Friday, March 28, 2014


Thanks to a friend, I decided to come on out to the 650 Café and Bistro to try some delicious Mediterranean cuisine.

First of all, what astonished me is that for the price you get at a McDonald’s, Harvey’s or a food court meal, you could get a five-star restaurant quality meal for the same price in this café.   It was so economically reasonable that I ordered a satisfying main and a couple of classic Greek delicacies which awoke my senses and treated my tastes to a new and exotic culinary adventure.

First off I ordered the Lemon and Thyme Chicken dish.   The chicken was well marinated with a mix of olive oil, thyme, lemon juice and lemon zest, and it was well braised to lock in its juices and intact flavour.   It was well paired with a serving of fresh rapini and roasted potatoes.   At only $8, food courts and fast food places should take note that you can serve quality food at prices that people can afford.  

I also tried two Greek delicacies along with servings of free coffee.   First was the savoury spanakopita which was crispy, flavourful, and light in texture.    The other delicacy, which is called bougatsa, is vanilla-honey custard wrapped in phyllo pastry, baked and dusted with icing sugar and cocoa.   It was a nice sweet finish to the meal and for both $3 and $3.50 respectively; you can easily add it on to your meal without breaking the bank.

Restaurants need to marry quality food with affordable prices so people can find other healthy options versus the unhealthy fast food options that are prevalent today.    Cafés such as the 650 Café and Bistro show effectively that quality and flavour can be enjoyed without spending $20-$50 per plate on a meal.   This restaurant warrants repeated visits and I will definitely come again to check out the great offerings that this café has in store.

650 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1M8


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