Cacao 70 is a Montreal dessert chain that opened up its first location in Toronto a few months ago at the Distillery District. Everything on their menu involves chocolate. While I’ve been to the Cacao 70 in Montreal, I was uber excited when they open one in Toronto. I came here on three separate occasions.
The place was a little busy but N and I didn’t wait too long until our turn. We shared the Choco-Nut Waffle which is a classic waffle topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, candied hazelnuts, served with fresh fruits.
There are so many types of hot chocolate on the menu which I definitely have to come back to try! We each received a warm cup of American Style Hot Chocolate (choice of milk, semi-sweet or dark) complimentary for moving tables, which we didn’t mind at all. We both love dark chocolate, so this drink really hit the spot on this cold evening. It was rich, not too sweet, and delicious!
On my next visit, J and I ordered a fondue set, Sweet Chocolate Experience for Two. What really caught my eye was the mini grill for the marshmallow!
Some girls and I were planning a girls brunch date and I suggested Cacao 70 as I wanted to try their brunch menu (available from 10am – 4pm). I was feeling something healthy and ordered the Vegetable Frittata which is like a quiche in a skillet but without the pastry. It came with a side of fresh fruits and of course, chocolate!
My friend H ordered the Illegal Chocolate Waffle. This comes with caramelized bananas, which is the star of this dish. Yummm.
Below, pictured at the top is the Lazy Breakfast (scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, bacon, potatoes, beans). Pictured bottom right is the Blue Mushroom Omelette (with onions, mushrooms, spinach, swiss cheese, potatoes). Both served with fresh fruit and melted chocolate!
Every item on the Cacao 70 menu, whether its desserts, drinks or brunch comes with some form of chocolate. You can also order chocolate that originates from different parts of the world. Overall, it is a great place to hang out and chat with friends. You can count on this place to satisfy your sweet tooth and chocolate cravings!
28 Gristmill Lane
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
Sunday – Thursday: 10am-11pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am-12am (midnight)
Kitten and the Bear is known for their artisan preserves and buttermilk scones. This cute little shop is located on the west end, in the village of Parkdale. They have a small tea room as well as take out. We decided to go for their Jam & Tea Service ($17.50/person).
Since the tea room is quite small with one table that seats 2 and a second table that seats 3, they do not take reservations and operate on a first come first serve basis. Luckily there was a table for 2 available when J and I arrived.
The Jam and Tea Service comes with:
- Flight of seasonal preserves
- Buttermilk scones
- Clotted cream
- A choice of pour-over coffee or tea (including black, white & oolong, green, herbal).
As a green tea lover, I decided on the Tropical Green Tea which is a Japanese Sencha with tropical fruit and citrus notes, and of course J had the Pour-Over Coffee. I like the set up and the elegant designs on the tableware, it almost felt like Alice in Wonderland.
The scones were warm and freshly made. They were arguably the best scones I’ve had – light, fluffy, and slightly crisp on the outside.
The jam flavours of the day were:
- Strawberries & Chocolate – chunky, quite sweet, reminds me of classic strawberry jam
- Banana & Bourbon & Vanilla Bean – if you are bananas about this fruit, this one is for you
- Sweet Orange & Honeyed Whisky – this marmalade has an intense orange burst
- Blackberry, Plum and Violet – chunks of berries and plum, with a slight hint of violet
We picked up a jar of Blackberry, Plum and Violet jam on our way out. Jam, jellies and marmalade are all handmade in small batches and free of preservatives. We were told that unopened, these artisan preserves have a shelf life of just over a year.
Overall, we really enjoyed the whole experience.
574 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6R 1A6
Tuesday – Sunday : 10 am – 6 pm
Monday : Closed
Miku is a Japanese restaurant specializing in Aburi Sushi and Aburi Style cuisine. I took J to Miku for his birthday back in February. I’ve heard many good things about this restaurant and I thought it was the perfect occasion to go here!
Everything sounded sooo good on the menu, we really couldn’t decide what to order. After much thought, we both settled for the Winter Set Menu ($60/person), which is only available until March 17th. It was the best decision because we got to taste a variety of items on the main menu without ordering full portions of any one dish. The Winter Set Menu is a 3 course meal, and there’s also an optional sake pairing with each course ($20/person).
The first course consist of 7 pieces of sushi from their Miku Signature Selection. The Aburi Sushi are blow-torched and which gives it a nice flamed taste. They were absolutely delicious and very flavourful on its own without the need of dipping in soy sauce or wasabi like the usual sushi restaurants. The Aburi Salmon Oshi was definitely my favourite.
The next course was the Surf & Turf Trio which consists of three different entrees (Miso Baked Sable Fish, Butter Poached Lobster Tail, AAA Sterling Silver Beef Tenderloin) that can be found on Miku’s regular menu but in smaller portions. We preferred this because we were able to try different dishes. All of them were amazing, the seafood and the beef tenderloin were all cooked to perfection.
Here is a close up of the Miso Baked Sale Fish with charred eggplant puree, sorrel, kale chip.
AAA Sterling Silver Beef Tenderloin served with wasabi veal jus, wild mushroom, brussels sprouts, and shallot puree.
To finish off the meal, is their signature Green Tea Opera cake. Layers of green tea genoise, matcha butter cream, dark chocolate ganache, adzuki bean cream, with hazelnut wafer and matcha ice cream on the side. So much yummy goodness! This was J’s favourite because of the perfect mixture of different flavours and textures.
Although I called ahead to make special arrangements for the dessert to come with a special birthday message and a candle, it did not happen. I explained this to the server and they made sure we were happy. They brought out a scoop of their caramel ice cream as complimentary and received 10% off the bill.
This was one of our favourite dining experiences. Miku comes with a high price tag, but I would definitely come back again if I had the chance!
105-10 Bay Street (at Queen’s Quay)
Toronto, ON M5J 2R8
Daily 11:30am-3:00pm, Bar Bites 3:00pm-5:00pm
Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Bar Bites 10:00pm-Late
Friday-Saturday 5:00pm-10:30pm, Bar Bites 10:30pm-Late