You might have noticed your Facebook and Instagram news feeds jam packed this summer with videos of a mysterious cheese melted from a whole wheel, or of ice cream rolled up into what looks like scrolls packed into a container, or sushi in burrito form. And you’ve probably been wondering to yourself “Where is this amazing food?!”. Well look no further as the Front Street Foods market delivers it all. Tucked away on a patio at 150 York Street (Adelaide Place), you will find a foodie paradise during the weekdays from June 13th – Aug 5th 2016. Multiple pop up restaurants serve unique and delicious dishes, beer and wine is available at reasonable prices for your enjoyment and sometimes there is live music performances to serenade you as you chow down on all your food finds! And unlike most other food events in the city, this one tends to be far less crowded in the evening hours.
The first place I tried was Fish’d by Edo, which offers incredible sushi burritos. While they didn’t list a vegetarian option, I asked if they could make one up for me and they had no problem doing so. I also got to choose my dressing (I went with ginger), which was a nice touch. Burrito was amazing and I will definitely try to make this myself or visit as many times as I can before they shut down.
Tacos 101 serves up amazing authentic tacos. They even have a vegetarian option that has cactus in it (how fun!). Found the taco to be pretty messy to eat (really jam packed), but overall great flavours. Corn tortilla shells of course.
Raclette Suisse brought me right back to Switzerland where I pretty much survived on bread, cheese and chocolate for a whole week. They have 2 different wheels of cheese that they put under a warming grill (just to slightly melt it), before scraping it onto a bed of fried potatoes (you can add a sausage to it if you want). Luckily it isn’t a total carb/fat feast as they include an incredible kale salad that helps balance the meal.
Toben Food by Design does a great job at elevating some classic dishes. I tried their Mac&Cheese, which had shell noodles (yay not macaroni!) slathered in a variety of melted cheeses. Delicious food at a reasonable price.
And you always should end an amazing meal with an amazing dessert! As I was very curious as to what the hype was all about with Thai Ice Cream Rolls, we gravitated towards that. We chose Oreo flavour and watched as they chefs chopped Oreos into plain ice cream on a cooling surface and once it was fully incorporated, it was flattened out and rolled into individual pieces. The ice cream felt lighter, more aerated with this technique and was very delicious!
Overall I thought the Front Street Food market was a huge success in terms of quality, price, atmosphere and offerings. Hope that they continue to do this each year and would love for it to last longer and have weekend hours as well. Don’t forget it ends Aug 5th so try to make it there before it’s gone
Visit http://www.frontstreetfoods.com/ for more information about vendors and hours of operation.