It’s time to say goodbye to the cold and hello to summer by exploring some tasty treats. The public health restrictions amid COVID-19 have created challenges for all of us. Don’t let them ruin your precious summer days. Instead, add some sweetness and enjoy the sunlight outside with your loved ones. Here are some summer desserts in GTA for you to fall in love with.
Tapioca crepes are beloved by Brazilians and people usually eat them as a snack or breakfast. Depending on the fillings used, these delicious treats can be served sweet or savory.
The crepes are made from tapioca flour, a popular non-gluten ingredient in Brazillian cuisine, so they are great for those who are gluten intolerant.
Incorporating traditional techniques and locally sourced ingredients, Tapi Go! offers 17 different flavors to its customers. Tapioca New Love is a pink crepe made with strawberries and dulce de leche, and pecans. For those who prefer savory, Tapioca We The North with pulled beef, cheddar cheese, sauteed onions, and special sauce is a satisfying snack. The price is from $8.3 – $9.5.
Address: 835 Bloor St. W
Daan Go Cake Lab
Christopher Siu, the owner of Daan Go Cake Lab and Canada’s Masterchef season two and seven’s contestant, cooks from the heart to create unique desserts fused by East Asian and Western culture.
Customers are offered various choices, including signature cakes, character macarons, pastries, and cookies. When it comes to macarons, your sweet tooth will be satisfied with 18 different characters and flavors made fresh daily. The tastes and designs change every season to bring new experiences to customers. For adventurous foodies, try Gold Thorn Cake. Featuring durian mousse and purée, along with cheese cream and vanilla chiffon, the cake honours Asian’s bold ‘king of fruit.’ Two other popular options include Tirameowsu (the store’s signature tiramisu) and Hong Kong milk tea.
Address: 3380 Midland Ave, Unit #11. 202 Baldwin St.
Opened in 2016, Cheese Garden has gained popularity amongst Torontonians with its sophisticated and irresistible flavors. The co-owner and head pastry chef, spent years training in Japan before starting the business. This year, Cheese Garden was named as one of the most instagrammable cafes in Toronto by Forbes. This is also one of the most popular summer desserts in GTA.
Besides classic, soft Japanese cheesecake, the store offers savory Baked Cheese Tart with a crispy shell filled with melted cheese. Matcha Double Fromage is another unskippable item. The cake offers a refreshing note with matcha’s light bitterness, balanced by the cream cheese’s rich buttery taste. Other bestsellers include Uji Matcha Tiramisu and Yuzu Pistachio Double Fromage Cheesecake.
Address: Eaton Centre, Unit H017 (Level 1), 220 Yonge St.
5291 Yonge St.
Unit G120, 3250 Midland Ave.
Neo Coffee Bar
Inspired by the modern Japanese bakery and cafe, this is an attractive place for those who adore the country’s aesthetics and cuisine. Offering a wide range of desserts and snacks, such as cakes, muffins, and sando (the Japanese nickname for “sandwich”), Neo Coffee Bar serves its customers with food, drinks and eye-candy artworks.
Nothing is better than starting a productive day with a cup of matcha latte, a drink that is rich in antioxidants and has various health benefits. Later, grab a Fish Sando, with oven-baked breaded pollock, cabbage and yuzu tartar sauce, to recharge you for the rest of the day. Customers can also find beautiful cakes for their special events, such as matcha and vanilla cream cake.
Address: 770 Bay Street, Unit 3
161 Frederick Street, Unit 100
Above is the list of summer desserts in GTA that you must try. Visit the stores to explore new delicious treats as well as support local businesses during this unprecedented time of COVID-19.
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