The Lakeshore venture had proved an unprofitable experience with unreasonably overpriced food items and dessert. Honestly speaking, neither my mind nor stomach was prepared to undergo such an experience a second time.
But sometimes, chocolate cravings arise and must be satisfied.
Several members of staff lay at the mature end of the spectrum, guiding customers to their tables and managing the part-timers as necessary.
Even the concept of individual bathroom stalls and an external sink had been carried over. The setup remained narrow, equipped with a pyramid of hand towels and a toilet paper installation situated in an cumbersome location. A faint layer of dust could be spotted on the paper towel dispenser, as well as the surface of the not-so-functional Stainless steel garbage bin.
I opted for a savoury item that could easily be transformed into lunch leftovers for the following day: a Montreal Style Crepe.
My favourite fangirl chose a Creamy Mushroom Soup, which was served in a gigantic bread bowl, Fisherman's Wharf-style. The meal included a beverage, so a simple Americano was requested.
Both meals proved hearty and satisfying - entirely unlike the frozen waffle and beany tortilla disaster from my visit at their first location. I particularly enjoyed the subtle hint of sweetness to the crepe, which was later offset by a well-seasoned portion of roast beef and tangy squirt of mustard. The sweet potato waffle fries added a nice crunch, though were a bit too greasy and evidently storebought.
Fell In Love emerged as our final choice, given the considerations for fruit, chocolate, and ice cream.
Taste-testing the ice creams, we agreed upon Hazelnut. A dark-milk-white chocolate hybrid mix was requested on the side.
Nonetheless, it was tasty, but far from warranting its price tag.
I must also remark on the downgrade of the cookie served with coffee. The first cup was joined by a small, chip-containing bite, though the one residing beside the second cup was no more than the depressing tail of a shortbread dough roll
Geez, I wish we had Cacao 70 in the GTA to straighten the choco-game.