Gilead Cafe & Bistro

So after my early dinner at Zee Grill Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, (see post here) we ended up venturing around downtown Toronto for a while until we both started to madly crave for desserts and  a random but major craving for poutine (lol) I instantly thought of Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead Cafe & Bistro, plus all the reviews and pictures of the famous “JK poutine” had made me long to try the place even more…

For those that don’t know, Jamie Kennedy  is a Canadian Chef and owner and operator of Gilead Café, Jamie Kennedy Kitchens and former owner of the Jamie Kennedy at the ROM based in the City of Toronto. – Wikipedia

FYI, Gilead Cafe & Bistro located in Corktown / Distillery District,  is extremely hidden and you definitely wouldn’t see it unless you’re looking for it. Ironically, I was looking for it and STILL couldn’t find it LOL we can’t kept on driving around it again and again until we realized it was on a back street / alleyway T___T

I wasn’t sure if Gilead Cafe & Bistro had 2 different dining sections, so I called them to make sure and they informed me that Gilead Cafe & Bistro is the same dining area, just that the Cafe takes place from opening until 3pm and the Bistro takes over from  5.30pm until closing. But since I was thinking that Gilead had a separate cafe, I told them that I was only interested in grabbing their desserts – which they were totally cool with. =]

Their menu is written on a chalk-board – which changes on a weekly / bi-weekly (?) basis. You can also check out their website (here) which they constantly update whenever the menu changes. This is their current menu as of December 27, 2011 that I’ve taken from their website

So while we were waiting for our food, I couldn’t stop taking pictures. This is the view from where I was sitting: colourful jars galore =]

I couldn’t stop staring at the jars they were SO PRETTY

Moving on about food =p So, the dish that I obviously ordered was their

JK Poutine with Braised Beef & Cheddar ($11)

  • JK poutine was really yummy, the fries were very hot and crispy at the ends
  • My only complaint is that the braised beef were a little bit too salty and that there wasn’t enough sauce to spread throughout the whole poutine
  • I can’t wait to try their other JK Poutines =D

Warm Chocolate Bread Pudding ($11)

  • We didn’t know what to expect for this dessert as it was our first time ordering anything of the sort
  • The chocolate bread pudding was simply divine – the chocolate tasted really rich
  • In terms of texture, it was really soft and chewy with the combination of the breading & pudding

Hot Chocolate ($3.15)

  • The hot chocolate was very warm and comforting – perfect compliment for a windy day
  • The taste was perfect – wasn’t too sweet and definitely not bitter

Hmmm… this was the perfect late night snack =]

Who could have thought I could eat so much in one night? lol =p

Gilead Cafe & Bistro offers a wide range of goodies that I have yet need to try! I definitely need to come back and check out their brunches


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  1. andy1076
    January 2, 2012 / 10:40 am

    A hidden gem huh? I gotta jot this place down on my to do list 🙂

    • graceyyyy
      January 2, 2012 / 10:51 am

      Yes, definitely a hidden gem! You should write me a list of the best foodie places in the West Coast – I definitely need to get out there =]

      • andy1076
        January 3, 2012 / 8:25 pm

        I’ll start one since Alina and i go out for dinners every other weekend 🙂 🙂

  2. Kaitlin
    January 3, 2012 / 1:00 am

    Gah! Poutine! Haha, I had no idea what that was until I visited Toronto and friend took me to one of the fast food poutine places. He calls it Canada’s version of Heart attack. 🙂

    • graceyyyy
      January 3, 2012 / 6:51 pm

      hahaha it definitely is =p that’s why I only eat it once in a while to make myself feel better =]

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