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I had the pleasure of attending a menu tasting at MoRoCo Chocolat to try their afternoon tea service and brunch a couple of weeks ago. MoRoCo Chocolat is a restaurant and chocolate boutique nestled in the affluent Yorkville neighborhood. Established in 2008, the restaurant offers a French inspired menu for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, desserts and afternoon tea. As you walk into MoRoCo Chocolat, you are greeted by the bright chocolate boutique filled with various pastries, and treats such as hand-crafted chocolate, and macarons; all available to-go.



The interior of the restaurant area of MoRoCo Chocolat is heavily influenced by French decor, as the space is truly reminiscent of a Paris cafe. The subtle yet sophisticated details of the dark walls with the crystal chandeliers and mirrors blend both modern and traditional decor. It's also furnished with purple detailing, and velvet couches. Although, the couch was comfortable, it was unfortunately way too low for my comfort.



Looking through the menu, MoRoCo Chocolat offers an extensive menu of contemporary French bistro fare including two Parisian café staples; the croque monsieur, and croque madame. I had plenty of those two French dishes while in Paris, so I opted for the afternoon tea service instead.

J decided to get start the afternoon off with a warm cup of cappuccino ($7) - served with a macaron. I think it's great that each cup of beverage comes with a macaron on the side.



Missing Paris - I got us a pot of Breakfast in Paris (tea) to share as well - our tea master's version of a traditional breakfast blend. Created with smooth summit level black teas from three top growing regions. A full body with depth and refined balance. The tea was perfectly light, and tasted great with both milk, and sugar.





Next up was my choice of afternoon tea, which I opted for the MoRoCo High Tea ($60), which comes with the following:

Choice of a selection of our tea or sipping chocolate
Choice of truffle mac & cheese or daily quiche
Fresh MoRoCo scones served with devonshire cream, lemon curd, and an assortment of seasonal preservers
A variety of lovely mini pastries

Like most traditional afternoon tea, it's served on a three-tier stand. The first course is from the bottom tier, which consists of four finger sandwiches. If my memory serves me correctly, the sandwiches were cream cheese with cucumber, smoked salmon, avocado/mushroom, and L.T (lettuce/tomato). My favorite was the smoked salmon, as the creamy cream cheese was the perfect complement to the smoked salmon.




The middle tier was fresh MoRoCo scones served with Devonshire cream, lemon curd, and an assortment of seasonal to be used as a spread. It came with two large scones; classic, and chocolate. I really enjoyed the classic scone with the Devonshire cream - completely heavenly. On the other end, the chocolate scone was a little overly sweet for me, but if you love chocolate, then this scone is for you.





Finally, the top tier consisted of sweets including a passionfruit macaron from their front boutique. It was a great end to a lovely afternoon tea with the mister.
 




The afternoon tea also gives you the option to choose one of two savory items available, and I ended up choosing the truffle mac & cheese. The dish consisted of macaroni topped with crispy layers of cheese, truffle, and buttery panko. This was a tasty spin on the comfort food that is mac & cheese. Lastly, there's also a full-size version of this dish on their brunch menu.


J opted out of the afternoon tea, and ordered the Classic Benny ($15) - poached eggs with roasted peameal bacon, topped with hollandaise sauce, and our finest mixed cheese, served on an English muffin, and a side order of sausage ($6) off the brunch menu.

 


 

If you're looking for a place to chat over some tea, and pastries, then look no further. As one of Toronto's leading afternoon tea establishments; MoRoCo Chocolat has that to offer, and more. The staff were knowledgeable, and attentive to details. I wasn't able to finish my mac & cheese, so our server quickly packed it up to go for me, which I appreciated. I was all sugared out that day, but I will definitely be back to MoRoCo Chocolat to get a box of their colorful macarons.


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Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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MoRoCo Chocolat (Now Closed)

by on Wednesday, December 02, 2015
I had the pleasure of attending a menu tasting at MoRoCo Chocolat to try their afternoon tea service and brunch a couple of weeks ago. MoR...
Bakery & Kaffee Haus (originally BakeryHaus) is an European bakery shop that originated in Vienna, Austria. The company started as a distribution business, supplying baked goods to many grocery stores and coffee shops before its expansion to a retail space. The shop itself is a small storefront located inside of the quiet Queen Live Market. Besides coffee, Bakery & Kaffee Haus also offers an assortment of baked goods from donuts, cronuts, cookies, macarons, and more. 


One of the coffees that they offer is the reasonably priced nitro coffee ($3.99). It's essentially iced coffee that is treated with an odorless nitrogen, and served on tap. The drink from Bakery & Kaffee Haus was rich, creamy, and goes down smooth. Definitely a coffee that will keep you energized all morning.


