Eating for charity is always a slur of words that makes my ears perk up and mouth widen. Fabarnak is a social enterprise initiative of The 519 Centre on Church Street. The restaurant re-invests its profits into 519 programs and services: working to provide training and meaningful employment opportunities for marginalized members of the community. And over 80% of their food is locally and sustainably produced! I asked the waitress what the name of the restaurant meant and she said it was a playful recreation of the Quebecois expletive “Tabarnak!” I obviously quickly fell in love with the place.
I visited the restaurant with my friend Brenda for brunch. We started with two foamy Illy Coffee Latte’s and shared a slice of Fennel Cake while our mains were being prepared in the kitchen.
egg dipped bread, peameal bacon, smashed potatoes, toast, house preserves
Yeast Leavened Pancakes
maple bourbon pears, peameal bacon, rosemary whipped cream