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Review: One Hour Cafeteria, Toronto


I woke up, packed my things, ran down to the AGO’s press conference and media preview for the launch of their exhibit Revealing The Early Renaissance, grabbed lunch (more on that in a moment) and then ran home, grabbed my luggage and bolted for the airport. I’d be spending the next 10 days on a press trip with Tourism Ireland for St. Paddy’s Day. Needless to say I realized the day would be busy so planned every itinerary item in advance.

I had my Aunt Sue and Art History Prof Sally Hickson join me at the AGO as they are both experts on everything Italian Renaissance. I thought it would be nice to follow up with lunch so we could catch up and nourish ourselves before I darted to Dublin. I always find it a challenge when looking for a restaurant experience close to the AGO. I often feel like I’ve eaten everything in that particular corner of the city. After a decent amount of research I always surprise myself by finding something new worth sussing out.

One Hour Cafeteria is located a quick walk from the AGO on the cusp of China Town. The owner is a design lover so not shocked to see a unique and relaxed environment featuring bean bag chairs, low rise tables and clean and clear lines. The menu is cheap and cheerful and seems to be popular with U of T students and art nerds (raising my hand here). They have an interesting collection of bubble tea offerings as well as Chinese inspired savoury dishes. We opted to share their fried chicken wings (which are served with plastic gloves, sort of hilarious) and sweet and spicy wonton with pork and coriander. Finished off with a rich scoop of cheesecake served in a wee jar. A perfect spot to refuel before jetting over the Atlantic.

 We sampled:

Bubble Tea

coconut, green tea, tapioca

Fried Chicken Wings

Sweet and Spicy Wonton

pork and coriander

Cheesecake in a Jar

#450 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010. 

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