But in the ways of Toronto coffee-drinkers, Neo bears no resemblance to the modern gothic structural depiction, and instead refers to a small coffee shop - might I add: with atrocious incandescent potlights blazing down from all angles - situated in close proximity to King and Jarvis, just minutes away from George Brown College.
This, unfortunately, was not the case.
Being the somewhat practical consumer that I am, I opted only for the latte option, and saved $2.95 by opting for a Neo Choux instead of the Swiss roll slice. (It still wasn't the most price-justified decision to execute, but hey, I did say "somewhat" after all.)
The barista responded with a blank stare. "No." he said before returning to his blank stance.
Microseconds of blinking occurred. Alright, then.
I ordered the Kyoto Matcha Latte, which the other barista punched into the machine, before following up with "What's that?", pointing to the "by order" sign of the Neo Choux.
For reference, items that are "made to order" generally require a bit more time to prepare as opposed to ready-made items. This is, to be expected, as the term is intended to describe goods that are freshly produced and as per demand. Seeing that the cream puff shells had already been neatly stacked in the foggy, refrigerated display case, I wondered which exact element would be prepared on the spot.
"Is the cream already inside?" I asked.
"No, it's made to order."
Ah, so it is sliced and filled to order. How misleading of a product description!
"How long does it take?"
An arrogant reply launched shortly: "Faster than it takes me to make a latte."
Despite this being true, I, as a customer, appreciated none of this curt attitude.
However, I still cannot seem to find justification for unbelievably high prices associated with such déclassé customer service. (Oooohh, would you look at that usage of the French language?)
The Neo Choux was great and, unlike the other pastries, was an affordable little snack. In contrast though, the Kyoto Matcha Latte hadn't presented any of the shades of awesomeness other users had claimed; it also cooled down much more rapidly than I would have preferred. I'll officially be crossing Neo off the list now.
A brief visit to St. Lawrence Market was made; unlike the vintage flea market I had anticipated, I was slightly taken back that it was a farmer's market instead. Nonetheless, I can now proclaim that I've indeed been there.
The Kids' size was honestly much smaller than expected for four dollars though.