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Light Café : Toronto, Canada

Light Café : Toronto, Canada

Name: Light Cafe
Address: 23 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T 1L1, Canada
Website: Website
Phone: (647) 347-3883
Wifi: Yes
Tender: Cash
Neighbourhood: Baldwin Village
Type: Asian/Fusion/Café

Light Café is located in Toronto’s Baldwin Village neighborhood. Already a well established brand in Taiwan the newly opened location in Toronto is the first in North America with plans for expansion across the continent.

Owner Jennifer describes Light Café’s mission to be a casual, modern, Asian/Western style café providing high quality food with a twist at an affordable cost. If you’ve never dined at an Asian/Western style café before the food is typically made up of Western/European dishes with an Asian twist, and is also generally less rich than their traditional Western/European counterparts. These style of cafes are incredibly popular across Asia and can often also be found in various pockets of Toronto and the GTA where there is a predominant number of Asian restaurants.

One look at the interior and they certainly achieve the modern aspect. The space is absolutely stunning with a living plant wall, sleek white marble tables, and concrete floors. It’s the kind of interior that Instagram dreams are made of.

Light Cafe: Interior Plant Wall
Light Cafe: Interior, plant wall

A must-try on their menu, and arguably their most impressive item, is the Cotton Candy Coffee, $4.95 CDN + tax. Available for dine-in only it is served with a container of hot coffee, a container of steamed milk, two biscuit cookies, and a beautifully spun ball of cotton candy which sits perched on top of a coffee cup. I appreciate that the little details have not gone unnoticed here with the steamed milk to ensure your beverage remains hot when added to the coffee as well as having a small cloth provided with the setup to allow you to lift the hot containers of coffee and milk to prevent burning your fingers.

If you have never had cotton candy coffee before the idea is that the cotton candy acts as an alternative to sugar in your coffee. The hot coffee and milk is to be poured over the cotton candy to melt it into your coffee.

The presentation is not only beautiful, but the coffee also tastes great. The biscuits are a nice touch to dip in your coffee, however you can upgrade to a French macaron for $1.50 CDN + tax as an alternative to the biscuits.

Previously, cotton candy coffee was only available at Intium Café in Markham. However now that it is available here in Toronto there’s no need to drive up to the suburbs anymore to enjoy this fun way of getting in your daily dose of caffeine.

 

Light Cafe: Cotton Candy Coffee
Light Cafe: Cotton Candy Coffee

Next, I try the Lobster Bisque (topped with sour cream and a hint of parsley. Combo served with mixed field green salad and french garlic toast), $6.50 CDN+ HST for single, $9.25 CDN + HST for combo. Again, the food  is presented beautifully with the bisque being served in an individual sized saucepan on a wooden board with four slices of garlic bread and a side salad. Like all food served at an Asian/Western style café the bisque is much less rich and creamy than a traditional French bisque. It still tastes amazing though and the garlic bread  is perfect for dipping into your soup.

Light Cafe: Lobster Bisque
Light Cafe: Lobster Bisque

Then there is the Truffle Mushroom Croissant (House baked butter croissant topped with sautéed mushrooms, beefsteak tomatoes and ruffled lettuces dressed in truffle mayo), $10.25 CDN + tax. It is served with a side salad and also “special item”, as described on the menu. On the day I visit the “special item” is diced watermelon with mint. It’s refreshing and perfect for summer.

The truffle mushroom croissant itself ends up being my favorite item that I sample at Light Café. The first thing I take note of is the croissant it is served on. Upon the first bite I immediately know that it is high quality. It’s fresh and perfectly flaky and is intensely buttery. Everything a croissant should be. The sautéed mushrooms, truffle mayo, tomatoes, and lettuce make for the perfect flavor profile pairings. In fact, I think I  could actually become a vegetarian if this is what I ate everyday. It is easily one of the best vegetarian sandwiches I have ever tasted. In fact, it is one of the best sandwiches vegetarian or non-vegetarian I have ever had PERIOD.

Light Cafe: Truffle Mushroom Croissant
Light Cafe: Truffle Mushroom Croissant

I then try the Grilled Wasabi Chicken Sandwich(grilled chicken sandwich topped with wasabi mayo, beefsteak tomatoes and ruffled lettuces. Served with mixed field green salad and a house special side dish), $10.25 CDN + tax. The chicken is moist and tender and the flavors of the wasabi mayo, tomatoes, and lettuce go well together. It makes for a great casual sandwich/salad for lunch or dinner. My only criticism is that the ingredients overall are too large and a little sloppy. Chopping the chicken into smaller pieces and having the lettuce shredded would make for a better presentation and overall execution (it would also make it easier and more enjoyable to eat). Adding more wasabi mayo in the sandwich would also make this a standout dish as it is what sets this apart from any other typical chicken sandwich you could order at a restaurant or even make at home.

Light Cafe: Grilled Wasabi Chicken Sandwich
Light Cafe: Grilled Wasabi Chicken Sandwich

In addition to a wide variety of food items Light Café also has an extensive tea/coffee menu. Serving premium teas from local Toronto tea company Pluck Teas, their tea (as well as coffee) options are quite extensive.  I try the Just Peachy Black Tea, $4.75 CDN + tax.  A black tea, what’s unique about the it is that the actual tea leaves themselves are infused/blended with dried ripe peaches and dried apricots. This means that no additional sugar/syrup flavoring is needed to be added to the drink in order to give it a nice peach flavor. The tea is then topped with seasonal fruits and then served over ice. This drink is delicious and refreshing. What’s nice about it is that because it is naturally flavored with dried fruits instead of syrups/artificial flavors it is not overly sweet.

Light Cafe: Just Peachy Black Tea
Light Cafe: Just Peachy Black Tea

Lastly, I try the Matcha Red Bean Waffle, $8.75 CDN + tax. The waffles are made fresh and served warm with a generous sized scoop of matcha ice cream, red bean, whipped cream, and matcha infused cream which can be poured over your waffles and ice cream. Personally I have never been a fan of red bean, another highly popular dessert flavor in Asia, so I avoid it completely. I do however inhale the waffles, ice cream, whipped cream, and matcha infused cream. In addition to matcha flavor strawberry, chocolate-banana, mixed berries, maple apple, and affogato waffle flavors are also available as options.

Light Cafe: Matcha Red Bean Waffle
Light Cafe: Matcha Red Bean Waffle

Overall my experience at Light Café was beyond exceptional. Growing up, and even now as an adult, the Asian/Western style café was and still is one of my favorite types of restaurants/cafe’s  to  dine at for a casual yet delicious experience. Light Café however has managed to take this style of dining and elevate it to the next level with it’s contemporary décor and menu offerings geared towards modern clientele looking for a high quality experience at a reasonable cost. I’ll definitely be back, and I dare to say that it has now become a new favorite of mine.

 

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored, however the meal/items were complimentary. 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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