Pastel Creperie & Dessert House
Address: 5417 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N
Phone: (647) 352-5588
I have always driven past Pastel on Yonge St and regret not stopping for some sweet indulgence. Not this time! What is more rewarding than having dessert, and catching up with a friend on a Friday evening? Well, this Friday evening took place many weeks ago but this is how memorable the shop is because I am still dwelling in the atmosphere.
They have an extremely small storefront. You really have to arrive early to ensure a seat. Arriving a minute late, you can be standing in the waiting line, hoping customers can leave earlier. Time is really crucial, especially in the evening! My friend went to get seats for us while I was parking. Therefore, teamwork is important too. *I am making this whole experience sound like a race.*
It amazes me how the owners did not rent a larger place to allow more accommodation because this is quite a popular cafe in the area. Service was quick, to keep the flow. At some point, I felt rushed because our server initiated to take our order twice when we just sat down and did not study the menu yet. But it did not offend me or neither was it inappropriate.
No fancy interior decor or a theme. I liked the soothing colour tones used – beige and pearl white. I find it particularly soothing and relaxing. The simplicity adds elegance to the space.
They have a large kitchen corner for bustling staff members, continuously brewing coffee, making lattes and producing fresh crepes. This open concept led to a more spacious appearance. In fact, it felt extremely home-like and very personal.
The only complaint is the proximity of the tables. The next table was an elbow’s length away. It lacked privacy and personal space. I could hear the discussions going on around me, quite clearly. Despite chatting with lowered voices, others can still hear you. There were moments I was sharing eye contact with the table next to us. But our order of foods came, so I just shrugged, dropped the matter and stuffed my face.
Green Tea Crepe ($9.29) – served with red bean and sponge cake wrapped in thin pancake, homemade green tea ice cream and whipped cream on the side. Beautiful and attractive appearance. The crepe was thinly made, soft and smooth; it had perfect texture and tasted light. The matcha green tea was amazing. It had a strong green tea flavour and was not sweet, true and real to taste. Not much red bean and sponge cake were found in the crepe, so I was somewhat disappointed. The crepe is a ‘individualized’ or ‘separated’ version of a matcha red bean chiffon cake. Nothing can go wrong with the combination of these ingredients; they are made for each other! Nevertheless, it was still scrumptious.
Regular sized Hazelnut Flavoured Latte ($4.89) was HUGE! The drink had very strong hazelnut flavour and sprinkled with real hazelnut bits. Very legitimate~ The frothy hot milk was very fun to drink. It felt like a bubble bath, blowing the bubbles and giggles everywhere. This latte was that enjoyable.
Stop by for an afternoon tea, as I think it will not be as packed and the quality of the food is as good. It was an enjoyable experience here, and I will be back, to try the other items on the menu.