Having become a regular at this establishment I felt the need to write a little update on the progress that this restaurant is making. Being open for just three months, the word about the wonderful food at Marben (in Toronto on Wellington St. West) has spread like the plague. Their business has boomed and to be honest, it appears as though nothing but the energy of the staff is being compromised with this increase in reservations.
The food is definitely the highlight of any Marben experience. With outstanding combinations of flavours and textures, each plate is a perfect showcase of the chef’s imagination and culinary expertise. The burger, filled with heavenly braised ribs and topped with Branston pickle is still one of my favourite dishes and definitely their best seller. If you’re in the mood for charcuterie, the sharing platter will satisfy any craving while taking your taste buds on a roller coaster ride. The only complaint I may have is about the tortellini. It is no longer on the menu and I am quite tempted to petition for it’s return.
If you’re heading to Marben for dinner on the weekends, I do recommend getting there early in the evening as it is definitely not a place for a late night snack. Since the patio weather is slowly disappearing and Marben has a very affluent dance crowd, the place is transformed after 11pm. Food is no longer the priority or the highlight of the night and the bar gets crowded with a very fashionable crowd. The resident DJ mixes amazing music in a very bad way but with the copious amount of alcohol consumed, nobody seems to notice. It’s a great vibe if you’re looking to party but beware of getting caught in it while enjoying your dinner.