Now, I know what you're thinking - the words "gourmet" and "Parkdale" aren't typically synonymous. Up until recently, options for late night neighborhood nosh extend from pizza to falafel. Neither of those things are particularly bad but there's something to be said for lighter, more *ahem* refined fare.
Mangez opened pretty under the radar last week, in the space formerly occupied by Kingly. At first glance, it looks like the kind of place to get a quick bite - which is the main focus of business partners Mike Scrimshaw and Paul Stavro-Beauchamp. What that bite is, isn't quite nailed down but there are some things that are for sure; Mangez will be serving fresh gourmet sandwiches, soups, salad, drip coffee, fresh squeezed lemonade and Eds Real Scoop ice cream, between the hours of 11 am and 3am (weeknights until 10).
The shop is a bit of a blank slate at the moment. Both guys are keen to tweak the menu as the business gets off the ground. Inspired by all-night sandwich shops in Amsterdam, Mangez offers fresh, gourmet sandwiches from popular Rosedale patisserie Patachou like Prosciutto, Arugala, onion and fig confit ($6-9). There's also low sodium, no dairy, no meat soups like Potato and Leek ($3.50). Add a salad for $2 and you've got yourself a tidy little meal.
Possible future offerings include gourmet grilled cheeses and paninis.
If you, like me, are still hung up on the ice cream bit, Eds will be around definitely for the warmer months. Depending on demand, there may be some alternate (warmer) dessert options for the winter.
Mangez doesn't strive to take any business away from other nearby coffee shops, but they are offering drip coffee from Patachou as well.
All this might seem a bit confusing, with nothing quite set in stone - but the idea is promising. The neighborhood can stand to welcome some different food options that fill the void left between the high and low end.
Mangez is tentatively open 11am - 10pm on weeknights, and until 3am on the weekends.