I’m not in Toronto very often, but whenever I go, I like to take advantage of it and check out one of its many amazing restaurants. So on Tuesday after my interview I went out to lunch with my mom and sister at Fabbrica, Mark McEwan’s restaurant in the Don Mills shopping complex.

They brought us out some bread to start and it was everything bread should be – crusty on the outside, light and soft on the inside with a perfect yeasty flavour.

Bread at Fabbrica restaurant

For our meals my mom and sister each ordered a salad and split a pizza. I managed to snap pictures of their salads, but not their pizza, as they dug into it too quickly! Hayley got a salad with tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, basil and balsamic vinegar, which she said was good, but the tomatoes weren’t quite ripe. I guess you can’t really expect good tomatoes in the middle of winter!

Tomato and buffalo mozzarella salad from Fabbrica restaurant

Mom got the Insalata di Fabbrica with romaine hearts, pancetta, toasted foccacia, and garlic anchovy dressing. She loved the dressing and pancetta, but the lettuce in her salad was brown at the edges, which you wouldn’t expect at a nice restaurant.

Salad with  romaine hearts, pancetta, and toasted foccacia from Fabbrica restaurant

As for their pizza, they enjoyed the flavours, but said that it was kind of “wimpy” because the crust was saggy.

Since I had just had pizza on Friday night, I decided to get something different and ordered the wood oven roasted chicken salad with mixed greens, tomato, avocado, pancetta, gorgonzola, chopped egg, and toasted foccacia. I really enjoyed this! It was like a Cobb salad but even better. Also I loved how it came on a wooden board.

wood oven roasted chicken salad from Fabbrica restaurant

Overall it was an okay meal, but the quality didn’t really live up to our expectations. The atmosphere and service at Fabbrica, however, were fabulous!

Fabbrica on Urbanspoon

Have you ever been to a celebrity chef’s restaurant (or a popular restaurant with lots of hype)? What did you think?


Filed under restaurant, toronto

13 Responses to Fabbrica

  1. Aww I'm sorry it wasn't quite what you were expecting (although I think it's really cool that your salad came on a board haha). Anytime we go to Charleston, Joe researches the top restaurants and we go. We have yet to be disappointed there thankfully :) The only restaurant I've been disappointed in recently was this place about five minutes from me. It replaced a restaurant that we really liked, but we were willing to give it a try. The food was expensive, tasted ok but not worth the price, service was super slow, and the atmosphere was really loud and made it hard to hear. I'd go back to check out the lunch menu but that's it. And I wish they hadn't moved the other one, since I really liked it haha

  2. I like the idea of a salad on a cutting board! How did the interview go? sometimes I feel like the "famous" restaurants just don't live up to their popularity and name. I love little family owned restaurants more.

  3. such a bummer when a restaurant disappoint!

  4. That salad looks amazing! I'm sorry the rest of your visit turned out disappointing though! It's always tough when something is so hyped up and it doesn't live up to the expectation!

  5. Mark McEwan, I'm so disappointed in you! That is seriously a bummer. Your salad did look fantastic though – especially those huge avocado chunks.I don't think I've ever been to a celebrity's restaurant…but going to one of David Chang's restaurants would be on my list of things to accomplish.

  6. It is always so disappointing when restaurants disappoint you and do not live up to your expectations (even if they aren't THAT high). Brown lettuce in a salad is just NOT cool! Hopefully your next restaurant experience will be much better!

  7. so cool it is served like that. i am a firm believer we eat with our eyes first!

  8. Looks like a great place!

  9. Ah I hate when the food doesn't measure up, especially when I go in with high expectations…although fortunately the service & atmosphere made up for it :)! Love the look of your salad- top marks for presentation and flavor! I went to one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants in London but don't remember loving it at all- especially given his celebrity status, I expected a bit more…eh you win some, you lose some!

  10. I try not to get too excited when I go to a place with lots of hype because I don't want to be disappointed. I'm a hard core foodie and pretty harsh with my criticisms, so I'll be sure to tell the truth regardless! That buffala mozzarella looks to die for :-)

  11. I heard Toronto is vegan friendly! Would love to jet to there!♡ rika, vegan miamwww.veganmiam.com★ i travel + i eat vegan blog ★

  12. Awe, too bad it wasn't quite what you were expecting. Especially with that saggy crust. That doesn't sound all too pleasant ha.I've been to a few restaurants that haven't lived up to the hype, but now I can't really remember what they were. Clearly I'm observant.

  13. I have never heard of adzuki beans before. Sorry the restaurant wasn't what you were hoping for. I am always so disappointed when I go someplace thinking it's going to be really good and it ends up less than steller.

Leave a Reply