The Best Mac n’ Cheese at The Gabardine!

The Gabardine Mac and Cheese

The Gabardine located at 372 Bay St in Toronto

May 15, 2017:  This was one of the best meals I’ve ever had!  The food was good from beginning to end with appetizer and finishing off with dessert.  I had heard a lot about The Gabardine and especially for their mac and cheese (and chicken pot pies as well).  Thus, Grace and I came here after work one day for dinner.

Grace had already arrived when I got there just before 6 p.m.  There were a lot of people there already and dining and drinking on a Monday evening.  I was pleasantly surprised!

We ordered the Korean Fried Cauliflower appetizer, and two mains: Mac n’ Cheese and the Chicken Pot Pie to share.

 The Gabardine interior

It wasn’t a huge space inside so get there early or make reservations!

 the Gabardine dinner menu and prices

Dinner menu

The Korean Fried Cauliflower arrived first.  This was a small plate with sweet gochujang, Japanese style mayo and nori.  It was a really good appetizer!  The flavours were strong and I enjoyed it smothered all over the fried yet soft cauliflower.  So many restaurants serve savory cauliflower nowadays.

Korean Fried Cauliflower

Korean Fried Cauliflower. $14
-sweet gochujang, Japanese style mayo, nori

Gabardine Mac n' Cheese

Mac n’ Cheese. $19
-herbed breadcrumb crust. 
-smoked ham +$2

The Mac n’ Cheese came with herbed breadcrumb crust.  For $2, you could add smoked ham to it and I was so glad that we did so!  (If you come here, you have to add the smoked ham to it as well.)  The Mac n’ Cheese was a beautiful portion of macaroni and cheese.  It was seriously the best Mac n’ Cheese I’ve ever had!  The cheese was so flavourful and creamy and coated the macaroni perfectly.  The tender cubes of generous smoked ham just added perfectly to the flavours.  I was in foodie heaven.  I couldn’t believe how delicious the Mac n’ Cheese was! ❤

The Chicken Pot Pie also had a herbed pastry crust.  This was served to us steaming hot.  Grace used the knife to slice open the top of the pie so that we could dig in.  This was a very heavy and rich chicken pot pie.  It was very creamy inside and quite good too!

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie. $22
-with herbed pastry crust

 Slicing open the Chicken Pot Pie

Frame by frame of slicing up that chicken pot pie

The two mains that we ordered were both very heavy and carb-heavy.  However, it was so worth it because that Mac n’ Cheese dish was the absolute best!

Gabardine Mac n' Cheese, Chicken Pot Pie

Best choices!

We packed up our leftovers of the mains and ordered dessert too.  We ordered the Peanut Butter Frozen Custard.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m not a big peanut butter fan.  Despite that though (and especially because of that), I found this dish to be so, so good — and you know that says a lot for a non-peanut butter lover!   It had chocolate crumb, an espresso ganache, and salted peanuts on it.  The frozen custard was absolutely delicious.  It smelled and tasted strongly of peanut butter but was so smooth and frozen at the same time.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a dessert like this before.  A very well done dessert!

 The Gabardine dessert menu and prices

Dessert menu

Peanut Butter Frozen Custard

Peanut Butter Frozen Custard. $10
-chocolate crumb, espresso ganache, salted peanuts

Thus, you can see why I enjoyed this meal so much.  The dishes were all very delicious and so well done.  I loved the cozy atmosphere of the restaurant too.  No wonder The Gabardine is so highly rated! 🙂

The Gabardine storefront

It’s located on Bay Street in the Financial District

The Gabardine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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I'm a stenographer, foodie, avid traveller, and a really silly person if you get to know me well enough. =)
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