
I heard great things about this place, finally decided to give it a try and I found this place to be totally overrated.

The food was 'okay' at best. The place was a sauna in the summer time and I would have to agree with the above poster, the service was HORRIBLE.

For 15-20 a person I could think of many other places in the neighbourhood that would be worth going to, such as OKOK or Stratengers (both up the street from Edward Levesque's)
Elle / March 7, 2008 at 06:02 pm
Food was good - service was terrible. What was worse than an hour's wait for a sandwich was the overwhelming sense of apathy about the wait coming from the staff.

Would not return.
Mary / April 21, 2008 at 02:17 pm
Delightful classy restaurant. Exquisite food, prompt friendly service. The strawberry lemonade is perfectly refreshing and if you linger long enough over the fabulous desserts you can watch the streetcar gliding by.
Melanie / April 25, 2008 at 11:31 am
I agree with the first two posts. I have personal experience with Edward Levesque myself. And have found him to be rude and ignorant and miserable. I have lived in the area for 2 years and have never seen him smile. EVER!!! The staff looks miserable and look like they want to be anywhere but there. I have never eaten there but am afraid too because of the lack of character and personality.
Oliver Woo / June 1, 2008 at 10:28 am
I went to Edward Levesque for the first time yesterday and it will be the last time. We went for brunch and waiting for a table was the best part of the experience. My girlfriend ordered a banana smoothie and when it arrived, it was warm.

We waited for an hour for our food and it was average at best. Another friend had the french toast and there was next to no ricotta filling inside. The fruit salad was warm and inedible. The kitchen forgot to make the side order of bacon even though we reminded our server on 2 occasions.

The table behind us waited an hour and they only ordered soup.

The food was average at best.

I feel sorry for the servers as the kitchen was really slow in getting the orders out and they were taking the brunt of the complaints.

Marianne / July 11, 2008 at 07:09 pm
The best brunch in Leslieville?!?!?! I'm not quite sure how this resto gets so much positive hype from the critics. I have to agree with all the naysayers (which seem to out-weigh the lovers... 1 post so far) above. I've been to Edward Levesque's twice. The first time, to see if it lives up to the hype. The second time, to give it another chance. Both visits, the service was terrible (rude, forgetful & painfully slow)& the food wasn't anything special. Definitely wouldn't recommend it. & no plans on going back either when there are so many other fabulous brunch options in Toronto.
Dave / July 17, 2008 at 09:44 pm
I agree with most posters here. The food was VERY average at best. The service was terrible- that Edward was rude. And when we wanted separate bills they just averaged the bill and added waay too much tip - "so that'll be easier for us to pay" - WTF? I'll tip whatever the hell I want and with the crappy food and service - no tip was justified.
Juice / July 18, 2008 at 10:22 pm
this place gave me food poisoning on new years eve....the food seemed decent at the time which is the are better off to give up eating not eat here, your bowels will thank you
Tim / July 19, 2008 at 08:50 am
Wow. I'm really surprised to see the negative comments. I took my mum here recently and both of us loved it. The menu is way more interesting than most spots, the service was good and the prices are reasonable. We didn't even mind waiting more than 20 minutes to get in. Brunch here on weekends usually means a line-up (as they don't take reservations) and given that people continue to line-up I suspect that, on average, most people really like the place.
north / February 7, 2009 at 03:18 pm
Contrary to earlier reviews, Edward Levesque's Kitchen doesn't get the long brunch line-ups it once did. Clearly folks are catching on to the average food and horrible service because the place was empty on a Saturday at 11AM.

