Nestled beside the ever-popular pool-hopping destination, Scadding Court, lies Market 707. Just east of Bathurst, at 707 Dundas Avenue, 15 small businesses operate out of modified shipping containers and form the market. Services range from a bicycle repair shop to dim sum to camel burgers. Here’s a selection of our fave food offerings from 707:
These traditional Salvadorian corn pancakes are made right before your eyes by owner Terri and are served with curtido, a cabbage slaw with red chilies and vinegar, and tomato salsa. If you’ve never had a pupusa, you’re sorely missing out on a delicious part of Toronto’s multicultural cuisine.
The Original One
Good dim sum can be hard to find outside of Chinatown and Markham, but The Original One has got it covered. Their barbequed pork buns are light and fluffy, and the bbq pork is perfectly seasoned. Besides the fact that they’re $3, they’re steamed and ready to be devoured in four minutes – the perfect amount of time to peruse the other vendors or try their bubble tea.
Street food is a hot trend in Toronto right now and Gushi is on the bandwagon, serving up Japanese-style street food. Now if you want skewers done right, you should probably go to the restaurant named after them. Gushi is Japanese for skewers, including the $1.75 tasty shrimp skewer we sampled above. Lightly battered in Panko and topped with homemade teriyaki sauce, Gushi certainly lives up to its name.
Owner Dali Chehimi with the camel slider he prepared for us
Ever had a camel burger? Didn’t think so. We have though, and can we just say that after you get over the whole omg-I-just-ate-a-camel thing, they’re mighty tasty. Owner Dali Chehimi is more than happy to let you sample the toppings and tell you where he gets the buns and the meat from (here and here, by the way). We weren’t sure if we could stomach an entire burger, so we opted for the $3.50 slider version topped with homemade harissa and caramelized onions. If you’re not up for the camel, Chehimi offers lamb burgers, merguez sausages, and other Tunisian and North African fare.