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Future Bakery

Posted by Staff / Listed on October 13, 2007 / review policy

More than just a bakery and cafe, "Futures" is an Annex institution serving ready-made hot meals with an Eastern European influence like beef borscht, schnitzel sandwiches and perogies. They also have a bakery in the St. Lawrence Market.



Alisa / January 3, 2008 at 05:16 pm
Passable food. If you want really good and authentic Eastern European cuisine, you are way better of at the Prague on Queen. This place is good for a quick cup of coffee and the occasional croissant (if it's not old). I don't expect much from a place like this but a few pints on the patio.
Stefan / July 28, 2008 at 01:42 pm
I don't think anyone goes to Futures expecting to eat like they did in the Old Country. I'm just glad to go to a cafe that serves something other than $8 panini and bean salad...
laurel / August 7, 2008 at 09:53 am
awesome baileys cheesecake..
monique / October 13, 2008 at 06:32 pm
best cheesecake I have ever tasted.
Victoria / December 10, 2008 at 07:12 pm
Unfortunately, yes - the cheesecakes are delicious, but they aren't made by Futures, they're shipped in. This place deserves credit for keeping me going many times throughout highschool and then university, but even then it was really only good for two things: beer, and mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy.
rebecca / December 14, 2008 at 12:53 pm
BOYCOTT! they use Styrofoam cups for take out! what??? who does that anymore?? i almost walked out and went to starbucks, but it was cold. and they had spelt cookies.
mel / December 21, 2008 at 01:34 pm
I was in last Sunday and saw a roach walking along the hot food counter. It upset me, because I really wanted to sit and drink coffee for hours at Future, but that little roach made me leave. :(
Meg / January 2, 2009 at 12:31 am
It's downtown Toronto. There are roaches in every restaurant... Just because you don't see them doesn't mean they aren't there. Futures is a great place to sit with a cup of coffee and a book. You can stay for hours, winter or summer. Cheap and sitting out on the patio in the warmer months with a pint and some friends is a great way to enjoy the afternoon.
Eric S. Smith / January 3, 2009 at 02:56 pm
Lots of people like to sit in Futures with coffee and a book, but to me the coffee's not really all that great, and the food's struck me as pretty weak the last few times I've been there. I may be picking poorly, but I was recently disappointed by the grilled vegetable panini offering that came off thick, cold, soggy, and didn't taste of much. On a prior visit, I was unimpressed by their burger.

The homefries are consistently successful, and the BLT is an agreeable snack. Skip the coffee; the orange juice is the tastier choice.
Adam / November 4, 2009 at 05:33 pm
The breakfast is decent, but the bathrooms are one of the most disgusting in the entire city.
Adina / February 23, 2011 at 06:16 pm
The atmosphere is great, but their pastries and cookies are often stale (and overpriced).
Pierrem / March 2, 2011 at 12:58 am
Is it a good place to bring a first date? How are the pancakes? :) thanks
Kairn / July 9, 2011 at 10:15 am
They sell at some local markets , day old bread at premium prices. I saw the woman at Future Bakery in Hamilton , pick up bread off the ground and put it back in the bin . EWWWWW.
Emma / October 2, 2012 at 02:22 pm
Seriously disappointed!

Went for breakfast and the eggs came out stone cold. They did replace them but by the time they did everything else on the plate was cold.

Sierra / December 31, 2012 at 11:06 am
I was there on Dec 23, 2012 and saw one cockroach run past the cake display and later saw another one run past the stairs to the washroom.

Unfortunately, I had already eaten by the time i saw them(the cake was pretty good). Fortunately, I didn't get sick from it.
Kitty / February 6, 2013 at 11:25 pm
I went there today for the first time hoping to try some cakes, but saw two cockroaches crawling on the display. I didn't end up buying anything.
Finn replying to a comment from Sierra / February 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm
When a roach has to go, he has to go.
B.K / July 27, 2013 at 02:31 am
On my last visit, the patio waiter followed me out of the restaurant and yelled at me in front of a crowd of people at the Bloor/Borden intersection because I forgot to tip him on my $9.00 bill (it was an honest mistake). Who wants to risk getting yelled at by a waiter over $1.35? (assuming I left a standard 15% tip).

Boris Kolodny / September 18, 2015 at 04:24 pm
I was at Future Bistro at the end of August.
Normally, I meet a friend there and have a coffee. Like the patio. The coffee is Ok.

Never had their food before. As I was hungry I ordered Potato pancakes.
They came served with sour cream and tomato slice on the side that were not ripe.. I started eating and discovered when I was almost finished that pancakes were half cooked.
I pointed this out to the waitress and asked her to pass this on to the chef as someone is going to get sick.
I was in the restaurant business for some years in the past and know a thing or two about cooking.
It turned out that it was me who got sick.
I had severe food poisoning, with diarrhea that lasted 2 weeks. My back was in a severe spasms for two weeks.
After much pain in the back and stomach and a couple of hundred dollars of medical expenses I am getting better. I have also lost 3 weeks of work at my studio.
I contacted the manager Sumit at the Future bakery by email. His reply was that they never have any complaints about their food. My experience is s bit different.
over 146 comments on Yelp about the restaurant and many are hardly glowing reviews.
So far no offer was made by the management to reimburse me for my financial losses.

Will avoid eating there like a plague in future!
Boris Kolodny replying to a comment from Pierrem / September 18, 2015 at 04:25 pm
Please see my comment re: pancakes.

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