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NOW Toronto | April 5, 2012

Keep it cool and conscious at spots that honour the planet. - This breezy café adjunct to the 519 Community Centre prides itself on the fact that at least 60 per cent of ingredients are locally sourced and organic. In summer, that number climbs closer to 80 per cent.

Fine dining in a community centre

Metro | April 3, 2012

"Not only is it fantastic, it’s affordable. I’m moving in."

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The Toronto Star | January 29, 2012

Fabarnak is not your usual community centre canteen. The 519 Church Street Community Centre’s cafeteria recently won the People’s Choice award for favourite Toronto restaurant through the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel & Motel Association.

I can see why. Chef Eric Wood offers such culinary ambitious choices as bone marrow brûlé and halibut cheeks with gnocchi.

Fabarnak Is a Hot Spot With an Odd Name

Torontoist | September 12, 2011

We’ve called Fabarnak “one of the best lunches in the city,” thanks to its signature Square Pegs, a take on Japanese bento boxes, executed beautifully by sous chef Jason Becker. The other dishes on the menu don’t draw as much attention but are worthy in their own right (especially if the Square Pegs sell out—as they often do—after lunch hour).

Weekly Lunch Pick: The daily Square Peg lunch at Fabarnak

Toronto Life | June 20, 2011

Since opening last October, Fabarnak, the cheerfully decorated eatery inside The 519 Church Street Community Centre, has raised the standards of cooking for the neighbourhood’s restaurants (all profits from the operation benefit The 519). Chef Eric Wood’s inventive menu, featuring homemade daily quiches, soups and sandwiches, focuses on sustainable ingredients, and the Square Peg lunch, a sort of high-end lunch tray served in a bento box, offers a sample of the evening’s dinner menu.

Fabarnak: Well Priced, Socially Conscious, Shockingly Good Food

ILoveToronto.com | April 14, 2011

The only bad thing about Fabarnak that I can possibly say is that it will not have nearly enough room for the numbers of people that I expect to crowd their doors. This small resto-café has been open for less than a year, and can be found in downtown Toronto’s Church-Wellesley Village. As such, it is within walking distance of countless competitors. Yet, there are so many reasons that I believe Fabarnak will flourish.

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