Melanie's Bistro

1870 Danforth Ave

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Hours of Operation

Monday
(Closed)

Tuesday
11:30am - 2:30pm (Lunch)
5:30pm - 12:00am (Dinner 5:30pm - Close)

Wednesday
11:30am - 2:30pm (Lunch)
5:30pm - 12:00am (Dinner 5:30pm - Close)

Thursday
11:30am - 2:30pm (Lunch)
5:30pm - 12:00am (Dinner 5:30pm - Close)

Friday
11:30am - 2:30pm (Lunch)
5:30pm - 12:00am (Dinner 5:30pm - Close)

Saturday
10:00am - 3:00pm (Brunch)
5:30pm - 12:00am (Dinner 5:30pm - Close)

Sunday
10:00am - 3:00pm (Brunch)
5:30pm - 12:00am (Available for Private Parties)

You can officially put Melanie's Bistro on your Foodie GPS!

Just a little east on the Danforth past the hub of great Greek restaurants on the north side you will find it.

Of course your reward for seeking it out are the exceptional dishes from the (ex-Royal York) classically trained Chef Arul Chettiar & to-die-for desserts made fresh daily by pastry Chef Melanie Ferreira.

Chef Ferreira believes that a "true bistro" should always have a prix fixe menu so don't be surprised to find one there. What may surprise you is that it includes 3 courses and a great selection from the regular menu, with full sized portions. The intent is to showcase the full meal experience and reward the regular guests who flock there to enjoy it.

Weekday Lunches from Tuesday to Friday boast $6 glasses of house red & white wine as well as 1/2 price desserts.


They are also open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10pm to 3:00pm

Their wine list offers both great taste and value. Many of the wines are available by the glass. Local Ontario wines are served alongside international favorites or you can BYOW with a $20 corkage fee (750ml), every day except Wednesday when they waive the corkage fees!

Finally Sunday evenings are currently reserved for private or corporate parties. You can have your own personal bistro party for a minimum of 20 guests at a very reasonable price per person.

No wonder so many critics have praised them and regular customers have returned time and time again!

Type:
Restaurant
Features:
Bring your Own Wine, Brunch, Corporate, Extensive Wine Selection, Open on Sunday, Paid Parking, Private Dining/Functions, TTC, Weddings
City:
Toronto
Neighborhood:
Danforth / Greektown
Major Intersection:
Danforth Ave. & Coxwell Ave.
Nearest Subway:
Woodbine Station
Payment:
Visa, MC, AMEX, Debit, Cash
Atmosphere:
Casual
Attire:
Casual

Hours of Operation

Monday
(Closed)

Tuesday
11:30am - 2:30pm (Lunch)
5:30pm - 12:00am (Dinner 5:30pm - Close)

Wednesday
11:30am - 2:30pm (Lunch)
5:30pm - 12:00am (Dinner 5:30pm - Close)

Thursday
11:30am - 2:30pm (Lunch)
5:30pm - 12:00am (Dinner 5:30pm - Close)

Friday
11:30am - 2:30pm (Lunch)
5:30pm - 12:00am (Dinner 5:30pm - Close)

Saturday
10:00am - 3:00pm (Brunch)
5:30pm - 12:00am (Dinner 5:30pm - Close)

Sunday
10:00am - 3:00pm (Brunch)
5:30pm - 12:00am (Available for Private Parties)

Our Specials

$6 glasses of house wine & 1/2 price desserts  every Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri

until 30 December 2018 (from 10:00am to 10:00am)

Weekday lunch specials include $6 glasses of house wine, red & white as well as 1/2 price delicious house made desserts.

Bring your own wine  every Wed

until 26 December 2018 (from 5:00pm to 5:00pm)

Every night is BYOW night with a $20 corkage fee per 750ml bottle. Wednesday Nights are Corkage free nights #Cheers

Prix Fixe Menu  every Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

until 26 September 2018 (from 5:00pm to 5:00pm)

Melanie's Prix Fixe menu is a delicious 3 course Prix fixe made up of a great selection from the regular menu! Tue wed thur $28 Fri and Sat $34

Quick Facts

A/V Equipment:
Yes
Catering:
No
Cooking Classes:
No
Entertainment:
Yes
Free Parking:
No
On-site Ceremonies:
Yes
Outdoor Facilities:
No
Paid Parking:
Yes
Private Dining Capacity:
50
Seating Capacity:
6 - 50
Set Menus:
Yes
Sound System:
Yes
Standing Capacity:
20 - 75
Team Building:
Yes
Valet Parking:
No
Wheelchair Access:
No

Group Booking

Groups are welcome any time and Sunday evenings are reserved for private or corporate parties of 20 or more. Parties are welcome to bring A/V equipment, entertainment, sound etc. but these are not supplied. Set menus are available for parties. We have even had small wedding ceremonies & receptions!

