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Le Petit Dejeuner

Posted by Tanja / Listed on May 6, 2005 / review policy

petit dejeuner torontoLocated on King St. East, Le Petit Dejeuner is sandwiched in between the Chocolate Lounge (where I can not even afford to smell the food let alone dine) and Gabby's (where I can not even afford to expose my stomach to such horror). Affordability? At $6.50 for what I'd call the best soup and sandwich in town, one just can't go wrong.

The menu ranges from cheap delights like the soup and sandwich deal and salads to pricier items such as stuffed crepes, quiche, and eggs benny or florentine.

But back to the soup and sandwich. Every day the feature items change. Soups you may come across are Carrot & Ginger Soup, Tomato Fennel Soup, or even the hearty Potato & Leek Soup. Match that up with your choice from a pair of sandwich specials ranging from the Apple Cheddar Sandwich (my fave!) to Tuna Salad or Poached Chicken and Tomato.

Unlike next door at Gab's you won't find the Campbell's chicken noodle that was yesterday's special is STILL today's (and tomorrow's). Soups are made daily and from scratch in house. Don't be surprised if they are "out" of a particular item on busy days.. once the batch is through, it's through. No frozen bags to nuke around here.

Until recently, Petit was only open for lunch, but they've since added a dinner menu and hours to the offerings. This, though, is a CHEAP EATS posting and dinner in no way can be seen as cheap, so we'll leave it at that.

Lunch/brunch hours on weekdays are 8am-3pm. Weekends 9am-3pm.

Discussion

35 Comments

Jay / May 6, 2005 at 10:46 am
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I went to this place for brunch a few weeks ago, after hearing that they had the best eggs benny in town.

After about a 20 minute wait in a very crowded doorway, we were seated. The waitress explained that they were two hands short in the kitchen, but still managed to bring us our food quicker ... exceeding the expectations she had set for us.

In short, the service was great ... but the benny was nothing special. If i'm going to wait 20 minutes for a table, I think I would rather do it at The Midtown on College or Hello Toast on Queen East.
disco / May 6, 2005 at 04:03 pm
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I just had lunch at PdJ today <because of your blog>. It was great. My friend and I had the soup du jour <tomato / fennel> and some omelettes. They were all delicious. Service was excellent and we really enjoyed our meal. Thanks!
Tanja / May 6, 2005 at 06:55 pm
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Disco, that's awesome.. glad blogTO could be of use. ;)

Jay, where's the best eggs benny.. if you had to name one.
Jay / May 9, 2005 at 07:56 am
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Hmmm ... good question, Tanja. I used to enjoy the Benny at The Granite Brewery up at Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton, but then they started serving it on a bagel. I'm not sure if they still do, I haven't been back since.

Hello Toast is pretty good ...
Tanja > DoubleCrossed / May 31, 2005 at 01:12 pm
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BTW, for those of you who are interesting, Petit Dej also has free WIFI.
Courtney Gidts / December 21, 2005 at 09:48 pm
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I've managed to save up roughly $64643 in my bank account, but I'm not sure if I should buy a house or not. Do you think the market is stable or do you think that home prices will decrease by a lot?
Jess / January 11, 2006 at 12:47 pm
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I work around the corner from Le Petit, and it has to be the best food in Toronto I've had in a long time. My co-workers and I really enjoy the atmosphere, the funky music, the emerald booths and not to mention the amazing food at great prices! Toronto needs more places like this!
Brian Simpson / January 13, 2006 at 01:17 pm
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I've had good brunches at LPD, but had dinner there for the first time last night.

Michelle was our server and she was wonderful, and when we asked for a recommendation, she steered us perfectly.

LPD has one of the best risottos I've had in a very very long time. Risotto is not an easy thing to make and LPD's, which is made with beer, beef and hot sausage, was light and delicious, and you didn't have to go searching for the meat. There was plenty.

