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The Scullery

Posted by Liora Ipsum / Profiled on October 8, 2013 / review policy

Scullery TorontoThe Scullery, a month-old bakery/cafe in Cabbagetown, is a new venture from a pair of childhood friends: Fiona Byrne, an ex-interior designer turned pastry chef, and Laura Sestito, an ex-digital marketing executive. Both are first-time restaurateurs who returned to Toronto after years spent abroad in London. Amongst other things, they've brought back a love for Ottolenghi-style salads and made-from-scratch pastries and prepared foods.

Scullery TorontoThe decor is lovely — casual, sun-soaked and cozy. Byrne tells me that every element was sourced or custom built with the help of family and friends. Up front, a curvaceous, tiled counter displays freshly baked goods. The open room comfortably seats 25 or so, and is outfitted with painted white furniture and robin's egg blue details.

Scullery TorontoThe weekday menu is quick to serve, featuring soups, sandwiches, a daily main and a variety of gloriously bright and interesting salads. Truthfully, I'm kind of jealous of the locals who are able to pick-up this fast, fresh food along with their morning coffee. Most of the menu is best eaten at room temperature anyway. It's very picnic-y and perfectly suited to grab en route to the office to keep until lunchtime.

Scullery TorontoThe selection is set to change frequently, if not daily. Today there are five platters on display, including hearty grains salads like the one above, which is colourfully mixed with wild rice, corn, spiced pecans, avocado, marinated feta and fresh herbs. Individual salads goes for $7.50, while additional selections come in at $10.50 (for two) or $12.50 (for three).

Scullery TorontoTypically mains will include one meat and one meatless option. Today I go meatless and try the cauliflower fritters served with herbed yogurt for dipping. On other days expect to find baked orzo or pot pies, always sold with one to three sides (in this case, a carrot, dill and Romano bean salad) for $12.50 to $16.50.

Scullery TorontoThere's espresso based coffees made from locally roasted Pilot Big Bro beans, as well as a wide variety of homemade sweets. Think macarons, meringues, muffins and scones. Sometimes they'll even do cake by the slice, and whole cakes are available with a day's notice.

Scullery TorontoBrunch is served on weekends from 9am to 3pm. The Scullery is otherwise open weekdays from 7am to 7pm.

Photos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

12 Comments

wow / October 8, 2013 at 11:58 am
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Blogto decided to slum it and venture East of Yonge. kudos.
melody / October 8, 2013 at 12:33 pm
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Why are people always so nasty in the BlogTO comments??
Welshgrrl replying to a comment from melody / October 8, 2013 at 02:12 pm
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(a) because they can
(b) because BlogTO's mods are inconsistent to say the least, and can't be bothered to implement something like Disqus which could possibly help cull trolls/repeat offenders

More on topic, food looks tasty.
CJ / October 8, 2013 at 04:50 pm
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Looks amazing! Can't wait to try it out.
m / October 9, 2013 at 06:50 am
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Yayyy!!! This place is so good! Their breakfast is amazing.
Brock / October 9, 2013 at 10:17 am
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Just went to this place a couple of days ago. I am glad we finally have a good café in the area! There are others but this one beats them all. The service was great too, the owner seemed really nice and the decor was amazing.

Will definitely have to check it out for brunch one weekend!
Peter / October 17, 2013 at 10:04 am
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Sorry to say my morning experience was not the best. Bitter "medium" roast coffee with a small and a tad hard cinnamon roll. Over priced for what I received.
Andrea / October 24, 2013 at 05:50 pm
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I work in the neighbourhood, and am in here a few times a week. The owners and staff are wonderful and personable, and the food is creative and delicious! Their rosewater and pistachio meringues have become a staple in my diet, and the chocolate they use for their hot chocolate is heavenly! I have recommended them to all of my coworkers!
David / December 1, 2013 at 11:24 am
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Coffee was not worth it, if your going to use Tre Aro, might as well go there. Food was subpar. Decor was pretty though.
Geoff / January 21, 2014 at 04:23 pm
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I've been coming here every once in a while for a few months now. Brunch is spot on, coffee is hit or miss, depending on who makes it. But the service has gone down hill since around December. Two of my favorite employee's also don't work there anymore, which could be a factor.
Emma / February 20, 2014 at 03:02 pm
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Decor was beautiful. All the white was pure class!! I loved the tiles for contrast. This place make you feel like your eating in your warm cozy kitchen or a kitchen you wish you had. I got the kale and lental salad. Very good and light to eat. With the baked potatoe falafel, very very good with that homemade sauce. Really good for brunch or lunch. Great coffee aswell!!
Grant / September 22, 2014 at 04:02 pm
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I had a latte, cheese sandwich and cookie. Cost was $15 including tip. Food was tasty but a smidge overpriced.

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