My poached eggs were very overcooked, my companion's omelette was fine but unimpressive and the waitstaff ignored us for large portions of the meal. What a waste of weekend brunch.
Sarah / February 10, 2009 at 10:18 am
We had 1 p.m. reservations for Winterlicious last Sunday and arrived on time to be greeted with a lineup out the door and no staff to greet us. Nobody acknowledged us (or anyone else in line) after waiting for at least 10 minutes. We eventually left as the line wasn't moving and we weren't pleased about not being told what was going on.
Ly / August 8, 2009 at 04:57 pm
I went to eat at Edward Levesque's Kitchen last night for the first time and really enjoyed it. The menu features lots of vegetarian choices and organic meats, which pleased both my partner and myself. Food was very good, with fresh off-the-farm veggies. I found the prices to be quite fair for the amount and quality of food that we were served. And contrarily to many comments here, the service was fine, partly done by Edward Levesque himself who DOES smile.
bill / August 29, 2009 at 03:04 pm
Great brunch. Good service. Yeah the owner's a bit of a crank. who cares?? ever been to Schwartz's in Montreal or ANY restaurant in NYC? Go to Krlsey's if you want some fake love.
Rachel Falk / September 29, 2009 at 12:45 am
I take exception to the remark by poster 'bill' about New York restaurants. I'm a New Yorker and I like NY restaurants. Yes, some mid-price busy places- especially when they cater to the business crowd- can be cranky (however, that is of course, a gross generalization), but will respond when spoken to. Canadians are more reserved and will not fight back and thus, rude hosts, cooks and owners will get away with inexcusable behaviour, but in New York, we bite back. Then the rude host, chef, etc usually laughs and you become their favourite customer. This technique, however, doesn't translate to Toronto, unfortunately, and that makes me miss the banter and the camaraderie in New York.
The worst places are the downtown delis, but it helps if you're a fresh-faced Jewish girl- you just have to suffer getting your face pinched- hard.
Bill replying to a comment from Rachel Falk / September 29, 2009 at 11:40 am
Rachel, you completely missed and backed up my point at the same time. Obviously I'm a big fan of the New York attitude, a generalization as it is. It's what can make many dining experiences memorable. That and great food.
Rachel Falk replying to a comment from Bill / October 1, 2009 at 10:33 am
I was being tongue-in-cheek, too; I liked your review. I just thought I would explain why you felt that rudeness was not a problem. I believe people should stand up against tyranny everywhere.
Jason / November 30, 2009 at 04:12 pm
I went and I liked it. Very friendly staff and good food, slightly on the pricey side. One issue with my Full Monty breakfast. Whenever I get baked beans with my breakfast I prefer it if they are in their own ramekin. The dining room had a nice atmoshpere as well.
Randy / December 20, 2009 at 01:22 pm
The dichotomy at EL's is incredible. I ate dinner there, and would NEVER return. Aside from the usual complaints about the service, staff, and unwillingness of EL to substitute items, the food was expensive and mediocre. That said, I have never eaten brekkie there, and cannot comment - some of our neighbours really like EL's breakfast, while others make the same complaints about service and attitude. The key to a restaurant's success is CONSISTENCY, something Levesque has failed to learn. He may have a following of semi-regulars, but ank anyone who has had a bad experience there if they'd go back: the answer is "no."
philster / March 4, 2010 at 07:26 pm
I'm beginning to think that someone's on the take at blogto or that the owners voted for themselves multiple times. The ratio of negative to positive reviews for the restos on this "top 10 list" tells the real story.

Frankly, I'd rather go to frigging Golden Griddle than go somewhere where customers are treated like an inconvenience and the food is only just passable. It's times like this that I thank God for the internet. Thanks for the honest reviews, all.
Gregory / March 25, 2010 at 01:51 pm
Ok. First of all, this place has a sign outside that says "Steak Chick Peas & Alcohol". Like WTF is that? So during our first visit we ordered the "Steak, Chick Peas & Alcohol" and the staff were'nt impressed. While the breakfast was good, the service was a bit edgy and short. Edward came to our table personally to claim his tab and he was pretty rude.
lyor66 / March 30, 2010 at 12:23 am

I usually don't bother writing bad feedbacks because I don't want to hurt somebody else's business, but I have been working at Edward Levesque's Kitchen and he is the most dishonest and impolite person that i ever worked for... first of all, he takes a big chunk of the tips that we make to himself, he cheats on payrolls, forces us to eat (eggs only) every shift (because if we don't we still get charged for the meal anyway) and he fired me while i was on vacation for saying that i was asking for too much time off (it was my birthday week-end and i asked him a month in advance!) and he almost didn't pay me my tips (200$) when i came back pretending that he sent the money (in cash) via mail...

This guys is mean and inconsiderate and i really do not believe that he deserves to stay in business... also seriously i dont know why the fuss about it because the food isn't even that good...
Kelly / April 6, 2010 at 12:44 pm
I had brunch here this past Sunday and thought it was pretty good. I thought my waffle was delish and my boyfriend seemed to like his pancakes and commented on how fresh his OJ tasted.

We didn't have any problems with our server, he was nice and our food came pretty quickly. It was 11pm on Easter Sunday and was almost dead when we walked in. Started to pick up by the time we were done though.

