The former Annex Food Hall got a huge revamp, thanks to Toronto food entrepreneur Trevor Lui. His latest venture, Superfresh, is a night market that will spotlight Asian cuisine, vendors and culture. It officially opens to the public on May 14.
According to a press release, the space offers a very open concept, perfect for the live entertainment Superfresh intends to host.
“Seven vendors encircle an open dining room complete with a full bar and bodega which seats 150 guests indoors and 50 guests on an outdoor patio,” the release reads. “The 4,000-square-foot space is an immersive experience from the moment one enters the space which is filled with an abundance of quirky signage and neon lights paying tribute to the origins of night markets across various East Asian countries. The bar top is made out of Mahjong tiles and a wall comes alive with moving fortune cats.”
Food options at Superfresh include Lui’s own Baobird, which serves Taiwanese fried chicken and bao, as well as Asian bodega Auntie’s Supply, Indonesian street eats from JaJan, and classic Korean bar snacks from SSam Cha.
The Superfresh cocktail menu was developed by drink expert Evelyn Chick and includes different programming at each venue within the market. The front bar boasts four crushable cocktails on tap designed to pair with the food offerings, while the Speakeasy menu gets a little bolder. The Superfresh Spritz, for example, is made with a lemongrass-infused Northern Keep Vodka and a house Pomelo Ginseng Cordial, and topped with sparkling wine on tap. The Speakeasy’s Punch Punch Peach is made with Brugal 1888 Premium Rum, Chum Charm Peach Soju, fresh lime juice, and a Tahini Cashew Orgeat. A curated beer, sake, soju, and Baijiu list brimming with Asian-owned or local purveyors rounds out the drink offerings.
“We are excited to bring this concept to life and add to the cultural fabric of the Asian community in Toronto,” Lui, a Superfresh co-owner, said in a statement. “Our intention is to support and uplift the many talented Asian creatives in the city and provide a hub to showcase their work.”
Superfresh is located at 384 Bloor St. W. and is open late Wednesdays through Mondays.