Me: “What did you like most about visiting Marché?”
My son: “Spending time together as a family.”
I recently had the best experience dining out as a family. So much so that I want to make it a ritual to go to Marché every Saturday to create our hygge(hoo-ga) as a family or at least, every other Saturday as they have the cutest sections for seating and a nice kids area for playing. From a French Bistro style to a Swiss chalet to a wicked, cosy bar you get the feel of being in Europe and whilst I am in Toronto this is a nice escape for me on our tiny budget.
It was a real treat to spend a good 3 hrs later and $160 later ($134 on food & beverages, desserts, smoothies + alcohol and a 12% automatic gratuity) later at Marché where the kids ate fresh and nice quality food ($9.90 kids meal includes a beverage, meal and dessert), in-house European desserts and played and played and made new friends as my husband and I kicked back. He indulged in prime rib(which was huge) and a pint or two, I had wine and oysters followed by traditional smoked salmon rösti. It was a relaxed environment with friendly staff. Although hygge is a Danish term for good social atmosphere, coziness, comfort and relaxation I am sure the Swiss have a similar term. If you follow me on Instagram you would have known what we were up to on Saturday. Although Marché is a little more expensive, the portions are big, the atmosphere is wonderful, the staff are lovely and helpful(for semi-service) and you can get $5 off parking when you spend $20 net or more. Parking ranges in price from $10-$20 depending on the date and time.
A downtown restaurant where kids can play:
We had a great table by the kids play area. It’s simple. Nothing too fancy but fun for kids to explore and use their imagination. I think it could use a few more toys but a slide, balloons and a place to colour and climb is good enough for my kids. Picky paid us a visit and the kids loved it! Picky is the Marché mascot. He comes out to see the kids and on Sundays they do arts & crafts from 12-12pm. Fancy a brunch this weekend?
With a very European way of doing things, you feel instantly transported. From the Italian area for fresh, handmade pasta’s to fresh pizza’s and the juice and smoothie bar you can walk over to the new hot sandwich section, or check out the French section for the fresh quiche or walk over to the Rösti section for that and steaks and vegetables. There is something for EVERYONE. Or sip on fresh bouillabaisse from the Seafood area. Check out my Instagram for more pics on the food
I think I’ll be having the twins birthday this year at Marché because it’s perfect for friends and family to come downtown and I don’t have to worry about food and prep. At Marché they take care of the set-up, cooking, serving, cleaning, and even entertainment so you don’t have to! From buffet, to cocktails to seating and service. Packages start as little as $9.90 per person. There is no rental fee and no minimum! It is not supervised but can be for an extra $100. If you’d like to book, contact Amanda Ortiz at 647-350-6999 ext. 4 I think this is a great place for a kids birthday party. Marché is huge.
Alright, friends. So there you have it. We had the beautiful time reviewing Marché down at the Marché Brookfield Place Street Level. It’s a short walk from the Eaton Centre too! You can bet we’ll be back. I really want to go again this weekend because I’ll be honest. It’s nice to have someone cook for you for a change and a place where kids are welcomed and can play and I can relax and enjoy myself and them. The kids really enjoyed it and that makes me so happy.
Marché and I have a lovely giveaway for you to win. We’re giving away a $75 gift card for you! It’s simple to enter and I’d love some social shares to help spread the word on how this is such a great place for downtown Toronto to take the family. So, good luck and enter. Big thanks to Marché for having us and for this giveaway.