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Goed Eten (Ossington)

Posted by Trish Starling / Listed on August 25, 2012 / review policy

Goed Eten TorontoGoed Eten, an Ossington staple for almost two years since its move from Kensington Market, is from the same people behind King East's Le Petit Dejeuner and has become known for its Brussels-style waffles that can be ordered, most notably, in sandwich form.

Goed Eten TorontoWhile waffle sandwiches might rule the day during the weekday lunch rush, we were here for a leisurely Saturday brunch and had our pick of non-sandwich brunch favourites from their All Day Breakfast selections including Eggs Benedict ($11), a breakfast crepe ($10), mushrooms and bacon on toast ($11), granola with yogurt ($7) and a couple of different omeletes ($10).

Goed Eten TorontoDiner chairs and tables, exposed brick, a wall-sized mural and retro Belgian beer paraphernalia fill the room, giving the restaurant more than a dose of character. As we snagged a table, we were promptly visited by a friendly server and after a few minutes had coffees and lattes ($3.50) in hand.

Goed Eten TorontoFirst up was a standard breakfast of poached eggs, red-fife toast, home fries and fruit (choice of bacon or fruit - $10). Although the homemade toast was hearty and fresh, the home fries were a bit bland and the eggs a bit hard. This dish was decent at best, and was a dull competitor in comparison to the other meals we ordered.

Goed Eten TorontoNext came a waffle pressed cheese sandwich, in the form of a Croque Madame ($10). Ham, Dijon and gouda pleasantly found its place within two perfectly crispy, buttery waffles and was topped with a too-gooey fried-egg sunny-side up. It was accompanied with perfectly crisp parsley-seasoned French fries and a tasty apple slaw with cucumbers and aioli.

Goed Eten TorontoMy Two friends who ordered the Caramelized French Toast with Fresh Fruit & Whipped Cream ($10) and the Brussels Benjamin (waffle, poached egg, hollandaise and smoked salmon - $12), were both impressed with their meals. The French Toast was rich without being too sweet, and the Brussels Benjamin boasted a flavourful hollandaise which distinctly complemented the texture of the crisp waffle.

During our meal, the restaurant wasn't overwhelmingly busy, and the environment was laid-back and comfortable. Without feeling rushed, the service was consistently attentive. I'd come back to enjoy Goed Eten's speciality -- the waffles and waffle sandwiches, or one of the Belgian beers on tap (Affligem Blond, Fruuli and Delirium Tremens). Goed Eten is open for breakfast/brunch and lunch Wednesday through Sunday.

Goed Eten TorontoWriting and photos by Trish Starling

Discussion

12 Comments

John / June 10, 2011 at 01:24 pm
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I went to this place this morning for breakfast with my girlfriend,

We both had the eggs benny and shared a plate of belgian waffles.

When we arrived the waitress was very rude to us, we were the only
customers in this place. She didn't offer us any coffee or water, she
simply cleaned the table with an old rag, handed us the menu's, and walked
away. Not the kind of service I was expecting from "NNNNN" rated restaurant.

The bennies were mediocre at best, and the belgian waffles were tiny for the money.

This restaurant needs to improve drastically it's service and it's food.
Do yourself a favor and skip this joint, there are far better options in Toronto,
especially for breakfast!
Roddy Freid / June 12, 2011 at 05:11 pm
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The food is good but the service is really weird. They need to hire nicer waitresses.
Serena / June 15, 2011 at 01:13 pm
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What's up with the rude 'tudes at this place?
Your waffles, frites and eggs benny aint all that.
vintage / August 26, 2011 at 02:02 pm
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Place has the weirdest hours which they don't even care to adhere to. When I do catch it open, the food is most often good. I dont blame the staff for weird service. I doubt its a good gig.

Surprised it is still there.

This is no way to run a good idea for a restaurant and a waste of some good food appreciation. Those waffle brekkie sandwches would sell by the thousands in, lets say, Union Station.

Good, potenially great food. Zero business sense, no commitment.

Johan replying to a comment from vintage / September 17, 2011 at 10:30 am
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When we are on holiday and it says it clearly on the sign which part don't we adhere too excatly?
Comment on your own disaster for a """ next time
Samantha / October 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm
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Don't let the bad comments deter you! Yeah, the service is quirky, and it's not open as often as I'd like (but hey, it IS a breakfast joint, primarily), but the food is phenomenal. The waffles are the best I've ever had- really fluffy and light, and crispy. They also come with a selection of amazing toppings: fresh fruit, amazing homemade ice cream, chantilly, classic maple syrup, etc. The waffle sandwiches are also amazing. You can tell that they use really high quality, fresh ingredients. The owner also seems really nice.
I go out of my way to come to this place- but I would suggest checking their website for hours, because I've arrived to a closed sign at least twice.

EK / December 13, 2011 at 11:54 am
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Went to Goed Eten for brunch this past weekend and all I have to say is, if you want mediocre food and bad service then make the trip down to the trendy Ossington strip...cuz that's all it has going for it. On their website it clearly states Wednesday-Sunday 10am-4pm. One of our friends got there for 10ish and the lights weren't even on. Needless to say if you are going to state your hours be consistent. There was only one waitress, so it seemed obvious they were short staffed, but that is no excuse for the poor service and rude abrupt demeanour we received that day. About an hour in with no coffees mind you, the waitress comes back to say there was an 'error in the computer' and our orders didn't go thru. It took us over an hour and a half to get a few poached eggs and a piece of waffle and to pay an extra $1 for a thimble sized serving of maple syrup is at best ridiculous. In the end all fingers should point to management and I give them a big fail. Save your time and money and go elsewhere.
Johan replying to a comment from Samantha / December 16, 2011 at 03:03 pm
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Ty, we do our best Samantha, Thank you for the nice words

Allison / March 11, 2012 at 04:12 pm
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On the first nice Sunday of the year, this place was the perfect find for a an early spring brunch. The service was friendly and prompt, the food was tasty and well portioned. I had the caramelized french toast with fruit (to die for!) and my partner had the tuna salad with brie and apple slaw. The price was fair for the value, and the whole experience clocked only 45 mins! Definitely going back!
evan / August 25, 2012 at 02:01 am
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Johan, remember to listen to your detractors as much as your proponents.
Ben / August 25, 2012 at 02:10 pm
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The juvenile attitude of Johan in the comments is enough for me to heed the negative comments and stay away.
ecn / August 25, 2012 at 02:13 pm
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I'm surprised this is posted on the BlogTo homepage today, when Goed Eten is closed and rumour has it that it's closed indefinitely.

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