Cafe Plenty recently opened a second location, this time in the heart of the Financial District at 1 King West. Like the first location on Dundas just west of University, this breakfast and lunch spot is inspired by the European food and cafe cultures of London and Paris.
Besides quality caffeine (its medium-dark house blend is roasted by Classic Gourmet ), it offers gourmet sandwiches and salads as well as freshly baked treats, all made in-house from scratch. Takeaway is the norm, but you can perch yourself at the wooden ledge along the window or sit in the small eating area in the back of this airy and bright white space should you have some time to spare.
Assorted breakfast sandwiches ($6-7) are available in the morning, including smoked salmon on multigrain with pickled shallot, caper berries and cream cheese, if you're in the mood to spoil yourself.
For lunch, you can choose from a rotating selection of healthy and colourful salads (two for $7, three for $10), depending on what ingredients are currently in season. Red rice and quinoa with sliced almonds, arugula, dried apricots and cranberries is a current rotation regular, and an orange peanut chili coleslaw is another option on the day I visit.
The sandwiches ($10 with a side of greens and house dressing) also change up daily, and are grilled to order on a panini press. Mainstays are The Plenty Club Sandwich, with chicken confit, smoked bacon and tomato jam on ciabatta, and the roast beef, with house-made horseradish, caramelized onions, pickled mushrooms and blue cheese. These may not be the cheapest sandwiches in town, but the high-quality ingredients justify the prices, and I can vouch for the flavourful roast beef, which is definitely not of the deli counter processed variety.
For dessert or a coffee break treat, baked goods include a tempting display of brownies ($3) and delectable-looking cookies that contain a mix of chocolate chips, rice krispies, walnuts and oats ($1.75).
This second Cafe Plenty follows a similar recipe to the first; its clean and modern decor, friendly service and healthy-yet-delicious offerings should also lead to similar success.
Writing by Christina Cheung. Photos by Jesse Milns.