Kupfert & Kim (Spadina)
Kupfert & Kim is already a household name in Toronto, having previously established numerous takeout counters in the PATH . This new stand-alone eatery on Spadina is its first foray aboveground and offers guests an immersive dining environment.
The service style is still fast-casual, directing patrons past a cold case full of bottled beverages and a display case filled with baked goods before ordering at the counter.
You can seat yourself at this casual dining room, which offers a mix of tables and counters that'll comfortably accommodate diners whether they're flying solo or with a group. The decor is contemporary but muted, employing plenty of natural materials like warm woods and metals allowing the vibrant food to provide the colour in the room.
To drink you'll find coffees, teas and smoothies including the very tasty PB Mocha ($7.75) made with bananas, peanuts, cocao, lucuma and espresso.
There's also four rotating taps pouring kombucha and at least one cider or gluten-free beer.
The menu lists nine plant-based dishes available at lunch and dinner. While the most popular items will likely remain mainstays, expect some seasonal revisions and featured chef collaborations.
The Cauliflower Tahini ($12.50) is among the house favourites. This bowl begins with a base of quinoa and is loaded up with hummus, roasted cauliflower, za'atar salsa, and a vibrant medley of vegetables including carrots, cabbage, beets, radish and arugula. Lemon-tahini sauce is supplied on the side, while fresh mint, a sprinkling of seeds and flatbread finish it off.
The Miyeokguk ($10.60) is a soup that really hits the spot on a cold day. Swimming in a miso, shiitake and seaweed broth, you'll find a hearty helping of brown rice, tofu and an array of vegetables. I detect daikon, carrots, bok choy, mushrooms and scallions. Kimchi gives it a little kick but those craving real heat can opt for extra hot peppers.
The fluffy K&K Waffle ($7.50) comprises buckwheat, oats and tapioca flour. It's garnished with plump blueberries, hemp seeds and a scoop of dairy-free Coconut Bliss vanilla ice cream. While it's listed under breakfasts, I suspect it would also satisfy as a dessert.
Another first for this location is that it's open later than the PATH outposts and also on weekends.
Photos by Jesse Milns