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The Pink Grapefruit

Posted by Libby Roach / Reviewed on May 13, 2013 / review policy

Pink GrapefruitThe Pink Grapefruit is a brand new cafe/market specializing in ready to eat meals servicing Queen East near Church. While the previous occupant doled out medical marijuana (CALM), the new occupant serves up gourmet munchies, coffee and prepared meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Pink GrapefruitThe sparse interior features warm exposed brick and white walls, allowing the ornately framed menu chalkboards to take centre stage. While the restaurant currently only has a mini shelf and two chairs, plans are in place for seating for up to 10, adhering to city bylaws for establishments with no bathrooms (don't worry, Moss Park is nearby).

Owner and Chef Tatiana Shabotynsky (formerly of George and Auberge du Pommier) has thoughtfully curated a number of pantry goods (think crackers, sauces and dips) to accompany her deli case of mains, paninis and gourmet sides. For those with little time, there's a second open display case that offers an excellent selection of pre-packaged sandwiches from $4.50 and up, like chunky egg and arugula salad or roast chicken, avocado and tomato aioli, or for the low-carb option, grab and go salads starting at $4.50.

Pink GrapefruitBreakfast comes in many variations, including the popular Egg Cup ($1.40) for a single egg (or a scrambled western omelette) and wilted spinach stuffed into a toast or ham shell. Muffins are fresh baked, with rotating flavours for $2.00.

Pink GrapefruitWe slid into the front area and dove into our picnic worthy meal; Pesto Chicken with two sides ($12.50), a satisfying combo of mashed sweet potato, chick pea salad and a solid garlicky chicken breast. While the food is meant to be taken home to heat up, we bucked the trend and devoured it cold. The side of chick peas, cucumbers and red onion was tangy with fresh chopped parsley and a squeeze of lemon.

Pink GrapefruitThe addictive Augusta Ave Mexican salad ($6.50) is an ample portion of mixed lettuces, black beans, corn, diced red pepper, cherry tomatoes and cooked chunks of sweet potato. The accompanying salad dressing was absolutely chuggable; a zesty lemon vinaigrette tinged with fresh herbs and salt and pepper.

Pink GrapefruitIntelligentsia coffee from Chicago paired nicely with our Zucchini square ($2.50), a dense brick of moist cake with walnuts and sweet cream cheese icing.

Pink GrapefruitWhile only entering its second week, The Pink Grapefruit is off to a great start. The staff are friendly and excited, eager to explain the menu items in great detail and engage feedback from customers. With a few gluten free options and many more in the works, The Pink Grapefruit fills a void in this fast food dominated corridor.

Pink Grapefruit

Discussion

16 Comments

Sara / May 13, 2013 at 02:54 pm
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So far I'm liking this place!
Pepper and cream / May 13, 2013 at 05:01 pm
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Those egg cups look amazing! It sounds a bit pricy for me, but it sounds like a great place for special occasions. Thanks blogto!
bobo replying to a comment from Pepper and cream / May 14, 2013 at 11:36 am
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This does look like a lovely addition to the area. Contrary to the above comment, it seems to me that the prices for this quality of food seems very reasonable overall.
Joeyjojoejomamma / May 14, 2013 at 05:23 pm
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I've had a latte there 3 times now, each made by a different staff member. The first two were o.k. It seemed like they were getting used to the machine. The last one I had was made by the morning guy (he said he was "the morning guy") and he did a very nice job making the drink and then explaining why he couldnt make a soy capp... because capp's just don't work right with soy. Whatever he did with my latte was right. Ill be back again for a morning latte.
heather / May 14, 2013 at 08:26 pm
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I went last Saturday and had a sandwich and latte and wow, both were incredible. The guy that helped me was friendly, funny, and prompt.
I live close and will be back again and again! If you're in the area, go to Pink Grapefruit!!
john / May 22, 2013 at 07:10 pm
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I went last Saturday too and it was delicious! Also met a nice girl named Heather there and she gave me the best handy
Andy T / July 2, 2013 at 04:22 pm
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Me too !! I live next door adore the Americano's.Although i am part spanish, I dont eat pork so i avoid the italian dishes.The smoked salmon salad is incredible and i love the coconut water from brazil.Although i am moving closet to the eaton centre in a while i will def be back for the natural ,organic healthy menu : )
Nikolina P / August 22, 2013 at 07:24 pm
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I have eaten here a few times and each time both the food and service have been amazing.

