1024 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, M6J 1H6
Café Bernate is a charmer.
|Cuisine Type |||Sandwiches, Bakeries|
|Ambiance |||Patio Dining, Casual|
|Meals Served |||Lunch|
|Pricing |||Less than $20|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||High Park|
|Getting There |||Queen streetcar or Ossington bus|
|Cross Street |||Queen West and Ossington|
|Mon-Sun 11AM-4PM (closed Sun in summer)|
Profile Last Updated: April 02, 2008
In close proximity to Toronto’s well-known CAMH mental health centre, and on the cusp of the West Queen West strip of hip is this laidback lunch spot. Don’t be fooled by the narrow front: the interior extends beyond the smaller front room tables to a larger seating area at the back, and spills out onto a rear patio with a garage door, weather-permitting. Eating there may make you feel like you’ve discovered a hidden gem, but locals and those who work in the area have long loved taking afternoon meals there – it can get pretty crowded around noontime.
It’s Got Character
In matters of lunch, atmosphere matters, and who doesn't love chowing down in a cute cafe with that great shabby-vintage-chic thing going on? Seating is on mismatched chairs around bright purple tables, and the coffee and beverages bar is topped with a large slab of concrete and decorated with various items of bric-a-brac. A big chalkboard mounted on the wall gives lunchers the rundown of the day's sandwiches, which comprise almost the whole menu.
Gourmet Sandwiches Galore
Café Bernate’s sandwich menu puts about 30 different combos of ingredients together – more if you count substituting different types of bread. Popular ones include the chicken, brie and avocado; eggplant with chicken, sundried tomato and goat cheese; the creative bacon, asparagus and provolone; or tropical curried chicken. There are several vegetarian sandwiches, too. Add on a salad or a cup of house soup for a small fee to make a real meal of it. Soup of the day choices switch often, and might be something along the lines of curried red lentil or gazpacho. Pastries, cookies, muffins and cakes are made in-house and are very reasonably priced.