I thought the atmosphere was really cute and would eat there again. I'm surprised at all the bad reviews.
marie / June 24, 2010 at 12:59 pm
One comment... you cannot choose how you want your eggs cooked, really you are a restaurant and you cannot make an over easy egg.
joe-e / July 30, 2010 at 10:30 am
Eddie, it looks like Gordy needs to shake you up a bit - your mind must be as scrambled as the eggs you try to pawn off on the locals, le petite restaurateur!
marlon / October 1, 2010 at 03:10 pm
this place is soooo overrated. any brunch on the block is better. I don't get the buzz on this place at all.
Nancy / October 2, 2010 at 09:38 am
I'm afraid I must agree. I've gone to Edward Levesque a few times in the years we've lived in Leslieville, and each time I wondered why I went back. Decent food, but by the time it arrived it was either too warm or too cool. Our servers were pleasant enough, and the slowness is probably not their fault, but one can find better service (and food that's better, or at least as good) elsewhere in Leslieville.
jennifer / October 2, 2010 at 10:26 am
I went here last year with my boyfriend. We heard great things about it but were totally disappointed. The food was below average. My boyfriend ordered a chick pot pie. He could only get one bite in. It was gross. I ordered eggs and they were disgusting. There were only a handful of people in the restaurant yet the service was super slow and the server was rude. We didn't feel comfortable at all. We won't go back - ever.
Raul / October 2, 2010 at 11:39 am
Ate there once. Took four of us for dinner: $350. Will NEVER eat there again. Terrible, rude service, and you kinow what? The food is bland and tastless.

All that money wasted that coulf have been spent at The Roy. Bloody shame.
Olaf replying to a comment from bill / October 2, 2010 at 11:43 am

"Yeah the owner's a bit of a crank. who cares??"

Bill, the owner is a mantal case, not a "crank." I am surprised no one mentioned his Gestapo tactics on "no cell phones!!!" He is also a mediocre cook. Ironically, EL is right across the street from another rotten spot, Ceili Cottage, known also for its lousy service and horrid manager, the one who yells at people to leave the patio! I guess the two dumps share information on how to alienate customers.
bullring / October 2, 2010 at 11:54 am
Well I'm sold.
Jane / October 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm
I've had lunch here twice. The first time was last years Winterlicious and it was one of the best Winterlicious meals I've ever had - so many different choices to choose from and so many interesting dishes. The second time for lunch was also very good. The staff was pleasant. No problems at all.
Jildren / October 2, 2010 at 01:27 pm
If you want a good brunch in leslieville go to toast, lady marmalade or leslie jones. Edward levesque ranks somewhere between stratengers lounge and queens bar & grill
Gustavo replying to a comment from Jildren / October 2, 2010 at 03:20 pm
Yes, Leslie Jones rocks! I would rank EL's sowhere between a hot dog seller pushing three-day-old weenies, and a frozen dinner from No Frills, however.
mondayjane replying to a comment from bill / October 2, 2010 at 03:50 pm
i love my hometown of Toronto, but New York is friendlier and more outgoing than this chilly city any day of the week.
mondayjane / October 2, 2010 at 03:54 pm
oh, and I totally don't get why anyone would go to Ed Levesque. We went there for Winterlicious last year and were distinctly underwhelmed by the food, and annoyed by the passive/aggressive service. It has simply never occurred to us to ever return.
surprised / October 2, 2010 at 09:12 pm
I'm going to preface my comments by saying that I do not work at EL, nor do I hold any sort of personal allegiance.

I love to eat. I believe I am a discerning customer. I believe that I know when food, service, or both, are lousy.

I have never had a bad experience at this restaurant.

Cooking on the breakfast line is tough work and sometimes dishes can go foul -- even with the best intentions (and/or talent). If this happens, I'll send a dish back. Eggs overdone? Send them back!

I've sent food back at EL but I've never had a bad experience as a result of it. If you aren't an asshole your service should be friendly and prompt.
m / October 3, 2010 at 03:58 am
What's with the over-sharpened / over-processed pictures? This food does not look very appetizing....
mondayjane replying to a comment from surprised / October 3, 2010 at 09:24 am
"If you aren't an asshole your service should be friendly and prompt" is one of the most incredibly naive social comments I have ever read.
Olaf replying to a comment from surprised / October 3, 2010 at 10:42 am

Whatm exactly, qualifies as being an "a-hole"? In Edward's eyes, it seems pretty much all customers are a-holes, even if you make minute requests to the food, spices, how it is prepared, etc.

