Baddies / by Didier Young

The blogger world is comparable to a bee hive. We all work in unison to create the honeycomb that is our feed and just like bees are attracted to honey, we are attracted to minimalist locations, pretty latte arts and photogenic food. Luckily for us, the latest incarnation of this holy trinity manifested itself in the form of Baddies, located at Landsdowne and Bloor.

When such a location is uncovered, you are sure to see plenty of it on your Instagram feed for the next few weeks but the question remains: is it worth travelling to the West End for the sole purpose of visiting Baddies? We made our way to the restaurant on a rainy fall day and it was still quite packed given that it was past lunch hour on a weekday. The monochrome feel of the institution is enhanced with white stackable chairs, marble tables and a couple of plants dispersed throughout the place. Baddies is comparable to a bachelor apartment with everything in a single room and in plain view. The kitchen is demarcated by a cool wallpaper which provides a nice pop of pattern in a room filled with solid colours. There is a charm to the intimate layout of the place, however be warned: you might leave Baddies smelling like oil due to your proximity to the kitchen.

The coffee beans used hail from 49th Parallel, a roaster located in Vancouver, which is served at select coffee shops throughout Toronto. The coffee is good without it tasting like every other coffee shop. From the pictures I have seen on social media, all the food seems to be quite beautifully plated. The dinnerware used at Baddies is absolutely gorgeous and acts as a fantastic canvas for the food to express itself. It was nice to note that a good portion of the menu is vegan friendly which makes it an easier location to grab lunch at when you are in a group consisting of diverse diets. On this trip to the restaurant, we picked the Brekky Roll and the vegan and non vegan versions of the Smashed avocado.

The Brekky Roll consisted of Cumbrae’s double smoked bacon, a sunny side up egg, chimmichurri, tomato relish and Blood Brothers IPA BBQ sauce. The dish was delightful and has a nice touch of sweetness due to the tomato relish and the chimmichurri was perfectly executed without tasting like an herb garden. The regular Smashed Avocado is served on Prairie Boy sourdough bread with heirloom Beet Labneh, seasonal greens, sunflower seed, pickled beet and roasted persimmons. It was a beautifully executed dish once again though the bread was hard enough for Esther to start doubting the strength of her teeth while eating the toast. The vegan version of the dish was my favourite of the three. A braised chard and polenta fritter was topped with seasonal greens,pickled heirloom beets and chilli jam. This dish was such a lovely departure from the classic avocado toast that it felt like a completely new experience, something which I was very thankful for. Other restaurants should take note: an avocado toast doesn't have to be solely a piece of toast with avocado, chilli and cherry tomatoes on top.

All things considered, I now understand the hype for Baddies. Even though it was a tad far to travel to, I was quite happy with the overall experience. For a restaurant named Baddies, they sure knew how to deliver the goodies.



Jacket:Weekday/ Sweater: T by Wang/ Pants: Everlane/ Boots: Timberland