Tucked among the trees on the far eastern side of the Toronto Islands at Ward’s Island is the serene and civilized Rectory Cafe. After a day of cycling, walking or boating on Centre Island, there isn’t a better way to top off the day than with a soul-replenishing respite at the Rectory Cafe. While relaxing in the peaceful patio garden of the Rectory Cafe enjoying your leisurely lunch or drinks, you’ll witness a spectacular view of Lake Ontario.
New chef Richard Chambers has introduced a sophisticated menu with plenty of options for vegetarians. Appetizers such as fennel salad with red onion, mandarins and almonds, tomato hummus with Kalamata olives and char-grilled calamari with 15-spice rub run from $7-$12. Main entrees cost from $16-$32 and include Moroccan chickpeas with baby spinach and red onion, paninis (grilled chicken, pulled pork, tofu Tikha, three cheese and Canadian back bacon), grilled striploin and a miso salmon with a refreshing mango lime beurre noisette and melon, cucumber, onions and chevre. A children’s menu is available upon request. If you’re just stopping by to cool off with a summer cocktail, why not try their Toronto Islands Ice Tea or the Sunset, made with pomegranate liqueur, vodka, cranberry juice and lime.
Once you’ve discovered this Toronto Island hide-out, you’ll mark it as a favourite; the Rectory Cafe’s magnetic charm lies in its seclusion.
The Rectory Cafe, 102 Lakeshore Avenue, Ward’s Island, 416-203-2152