The problem with Edward is that he is naive, and doesn't realize that there is a LOT to choose from in the area, places where the service and food are 100 per cent better! Examples: Gio Rana's, Leslie Jones, Lil Baci, Fare Bistro... the list goes on and on.

Perhaps you've gone to EL and, by the Grace of God, hit paydirt every time. Even friends of mine who were dedicated to this place, who went every single weekend for brunch, don't patronize the place anymore. Customers can only take so much BS before they say "Enough!" and go elsewhere... like OKOK, for example.
surprised you aren't kidding replying to a comment from surprised / October 3, 2010 at 10:47 am
Hahahaha. I like to go to places where not only do I not have to send it back but it also tastes good that's why I've been once and never again to EL. Send it back?not only does that sound like owner blaming the victim but it's also not a great sales pitch. I agree cooking in a kitchen is tough there are too many places that do it with out everything going foul to be bothered with a place like this.
new to the east end / October 3, 2010 at 09:02 pm
It bums me out that there is no good brunch places on the east end. This place is would be great if it were in niagara falls, but toronto can (and does) do much better.
Raven / October 4, 2010 at 12:47 pm
We once tried to go this restaurant a few years ago. I think it might have been for an early dinner (around 5-5:30pm?) likely on the weekend.

As we stepped in the doorway, we were asked if we had a reservation (we did not), and the person who "greeted" us muttered some kind of lame excuse about how we needed one. The restaurant was EMPTY at the time.

We had our kid with us who must have been 5-6 at the time. This is a VERY well-behaved child who does not disrupt the enjoyment of others when we go out. It was early, there wasn't anyone else there, what was the big deal?

Needless to say, despite any good food reviews I've heard, we've simply boycotted the place.

I've also heard from at least one other family that EL welcomes childless patrons but frowns on them once they have children!
you're nuts replying to a comment from new to the east end / October 4, 2010 at 03:58 pm
there are so many amazing brunch places in the east end. ed levesque is not one of them to be sure but I'd say the best brunches in the city are in the eastend
Tony Torrence / October 5, 2010 at 05:15 pm
I was a big fan of this place for a few years until i got completely horrible service on several occasions. I gave it a few tries because I had worked in the bar/restaurant industry and knew places had their 'off' days.

One time the waitress took our order and disappeared. She was all peaches and cream at the beginning. We had to ask the Busser for everything and then ended up asking him for the bill. As soon as we put our money on the table, Ker-plow!, she reappeared! Like friggin' Doug Henning.

Another time me and a friend ordered the same thing. Mine was ok-ish, his was luke-warm. the service was bad and mostly non-existent. He ended up getting food poisoning that day which lasted for 2 weeks afterwards.

I will agree with Lyor66; i knew a waitress that worked there and she mentioned that he asked all the staff how much they made in tips and if he felt they made too much, he would take some.
~EvidencE~ / October 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm
Im surprised this place has lasted as long as it did.
The owner is so rude and the service was terrible we left and went to ok ok glad we left never to go back.
scootericity / October 10, 2010 at 07:27 pm
Cynthia / October 14, 2010 at 11:08 am
The problem with ELK is Ed Levesque! He used to be the SURLY waiter at Bonhour Brioche (about 10 years ago) before he opened up his own place (because nobody wants to work with him...sadly, others have to work with him).

His reputation preceeds him: NASTY/RUDE/SURLY. Some people shouldn't be in the front lines! He's right up there with Matt who owns Mercury Espresso also on Queen East but in the opposite direction.

For those of you who had a positive dining experience at ELK, consider yourselves lucky! Now go buy a lottery ticket.
Bill / October 15, 2010 at 07:32 pm
Before we moved we had brunch here about once a month. Never had a problem. Never had a bad meal. Don't listen to the review comments here. Except of course the reviewer! This place is very good and the double smoked bacon is incredible! I couldn't care less if the owner is a little grumpy. Bottom line:Lineups don't lie.
Irina D / October 26, 2010 at 05:01 am
A while back I called to ask if the meat was organic and ended up speaking to either a manager or the owner and I got an extremely rude response that was part "no" and part defending the family honour as if I insulted his first born child. It's like he couldn't believe I even asked that. How could common folk like myself even have the audacity to inquire and have preferences about what they prefer to eat? How is this guy still in business? Complete jerk. Needless to say, I didn't even go in.
EL Sucks / November 5, 2010 at 04:05 pm
Anyone who works at Levesque's needs to read this about owners taking tips from their staff -- they are trying to change the legislation so owners can no longer rip off their waitresses and waiters.

