Molto Ristorante blends classic Italian cuisine with Québécois influences to populate its lunch and dinner menus. Chefs lob handmade meatballs into a net of ragu-swaddled spaghetti ($17) and use tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella to cross-stitch their pets' initials on to the doughy canvas of a margarita pizza ($13). Diners can choose between cream and tomato sauces to drizzle over an order of mussels ($17), and the lasagna carne ($18) supplies mouths with a luscious layering of ground pork and beef. Selections from Molto's wine bar pair splendidly with the daily chef's creation, and fork twirlers can substitute multigrain penne or gluten-free corn pasta into any dish ($2 fee). Exposed brick walls serve as a rustic backdrop to live jazz performances on Thursday and Saturday evenings.
Two Monkeys serves up house-made soups, snacks, and pastries alongside a drink menu of organic, fair-trade coffee and around 36 types of tea. Start a day of spelunking in the local cheddar caves with a café au lait brewed from fresh, locally roasted coffee ($2.10 and up) and a warm breakfast sandwich ($3.95), or make a midday meal out of the homemade soup-and-sandwich combo ($8.45). Two Monkeys is a kid-friendly eatery, so tired and cranky tots can be tamed into submission with a grilled cheese sandwich ($2.95) or mini bear paw ($0.75) while their guardian fire fighters sip one of the multitudinous flavours of bagged or loose-leaf tea ($1.65 and up).
The light fare experts at Friend's Coffee serve up a cafe menu pairing free-trade, organic coffee with house-made sandwiches, salads, and breakfast offerings. For breakfast, fingers pull apart a fluffy muffin served with a small coffee ($2.99), and mouths wake up and shout lines from their favourite cartoons between bites of egg, cheese, and bacon, all sandwiched between an english muffin and washed down with caffeinated sips from a small coffee ($3.49). Teeth can also opt to break from breakfast and sink into a variety of Italian-style Paninis ($4.51) before foraging through over 55 kinds of salads ($4.42–$6.64) and soups ($2.50–$3.50) and Halal options that treat palates to an array of multicultural flavours. Customers drink, munch, and chat inside Friend's Coffee's casual dining area, where eclectic artwork peers down from the walls and diners lounge in cushioned chairs as they coax jolly lost Santas from a fireplace.
The owners of Fleur Tea House sought to offer respite from modern stresses with more than 100 world tea varieties, an array of food options, and a relaxing tea room where people are encouraged to take a break. The café's pastel-hued tea pots and framed artwork are illuminated from large picture windows, modern hanging lights, and the shiny teeth of staffers, all of whom brush frequently. Behind a glass case filled with sweet pastries, bagels, and cakes, baristas steam espresso drinks and search leaf-filled metal urns for teas such as herbal, green, and oolong. After finishing off a jam-slathered bagel, clients can take second lunch with a panini on the brown leather sofa, or question the barista about open-mic events and movie nights.
The sandwichsmiths at Lazy Pickle give a nod to their community by showcasing local ingredients in each of their healthy menu selections. From hearty meats to crisp veggies, every sandwich is packed with items carefully cultivated by local farmers and distributors. With a special focus on gluten-free items such as sandwiches and cakes and through their Gluten Free Me Kids Club, the owners also help to combat celiac disease, a gluten intolerance that can cause migraines, joint pain, and anemia. They also cater regular and gluten-free items.
Cha Cha Tea’s cheerful, meticulously organized confines make a pleasing backdrop to its potent selection of leaf-based brews. Replace your cup collection’s frayed paper umbrellas with jaunty bags of tea from across the globe, such as the Sencha Superior, a Japanese Green Tea imported directly from Tokyo ($20 for 100 grams), or the Gyokuro Superior ($32 for 100 grams), lauded for its sweet, mild taste. Bold black brews such as the Earl Grey, available in a variety of bergamot-infused flavours ($8.50 for 100 grams), transform trembling frowns into stiff upper lips.