The Toronto food hall scene won’t stop growing. From grab-and-go to global cuisine, there’s a never-ending supply of quick and delicious meals to be had.
And with all of the options, it’s hard to figure out which food stall is really worth a bite. But there’s a concept that’s trying something new: serving gourmet food, fast. And not just any type of gourmet.
Follow the smell of roasted veggies and chances are you’ll end up at Chef’s Table. It’s the brainchild of the former Top Chef Canada contestant who beat Bobby Flay, Ivana Raca, and Brad Smith (you know him from hosting Chopped Canada, bringing the love to The Bachelor Canada season one, and on the field as an ex-CFL player). The duo proved their culinary powers when they opened Resto Boemo, another stall at Assembly serving Canadian comfort food.
This go-to spot takes the best dishes Resto Boemo offers and uses them to inspire the healthier options it serves. Start by picking a main, like flank steak or organic, slow-roasted chicken, then add two or three (or even four!) mouth-watering seasonal sides.
Stop by for a cozy selection like the gluten-free and keto-friendly mac n’ cheese—made with a mix of Swiss, cheddar, and Grana Padano cheese—topped with peppery annatto seeds. Looking for a veggie dish? The organic squash made with maple syrup and walnut oil is something everyone can—and will—enjoy. There’s also buttery, keto French Green Beans with slivered almonds, gluten-free Smashed Potato Salad with fresh lemon and parsley, and Ivana’s Famous Caesar Salad loaded with keto-approved healthy fats like eggs, bacon, and tons of cheese.
Assembly Chef’s Hall is on the corner of Richmond and York, right underneath the Google offices. Step into the space and you’ll see a hall hosting 17 of Toronto’s top chefs and baristas serving international cuisines, end-capped by high tables, picnic-style seating, and coffee counters. There’s a modern and upscale feeling to take this food hall a step above your local mall food court. Enjoy the rustic chandeliers and exposed ducts and cement pillars while you dig in to ricotta gnocchi from Resto Boemo, gluten-free crepes from Hibiscus Cafe, or a superfood snack from nutbar. Plus, on any given day expect to hear local DJs spinning tracks, game-day celebrations, nutrition classes, and even yoga hosted by lululemon.
Individual restaurant hours may vary, but there’s bound to be something healthy happening at 111 Richmond St. W. Make sure you swing by the market to grab a keto-friendly lunch, and check out Assembly’s calendar for monthly events.