By Tiara Jade, Photos courtesy Yvano Antonio
This fall Centennial College opened The Local Cafe and Restaurant in the Culinary Arts Centre at Progress Campus. The restaurant is run by students at the college, with meals being prepared and plated by the culinary students. They offer a market style lunch Monday- Friday, different dinner service options each day of the week, as well as a Saturday brunch buffet. The restaurant is open not only to students, but the public. With the goal of becoming “the local” restaurant in Scarborough. That’s where the name came from. We decided to make a trip down to Progress to give the food a try.
When I first walked in, I noticed that the place was quiet. Likely due to it being a cold evening, I definitely didn’t mind the silent dining experience. The café portion is the first thing you’ll see when entering the space. It was cute and reminded me of one of those little cafes downtown. Though I wasn’t able to try a drink, it seemed like a great place for students to grab a latte in between classes or enjoy a treat with a friend in their downtime.
Next we were on to the restaurant. The student staff was friendly, and showed us to our table which was decorated with poinsettias for the holiday season. A very welcoming touch I might add. The menu consisted of a 3-course meal that included an appetizer, main course and dessert. There were a few choices for each, all of which seemed very good. Due to an unfortunate nut allergy, only one of us were able to try an appetizer; a soup. From what I was told, the flavours were great and the plating looked very appealing.
We decided on the burger and the steak as our main course. Also to accompany our meal, was some house red wine. The main course was served with fresh cut fries and house ketchup that was very tasty. The food was filling, but we had to leave room for dessert; bread pudding with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Of all the things we tried, that had to be my absolute favourite. It was plated nicely and the flavours went well together. Now that was a dessert I’d have to get again.
With locally sourced ingredients, and a range of flavours, The Local is definitely worth checking out. The cozy space makes you forget you’re on campus and the chefs and culinary students have done a great job turning The Local into more than just a school cafe with their quality and presentation. Whether you want something quick between classes or a nice meal with friends, Centennial’s new food service takes a new spin on eating on campus.