Cafe Belong is my favourite restaurant in Toronto. The food is amazing, focusing on local, seasonal and organic ingredients; service is always, always great and it’s in the Brick Works, which is one of my favourite places to explore.
Cafe Belong has two menu options for dinner; the standard menu (which is always amazing), or the Communal menu, a five course full evening meal served family style. The specific menu is a mystery, as the chefs create it individually per night, per table. The only thing they tell you is that you will get a dessert course and a cheese course, though sometimes they can be combined. There is a vegetarian, meat or fish option.
Every course was a delicious surprise and we had an amazing evening enjoying every course and trying to guess what might be coming next. First course was a trio of salads; second course was puffed rice and vegetables with a curried tomato broth; third course was stuffed peppers; fourth was a trio of cheeses with marinated raisins and apples, pickled artichoke leaves and carrot jelly; and we ended with an apple crumble with ice cream, ginger cookies and candied almonds.
Another highlight of the night was when Chef and owner Brad Long briefly stopped by our table, which caused a mild fangirl meltdown on my part.
I had a Gingerbread Daiquiri; a Stonewall (rum, ginger simple syrup, apple cider & gingerbeer) and finished with a Rhubarb Punch (my favourite), which they made me off the Fall menu. Again, just amazing service.
Details: Cafe Belong is found in the Evergreen Brick Works. Menus, hours and reviews can be found here. The Brick Works can be tricky to get to without a car, but there is a free shuttle that runs frequently from Broadview station, details here.