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Café Cancan: Toronto, Ontario

Café Cancan: Toronto, Ontario

Name: Café Cancan
Address: 89 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5
Website: Website
Instagram: @cafecancanto
Wifi: No
Tender: Debit,  Credit, Cash
Neighbourhood: Annex, Toronto

 

Café Cancan is located in Toronto’s Annex neighborhood and serves French cuisine in an impossibly chic designed interior with a pastel palette. Formerly home to the much beloved Harbord Room the space has been transformed into a show stopping modern and whimsical masterpiece complete with pastel pink walls, mint leather banquettes and sleek white caesarstone tabletops. Flamingo and floral wallpaper accent the space and bright, open, and minimalistic patio is hidden out back to enjoy the warm weather during the summer months.

 

Café Cancan: Seating area
Café Cancan: Seating area

 

Café Cancan: Interior
Café Cancan: Interior

 

Café Cancan: Patio
Café Cancan: Patio

The menu is brimming with French classics. I try out the French Onion Soup. For $14 the bowl is filled with  short ribs, Gruyère, sherry, and topped with chopped pieces of bread which have been soaked through from the broth. They’re very generous with the short ribs so this definitely a soup that feels more like a complete meal. The sherry is also strong although I could’ve used more cheese (this might just be due to the fact that I’m a cheese fiend though. Normal people would probably be ok).

My friend gets the Ham ’N’ Cheese Baguette. For $14 a half-sized baguette is sliced lengthwise and layered with black forest ham, butter, Gruyère, and served with a side of greens. It’s deceivingly filling as my friend is unable to finish the whole thing and takes the rest home to enjoy later but she confirms that it’s tasty and well made.

Café Cancan: French Onion Soup + Ham and Cheese Baguette
Café Cancan: French Onion Soup + Ham and Cheese Baguette

Ok so I end up coming to this place twice in one week. The second time my friend orders the Petit Déjeuner. At $16 it comes with bacon, sausage, eggs, beans, mushroom, toast and she polishes off her plate which is an indication of how it must have tasted. I have to admit that the thick cut bacon tested my will power as I seriously considered grabbing it off her plate and eating it as fast as possible without her somehow miraculously not noticing.

Café Cancan: Barry’s Burger + Petit Déjeuner

Lastly I tried Barry’s Burger. For $18, mayo remoulade, red onion, pickles, and cheddar are topped on 2 patties and served with a side of frites. To be honest  it’s not the most visually appealing burger but it does taste really good. The patties are juicy and the pickles add just the right amount of crunch.

Café Cancan: Barry's Burger
Café Cancan: Barry’s Burger

Overall I really enjoyed my experience both times I dined here. The space is impeccably designed and unlike anything else in Toronto. The food is well made although I do find pricing to be a bit on the high side. I guess paying a slight premium might be worth it though to enjoy eating in an atmosphere that makes you feel like a modern day princess.

 

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored, nor was anything gifted to me. Yup, paid full price for it all. All opinions expressed are my own. All menu offerings and prices are accurate as of time of posting. Please refer to restaurant/shop for most up to date information.

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