High tea hits Thornhill
Plus, a Persian twist on Canadian food, groceries for a new age, and more
Get your fascinators ready, the Victorian Tea Room is a new establishment in old Thornhill serving British-style high tea in a period setting. Marlene Gallyot opened the shop with her four children and offers approximately 50 kinds of tea, some chosen personally from her travels around the world. High tea comes with a sandwich, salad and sorbet alongside a fresh pot of tea served in charming china. Scones and mini sandwiches are also on offer, and customers can even purchase their own antique china there. Parties, showers and bat mitzvahs are encouraged (7713 Yonge St., 905-886-1777). Appache brings a Middle Eastern flair to international food, serving up hamburgers, salami sandwiches and pizza while focusing less on traditional foods — embracing Canadian culture by not being “just another Persian restaurant.” Owner Pedram Ahadinejad named the eatery after his family’s original establishment in Iran and runs the place with his parents and a family friend. Customers of the 20-seat restaurant may also purchase tea, coffee and cakes as well as some juices. Ahadinejad says that he hopes the eatery will soon be open 24 hours (10185 Yonge St., 647-559-8080). Originally from Oakville, Organic Garage is a new grocery store, opening at Bathurst Street and New Westminster Drive, that aims to bring affordable, healthy foods to Thornhill. The food centre boasts more than 15,000 products, including gluten-free, vegan and allergen-free foods and a worldclass meat section as well as health and beauty products. And what you see is what you get — Organic Garage keeps a “dump list” of ingredients, such as high-fructose corn syrup, that you will never find. It has some typical housewares as well. Organic Garage opens Sept. 12, with a grand opening Sept. 21 (8020 Bathurst St., www.organicgarage.ca). That’s Italian Express is the Richmond Hill sister location of the city of Vaughan’s That’s Italian Ristorante and is expected to open near the end of September. Owner Joe Lombardo said the family-oriented restaurant focuses on comfort and will serve up authentic stone-baked pizzas, pastas and — of course — plenty of vino (10447 Yonge St., 416-482-5426).