|A view of the bar and drink menu blackboard at The Gabardine.|
|One of the overhead lights at The Gabardine.|
|Just a gentle reminder from the staff of The Gabardine during my December 18, 2012 visit.|
Not surprisingly, many people didn't bother waiting in line as they had limited lunch breaks, but as I wasn't on a fixed schedule, I had the liberty to wait. By some stroke of luck, however, I only had to wait 15 minutes, as apparently someone's lunch date fell through and a space opened up at the bar. It was a fairly small but highly popular place; no reservations were allowed for lunches. In spite of the hectic atmosphere with most diners wanting to be done before their lunch hours were out, it was still a pleasant and somewhat relaxing experience with a mix of friendly, easy-going and relaxed staff and a decor and dishware that hearkened to Toronto's early 20th-Century days.
|Curry Pumpkin Soup|
The Gabardine is another very good addition to Toronto's dining scene. Whether you're there for a work lunch or just for pleasure, this restaurant is well worth a visit. If coming for lunch on a weekday, however, arriving early or after the peak lunch hour period is highly recommended to avoid the long wait for a free table.
Name: The Gabardine
Address: 372 Bay St., Toronto, ON
Cuisine: American, Fusion
Price Range: $15-$40 lunch and dinner