I also got to try one of their cronuts. There are three flavors to choose from; original, chocolate, and nutella. I opted for the chocolate cronut ($3.25), as it looked quite good to me on display. Personally, prior to my visit to Bakery & Kaffee Haus, I never tried a cronut before, so I didn't know what to expect. What is a cronut? It's a pastry hybrid of a croissant-doughnut created by Chef Dominique Ansel of NYC. The cronut from Bakery & Kaffee Haus had a nice crispy yet flaky texture of a croissant, and completely covered with delicious chocolate topped with nuts.


I also couldn't help, but tried one of the macarons available. I ended up choosing the pistachio macarons ($2.49), which was pretty steep for the size. However, the macaron was really good with a nice crunchy exterior, and creamy filling that wasn't overly sweet.


Address: 238 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1Z9

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Disclaimer:The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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Bakery & Kaffee Haus (Now Closed)

by on Thursday, November 12, 2015
Bakery & Kaffee Haus (originally BakeryHaus) is an European bakery shop that originated in Vienna, Austria. The company started as a di...
 Sweet O'Clock is a North York dessert shop specializing in traditional Taiwanese desserts, and hand-made taro balls. I was invited earlier this summer when they opened to come try a few items on their menu. The restaurant was a mix of both cafe-style, and take-out. Since it was opening week, the service itself was pretty slow. There was a mix of confusion between one of the servers, and I. She gave my friend, and I a menu to peruse, and told us that she would be back to take our orders. Unfortunately, she never came back, and I just decided to go up to the counter to order after waiting for a while. Hopefully, the pace of the service, and efficiency at Sweet O'Clock has drastically improve by now, as I wasn't impressed by it back then. In terms of restaurant space, it was small, but I liked the simple and clean decor.

Sweet O'Clock's menu offers a few varieties of dessert from hand-made taro balls, herbal jelly, creama, ice-cream, pudding, and fresh fruit slush, all in a various flavors. It's priced relatively competitively with all of the other dessert shops within the same vicinity. 


As I mentioned previously, the taro balls are made in-house in Sweet O'Clock's basement. I decided to get a dessert with the taro balls, so I opted for the Grass Jelly No. 4 ($6.90) - taro, red bean and boba, which was pretty well-portioned. The dessert itself was layered with all of the toppings on top of ice, and it was an overall refreshing dessert. I also did like the chewy texture of the glutinous taro balls, and it had a nice mild taro flavor to them. Overall, it was a one filling dessert, and I'd re-order this one again.


My friend got the Taro Ball No. 3 ($6.90) - red bean, peanut, and boba. He doesn't have much of a sweet tooth, so the dessert was a little overwhelming for him. 


The Strawberry Fresh Fruit Slush ($5.50) is a healthier alternative to the sugary slurpee that you find in the city, as it's made with fresh fruit. The one from Sweet O'Clock was actually pretty good. Unfortunately, I wasn't a fan of the Chocolate Pudding ($5.99), as it tasted rather artificial to me, and the chocolate flavor was a little off. 


Lastly, I also tried one of their signature dishes (and top 10 items); the Supreme Mango Crushed Ice ($8.99). Despite its fairly large portion, this was a pretty light dessert consisting of a scoop of strawberry ice-cream, sweetened condensed milk, and large chunks of chopped mangoes on top of shaved ice. I would recmmend getting this dessert when you dine in, as the shaved ice melts quite quickly. 


Address: 5461 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 5S1

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Sweet O'Clock

by on Wednesday, November 11, 2015
 Sweet O'Clock is a North York dessert shop specializing in traditional Taiwanese desserts, and hand-made taro balls. I was invited ear...
Nadège Patisserie is a pastry shop located right across from Bellwoods Park. The overall sleek interior design was bright, and captures the overall look and ambiance of a Parisian café. Walking into Nadège Patisserie, you will greeted with the plethora of sweet treats, and drinks. There are a total of three locations in Toronto, and their Queen St W location are responsible for all the on-site baking for all locations. 



I opted for a box of 12 macarons ($28.25), and got one of each flavor that day. Taxes are inclusive, if you purchase 8+ macarons. The flavours that I got (top to bottom - each row) are mojito, matcha green tea, pistachio, salted caramel, cherry chocolate, cappuccino, chocolate, vanilla, cassis, blackberry chocolate, cotton candy, and rose.


The macarons from Nadège Patisserie made it safely home without cracking due to the plastic covering. I highly commended this box than the longer one, as there are no protective plastic in that one, which increases the risk of cracking. Back to the macarons, the shells remained intact, and were smooth with no cracks. Lastly, the overall flavor of the macarons were well-balanced, and they had a slight chew to them, which I enjoyed. Overall, I found that Nadège Patisserie offers more classic flavors compared to their competitors like Butter Avenue and Delysèes.


Address: 780 Queen Street W, Toronto, ON, M6J 1G2

Nadège Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Nadège Patisserie

by on Monday, September 07, 2015
Nadège Patisserie is a pastry shop located right across from Bellwoods Park. The overall sleek interior design was bright, and captures the...