Marben

I heart Marben (@MarbenResto). Ever since my visit here 2 weeks ago, I’ve been non-stop thinking about their mushroom risotto and lobster guacamole. The thing is I keep kicking myself asking why didn’t I make my way here earlier! Actually, my friend and I were suppose to dine at Rodney’s Oysters that evening but luckily they were super packed so we ended up stumbling our way to Marben.

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This gorgeous venue is situated on Wellington Street surrounded by many residential buildings. The resto wasn’t quite noticeable in the dark but once we entered the eatery, I was visually impressed – lit candles placed on every table, exposed brick walls and wooden furniture.

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We sat at the table across from the open kitchen.

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Bread to Start:

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Lobster Guacamole ($14.00)

  • P.E.I. Lobster, Smoked Jalapeno Salsa, Ciltrano, Chile, Wine  
  • This was definitely a solid app – great for sharing
  • Served with 4 big pieces of lobster – the avocado made it tasty & refreshing with a bit of strong kick in flavour with the addition of cilantro
  • My friend and I finished this appetizer in no time – very addictive!

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Wild Mushroom Risotto ($19.00)

  • Seasonal Ontario & B.C. Mushrooms, Leek Puree 
  • The risotto was not lacking in flavour not in the mushroom department as seemingly each bite instilled a strong mushroom taste
  • The dish was perfectly cooked with a welcoming addition of greenery on the plate
  • I have been nonstop thinking about this risotto ever since… highly recommend!

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John’s Burger ($18.00)

  •  Branston Pickle, Braised Ribs, Aged Cheddar, Coleslaw and fries 
  • Marben is well known for their braised ribs burger as it was voted as the #1 burger in Toronto by Torontolife

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Closer shot of the Marben Burger

  • The John’s Burger is very juicy and tender with buns that are made in house
  • The burger was served on a board already sliced in half – cooked rare
  •  Old cheddar cheese oozed over the side of the meat, containing hidden braised ribs
  • The french fries perhaps could have been served warmer by the time we got them but still yummy
  • They came with a garlic aioli and ketchup for dipping

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White Chocolate Panna Cotta ($8.00)

  • House made Sorbet 
  • The White chocolate Panna Cotta was very decadent and aromatic
  • Almost as good as the one I tried at Scarpetta – very creamy and smooth

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My friend and I both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I can honestly say this was a very good and memorable meal from beginning to end. Friendly service and lively atmosphere. Highly recommend this restaurant! :D

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4 comments
    • Grace said:

      thanks for reading :)

  1. Natalie said:

    great blog, i’m from toronto as well so your resto reviews are super helpful!

    • Grace said:

      thank you for the support natalie :) Have you checked out any these restos?

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