Eat: Marben

Original dinner plans got changed last minute when a restaurant we reserved at didn’t open due to mechanical problems (the washroom facility was not operational, which legally, a business cannot open), we found ourselves at Marben, a restaurant that consistently finds itself on the list of Best Restaurants in Toronto and with a focus on local and seasonal menu. Marben had been on my list of restaurant to go to when Carl Heinrich (now of Richmond Station) manned the kitchen.

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Green Zone Farms Venison Tartar ($15) with shallot, mustard seed, cornichon, quail egg, and potato crisps. Can’t go wrong with tartar.

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts ($14) with speck, quail egg, preserved peppers, and horseradish.

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Fried Cauliflower ($9) with lime aioli, cumin, chilis, and wild rice jahl muri.

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John’s Burger ($20) with braised rib, Ontario aged cheddar, branston pickle, and house-cut fries. Sorry for such a horrible picture and it was the only picture I took of this. This burger has been on the list of best burger in Toronto. However, I found the meat to be very dry and didn’t quite live up to its expectations. Perhaps it was an off night for this burger.

I have mixed feelings about Marben; I wanted to like it; the ambiance and the service was great. It is pricey but with the hit and miss of the food, I’m not quite sure I would return.

Marben
488 Wellington St. W.
Toronto, ON
M5V 1E3

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