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Market 707

Posted by Amy Michelle Smith / Reviewed on May 10, 2013 / review policy

Market 707 TorontoMarket 707 is back in business for another year. Housed entirely in retrofitted shipping containers along the block of Dundas Street West just east of Bathurst, this unique street food market is a treasure trove of seriously mouth-watering goodies-and is a way better lunch option than the McDonald's and Timmy Ho's across the street. With a sunshine-filled sidewalk patio area (completely fitted out of repurposed crates and containers), conveniently located right outside of Alexandria Park Pool, the block has never looked so good.

For those who don't know, Market 707 is supported by the Scadding Court Community Centre, in an effort to bring local employment opportunities to Toronto and foster a sense of environmental responsibility and community. In June of this year, SCCC will launch five new stalls as part of the Market 707 Pop-ups Incubator. With a heavy focus on retail, these unique storefronts are meant to be a platform for emerging design talent.

Market 707 TorontoMarket Manager Shinji (also the owner of Gushi Japanese Street Food) and NomNomNom Crepes owner Marc Perreaut excitedly fill me in on some new additions coming around this summer. A group of artists will be creating a series of vertical gardens in between the stalls, intended to be as much of an aesthetic offering as an environmental one. "We want this to be a photographic destination," says Perraut, light-heartedly joking about the value of visual social media platforms like Instagram and Vine.

Market 707 is an incredible community of forward-thinking entrepreneurs, hoping to utilize environmentally sound and creatively stimulating platforms to purvey their goods. Though many of the vendors stay open through the fall and winter months, May to September is when the market really comes alive and this season, there are a few new faces on the block. We wrote about the market last year, but with these new additions, it's time for an update.

I Deal Coffee + Montforte Dairy
Market 707 TorontoMontforte Dairy Co. has been a part of the Market 707 since day one, but this summer, they've brought in a big twist. They've teamed up with the folks at I Deal Coffee which means caffeine-craving customers can now quench their thirst with an iced americano while shopping from Montforte's selection of handmade artisanal cheese.

The Original One
The Original OneThe Original One is good ol' fashioned bubble tea at its best. There are few things in the summer beverage category that get me all a-twitter quite so much as the juicy goodness of a big cup of traditional milk tea with extra bubbles. The couple who owns the joint are full of smiles as they show me the fresh mango slices they'll be blending for their signature Mango Smoothie Bubble Tea ($5). The pair also added some classic dim sum options to the menu last summer, including my very favorite BBQ Pork Buns ($3) and succulent Siu Mai ($3).

NomNomNom Crepes (formerly House of Jaffle)
NomNomNom CrepesNomNomNom Crepes is owned by the ever-boisterous Marc Perraut from Montreal-a man with a serious passion for French-style street food. Originally dubbed House of Jaffles (a signature deep-fried sandwich from Australia), Perraut decided on a name change when due to the limited amount of electricity allotted to each vendor, he soon realized that Jaffles just weren't going to work. Instead, NomNomNom has a menu filled with seriously tantalizing crepes, both savory and sweet, that look too good to be true. Most popular is the Montreal (an homage to his hometown of course) which features Montreal Smoked Meat, Brie cheese, beef au jus and mango chutney ($6.50).

TNT Roti
TT RotiT&T Roti joined the 707 ranks last summer, and offers up Caribbean street food straight from mama's kitchen-or in this case, owner Marilyn's. Though the menu is limited (as so is the space), signature dishes like chicken roti ($8) and veggie options like curried veggies on jasmine rice ($6) are paired with T&T's signature apple chutney and taste as fresh and authentic as they come. Everything is made from scratch and delivered with a warm smile from Marilyn, whose mandate is to share with the community and to always give back.

Gushi Japanese Street Food
Gushi Japanese Street FoodGushi Japanese Street Food is run by Market manager Shinji Yamaguchi, and serves up some seriously delicious fried goodies to keep your stomachs warm. Best known for his incredible skewers-especially the delicious Hot Dog on Rice ($3 for single, $5 for double) and the super succulent Karrage Chicken Skewers ($5) I opted for, which come drizzled in Yamaguchi's signature spicy sauce. Beware, those skewers are not the most lady-like items to eat. Make sure to double down on the napkins and maybe pack a wet-nap.

