Richtree Market

Even before I leave for Canada, my brother and his wife were telling me: “There’s this one place you have to go to, it’s the Marché Mövenpick. It’s like a self-serve restaurant, but with good food, rather international and everything.”

Avant même de partir pour le Canada, mon frère et sa femme me disaient : “Il y a cet endroit que tu dois essayer, c’est le Marché Mövenpick. C’est comme un self, mais avec de la bonne nourriture, plutôt international et tout.”

I’ve looked for it, but couldn’t find it. When I came back to France for the first time, they asked me again… I said I didn’t find it. They told me it was “on Yonge Street, close to the Harbourfront”. And they re-explained the principle to me again. And then, it made me think of another restaurant that I’ve seen, around where they were talking about. I’m talking about the Richtree Market Restaurants.

Je l’ai cherché, sans le trouver. Quand je suis rentré en France pour la première fois, ils m’ont redemandé… J’ai dit que j’avais pas trouvé. Il m’ont dit que c’était “sur Yonge Street, près du bord de lac”. Et ils ont ré-expliqué le principe. Et ensuite, ça m’a fait penser à un autre restaurant que j’ai vu, correspondant à leurs critères. Je parle du Richtree Market Restaurants.

Puzzled, and after some googling, I discovered that at first, it was called Marché Mövenpick. And since 1996 it’s become the Richtree Market. That would explain why people around here refer to it as “Lew Mahr-shay”🙂.

Étonné, et après un tit coup de google, j’ai découvert qu’au début, ça s’appelait Marché Mövenpick. Et depuis 1996 ça s’appelle Richtree Market. Ça expliquerait pourquoi les gens dans le coin l’appellent “Leuw Mare-Chay”🙂.

So how does that work? You get in there, they give you a richtree card. You have several stands, where you can ask for different, and watch the cooks cook it in front of you, slide the card that will be your bill in a few minutes, and off you go. That’s a very convenient concept, and tricky as well. Of course, you know the price, (with neither tax nor tip, of course), but how do you keep track of how much you are spending, there? Easy, you don’t. So you’d better be careful if you don’t want to have a little suprise when paying.

Alors comment ça marche? Vous y entrez, on vous donne une carte richtree. Il y a plusieurs stands, où vous pouvez demander diverses choses, et regarder les cuisiniers le cuisiner devant vous, passer la carte qui sera votre addition dans quelques minutes, et c’est parti. C’est un concept très pratique, et assez piège, aussi. Bien sûr, vous connaissez le prix (hors taxe et pourboire, bien sûr), mais comment vous suivez combien vous dépensez, là? Facile, vous le faites pas. Donc mieux vaut faire gaffe si vous ne voulez pas avoir une petite surprise en payant.

That being said, the food is not bad. And the setting at the Yonge restaurant is not bad at all… Look where I sat😉.

Ceci dit, la nourriture n’est pas mauvaise. Et l’ambiance au restaurant sur Yonge n’est pas mauvaise du tout… Regardez où j’étais assis😉.

Madame Tartine, Boulangère...

8 thoughts on “Richtree Market

  1. Mövenpick, as far as I know, has several restaurants, but the Marché is seperate and different. I have to confess I have never gone, it didn’t really appeal…so so food, and I’ve got to walk around for it, tour several tables, stand waiting for it, all the while tallying the total only to find I’ve spent too much….

    Have you ever gone to Pho Hung…Ooo did I spell that right? It’s a Vietnamese place on Spadina. North of College, south of Dundas. On the west side. There is a statue outside, but you have to look up…the statue is a very high red pole, on top of the pole is a red chair, with a red cat sitting on it.

    Have any of the pho’s that appeal, I love the vietnamese coffee, especially with the sweetened condensed milk…there are several really delicious versions of spring rolls, the cold ones are excellent.

    It isn’t expensive at all, and really very good.

    Mmmm

    Now I’ve got a craving for good Pho..hard to fill in BCN

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  2. C’est pas mal effectivement. Un peu cher mais j’aime bien voir le cook cuisiner mon truc devant mes yeux. Au moins je sais que je paye pour la fraicheur, pas pour des décorations super fancy dont je n’ai rien à fiche🙂 Y’en a aussi (beaucoup plus petits) dans le Eaton Centre et à College Park.

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  3. Orenata, searchs revealed that Richtree was founded in 1996 to take care of the Mövenpick outlets in Canada…

    I’ve actually been to Phở Hung. I’m half vietnamese after all🙂. But I think you meant North of Dundas and South of College😉.

    Problem with Pho when you’re living by yourself is that the ingredients are for at least 4-5 peeps. And there are things that you cannot divide😦

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  4. Janet, see my answer for orenatat, and check the history of Richtree :p. And I’ve checked on the Movenpick websites, the only Marché Mövenpick listed are in Europe. Store listing for Yorkdale returned neither Mövenpick/Marché/Market/Richtree. When was the last time you saw it?

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  5. je parie que tu seras très étonné si je te dis que je connais pas! lol le principe a l’air sympa en effet, et j’aime beaucoup le: Mme Tartine, boulangère? Ce sera une baguette pour moi, merci! ^^

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  6. Marie, très étonnant, ça, alors😉. Moi aussi, j’ai bien aimé le “Madame Tartine Boulangère”🙂. Je ne sais pas s’ils savent ce que ça veut dire😉

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