Happy Holidays Everyone! We are closed for winter break from Dec. 16 - Jan. 11
We'll be open for regular winter hours Friday Jan. 12/ 2018.....See you in the New Year!


Q: What does Karelia mean?

A: Karelia was part of Finland until 1940 when most of it was ceded to Russia after the Winter War. Two small parts remain within Finland, North and south Karelia. At that time 400,000 people were relocated into Finland.

Q: Why did you choose the name Karelia?

A: One thing you will learn about us is that it’s all about family.

Q: What is Smørrebrød?

A: Smørrebrød are the open faced sandwiches which make up a big part of our visual display in the cafe. Pronounced “SMUHR-bruth” (only native Danish speakers can pronounce this properly) and translates as “buttered bread”. Eaten with a knife and fork, Smørrebrød can come in any number of variations using fish, meat, cheese, eggs, vegetables, pickles and garnishes artistically structured to be as appealing to the eyes as the tongue.

Although Smørrebrød are quintessentially Danish, they are the common, traditional sandwich type throughout the Scandinavian countries as well as the Baltics, and Russia where they are typically eaten for breakfast, lunch, supper or as a snack.

Q: When are your Smørrebrød made?

A: We begin making Smørrebrød first thing in the morning and continually replenish the case throughout the day. Selection is limited after 7:00pm

Q: This is my first time in the cafe. How does this work?

A: All our menus are written on our chalk doors. Printed menus are also on your table. The pastry case, smorrebrod, and prepared salads are on display. Feel free to feast you eyes. You can also order from our various al la carte menus which are day and time specific i.e. brunch (served Saturday until 3:00pm and Sunday until 4:00pm) or dinner (served Tuesday – Saturday 5:30 – 9:00pm or 10:00pm). We provide full table service. Place your order with your server and we’ll take care of the rest.

Q: I am Gluten Free/Lactose Intolerant/Vegetarian …What can I eat?

A: Lots! We have a large menu with many options to accommodate many eating lifestyles. As we make most everything in house, we are able to happily guide you through your choices answering any questions regarding ingredients.

Q: Do you do Take-Out?

A: All menu items are available for take out although we don’t reccomend taking out brunch eggs and the LCBO won’t allow us to sell take out akvavit

Q: Are you licensed to serve alcohol?

A: We are fully licensed. We have available a seasonally changing selection of Wine, Beer and Hard Ciders from local producers. We also serve Jubilaeums Akvavit in shots and in our signature cocktails.

Q: Can I bring my own wine?

A: Yes you can! We offer a very reasonable $12 corkage fee.

Q: What is Akvavit?

A: Akvavit or aquavit is a traditional flavoured spirit of Scandinavia where it has been produced since the 15th century. Typically 40% alcohol by volume, akvavit is an important part of Scandinavian drinking culture, it is often drunk during festive gathering and celebrations where it is a must with fish courses. Akvavit, like vodka is distilled either from grain or potatoes. After distillation, it is flavoured with herbs, spices or fruit oils. Common flavours are caraway, cardamom, cumin, anise, fennel, orange peel or dill. In the cafe we serve Aalborg Jubilaeums Akvavit which was created in 1946 to celebrate the centenary of Aalborg Taffel Akvavit and is the most exported aquavit today. This fruity akvavit is characterized by dill and corriander with hints of star aniseed and citrus with a smooth caramel finish. In 2001 Aalborg Jubilaeums won a gold medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competition, having been selected as the world’s best aquavit. Served as a chilled shot or in one of our signature cocktails, akavavit is the perfect accompaniment to many of our smokehouse specialities.

Q: What is Fika?

A: There isn’t really an English equivalent for the word fika, but it could be loosely translated as coffee break. This makes some sense, as the Nordic countries in general are the world’s largest coffee consumers. The average person in chilly Northern Europe consumes 20 pounds of coffee annually, and the Finns up the ante even further with a per-person average of 28 pounds.

In Sweden and Finland, where fika (or fika pause) is most common, coffee is a serious and necessary diversion from the stresses of life.

The difficulty with translating the word fika, which can be a noun or a verb, is that it means so much more than just coffee break. The difference between just “drinking coffee” and “fika” is that with fika you actually stop working. You don’t take your coffee on the go and you don’t multitask. You stop, take a break, and enjoy the coffee (or your choice of refreshment) and a sweet treat. Typically you would fika with your friends, family or co-workers as friendly chit chat is also an important part of fika.

In truth Fika is not even really about the coffee. It’s about living a little everyday, taking a small break, and allowing you to enjoy life, even when it’s busy.

So take a pause. Join us for fika!

Q: Do you sell gift certificates?

A: Even better, we offer the Karelia Kitchen debit card which makes a great gift with added perks.

Q: Do you take reservations?

A: Yes! Give us a call 647 748 1194. Book your favourite table. Avoid line-ups.

Q: Who makes all your pastries?

A: We do. As well as being our our smokehouse, we do our own, baking, curing, pickling, jarring and canning in our on site production kitchen.

Q: Can I buy a whole cake/tart/pie?

A: Yes we sell whole cake and tarts. Any item you see in the display case can be made with 24 hours notice. Special orders require 48 hours notice.

Q: Do you sell Karelian Pie?

A: Not at this time but coming soon.

Q. What time do you close?

A: Last order into the kitchen Tuesday – Thursday 9:00pm Friday – Saturday 10:00pm

Q: Can I buy your smoked products?

A: Absolutely. All our smoked products are sold by weight and available for take home. Check out our smoke house here

Q: Can I get a printed menu?

A: Sure. Which one? Smørrebrød, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch or Fika.

1194 Bloor Street West
Just west of Dufferin
Toronto, Ontario M6H 1N2

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 5:30pm-10:00pm
Thursday: 5:30pm-10:00pm
Friday: 11:00am-11:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am-11:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am-5:00pm

Please call 647 748 1194
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