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Toast reopens with massive expansion & new empanada menu

The Bank Street staple has reopened with a brand-new kitchen, seating area, and a host of South American-inspired new menu items.

Toast has added new menu items (and a new space!) to their famous toastie repertoire.

The Bank Street spot has reopened with a brand-new kitchen and seating area, making the venue double the size and ready to serve up a host of new menu items. In addition to the new space, which will have a fully equipped kitchen as well as a new entrance and seats, Toast will launch new South American-inspired menu items. 

The new menu, spearheaded by Venezuelan head chef Virginia, has chicken, beef, and vegan (either filled with grilled plantain and housemade black beans or sautéed vegetables and vegan cheese) empanadas, and South American pastries – pastelitos. 

While South American-inspired dishes may seem radical for an eatery that specialises in Australian staple toasties, co-owner Helen Carpentieri argues the two are alike. 

“Empanadas are like the South American toastie,” Carpentieri says. 

“We’d like to eventually make ‘toasties’ for different cultures like Brazil, Jamaica, and more, because each country has their own.”

Carpentieri founded Toast with her husband and co-owner Angelo 16 years ago. They serve up homemade quiches, smoothies, lasagna, coffee, and multicultural eats from their under-construction spot. 

“We make what your mum would cook,” Angelo says. 

“And with the new kitchen, we’ll be making authentic dishes that mum’s from different cultures would cook too.”

The spot also has its liquor licence, so expect your empanadas to be paired with tequila and beers. Head chef Virginia is excited about the new menu items. 

“The beauty of Australia is bringing together different cultures and food,” she says. 

“We’re excited to keep our empanadas and arepas traditional, but a few of them will have a twist.”

Find Toast online here.

Find Toast at 19 Bank Street, Adelaide. 

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