V / January 28, 2011 at 08:39 pm
Ate there on the first night of winterlicious. The kitchen was incredibly slow, and we waited more than we ate. The pork chop was half grease and cartiladge, thus uneddible. It was also accompanied by 2 tbsp of vegetables: pretty empty plate for a $20 dish. Extremely poor value for food quality, bad service.

They even billed me $20 of $35 even though
- my dish was inedible
- i had to wait 30 minutes to get it
- had to wait 20 MORl minutes for desert to arrive while smelling everybody elses food and seeing my dinner companion enjoy his meal
- they rushed me to leave

If i was ever to give a place a zero for service this would be it.
Claudia / January 31, 2011 at 11:51 am
Awful place..went there a few months ago for a special occasion. The server managed to screw up 2 out of 3 of our orders and to make it worse he also dropped a whole glass of milk on my lap. Did not offer a cloth or anything. He then managed to tell me that it will dry soon. Disappointing place.

Anya / February 22, 2011 at 03:53 pm
Terrible food and terrible service. We wanted to check out Leslieville, and came across the raving review. Was I surprised! This was rated the number one brunch spot in Lesliville, but offered nothing but bland food, poor presentation and non-existent service. Our server made it a point to come 4 times to take each order, water, coffee and entrees. We were quite ready to place our entire order but she kept walking away. Not to mention the food was cold and quite pricey for such a small portion. On top of that, we overheard two separate tables complain about receiving the wrong orders TWICE and being served uncooked/cold food. By far the worst place I've ever encountered. The restaurant was dark, food was disgusting and the servers were unattentive. Why do businesses like this even open?
Concerned Traveller replying to a comment from Anya / March 1, 2011 at 09:27 am
It is a GREAT PITY that some unfortunate diners endure the torture of poor food AND service! The rest of us are gratefully forewarned of the imbeciles managing this so-called restaurant. The best anyone can do is just plain stay away. Toronto has so much to offer diners, but not at this HOLE.
MK / March 6, 2011 at 02:34 pm
The food is ok but expensive for the small portions. However the OWNER!!! Miserable miserable miserable. Waited for over 1.5 hours for the food and never arrived. When approached Edward about the service his reply "please leave my restaurant and do not come back". With pleasure Edward myself and all the others who share this experience will not come back.
ok / March 11, 2011 at 03:53 pm
I wonder who he paid off for him to get on the list or how many staff he threatened to fire if they didnt sit everyday and vote. .....

