410 Adelaide St. W. (near Spadina)
- Reservations: Yes
- Lunch with co-workers: Yes
- Social lunch: Yes
- Quick solo lunch: No
L-Eat Express caters to both quick take-out and luxuriating over a meal in the bright, open space.
Eating in doesn’t necessarily get you made-to-order fare, though. Ordering a salad, I am prompted to the already packaged ones and the sandwich too is pre-made, then simply heated on the grill.
The Roast Beef Sandwich ($7.50), according to the menu, comes with horseradish cream and caramelized onions. After close inspection, only microscopic bits of onion are found underneath the mound of arugula.
Asian Chopped Salad ($9.50) features a soft, plump, sliced sesame chicken breast, an absurd amount of napa cabbage, but almost none of the listed mango, snow peas or carrots. The sesame dressing is flavourless.
But the Soup ($3) today, a lovely mix of broccoli and cauliflower, is beautifully orchestrated and full of fresh flavours, accompanied by a slight heat.
The problems here are fixable. In the meantime, have some soup.