The other day we stopped in for lunch at Cafe Belong – a comfortable, casual spot within the Evergreen Brick Works complex. If you live in Toronto, then you’ll know the Brick Works as that cluster of buildings you always pass as you’re cruising down (or more likely sitting in bumper to bumper traffic on) the Don Valley Parkway. Situated in the heart of the Don Valley, the Brick Works is a sprawling property on a former quarry with a number of abandoned industrial buildings that have been repurposed in various ways. And that is where you’ll find Cafe Belong.
With a focus on local, seasonal and sustainable food, the menu was full of mouthwatering options. We couldn’t resist ordering the soup of the day – parsnip, carrot, ginger and pear – which was velvety smooth, vibrant and had quite the spicy kick. My favourite dish was definitely the savoury tart, a perfectly flaky pastry filled with beets, beans, mushrooms and goat’s cheese, and served with a side of fresh dressed greens.
The farm fresh food enjoyed in a modern, industrial setting was a fascinating juxtaposition. With warm service, a bright setting, and a unique twist on comfort food that was tastefully prepared and presented, our visit to Cafe Belong was our first, but definitely not our last.