shut this place down
SH / April 15, 2011 at 09:05 am
No fence sitters here! Edward Levesque is obviously not everyone's cup of tea; but by gum I like the man myself! Had my birthday dinner there - fantastic! No food poisoning in all the years I've gone. Brunch during Winterlicious with a friend was late; the meal was comped and we were given a 40$ gift certificate towards another meal. We lingering over the damn fine cappuccino, enjoyed the great music and left full.
To be fair, his menu clearly states no substitutions. Being annoyed at this when he's upfront about it seems, well, perplexing; just go to a spot that does offer substitutions.
No cell phones. LOVE that rule. It's not asking much to step outside to take a call, and it's an excercise in good manners. Not everyone finds listening to folks on their phones interesting. Kids. Touchy subject. My friends brought their baby to dinner and had no problems. Again, he makes it clear: unattended children will be given an espresso and a puppy. Oh c'mon, we've ALL sat in a restaurant with Devil Child. Not everyone's kids are difficult at restaurants; some are. Bad or inappropriate behavior ought to be dealt with. Period. (This applies to adults as well.....)
Unfortunate that so many have had such a bad experience. I can only say it hasn't happened to me, or the friends I've eaten there with over the years. Guess I'll go buy a lottery ticket.
Roctop replying to a comment from SH / April 15, 2011 at 10:02 am
By GUM, this reads like a PAID review. Can't wait for my little nephew to go running in there with a cell phone ringing and give ol'eddie-baby a good hard kick in the shins. Funny enough for you, fence-boy?
DARE / April 26, 2011 at 01:35 pm
Agreed, rudest service I have had in a long time.
ellen walsh / June 11, 2011 at 05:37 pm
I love Edward and I love this restaurant, so much that I got married there on April 23rd of this year. my husband and I spent almost a year meeting with Edward, emailing him, phoning him and he was never anything but polite, flexible and fair. The wedding itself was amazing, and the majority of compliments were about the wonderful food! Many of the guests have returned since to have another meal. The staff was amazing and professional throughout our five hour event and treated everyone, ten children of all ages, with respect and warmth. We finished off the evening with Edward himself and when it came time,a few days later, to settle our bill, we came in under budget and were totally pleased with everything.
Edward is a unique and individual entity who takes great pride and personal investment in his establishment and his food. It would make sense that he would demand service on par with the experience and not suffer fools gladly.
Edward and his lovely restaurant will always be special to me, and I look forward to many more visits in the future.
Belinde replying to a comment from ellen walsh / June 12, 2011 at 01:37 pm
Thank you. Ellen, for the lovely paid political announcement, but little blurbs like this do not make up for anything Eddie has done to other patrons who have paid for the food.
ellen walsh replying to a comment from Belinde / June 12, 2011 at 02:46 pm
Oh Belinde that is funny, yet the depth of your bitterness and apparent hurt over whatever experiences you have with Edward or his restaurant speaks to deeper issues. Good luck! And the only thing paid about my review - which I think I am allowed to post and include my opinion, ergo the notion of review - was my husband and I paying Edward for our awesome event - and it was worth every penny! I can't speak for how 'Eddie' treats others, but if you were half as rude to him as you have been to me, you deserved it!! Good on ya, 'Eddie'!
Belinde replying to a comment from ellen walsh / June 12, 2011 at 08:23 pm
Why should any restaurant owner play favourites? Ask your smug self that. Oh, and do read all the other comments, too, while you are at it. One good apple does not make the rotten barrel look good, eh?
Brian / August 31, 2011 at 11:45 am
Used to go here frequently with both my parents & friends for brunch and dinner, but became tired of the over-rated food snobbery of "no-substitutions". If I am going to spend my hard earned money in this economy for a brunch or a night out, I should be able to have a meal how "I" prefer it. Poor service to boot. If the meal is free, feel free to serve it to me how you wish and at your convenience -- if I'm paying for it, then vice versa. Post script: Edward -- where has your portion and quality gone. I will vote with my dollars elsewhere thank you.
Hepman replying to a comment from ellen walsh / October 6, 2011 at 01:53 pm
Imagine a flash mob running in and starting a 30 second food fight. LMFAO.
CJ / October 28, 2011 at 12:14 am
Only been to Edward Levesque's once and it was very good.
Service was also good.

The friends we went with felt it was expensive, but then they would likely have been happy going to a chain restaurant and having 'Special Number 3'.

Really should go back soon... Maybe this weekend.
lawgirl / January 30, 2012 at 05:05 pm
I ate here last yar and thought I would die from the excessive use of salt! I wouldn't even consider the food I was served edible. I agree with the other posters about hte lack of attentive service and wait times being unreasonable. This place does not deserve a spot on your list, but that's just my opinion.
lawgirl replying to a comment from lawgirl / January 30, 2012 at 05:06 pm
Sorry for the typos, but I hope you get the idea.
Alistair / February 2, 2012 at 05:53 pm
The food is salty and the portions are awfully small.

But the reason I wouldn't go back is because Mr. Edward Levesque is probably the rudest, most unprofessional chef in the entire city. If you like to be treated poorly, talked down to, and even have the phone hung up on you, then Edward Levesque's is your first choice.
Rahdoo replying to a comment from Alistair / February 6, 2012 at 10:13 am
Alistair, it's plain and simple: Eddie likes to rub salt in the verbal wounds of his customers. We knew that long ago and stayed the h3ll away from his hole in the wall greasy spoon LOL!
Kat / February 14, 2012 at 01:53 pm
This place is really expensive for what you get, which is like nothing. The server was nice, but I have nothing else that's nice to say about this place.
Sakib / April 7, 2012 at 04:31 pm
Just had brunch today with my friends. The decoration is average, nice place to hangout. Food is little bit costly comparing to the quality and taste os the food. Overall average quality but I may not go there for being overpriced.
GranVizeer replying to a comment from Sakib / June 8, 2012 at 03:57 pm
Wanna know eddie's big secret? we bet he copies the recipes from the rachel ray show. you can't get any worse quality than that.
Michelle / May 12, 2013 at 04:45 pm
I tried this place today for brunch and it was pretty average. The experience started off poorly - we were waiting for quite a while (ended up being 30mins) and then the people behind us got a table before us (a table exactly the same size as the one we got). The guy who decided to sit them first completely ignored us (no explanation as to why he did that or acknowledgement of us) and then the "new guy" was later blamed for the mistake.

