To start us off, here's a disclaimer: the Jamie Kennedy who founded Gilead Cafe is not the American actor/comedian who has starred in a string of bad movies. Instead, this Jamie is one of Canada's most well renowned and lauded chefs. He's been committed to sustainable agriculture and buying locally sourced food for years. As such, his food is always fresh, simple, and delicious. And thanks to his dedication to the environment, you also get a do-gooder high - for eating.
At Gilead, all the ingredients are sourced from local artisinal suppliers, including a nice selection of Ontario wines. As such, the menu changes with the seasons and uses the appropriate produce for the time, which also means every time you go to his restaurant, you can try something new. I've been there several times and can personally attest that every season is great.
Jamie Kennedy makes light, fresh dishes with simple ingredients. As I tasted each, I felt like there were only a few components to each dish. For instance, I had a quinoa salad with black beans and a poached egg. The odd combination was a complete success. It was a well done, simple, fresh, new summery salad.
The decor is also pleasant. The walls are lined with old school mason jars of bright, preserved foods: peppers, pickles, garlic, onions, and more. The effect is pretty cool; sort of like a classy farm house. The restaurant just has a nice feel to it: it's fresh, open, and relaxing, with a semi-open concept kitchen, and windows that open onto a sweet little alleyway.
Gilead Cafe is a great place to eat brunch, lunch, and dinner. It's the perfect spot to experience culinary excellence on a decent budget, and try Jamie Kennedy's skills without breaking the bank. I highly recommend it.