If you’re stuck in the “salad is boring” camp, a trip to Mandy’s Salades Gourmandes is guaranteed to snap you out of it. At Mandy’s, a pastel-heavy, glitz-meets-boho chic theme complements the team’s deft ability at layering scores of ingredients into harmonious bowls of goodness. One bite, and you’ll never think of salad as anything other than exhilarating again. Happily, as of March 1, you no longer have to travel to Montreal for your epiphany. Located at 52 Ossington Avenue, Mandy’s first location outside of la belle province boasts all of the beloved Mandy’s trademarks, and will have you downing more colourful produce than you ever thought possible.
Opened in 2004 by sisters Rebecca and Mandy Wolfe, Mandy’s has grown from a small, make-your-own salad bar into a mini, Quebec-based empire. “Mandy’s is a high-end, gourmet salad chain,” says Rebecca Wolfe. “You can come in and choose all of your own ingredients. All of our dressings are home-made. We also have grain bowls, we have smoothies, we have soup. We make all of our own desserts,” she adds.
Designed by Rebecca, who also handles brand marketing, each location is “warm and comfortable,” with emphasis placed on giving customers a complete experience, not just a nourishing meal. In the years since it first opened, Mandy’s has steadily grown, garnering a cult-like following thanks to a covetable aesthetic and sister Mandy’s passion for cuisine.