Wind Up Bird Cafe

Wind Up Bird Cafe
As you walk past the little unassuming corner restaurant on College St east of Bathurst you can’t begin to imagine the giant things happening inside.  If you knew before hand it was co-owned by renowned restaurantuer Sang Kim and Claudio Gaudio, you would undoubtedly presume  the menu was going to be rich with  innovative twists on classic Korean dishes.  Yet the moment you walk in and take a second to absorb what you are seeing and what you are hearing you will quickly discover it is beyond anything you can imagine.

Wind Up Bird Cafe

It’s hard to narrow down one particular theme in this pretty little space with its’  bright mustard walls, deep rich wood tones and colorful art pieces.  With over 18 different programs lined up to occupy this room at any given time you are easily immersed into Kim’s world of culinary arts, literature and conscious need for social empowerment.

Wind Up Bird Cafe

When you enter the restaurant the first thing you see is the bar which is standard of a lot of downtown restaurants.  Yet it is  the first thing you will hear, anything from flutes, to cellos and clarinets that leaves a bigger impact. These melodic notes are courtesy of one of the Cafe’s first cultural initiatives called Shuffle.  Here students of the University of Toronto’s music program are welcome to come play, practice, improvise and entertain with the group dynamics changing every two weeks.

Wind Up Bird Cafe

Pro-teen Queen, Leah Honiball and Kiki, Yumiko’s daughter demonstrating Kid-chen Confidential

It’s at the back of the room where two more innovative programs come about.  First is the Kid-Chen Confidential program where older kids teach younger kids how to prepare, cook and enjoy new and wonderful dishes. This is one of Sang’s favorite initiatives bringing children into the kitchen, learning the importance of food and the enjoyment of preparing it.  With the space outside slated to become a community garden and patio, kids will become the center of a vast majority of special events.

Literary events such as Cook/Book nights bring in local authors, their works and their personal love of food and allows Sang as host to bring together his passion of food and conversation.  Poetry nights and reading are also planned.

It’s easy for great restaurants with a lot going on in the peripheral to forget about the back of the house.  But no detail is left unchecked at Wind Up Bird with much of that having to do with a kitchen run by Chef Yumiko Kobayashi and a front of the house of friendly and gracious female staff.  This is an ode to Sang’s revere and respect to the beauty and intelligence of woman.  The menu is based on creative, wholesome and comforting dishes that allows all diners from vegetarians to omnivores to ravenous carnivores the chance to eat together as a community.

Wind Up Bird Cafe

Seafood Ceviche

Wind Up Bird Cafe

Grilled Lamb Chop

 

Wind Up Bird Cafe

Ganmodoki Fried Tofu Burger

 

Wind Up Bird Cafe

Avocado and Tofu Gratin

Wind Up Bird Cafe

Mango Cheesecake

Nothing is off the mark as each dish is delicious and creative.  Wind Up Bird Cafe proves that a great meal isn’t always just about the food but more about the experience while discovering it. Seeing his pure enjoyment of the beauty of women, the love food and abundant curiosity of children you know that the number of innovative programs that accompany each dining experience will continue to grow, educate and astound.

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