The server we had was actually really good - she basically saved the experience for us. The food was good, but not special, although we did have the biscuits which were really good. We also got our food and drinks within a reasonable time.

Overall, it's not really worth the lineups that come with the place. If we could go back there and not have to wait I might go every now and then, but there are better places on that strip of Queen where the food is actually worth waiting for.
Joseph / January 20, 2014 at 11:43 am
I've eaten in thousands of restaurants in dozens of countries and I have met my share of cranky restauranteurs, but Edward Levesque takes the cake. Mean and rude in the extreme, both with his customers and staff. No food is good enough to justify that, and it was pretty average stuff anyway. There are far better eating options in Leslieville, including the Glas Wine Bar nearby. EL Kitchen will ruin your day. Avoid like the pest.
Catriona / January 20, 2014 at 03:47 pm
It's a shame that there seem to be more negative posts than positve ones. I've lived in the area for about 6 years now and have been here several times - and have NEVER been disappointed. I've never met the man himself, but the servers are always friendly. What I love about this place is that I can order something on the menu that I in my head doesn't make sense (Flavourwise) but I put my trust in the kitchen and always LOVE it. Every time I go I get something different, and have never been disappointed. Mind you - I have only been for brunch once - my meals here have mostly been dinners, or late lunches. But I cannot sing my praises any higher. I love this place.
Jim / January 21, 2014 at 01:04 am
Went in, sat down, got a glass of wine. Lost our appetites after listening to two kitchen staffers discuss how one of them hit a cat with a car, but it didn't die right away, "it was still jerking around," so he had to club it in the skull to finish it off. We got up and left, and never went back. Thanks for ruining my birthday dinner, guys.
Will ONeil / January 21, 2014 at 01:18 am
Wow!!! The last time I saw this many negative comments it turned out to be true. These clowns better right this ship or all is lost. It won't matter what the critics say. We go to brunch every Sunday not going here though as apparently they don't care about the customers(that pay their bills)have to say. I have three friends who have just gone and said it was so so. They need a heart transplant and to lock the Chef in the kitchen Hire a manager that is not incompetent and fire the rude staff.
Will ONeil replying to a comment from surprised / January 21, 2014 at 01:25 am
Apparently there are a lot of assh#*@es posting comments here??!
Dave / January 21, 2014 at 04:13 am
I wish I had read these reviews before we lined up for an hour for brunch on Sunday. This restaurant is run by an alien robot-zombie who has broken the will of his staff and bent them to his undead cyborg will. When we finally arrived at the front of the line and the people behind us got seated before us (same number in their party as in ours), I innocently asked "Mr. Levesque" (the owner's human alias) how much longer the wait was going to be. Big mistake - I had drawn attention to myself and was now in the sightlines of a vampire brunchbot. He caught me in his blank, undead gaze and replied in a metallic voice, "I don't know. I have no idea. I can't make these people leave. I wish I could. I wish I could make them all leave. But I can't."; I very quickly resolved to help make his wish come true. I turned around and propelled myself at top speed out the door, pausing only to offer the cooks assistance in throwing off their mind-shackles. But the poor creatures ignored me. They could not even raise their heads - the last vestiges of their humanity had long been extinguished.

Too bad, as I hear the scones are good. But I was grateful to get out with my soul intact. You may not be so lucky.
JP / June 3, 2014 at 01:31 am
Awful. Had a crap pasta dish. Pasta looked like something from he found at chapters or indigo. The rabbit in the pasta was sparse but the giant glob of chicken fat (how did that get there?) was a surprise to say the least. And the onions! The uncooked pound of onions strewn through my dish....fml. Service was balls. F this place and that guy.
omgomgomg / June 28, 2014 at 10:46 pm
"cinnamon, we wonder?" O M G you should not be writing resto reviews if YOU CAN'T TELL IF SOMETHING IS CINNAMON. holy fn sh
Mary Ann / August 2, 2015 at 09:22 pm
Are there today and loved it!!! staff greeted us when we walked in felt like walking in chefs home. I has the best omlette ever and the blueberry grilled cheese exquisite. if you want a unique dining experience with some top rated foods this is the place to try.

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