- The Entrée
- The Side/Drinks
- The Atmosphere
Situated in the heart of Church-Wellesley Village, Fabarnak faces Church street welcoming locals and diners alike with its simple and refreshing decor. Serving up some very creative and delicious foods, Fabarnak is not a typical restaurant. Heck, this restaurant is part of the 519 Church Street Community Centre!
519 Church St
The space seats about 20-30 people and is open Monday to Saturday serving lunch, Friday night dinner, and Saturday brunch (check their website for hours of operation). It also functions as a cafe serving tea, coffee, and a variety of sweet treats.
The lunch menu includes soups, salads, and a selection of sandwiches, but features the SquarePeg which is served in a bento box. I opted for the SquarePeg while my colleagues went for the vegetarian alternative, VegPeg. A unique feature about the Peg is that the main, sides, and dessert are served in a bento box and the contents change daily. That day, we had:
– apple, radicchio & walnut salad
– brisket hash (or mushroom hash, veg alternative )
- southern grits with fried egg
– rhubarb, ricotta & raspberry cake
It was all VERY delicious! It was a lot of food and I barely got through the grits and had to pack it away for later.
Fabarnak sources at least 60% of their ingredients from local farmers. So you can count on their menu changing with the season.
The day we went was also Cupcake Wednesday and featured Blueberry buttermilk cake with thyme, raspberry & lemon buttercream. They feature a different cupcake every Wednesday with a unique type of cake paired with a wonderful buttercream. These giant cupcakes are $3 each and are lovely with a tea or coffee.
Fabarnak is by far my favourite place to eat. Not only do they serve delicious and creative dishes that change with the season allowing me to try something new all the time but they are also about helping the community. Fabarnak, being an arm of the 519 Church Street Community Centre, is a social enterprise initiative and provides a training environment that helps people with employment barriers to gain work experience under the guidance of a professional team of chefs and front-of-house staff. I can’t say no to great food for a great cause!
I’m hooked! I will definitely be back for Friday night dinner and Saturday brunch!
Check their Facebook page for what’s on the menu!
The Damage: $15 after tax and tip per peg