I've even made reservations for a couple of weeks with some friends.
Michelle / July 19, 2006 at 10:50 pm
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LPD has the the best eggs benny,toronto life agrees, and johan is an amazing chef, the staff well brian showed the relationship there, its an intimate place, and the staff carry out the mission statement. good food, good times
Veerle / November 25, 2006 at 05:05 pm
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I only wish Petit Dejeuner was closer to home so I could go all the time! Love the Belgian style cooking and the atmosphere. Awesome place to eat :)
Charlie / January 15, 2007 at 03:49 pm
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I just went to Le Petit Dejeuner for my first time today. I had an open faced smoked salmon and brie sandwich that came with a pickle and pear salad. The brie was not exactly ripe but the dish was delicious nonetheless. I rounded this off with some great frites with ketchup and mayonnaise. I enjoyed the coffee, but it wasn't exactly the french cafe espresso that I had hoped for. Still, one of the best cups I have had in the market area and I even got an americano to go. Very reasonable prices, great atmosphere, fun music, big window to watch the people go by.

I've only been once but I am going to become a 'regular' at this cafe!
Marnie / February 17, 2008 at 12:11 pm
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My friend and I tried Le Petit Dejeuner for the first time today. Yes, food is exceptional but is a bit on the pricey side for breakfast/brunch fare. I had the waffle benny and it was probably the best hollandaise sauce I ever had. The waffle, served along side, was light and crispy. Very tasty. The wait staff were great and hoping around like crazy in the busy yet small diner.

Our only complaint is when my friend's breakfast came out with the wrong requested toast (she asked for white, it came with brown? not a big thing to fix right?). The waiter left the breakfast on the table, so my friend could get started eating, and went back to the kitchen to notify the cooks of the mistake. A few moments later a tall and burly guy in an apron walks by our table and throws/drops a small plate with the white toast as he heads to the front bar area to get a coffee. My friend and I stared at each other surprised and then confirmed we both thought it was a bit rude. But wait, it gets better. As I had the Eggs Benny (which was lovely) I had no toast for the yoke and as the wrongly delivered brown toast was still on the table I decided to take advantage of it to soak up the yummy yoke goodness. I used two of the four pieces. Now, that burly cook was on his way back to the kitchen and as he goes by our table reaches in front of my friend (she had to lean back) and grabs the remaining brown toast on the table (I'm sure he squished it in his fingers), mumbled something and kept on going in some defiant irritable cook move (in his mind) I'm sure. We let our waiter know of our experience to which he responded, ?Yes, our cooks can be temperamental so that?s why we don?t like them coming up front.? So, not the best first-time experience and I don't think we'll be back.

Also, the food is good but it does lean towards the pretentious-side (not saying that's a bad thing, just that you should expect that when you go) but if you are looking for stick-to-your ribs breakfasts in the St. Lawrence Market area go to Shopsy's (Yonge and Front) or Sunday brunch at the Hot House (Church and Front).
Karin / February 17, 2008 at 12:56 pm
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Don't go here if you want friendly service. The cooks come out of the kitchen to throw your food on the table and mutter insults al because you asked to have the white toast you ordered in the first place. I won't be back.
Larry / May 27, 2008 at 04:20 pm
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My wife and I visited Toronto this past weekend, and based on some internet research we decided to try Le Petite Dejeuner for breakfast. All I can say is that it was one of the BEST breakfast experiences we have ever had!

First of all, the woman who was our server was extremely pleasant, and when she found out it was our first time at this restaurant she filled us in on the best dishes, and boy was she right!

We had the french toast, which was unreal! The bread is baked fresh, and we were told that they have no toasters in the restaurant, everything is toasted on a grill, which added to the experience. And the syrup was unbelievable as well, true maple syrup, not some store bought bottle.

We also ordered an eggs benny, which was reeeeeally good. And for both dishes, the presentation was exceptional.

This meal was one of the highlights of the trip, and I would recommend Le Petite Dejeuner (especially the home-made French toast!) to anyone looking for a great breakfast!
cmm / November 4, 2008 at 05:17 pm
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all i have to say is: Waffle Benny. i just wished it was double the size because i was so hungry. sooo good! everyone must get it!
Ben / March 22, 2009 at 06:45 pm
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Very disappointed with my visit to Let Petit Dejeuner today (my first visit).

