7 West Cafe has been around for years and is one of Toronto’s iconic eateries. Located just south of the Swank of Yorkville and north of the Puff of the Gay Village this eatery is known across town as a cutesy restaurant that is open 24 hours a day. When I asked a few of my friends about their experiences with 7 West Cafe the majority (read all) encountered some drunken visit at 4am.
The place has been ranked several times as one of the best places in the city to take someone on a date and is located in a beautiful old Victorian mansion. The decor, vintage espresso machine and mix and match dining tables and chairs create a relaxing charm for diners.
I met my friend Mel at the Cafe for a Saturday brunch. Mel is obsessed with Eggs Benny and was saddened that it was not on their brunch menu (really?) We both shared a poutine made of potato wedges which could have used a bit more curd. We both ordered the Proscuitto Panino, filled with cured ham, bocconcini cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and avocado spread. The sandwich was large and mediocre. The saving grace of our meal was our chipper and attentive waitress and that piece of chocolate banana cake.
The owners of 7 West Cafe claim on their website that they are “one of Toronto’s most recognized names in comfort dining.” Don’t hold your breath. I am immediately demoting this restaurant to its rightfully deserved status as a cheap and cheerful 24 hour diner. I suggest the owners of this restaurant check out Buca, Marben, Union, Luma or Delux for a better understanding of what Toronto’s top comfort dining spots have to offer.
#131 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010.