Thankfully, services did begin exactly at 12 PM as promised. Groups of approximately ten people were guided through the several door-less rooms contained within the pop-up; the remaining members of the lineup were gradually invited into the waiting area as the groups ahead proceeded to their next destination(s).
We returned back to the lobby for a short break, gulping down lemon-lime water and/or lemon-flavoured sparkling water to relieve our mouths of the fieriness of the dishes we had just tasted.
I was sufficiently satisfied considering that I had already received a free lunch, though wasn't too keen that the entire process (waiting plus the guided tour) had seized one hour and fifteen minutes of my life that I would never get back. The food quality was mediocre at best, which is to be expected of pre-packaged supermarket chain standards; no amount of culinary professionalism could revert this.
If you happen to be curious about the pop-up, then feel free to wait it out during its last week of operation and decide for yourself whether any of the items are worth purchasing.
Continue reading about my first experience at the Toronto Christmas Market HERE !