Attached by the hip to the TIFF Bell Lightbox, O&B Canteen is a café consisting of a grab-and-go counter on one side, a dine-in section on the other, and a sizeable outdoor patio. If you plan on visiting though, make sure you give yourself ample time as service wait times can elongate your visit beyond measure.
Their menu offers typical marketplace dishes: soups, salads, plates, pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and a small selection of desserts. We ordered a Cappuccino ($3.95), the Calamari Tacos ($12), and Summer Berries in Rosé Jelly ($8).
The cappuccino wasn't outstanding in any way, but it was still a good cup of coffee and the only semi-reasonably priced thing on the menu.
The tacos came in a soft shell tortilla filled with buttermilk crema, mango, jalapeño, and of course fried calamari. The serving was minuscule but the two bites we tasted combined the sweet, spicy, and savoury flavours delectably, although we could have done without the slightly dry tortilla.
Calamari Tacos ($12)
Dessert became our obvious favourite as the summer berries in rosé jelly arrived with vanilla ice cream and aged balsamic. The sweetness of the ice cream and the tanginess of the berries perfectly complemented each other. The texture was perfect too: like Jell-o's older, cooler sibling.
Summer Berries in Rosé Jelly ($8)
Our only gripe was the service, and unfortunately it was a rather large gripe. Remember when Sleeping Beauty was put to sleep for 100 years? We could've taken a couple of similar naps between getting service from our waiter. We spent well over an hour unsuccessfully attempting to get our bill in a sea of identical waiters, right down to the scruff and thick-rimmed glasses, so it was impossible to tell who was who. It was like being stuck in an episode of The Twilight Zone.
Basically, if you're down to spend a good portion of your day at a café with overpriced food options, Canteen is your go-to.