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Global Cheese

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on October 24, 2012

Global CheeseGlobal Cheese has unveiled its newly renovated digs, complete with "Betsy" and "Molly" holding guard by the front door. "That one we got off the internet," says Jason DaSilva, pointing toward the beefier brown cow in one window. "And that one," he says, pointed toward the smaller blue cow, "we got from a cheese company."

Global CheeseBetsy and Molly, of course, are not the only changes to come to Global Cheese. The family-owned business just completed its seven-month renovation, which started with structural improvements and led to an overall interior overhaul. Global Cheese regulars might remember wheels piled high, a somewhat cluttered interior and counter around the perimeter. No more.

Global CheeseFirst off, Global's windows are comparatively scarce, having shed most of its postering from pre-reno days past. Don't get me wrong — there are still stilton specials ($1.99/100g) and Canadian gouda grabs ($1.99/100g) advertised outside — but now you can actually see inside the Kensington Avenue shop from the sidewalk (once you look past the cows, that is).

Global CheeseOnce in the shop, customers are treated to a more serene, more organized cheese-shopping experience. The counter has been centered in the middle of the shop, allowing for 360 degrees of customer cheese-admiration. The back area — formerly an enclosed storage space — has been opened up to allow for a few more counters plush with olives and various types of feta (cow's feta, Bulgarian sheep, and Greek sheep, to name a few).

Global CheeseJason tells me the store has been in his family for decades, first purchased by his father back in the 1970's. The next decade brought some significant renovations to the store, but it has been left fairly as it was up until February of this year. The renovations and brief closure allowed Global Cheese to explore its inventory, adding significant stock to its pantry items, including new Niagara wine jellies, olive oils from Greece, and a line of specialty mustards (including applewood smoked bacon!). Global Cheese now also offers a small assortment of cold cuts from Mastro and beyond, though the store's focus, naturally, is still on its cheese.

Global Cheese"We really know how to put together a plate," Jason says, confirming that Global's cheese-plate-assembly is among the best you'll find in Toronto. The shop has far too many different varieties to count, and can somehow make a French camembert jive with a gorgonzola or a truffle brie. That, of course, is something that has remained through Global's renovation, and so to has its generous position on try-before-you buy when it comes to cheese. Lucky for me.

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Pk / October 24, 2012 at 09:12 am
Looks great. Glad to see them modernize and keep the charm.
Betty / October 24, 2012 at 09:15 am
Looks nice enough, but I'm still going to be faithful to my boyfriends at Cheese Magic. I swore I would never return to Global Cheese after they cut twice as much cheddar as I asked for, tossed it on the counter in front of me and barked "And what else?"
JC / October 25, 2012 at 07:52 am
Very nice, it still seems to have that old world feel, shelves crammed to bursting and still being all about the cheese. I was concerned they'd go the route of Alexanders Cheese, which turned into an artisan sort of ambience with relatively few cheeses displayed on lonely display shelves like works of art in a gallery, darkly lit. Looking forward to going back to global!
Acon / October 26, 2012 at 03:28 am
I like Global Cheese and Cheese Magic.
Kav / October 27, 2012 at 12:44 pm
global cheese is my favorite cheese store, I was there today, as alwasys great suggestions on different cheeses.

Disappointed / November 29, 2012 at 08:52 pm
I used to frequent Global and hadn't been in since just before the reno, but was really disappointed in the service. Very few cheeses in the cases are labelled or priced, the opposite of the info-overload pre-reno. Blasting dance music, terrible, lazy advice and totally disinterested staff. A real lack of knowledge/care was displayed on a couple of visits. Felt like I might as well have been at a Loblaw's deli counter.
Don Thur / March 28, 2015 at 02:18 pm
Hello, I am a woodturner from Muskoka and have just started a line of natural edge Cheese Boards varying in lengths from 11" to 40" made from Maple or Ash, and finished with a food safe oil. If you would be interested in receiving some pictures and pricing please email me, and I would be happy to send you some. Thank you for your time - Don
Scott / April 5, 2015 at 07:35 am
Hands down best cheese shop in Toronto. Staff are welcoming and friendly. Staff know their products and let customers sample at times. Great service and even better cheese selection. I go out of my way to visit about once every 3 months because I am always satisfied. This shop puts others to shame.

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