Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services featured Café Chartreuse. Local Harvest and 100 Mile Food Challenge also featured the business. Restaurantica reviewers give the restaurant an average of 4.5 stars, and 52% of Urbanspooners recommend the café. TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes and rank it #3 out of 79 restaurants in Collingwood.
Zencha Tea Bar soothes sippers with 80 different varieties of loose-leaf teas and a full menu of light lunch fare and desserts. Sample any of the bubbling brews available in a cup ($2.25) or pot ($5.25 for premium teas, $6.95 for rare), or step up to an ever-popular Chai latte ($3.25) with classic black tea, green tea, or black tea with chocolate soy. A verdant bowl of Matcha ($3.50) lends itself to sessions of restful sipping or bouts of full-contact tea ceremonies. A litany of lunches such as a roast beef sandwich with dijon and havarti ($5.95) or a spicy dahl lentil rice bowl ($7.25) tame teatime appetites, and sweet treats such as muffins ($3.25), cookies ($1.50) and biscotti ($1.25) put a dulcet note to a mellow cup of tea, like the customary kiss post-chess match.
Owners Philip and Darlene long harboured the desire to run a restaurant of their own throughout the years he spent driving a truck and she spent working for various food companies. In September of 2011, they discovered that the Fireside Cafe was for sale, and decided to check it out. The arched ceiling full of windows and the triple fireplaces immediately enchanted them before they'd even had a chance to sample the homemade schnitzels or attend one of the monthly live-music nights. The couple bought the restaurant, intent on continuing the legacies they inherited as they make the place their own by introducing their own favourite dishes to the menu and having their likenesses carved into the street outside.
As its name implies, Veky’s International Cuisine serves up dishes from around the globe, including schnitzels, housemade stuffed sweet peppers, and Atlantic dill salmon. A bakery case of LaRocca cakes offers rich European chocolates and fresh fruits. The eatery’s 13-minute express lunch menu includes fresh meals guaranteed ready in less than 13 minutes or the staff will travel back in time to meet the deadline.
Somthin' Fishee translates the succulence articulated on their menu into hand-battered, crispy fish fingers and sides. Two-piece fish 'n' chip options are available in Atlantic cod ($13.95) or Alaskan halibut ($19.99), each served in fry pails with fresh-cut fries and coleslaw. Diversify meals with a six-piece battered jumbo shrimp plate served with fries and a sweet chili Thai dip ($8.95) or battered mushrooms with a jalapeno ranch dip ($4.99). This Groupon is valid for dine-in and carryout.
Inside the welcoming clove-coloured café, baristas grind fair-trade organic beans to create a variety of drinks that spotlight the distinct flavours of the world’s best coffee-growing regions. They customize these concoctions with flavoured syrups for a touch of sweetness, or pour them over ice for a quick way to cool down on a summer’s day. New chef Natasha Frank's expansive menu features a selection of sandwiches and flatbreads, as well as appetizers such as jalapeno popper and salmon pinwheels, and vegetable soup. The café helps foster a sense of beauty and community by showcasing local music and artwork, including a rotating collection of oil paintings, pottery, and collages.