Chez Lavelle

On my first visit to Lavelle, it was a brand new rooftop bar and restaurant that had opened up down the street from my place. My boyfriend and I went for dinner and we were extremely impressed from start to finish. My only complaint had been that one half of the venue was a sophisticated crowd dining in the restaurant, and the other half was getting drunk by the pool. 

This weekend when my mom and I went for brunch, the atmosphere was completely different than when I had visited in the summer, and my previous complaints were no longer an issue. Throughout the winter, only the restaurant half of the venue is kept open, eliminating any guests who are only there to party. I'm a sucker for any rooftop restaurant, and if it has decor as beautiful as Lavelle, chances are you'll continue to find me there on a regular basis.


Normally I'm not one to order a cocktail at brunch. If I'm being honest, even one drink makes me groggy for the rest of the day. It's crazy how much drinking habits can change after just a couple years. However, between feeling somewhat adventurous and sitting in the glimmering sun, I decided to go crazy and order a drink. When I mentioned that I like sweeter drinks, our server recommended I try the White Ferrari. It wasn't as sweet as I expected it to be, but it was a perfectly balanced blend of tequila, creme de cacao, hellfire shrub, maraschino liqueur and fresh lemon juice. It was on the strong side, but since I made sure to fill myself up with plenty of food, I didn't feel too sleepy after I left.

From the pretty pink menus to the floral decor, this restaurant has my name written all over it. Their brunch menu is definitely not lacking anything in terms of selection, which made it all the harder to choose - especially since it was only the two of us. Our hardest decision was deciding between the waffle, pancakes or french toast. I can't remember the last time I was out for brunch where all three of those options could be found on the menu!

Ultimately we decided to go with one sweet and one savoury dish. As was recommended to me by Jenn from Gold is My Neutral (side note: if you don't already read her blog you should definitely check it out!) we chose to try the avocado toast. It was one of the larger portions of avocado toast I've had in my dining experiences - and trust me when I say I've had plenty of avocado toast in my time. It was packed with avocado, grannysmith apples, and feta cheese, topped off with a poached egg and a side of fries and mayo.

For the cruel situation we were put into, which was having to choose between a waffle, pancakes or french toast, we opted for the waffle, since a lot of the brunch spots we frequent don't always have one on the menu. 

My only complaint about the cocoa nib waffle was that I wish there had been two. We were pretty full by the end of the meal though, so we had still picked the appropriate dishes to feed two people. I guess we didn't actually need a second waffle, and my eyes were just acting bigger than my stomach. The waffle was served with berries, maple butter and syrup, but what stood out to both of us was the nice flavour in the tonka cream. When we asked about it, we were told that tonka is a bean with vanilla, cherry and almond spice, similar to cinnamon. I had never heard of it before, so it was nice to learn something new throughout my dining experience.

Before going to brunch at Lavelle, I had heard mixed reviews about their menu from friends. After trying it myself, I can say that I will definitely be back. Our food was delicious, and there were still so many things I wanted to try that I was just too full to have that day. Like I said, I'm a suck for a nice rooftop restaurant, so as the weather gets warmer, I'm sure my walks down the street to Lavelle will become more and more frequent.

Where is your favourite rooftop restaurant? Comment below and let me know!

With love,

16 comments :

  1. Nice place Ciara! kisses

    http://healthyoutfit.com/2017/03/20/bye-bye-winter/

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  2. Such a cute spot!

    Lisa Linh
    https://www.bylisalinh.com/blog/2017/3/21/breakfast-at-montage-kapalua-bay-cane-and-canoe

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    1. It definitely is! The decor totally makes the place!

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  3. I was actually just at Lavelle for brunch this past weekend! I got the short rib hash, it was so delish, and I love their interior!
    xo
    Siffat
    http://icingandglitter.com

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    1. No way that sounds so delicious! I'll have to try it next time I'm there. So many of the things on the menu looked amazing!

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  4. Such cute pictures! And the food looks so delicious :)
    xx
    https://simpliannie.wordpress.com/

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  5. Waw amazing bread toast!! I want it so bad!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: BIKER JACKET & FLARE PANTS

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    1. It was so yummy, you should definitely try it if you get the chance!

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  6. love your vest. such a perfect color for spring. Anyway I haven't eat my dinner yet and seeing your waffles pictures makes me hungry <3

    xoxo
    https://monicaptanzil.wordpress.com/

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    1. Aw thanks so much! I'm the same way about food - as soon as I see a picture of something delicious I instantly get the biggest hunger hole in my stomach!

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  7. Everything looks so yummy!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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    1. It really was! I'll definitely be back cause there were so many things to choose from on the menu!

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  8. I'm not always the biggest fan of cocktails either, but the right one that is perfectly balanced is always such a treat! Love your photos babe.


    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

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    1. Exactly! Some places you can just tell that there was definite thought and effort put in to create the drink. It makes all the difference. Thanks for having a read - I love yours too!

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