The cafe consisted of two levels: the lower featured the standard glass window storefront and cake-making machinery, while a maid cafe was located upstairs. According to Toronto Life, the new outpost includes chocolate, strawberry, and matcha variations of their Angel Hat Cheesecake / Zuccotto, a no-bake, crusted "lunar" cheesecake, chocolate and maple puddings, and beverages such as teas and lattes.
I took the opportunity to stop by on a damp, somewhat chilly Wednesday, just since I happened to be in the area already. At first, I disregarded the lineup of 5 people hovering near the store window - it was now 3:03 PM anyways. Yanking on the ever-resistant door, however, informed me that they were queuing up for the exact same thing I had ventured out to accomplish.
I wanted to obtain a cake. But not just any cake, of course. What my heart desired were the chocolate and matcha Angel Hat Cakes.
Some several minutes later, one of the waitresses - well, maids - came out to provide us with the same message. As she was about to turn back into the store, however, I caught her giving us a heads up that the cafe was "dine-in only" and "cash only".
Um, excuse me?
Immediately rushing over to confirm whether the cakes could be taken to-go or not, she denied this option in her semi-broken English apologetically. I had no choice to but to turn back and search for a group willing to make the commute eastward with me.
For burger lovers looking to adapt a healthier lifestyle, Bare Burger offers meals comprised of organic, fair trade, pesticide-free, and GMO-free ingredients. It's a refreshing take on something that commonly assumes a slick, greasy form.
And while it is simply a hunch, the name concept is interesting as well: removing the additives from your standard, popular fast food item renders it "bare".
Despite its non-uniform lighting arrangement though, the orange-tinted dimness paired remarkably well with Bare Burger's funky decor details. From the earthy tones of the wooden tables to the scalloped scales lining the walls, and from the quirky condiment bottle designs to the colourful bear pieces adorning the booths near the bar area, the interior dazzled with vivid aesthetic appeal.
The combination was classic, yet included a modern twist. A turkey patty acted as the base for Aged Cheddar, red onions, guacamole, and a handful of sprouts, all of which were then encased in a wheat bun topped with oats. Between bites of smooth guacamole and chewy sprouts were tender pieces of turkey and crunchy bits of onion. The Socal was a guilt-free burger with the power to banish hunger without inducing feelings of overly full queasiness.