I ordered Eggs Benjamin (eggs benedict with smoked salmon) for $16. The eggs themselves were good, although I found the hollandaise sauce was too light to stand up against the egg yolk and salmon. The side of rosti was overcooked (dark brown, but not black), and on the small side. The apple coleslaw was decent; a different taste, to be sure, but nothing spectacular.

My girlfriend ordered a belgian waffle ($5.75) with a side of peameal bacon ($3.25). The waffle tasted good (why wouldn't it?), but it was a little on the crispy side, and an awful lot smaller than we're used to. The two thin slices of peameal bacon didn't seem any different from what I could cook at home.

Between these two dishes, coffee, tax and tip, we spent $35 on an unspectacular meal for two that barely fed us. I was still hungry on my way out - a foreign concept for me when it comes to brunch (it's supposed to cover two meals!).

I won't be going back.
Matt / August 17, 2009 at 03:06 pm
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The chef smokes cigarettes in the kitchen while preparing your meal and the server bringing your food to you as well as hired kitchen help, are all illegal workers making far below minimum wage, all of which is not taxed.
Laura replying to a comment from Marnie / September 9, 2009 at 11:47 pm
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Why would you get toast with eggs benny when it's served on an english muffin??? isn't that the point of eggs benny? I'm not sure of a place in the city that serves eggs benny with english muffin AND toast... weird that one would expect this.
I have eaten at LPD many times, and the food just gets better every single time. Yes, it is a pricier breakfast, but it's worth it. You could go to eggspectations or cora's or any other breakfast spot in the city and have a satisfactory eggs benny with chunky sauce for a few dollars less, or you can go to LPD and have the best! I would rather spend more money and really enjoy my food than spend less on a meal that is satifactory just because I'm cheap. You really pay for what you get. The hollandaise sauce is perfect. It's light and you never feel heavy or sick after your meal! I love that the english muffin is served upside down to soak up all the sauce! Also, the waffles are to die for! They could charge $15 for them and I would still get them!! Definitely the best in the city! AND definitely worth waiting in line! (even in winter when it's minus a million outside)
Lu Galasso / October 21, 2009 at 09:54 am
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Where else can you get good eggs benny breakfast, lunch or dinner in TO? It's a good spot, not for everyone of course, but very good none the less. We went for dinner recently & their Spaghetti Bolognese is one of the best I've tried.
Colleen / November 2, 2009 at 04:28 pm
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I'm currently a culinary student at GBC, which happens to be just across the road from LPD. There is a group of us that goes every Tuesday morning for a late breakfast/early lunch type fare. I have to admit, this is a little pricy for a frequent place, but the food is so good that none of us care. Between us all, we've tried pretty much everything on the menu, and while certain things are just "good," there are others that are absolutely amazing. A big plus for me? They use loose leaf tea, and their mayonnaise is made from scratch. Delicious :)
L Fuentes / March 13, 2010 at 05:56 pm
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OK, we need to dial down the excitement about this place. It has been heralded as "one of the great breakfasts in Toronto" but I can't say the brunch experience my friends and I had was anything to rave about. The apple pancakes were gummy and undercooked and the mushroom hash on a bagel was mediocre and bit bizarre tasting. People have made better with randon fridge remains at home. On top of all that, the price was a bit high. My party left unsatisfied. Maybe once upon a time this place was great, but perhaps those days are past.
Jackie / April 24, 2010 at 09:41 am
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Horrible service, mediocre food and unsatisfactory beverages. Need I say anymore? Not worth the money or a Saturday/Sunday brunch. There are dozens of other places to fall in love with around this city.
Tony / June 10, 2010 at 01:09 pm
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*Line Cook Needed* CLEARLY!

The sign in the window should have been the first indication but I was really hungry.

Today's experience at Le Petite Dejeuner was my first and absolute last. A friend and I had decided to give the place a try based on his recommendation. I ordered 'The Hungry Gal' two eggs, toast, potato rosti, apple coleslaw and your choice of one of : organic sausage, fish cakes, bacon, fruit salad or peameal; I opted for the fish cakes and my equally famished companion had Toast Champignon with a Poached Egg a halved bagel topped with sautéed mushrooms, bacon*, herbs and onions. Served with apple coleslaw and potato rosti.

The food arrived at our table in a very timely manner but O.M.G - GHETTO! I could have had a much more satisfying experience at McDonald's!

