As the weather in the city has been turning colder, I once again find myself using the downtown skywalk and underground walkway system more frequently. I was looking for a quick lunch the other day, and as I entered the underground mall complex by the RBC building on Portage Avenue, I spotted Gaberniks at the bottom of the escalators, and figured I’d give it a try.
I had tried the above ground Gaberniks location a few years back, but didn’t really remember it. The underground location focuses on soup, salads, sandwiches, etc. I noticed a soup and sandwich combo on offer and chose that. This combo is available in lunch size and full size. As you might expect if you are familiar with my dining habits from reading the blog, I went with the full size.
There were two or three soups on offer. I went with the Pea Soup. For the sandwich I went with a Denver. The sandwich choice was partly a matter of nostalgia. Many years ago, when I was a business student at the Notre Dame RRC campus, the Denver sandwich they served at the Buffalo Cafeteria was my go to breakfast choice. The Denver from Gaberniks isn’t good enough to compete with the memory, but it was still a good sandwich. The filling was more frittata shaped, so there wasn’t quite full coverage under the toast. The Pea Soup was thinner than I like. I prefer mine closer to porridge in texture. Still, the flavour was quite good and the there was plenty in the bowl. At $7.75 before taxes this made for a filling meal.
Gaberniks Grab and Go Lunch
The next time I went to Gaberniks my schedule was a little tighter, so I simply grabbed a Cobb Salad to go. There was a short wait in getting it, which was a good thing as the salad was being constructed after I ordered it. Again, the salad was well priced, but I’d rather pay a little bit more and get some better quality ingredients. Neither the ham or the chicken was of particularly high quality. I did like the fact that the salad came with the dressing on the side. That meant nothing getting soggy while I walked back to work. There was also a good portion of dressing, well matched to the size of the salad.
Gaberniks is certainly not high end lunch dining. However, if you are a looking for something that is fresh and fast, it’s a good place to stop by. Also, I found the service both times to be fast and friendly.