The space is clean and uncluttered featuring everything from healthy options like salads, salmon, chicken, sandwiches, veggie side options and more (to go if preferred) to tasty treats like brownies and homemade cookies. Not to mention, delicious coffee post-meal.

If you are looking for healthy, fresh and tasty food-to-go (also can sit if you prefer) this is THE place to check out in Toronto.
jane / August 23, 2013 at 08:58 am
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Have raced in and out 3 times, excellent everytime. Grabbed a main and a couple of sides and wowed my guests! Stay and eat, take out, the fresh choices were great to eat on the run ........... definetely go back as soon as possible.
Mike / August 23, 2013 at 10:12 am
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Awesome place. The food is amazing, e.g. the prosciutto sandwich. Very well priced; a sandwich here is actually less then you would pay for a crappy footlong sub you would get at subway and much healthier, fresher, and tastier. They also have lots of other stuff I want to try if I can ever pry myself away from that sandwich. Excellent coffee too.

Very cool space, clean, open, with exposed brick and tasteful decor, very unique for Toronto.

Been here three times, am looking forward to going many more. Totally recommend. 5 out of 5.
Samantha / August 23, 2013 at 03:11 pm
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This place is a gem. Its simple and clean atmosphere compliments the fresh and flavourful food. I really like that there are great gluten free options and that its clean easting at its best. Its a perfect place to pit stop when I am on my way home and too tired to cook, or want to pick up some food (and enhancements) when entertaining at home. I'm a big fan of the salads, chicken pannini and home made kale chips. Coffee is VERY good too. Finally a place in the city where you can get fresh and delicious prepared foods or a quick meal- without having to sacrifice quality for lack of time to prepare a meal yourself. This place is quickly becoming a staple for me.
Viss / August 26, 2013 at 04:57 pm
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This is a unique and friendly food shop. Excellent variety with wonderful tasty selections. Great for stopping by and fetching a quick meal or sit and enjoy your selection. Good value too!!Will not only go back but will spread the word. Enjoy!!!!
Jay Jay / August 27, 2013 at 02:06 pm
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Finding healthy and hearty food on the way home from the office isn't always easy. I used to really miss Mom's home cooked meals until I stumbled upon the Pink Grapefruit! This place is now my "go to" on busy days when I'm just not up to cooking.

Thanks Pink Grapefruit!
Elizabeth R / September 2, 2013 at 11:10 pm
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As a vegetarian, I often have a hard time finding cafes that offer more than one or two veggie friendly options. The Pink Grapefruit has a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options to choose from. I highly recommend the Indian spiced potato salad and the black bean and corn salad. Both were very filling and full of flavour. The place itself is very clean, the staff is friendly and the prices are very reasonable.
Grant / January 8, 2014 at 03:22 pm
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I went for the first time today. About food/bev -I had a mexican hot chocolate and a small vegetarian curry dish (total with tip came to just under $9). The hot chocolate was very good and the veggie dish was ok. They have generally lighter foods available for takeout.

I was hoping that it would be a sit down place but they don't serve ecofriendly dishes so it is pretty much just aim for a takeout type of service. Also, the lighting is awful - phosphorescent. They do have some seating though in the front.

Summary:

Beverage - very good
Food - ok
Atmosphere - not good (generally aimed for grab 'n go)
Rebecca replying to a comment from Grant / January 14, 2014 at 05:07 pm
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Hi Grant!

As the manager here at The Pink Grapefruit, I'd like to thank you for your visit and your feedback!

As we approach our first year anniversary, we realize that the demand for in-house service and seating has exceeded our expectations and we must work to accommodate that evolution into our original business plan of only servicing grab and go. In the meantime, all of our containers are either 100% biodegradable or recyclable. A blue bin for the front is coming soon. As a start up with a limited budget, we thought our lighting the most economical and effective option.

Cheers, and we appreciate your visit!

Rebecca&The Pink Grapefruit

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