This past weekend, I attended a large blogger gathering at the beautiful Lavelle, located near Bathurst and King. I had been to the restaurant twice prior: I initially went for the La La Land premiere after-party (where I arrived shortly after Ryan Gosling left. Sad I know) and I had also been to the restaurant the weekend before for a more intimate brunch with five of my friends. Now that I have been to the restaurant three times, what are my thoughts about it?
Lavelle is undeniably gorgeous. located at the top floor of the building with a striking view of the city and including a patio with two small pools, the restaurant is definitely the right settling for night time social gathering. It has a certain air of glamour that often attracts the nouveaux riches and the financial gurus of Toronto, which makes it the perfect place to try and build your connections. It would also make it the perfect place to look for a rich husband so you can spend the rest of your days lounging by the pool and buying designer handbags on a whim. I am only half joking about the latter. The space is surrounded by windows which means that it is flooded with natural light during the day which makes it the perfect place for photos (both for outfits and food). While the bar and dining room are both quite spacious, you could also reserve a small private dining room for your gatherings.
Food wise, I have tried few of their offerings but I will say that they do have one of my favourite salmon benedicts in the city. On top of the usual english muffin, poached egg, hollandaise and smoked salmon, Chef Romain Avril decided to include onions and shaved fennel to the dish which highly elevated it both in flavour and texture. Along with my benedict, l received a bowl of potatoes which was both perfectly flavoured and cooked. Another favourite of mine was the pancake which we ordered to share. It was quite tasty and has the perfect amount of syrup but I would definitely recommend only getting it as a sharing plate. Out of their brunch pastry selections, I did quite enjoy the scones which were almost cakey in texture and the pain au chocolate but I was somewhat disappointed by the sticky bun. I had tried the classic breakfast plate the weekend before and I wasn't the biggest fan of it either but that was mostly due to personal preferences.
Overall, the food was good but my main issue remains with their billing method. Lavelle refuses to offer a split bill option, something which seems a tad archaic in today’s day and age and that led to a very confusing fifteen minutes where we tried to split it all up and still somehow managed to get the tabulations wrong. That whole issue definitely put a damper on my experience at the restaurant but I would most likely return in the summer, once the patio is open.
Glasses: Sunglass.la/ Jacket: Engineered Garments/ Sweater: Margaret Howell/ Jeans: Acne Studios/ Rings: Gucci and Tiffany & Co.