Just over a month old, The Gabardine has taken over the old Blue Stones Grill & Bar location on Bay Street, and has quickly proved to be a unique and tasty addition to Bay Street. Fresh faced with a retro details, it feels like I’ve stepped into a quaint neighbourhood cafe, miles away from the corporate giants that surround it.
It’s owners, Katherine Rodrigues and Alison Mackenna, are no strangers to the Bay Street crowd, as they both have extensive experience working in the area. Their passion for coffee and good food inspired them to bring the laid back and trendy Queen West/East feel to a much more closer, convenient location for those working in financial district.
White walls with antique, raw lighting hanging from the ceiling, and mismatched frames displaying old photos and newspaper clippings adds an off-beat, homey charm to the comfortable space that seats 50 people (including the bar). The focus piece, a retro, two-tone Elektra, serves up a bold cup of espresso for $2 a shot, or $3 for cappucinos and lattes. They also serve an assortment of teas, and a rich Ghirardelli mocha ($3.50) and hot chocolate ($3). Exceeding the regular cafe fare, The Gabardine serves up full meals; breakfast favourites include the hot oatmeal and bananas with nuts, cinnamon, and maple syrup, ($7) while sandwiches like their club house panino run from $12-$14. Dinner favourites include the pulled pork, mac and cheese, and black cod, and range from $15-$23. Special mention to the Ploughman’s lunch, which is an interesting assortment of tasty morsels such as rabbit rillete, chicken liver pate, and terrine with apple butter and croitinis. ($17) Desserts like the burnt marshmellow sandwich sounds enticing, but I’m already full from the yummy cappuccino.
Take a break from your mid morning hustle and bustle when you’re in the area and come visit The Gabardine for a nice pastry, or come with some colleagues for a few after work drinks and dinner. You might not want to leave.
The Gabardine, 372 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario. (416) 362 3211
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 10:00 pm, Breakfast served daily: 8:00 – 10:30 am