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Kalendar Restaurant & Bistro

Posted by Debbie Ohi / Reviewed on January 30, 2008 / review policy

Kalendar interior
In my neverending quest to find the best places in Toronto for brunch, I decided to try out Kalendar, a restaurant in Little Italy. Lush and intimate, the interior design features dark oak, antique chandeliers and mirrors.

Looking for the perfect Valentine's Day restaurant? I'd definitely recommend this place. If you can get in, that is.

Kalendar interior wall and mirror
The reason it could be a challenge to get a table on Feb. 14th: Kalendar doesn't take reservations; they offer seating based on first come first served basis ... and it's already a popular spot with couples.

Kalendar was created by childhood sweethearts and started out as a small coffee shop but has since expanded into two small dining rooms. I loved the cozy atmosphere and colour scheme, and felt immediately comfortable.

I opted for the Banana and Mango Stuffed French Toast ($10.95) with the Honey-Glazed Ham add-on option ($2.00):

French toast at Kalendar
It was delicious, but I did wish there could have been more stuffing (banana, mango and cream cheese) and less bread. Jeff enjoyed his scrambled egg special ($11.95) with black forest ham, mushrooms, asparagus and red onions:

Scrambled egg special at Kalendar
You can find the Kalendar brunch menu online. Next time we have brunch here, I think I'm going to try one of their "scrolls," which apparently is a Kalendar specialty: vegetables wrapped in a crepe style roti. "Scroll Seven," for example, sounds incredible: mara curry, a 7 vegetable spicy curry with chickpeas, potatoes, peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms & onions. You can request it to be mild or spicy. $9.95 for a single scroll, or $14.95 for dinner.

Their brunch menu is served from 10:30 am to 3 pm on weekends and holidays.

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Kalendar also offers a lunch menu from 11:30 am to 4 pm on weekdays, and includes lots of sandwich options as well as the scrolls, snacks, quiche, soups, salads, and "nannettes" (I have no idea what these are, but I'm going to find out!).

Kalendar's dinner options (served from 4 pm to 10 pm, and to midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday) expands the menu even further. I SO have to try the Ginger Butter Swordfish ($16.95) sometime.

They also have a wide variety of drinks and a drool-worthy desserts menu.

If you don't want to fight the crowds, you can always call for takeout, and Kalendar offers delivery through Orderit.ca. Check the Web site for more info about the location,hours, parking and menus.

When warmer weather comes, the restaurant will also be offering patio seating (see below) and weekday breakfasts -- but somehow I don't think I'm going to be able to wait that long to go back again.

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Discussion

15 Comments

Danielle / January 30, 2008 at 10:53 pm
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They also make a MEAN Mint Julep!

Fabulous review, I love this place, it's gorgeous, the food is fantastic and the atmosphere? You can't lose.
lmac / January 31, 2008 at 10:35 am
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Does anyone know a nice place in the city for a good panzerotto? A nice place possibly in Little Italy. Most Italian places serve pasta and pizza but never the Panzerotto or Calzone. I would love to hear about some options.
Tanja / February 1, 2008 at 04:00 am
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lmac: Cafe Dip in Little Italy is a consistently good place to get a simple panzo or calzone.
http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/cafediplomatico
Earl / February 3, 2008 at 02:32 pm
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This is were my wife and I had our first date. It came as a recommendation from a friend of mine. We go back every year on our first date anniversary. I like the scrolls - roti with alternative filling. The bake Camembert cheese, with apple and naan is also really good.
lmac / February 8, 2008 at 11:43 am
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Thanks Tanja! I will try it out.

Cheers!
lisa / February 13, 2008 at 05:52 am
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u r rite the restuarant is perfect for Valentine's Day...the food looks scrumptious too..i wonder y they have named it kalendar
laurel / August 7, 2008 at 10:09 am
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i wasn't impressed with this place for dinner, actually. i got a soup that really tasted like nothing, and it was in a plastic bowl!?
daniel / August 19, 2008 at 12:03 pm
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Fantastic food, everything fresh and no processed food at all.
You feel you are in a French bistro having food from around the world....just in downtown Toronto.

amazing brunch!!!
Tara / November 27, 2009 at 11:22 pm
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Me and Naphtha just had the most romantic date ever at this place. We love everything about it.
ii / January 5, 2010 at 07:12 pm
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atmosphere and service was an A.....food selections are unusual, good for vegans...taste B, fresh, slightly over seasoned...drink menu A++ for a cold winter day, hot cider, hot mule and more....
Lekker Tree / April 7, 2010 at 11:01 pm
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This place is only good if you like sitting 5 inches from the people on either side of you while on the patio. I felt like I was in the Tokyo subway the whole time! Do NOT go here if you want even one iota of privacy.
Charm / November 7, 2010 at 11:02 pm
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This place is definitely a great place for brunch. I have tried Scroll 7, not sure what exactly was it when I ordered it. Wow! That was amazing, it's sort of an indian inspired dish, it'a roti stuffed with chickpea, eggplants and lots of spices, it also came with a side salad. I have opt for the spicy version and it was fantastic, but you might want to skip it if you cannot take the heat. My boyfriend ordered the Napoleon dish and it was actually eggs bennedicts, which I am not a big fan of. They have used some yogurt sauce in place of the normal fattening hollandaise sauce which i found it really creative. I will definitely come back to try other dishes.
gristle / December 1, 2010 at 12:08 am
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Overall, I wasn't too impressed by this place. I got Pizza 1 and while I loved the over abundance of sun-dried tomatoes, the black olives had that fresh-out-of-the-can taste (zero flavour). The crust didn't taste too bad, but it was way too think for my liking. The wait staff is rude and sloppy with the service and we were never checked on. The prices are mid range, $13-$25 per meal. Overall, I don't see myself going back to this too often, but wouldn't object with much vigor if it were suggested by friends on an evening out on the town.
Sandy / June 12, 2013 at 01:43 pm
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Place needs to be cleaned more thoroughly and they need to stop putting iceberg lettuce in dishes that cost at least $15.
Sean / July 23, 2013 at 12:41 pm
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Inspected on: July 18, 2013
Inspections finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 5 (Minor: 3, Significant: 1, Crucial: 1)
Crucial infractions include: Operator fail to maintain hazardous food(s) at 4C (40F) or colder

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