Inside a vintage studio, Cake-ology's playful bakers craft custom cakes entirely from scratch. They sandwich more than 11 butter cream icing flavours such as mocha, raspberry, cinnamon, and orange between two layers of cake flavours such as marble, red velvet, lemon, and spice. After baking, they decorate their creations with repeating butter cream swirls and stripes, or layer on colorful fondant to create cakes that look like dogs, cars, or a slightly bigger cake. In addition to full-sized desserts, they also mold batter into cupcakes and cakettes - morsels of cake mixed with butter cream and dipped in chocolate. To complement the gallery of colourful cakes, they also make daily-changing baked goods such as imperial cookies, caramel pecan bars, and date slices.
Amma, meaning "grandmother" in Icelandic, embodies the welcoming spirit of this tearoom, where visitors should always feel like family. Amma's chefs serve up a classic menu of teatime fare in the afternoon, preparing finger sandwiches, quiche, and pots of loose-leaf tea. These leisurely meals end with a sampling of homemade desserts, such as apple pie, multilayered red velvet cake, and indulgent turtle cheesecake.
At Travel Mug Cafe, rustic hardwood floors support plush leather furniture and bright-red beams and assorted lamps illuminate maps and art from around the world on earth-toned walls. Amid this warm atmosphere, trained baristas tend to handcrafted espresso and pour-over brews, including local favorite Black Pearl coffee. They also steep more than 40 loose-leaf teas, which are available for purchase by the gram. Patrons pair their sips with freshly made pastries such as cheesecake, cannoli, and imperial cookies while listening to soft music or watching picture settings on the flat screen.
Housed within the Norwood Hotel, The Jolly Friar Cafe balances local and international flavours across its selection of steak-house cuisine. Appetizer-wise, tangy lemon aioli joins forces with slow braised lamb croquettes, while sundried-tomato pesto accompanies servings of pickerel cheeks. The eatery's entrees range from barbecued ribs and sirloin burgers ground in-house to Sterling Silver Canadian cuts of beef, such as a 10-ounce new york strip doused in brandy-peppercorn sauce.