Saving Gigi (Toronto)

Saving Gigi Toronto

Saving Gigi, a cozy coffee shop, is the antithesis of Starbucks. Although there’s plenty of people with laptops using free Wi-Fi or others pouring over books, Saving Gigi’s environment is calmer and its mishmash of eclectic furniture homey, in a hipster sort of way. Indeed, the two employees that don’t expect an order the moment you walk up and allow you to pursue the menu, indicates the restaurant’s not about efficiencies and getting people out the door.

The dinner menu is a one pager of soups, salads and sandwiches. A new menu item, the solar bowl ($10.95), sounded ideal for my hot summer visit. Not knowing what to quite expect, the colourful salad of mixed greens, peppers, green onions, beer slivers and carrots, got my attention. Topping the crisp combination of vegetables was a healthy portion of creamy avocado, hot spicy chicken (marinated tofu available as an alternative) and roasted pumpkin seeds.

solar bowl

I wasn’t expecting the chicken to be spicy but the flavour was great and gave the salad interest. Some organic brown rice greeted me at the bottom of the bowl, which helped make the salad heartier and soaked in the chicken and vegetables’ juices.

Saving Gigi is popular for their coffee, which is organic and fair-trade. Even while visiting in the evening, people were still stopping by to get one to go. At first, I was going to abstain from caffeine for, fear of not being able to sleep, but the intoxicating aroma got the best of me. The iced coffee ($3.25?) was strong and rich with a nice smooth finish.

iced coffee

If you’re in need of something stronger, they’re also licensed for a selection of wines, cocktails and beers; the pints seemed to be popular amongst the patio. As a warning, there is one other thing that differs between Saving Gigi and Starbucks – air conditioning or the lack thereof. So, while visiting on a hot humid day, the patio with a tall cold drink is definitely where you’ll want to be.  

Overall mark - 6.5 out of 10
Disclaimer: The above meal was complimentary. Rest assured, as noted in Gastro World's mission statement, reviews are still my honest opinion.

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 Location: Toronto, Canada
 Address: 859 Bloor Street West

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