Wiggle Room
Wiggle RoomWiggle Room serves up high-end Canadian street food with an east-coast touch, and is one of the market's newest members. Run by Ashley Shortall and her husband Daniel Tremblay, the two serve up elevated comfort food like you've never seen. The signature Donair burger ($8) is a seasoned lamb and beef patty, stuffed with sweet-garlic Donair sauce, fresh chopped onions, and tomatoes served on a fresh bun from Cobb's Bakery. The Newfie Poutine ($6) is also a treat, made up of thick, hand-cut fries and topped with stuffing and beef-gravy.

Kitchen Cargo
Kitchen CargoKitchen Cargo is classic comfort food with a modern twist. Owner Jennifer Chung and husband Anthony serve up traditional meat pies (my chicken pie ran $7) that are so juicy and rich they'll bring you right back to your mama's kitchen. Also on the menu are tasty shrimp tacos ($7.50), pork belly tacos ($6.50) and Steak Pot Pie ($8.50). Paired with the crisp homemade coleslaw, this is a lunch hour meal i could seriously get used to.

Kanto by Tita Flips
Kanto by Tita FlipsA part of Tita Flips' popular catering company, Kanto is the street food outpost for delicious Filipino food in Toronto. Owner Diona Joyce churns out pork and chicken spring rolls (10 pieces for $4), traditional balut ($2.50 fertilized duck embryo that is boiled and eaten in the shell, considered a delicacy in the Philippines) and dinuguan ($6.50 a traditional blood pudding with savory beef stew and offal simmered in a rich gravy).

Kim's a la Cart
Kims a la CartKim's a la Cart has been a staple of Market 707 since it first opened its garage doors. With signature, succulent pan-fried dumplings ($1.25 for 2), korean-style tacos, rice and seafood cakes and piping hot soups, Kim's a la Cart serves up seriously comforting dishes that are far too good to pass up.

Photos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

14 Comments

Jer / May 10, 2013 at 11:07 am
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I love the idea behind this. Great to have incubators/small space for spots to try out ideas/etc.

They are doing a "crowd sourced" fundraiser to build a better patio area:

https://projexity.com/projects/view/Market-707%E2s-New-Public-Patio/2
Kamal / May 10, 2013 at 11:17 am
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Camel burgers - Still there?
Jose / May 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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Good way for people to test their food. If they blow up, expand to bigger places and let someone else take their spot to showcase their talent.

Great pop-up location for entrepreneurs. Good grass-roots movement as well.
NOM / May 10, 2013 at 01:30 pm
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Yer missing Ceviche 707(?) right beside the Korean place.

I had a goddamn fantastic cubanito pulled pork sandwich from there yesterday. 7 bucks.

This entire row of food guys is amazing.
Allurban / May 10, 2013 at 02:59 pm
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I'm going to go there for lunch on Monday. No idea which one to choose though.
Ben / May 10, 2013 at 03:14 pm
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Great idea! The city need more of this type on projects. Good for Scadding Court.
Rena / May 10, 2013 at 03:49 pm
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Looks amazing! In case anyone else is wondering, they're open from 11am-7pm, Tuesday-Saturday. I'm so excited!

http://www.scaddingcourt.org/market_707
Jimmy / May 13, 2013 at 08:55 am
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Wow what a wonderful idea except no seems to eat there, drawing much less people than anticipated. Oh well the market will decide if this is a viable venture or not, it always does.

http://www.thegridto.com/life/food-drink/market-forces/
Travis / May 15, 2013 at 09:15 pm
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Oh my is the food here amazing! Sadly I don't think Scadding court community center is doing and promo or meda grabbing for this wonderfull spot. Truly this SHOULD be a hot spot for the people of Toronto, I hope this changes soon!
Arlene / May 18, 2013 at 11:49 am
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Kitchen Cargo is delicious. I especially love the chicken pie. I highly recommend!!
Dev / May 28, 2013 at 07:20 pm
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I went there today for the first time. Ate at Gushi and Kim's both were excellent. Gonna have to try the rest soon!
Sa / July 9, 2013 at 10:44 pm
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i am a true foodie at heart. enjoy tasting new things and especially when there are food festivels happening in and around toronto, it's a great way to gather all food-loving torontonians! may the passion for food bring us all together :)
Joel Zelikovitz / July 31, 2013 at 05:03 pm
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Had Lunch there today. Checked out each booth. All smelled amazing. Each owner was articulate, friendly and knowledgeable. Felt sanitary without being antiseptic. Excellent prices and value. T and T Roti was superb.
Dr Drum Review / August 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm
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Thanks for sharing such a pleasant thought, piece of writing is fastidious, thats why i have read it fully

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