The food was fiercely NASTY! My fish cakes had so much curry and filler in them, completely lacking in fish; there was this wafer thin, burnt, crusty, dried up, tasted like it was two days old, piece of rosti on my plate accompanied by some ridiculous "Apple Coleslaw" - LORD! I was told that the establishment is well known for it. REALLY?

I will say our server was very pleasant in greeting us and taking our order - HOWEVER, could you follow up with the table once the food had arrived?

In all honesty, I ate the rosti, the eggs, toast and fish cakes; and yes I tasted the apple coleslaw - ONLY because I was HUNGRY DAMN IT!

$40 for two later - I was so NOT impressed!

PS. The apple cider and coffee were totally decent, the food is killing me with heart burn RIGHT NOW!
Quincy / October 12, 2010 at 02:59 pm
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I'm having the same problem with you as i am with now magazine. your concidering is the food and not the service. i would like to know how the wait staff were when you went there. i was there just today, infack 2 hours ago and i can tell you the service was horrible. not only that but they were OUT OF SMOKED SAMMON which was the only thing i wanted to buy. at the end of my friends eating their meal i steped out side the the waiter actual had the balls to say that they only allow people who pay a minum of 5 dollars to stay in and next time not to come back if we all werent ordering.. i'm sorry but they have no excuse, their right by the st. lawrence market, they could easily walk over their and buy some sammon. why should i have to pay 5 dollars or more for crappy food and crappy service. my friends words were "this is shit on a plate" when rerufing to his seafood crape.
trawna / October 21, 2010 at 03:28 pm
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I've had brunch there twice and it was excellent both times.
Michelle / January 30, 2011 at 02:13 am
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This place was excellent! I really enjoyed the eggs benny. The egg was nice and runny and the hollandaise sauce was very tasty. Definitely check this place out. Also the service was quick and friendly.
jean gabin / March 1, 2011 at 01:30 am
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Hi everyone, is this place good for a date? Thank you!
foodie_to / May 29, 2011 at 03:35 pm
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Waffles are amaaaaaazing- so light and airy, wish there were more on the plate!
Chuxydoodle / March 25, 2012 at 02:39 pm
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Place is overrated. Food is pretty blan, service is a "I don't really care for your business" Much better choices around the city, this one i have no idea how they made it as one of the best.
Puppy / September 21, 2012 at 05:01 pm
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Much over-rated. Food is average with small portion. Pricey with forced gratuity if you have over 8 ppl( though we were charged that last time even though we had only 5)
Generally felt they were short one waitress or something; they can definitely afford one with such price and ppl flow!
john / September 29, 2012 at 03:03 pm
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loved this place..
kardz / November 29, 2012 at 12:02 am
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I absolutely LOVE this place. If you ever go for brunch, definitely have to try their waffles! Best I have had so far out of all the places that I have been to
Rez / December 28, 2012 at 10:43 am
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We went to this place yesterday Thursday, and it was mediocre food and mediocre service at a high price...
burned hashbrown...with an apple salad that tasted nothing special..and also a sausage tarterrini with eggs that was nothing special..i wouldn't go here again
Jim / November 16, 2013 at 11:33 am
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The waffle I ordered was delicious but quite small. I enjoyed the apple salad side that it came with. Girlfriend ordered a crepe which was unfortunately completely drowned with cream sauce, her plate could barely keep the sauce from spilling onto the table. Very disappointing tasting crepe, it was far too rich and saucy. Portions were very small. My girlfriend ordered a side of "hash browns" that was not cheap, it was akin to the hash browns you might receive at Tim Hortons. Very pricey also. There's better places in town for brunch, believe me.
Stephen / January 5, 2014 at 07:33 am
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After reading the comments it appears that the population is very immature about what is junk food.. Savoury PIEs etc and what is quality cuisine. I grew up in the city, became a world class international Chef after studying in Europe , worked in 18 countries and would not consider to work ever again in TO, The pay is terrible compared to abroad. You all are deluding yourselves to the underclass culinary life as being class A & B , perhaps C+. It is not anything but grub for the poor underclass. Try CANOE AT THE TD CENTER.

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