Gaspar Cafe is evolving basic Portuguese sandwiches into artisan-style by incorporating different gourmet toppings from what's used traditionally.
Along with other fresh lunch options, this spot is know for emulating their pastry counter from similar ones seen all over Portugal.
Owner Paul Santinhos notices people say they feel like their stepping into a cafe in the European country whenever visiting Gaspar.
The cafe is situated on a quaint, residential street where people are seen walking dogs on a nearby trail or taking their kids to the park.
The houses only came a few years ago, the area once belonged to a giant factory for CIL paint. More re-development continues up the road, where a hub of tech companies exists, like Ubisoft, who Gaspar often caters for.
Santinhos sells everything he enjoys eating himself, the owner is big on the quality of his food versus the quantity.
That's why you won't find an overly complicated menu here, they hone in on sandwich combinations that work best and leave out any unnecessary extras.
The Bifana sandwich (10.95) is by far one of their top sellers. Known as "the poor man's sandwich" in Portugal with basic slabs of pork and thick bread, Gaspar adds their own twist to make it gourmet.
Seasoned pork loins are pan-fried and combined with an assortment of cooked bell peppers and marinated red onions, dripping with cheese. The bun is brought into the store from Nova Era, a beloved Portuguese chain in Toronto.
Grab a Spinach pastry ($3.95) as a side, this fluffy braided bread is filled with a cylinder of feta cheese mixed in with flakes of spinach. Soft and light enough to pull a part and enjoy with a coffee.
The Smoked Salmon Croissant (10.95) is Gaspar's best option for a sandwich if you want the bread on the lighter side. Pillows of smoked salmon sit on a bed of cream cheese.
Arugula, avocado and pickled red onions are crammed in between, making this a seafood lover's dream.
For drinks at Gaspar, you'll find your classic coffees and teas, but most importantly smoothies made with real fruit. Try out the Tropical Smoothie ($7.50) that's blended with banana, pineapple, mango, peach and orange juice, for a refreshing add-on to a hearty sandwich.
You won't want to miss out on the sweets and other baked goods at Gaspar, you'll be blown away by these tender biscotti cookies ($2.50 each), that melt in your mouth with each bite. It comes in two flavours, peanut butter oatmeal and nutella.
Find Gaspar Cafe tucked away behind the West Toronto Rail Path in the Junction Triangle.