Hours of Operation

Monday
(Closed)

Tuesday
11:30am - 2:30pm (Lunch)
5:30pm - 12:00am (Dinner 5:30pm - Close)

Wednesday
11:30am - 2:30pm (Lunch)
5:30pm - 12:00am (Dinner 5:30pm - Close)

Thursday
11:30am - 2:30pm (Lunch)
5:30pm - 12:00am (Dinner 5:30pm - Close)

Friday
11:30am - 2:30pm (Lunch)
5:30pm - 12:00am (Dinner 5:30pm - Close)

Saturday
10:00am - 3:00pm (Brunch)
5:30pm - 12:00am (Dinner 5:30pm - Close)

Sunday
10:00am - 3:00pm (Brunch)
5:30pm - 12:00am (Available for Private Parties)

Reviews

By: Amy Pataki Restaurant Critic, Published on Thu Oct 07 2010 Melanie’s Bistro (3.5 out of 4) excellent Address: 1870 Danforth Ave. (at Glebemount Ave.), 416-422-1870, melaniesbistro.ca. Chef: Arul Chettiar Hours: Lunch, Tuesday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner, Tuesday to Sunday, from 5 p.m. Reservations: Yes Wheelchair access: Yes Price: Dinner for two with wine, tax and tip: $90 Mac-and-cheese. Sweet potato fries. Cheesecake. I owe you an apology. Due to your abundant and mediocre (at best) renditions in Toronto, I relegated you to the list of things to avoid, along with parking tickets and right-wing mayoral candidates. But Melanie’s Bistro does you proud. (We’ll get to the details in a moment.) That Melanie’s Bistro can rehabilitate some of the most hackneyed items in our restaurants is one of its many charms. The unpretentious restaurant in the city’s east end also offers gracious service, good value and Indian-influenced French food. For value, nothing tops the lobster macaroni and cheese. Not only is it staggeringly rich from cream, butter and three cheeses — cheddar, swiss and parmesan — it contains scads of tender Caribbean lobster tail meat. The high crustacean content makes it more like lobster bisque with elbow noodles mixed in; it’s rightfully served with a spoon. With a glass of partially-oaked Cattail Creek Chardonnay, it’s dinner. It’s also just $10, a bargain for upscale comfort food done right. Melanie’s is the kind of restaurant every neighbourhood should have. It happens to be in Danforth East, near Woodbine Ave. “We looked in all the trendy areas but couldn’t afford the rents. We live in this area and saw a lot of change, with young, two-income families moving in,” says co-owner Melanie Ferreira. Ferreira and husband Arul Chettiar, the chef, opened Melanie’s in 2008. They opted for a plain room and an eclectic menu that showcases Chettiar’s classical training and Ferreira’s killer desserts. The Mumbai-born Chettiar (ex Fairmont Royal York) would rather downplay his Indian roots — “I’m inclined to be more creative,” he says — but customers won’t let him take the butter chicken ($18) off the menu. I can see why. It floats moist thigh meat in a creamy tomato sauce complexly spiced with ginger, garlic, garam masala, cardamom and fenugreek. It’s glorious. Only the timbale of basmati rice flecked with red pepper and carrots disappoints, reminiscent of packaged side dishes. Baby bok choy adds much-needed chlorophyll to the plate. (The same butter chicken sauce flavours an $11 chicken tikka wrap at lunch.) Despite his French focus, Chettiar uses his mother’s technique for making filler-free blue crab cakes ($10) goosed with jalapenos; their insides glow green from fresh coriander. The modern presentation, though, is strictly his: white rectangular plate, chipotle mayonnaise, spry cucumber slaw. Faults are few. Roasted salmon ($19) is flawless, as pink in the centre as a girl’s wind-blown cheeks. The surface is brushed with honey mustard and coated with smashed cashews. Inspired by a Quebecois recipe, Chettiar matches the salmon to dark green Puy lentils mixed with roasted sweet potatoes. He binds the lentils and melting tubers with cream and just enough whole-grain mustard to make it interesting. It is earthy, sweet, tart and rich. Equally rich is the bolognaise pasta ($16), a rib-sticking mix of lean ground beef and chunks of sirloin tip in a subdued tomato base. The version I sampled substituted fennel seeds for the promised caramelized fennel. It was still good. That’s how it is at Melanie’s. Even the mistakes are tasty. So it’s no surprise the kitchen can elevate a simple pile of frozen sweet potato fries ($4 at lunch only) into perfectly crisp and greaseless treats complimented with chipotle mayo. Desserts at Melanie’s Bistro aren’t so much an indulgence as a necessity. Ferreira’s cakes ($7) aren’t to be missed. (Except maybe the peach crumble cake, with its minimal crumble topping.) Her chocolate mousse cake packs what seem like an entire bar of Callebaut bittersweet chocolate into each bite. I overheard a table order one to serve at a party. And the cheesecake is just brilliant, light and crumbly and not too sweet. The New York-style baked filling sits on the thinnest graham cracker base, just a suggestion of a crust. On top is an equally thin layer of buttery caramel studded with toasted whole pecans. But it’s the thick middle that redeems the genre. It’s a love letter to Philadelphia-brand cream cheese, golden from egg yolks and airy from added cream. “Many people believe once you go east past Greek Town, you can’t get good food,” Ferreira says. They’re wrong. apataki@thestar.ca www.twitter.com/amypataki
- Amy Pataki, Restaurant Critic, The Toronto Star

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