I decided I needed an Americano so I popped in here having barely left the parking lot of my lunch spot. Its a cozy little coffee house with an attached pub and cold beer and wine store. They have a pretty good selection of baked goods and espresso drinks.
There was no line up and I had my Americano within a couple minutes. They serve doubles by default so everything was looking good. Unfortunately, the coffee tasted a little burnt and bitter. This can sometimes happen at the best of places but I am sad to report that the coffee itself was not super flavourful, at least not to my coffee palette anyways.
I probably won't return as I am not in the area very often and am pretty picky when it comes to coffee.
This is my go to place when I need to study but don't want to travel too far from home. Before I was vegan I used to eat the tofu pot pie and carrot cake all of the time. Amazing! Seriously, the tofu pot pie is the equal to any chicken pot pie I've ever had pre-veg, and the carrot cake is perfect, moist, nicely spiced with a generous portion of cream cheese icing. My son loves it. The rainbow chip cookies are pretty good. They have vegan options as well, though I've yet to try them. My staple drink is an iced Americano. I'm pretty picky (no Starbucks iced Americanos for me!) and I found theirs to be quite good, if not the best I've ever had. Almost all of the food is made in-house (minus the cinnamon buns and the bagels), which is a nice change from the frozen, thaw and bake (or just thaw!) that usually occurs in most coffee houses.
Kensington-Cedar Cottage is somewhat lacking in coffee shops so I was glad to find this place among the Vietnamese and Chinese places that dominate this stretch of Kingsway. They have a fair amount of outdoor seating under an awning so you can enjoy a coffee out there rain or shine. They make pretty good Americanos and lattes although the decaf Americano they brew is pretty week. I've also enjoyed the London Fogs and chai lattes on occasion. The best aspect of this coffee shop is the baked goods that they make in-house. Huge muffins that are 70% top which I always appreciate and they have solid paninis and breakfast wraps. The staff are usually quite friendly but they tend to play hipster indie music in there. I heard the place is expanding in the future so stop by and check it out.
I wanted to try something different than franchise, the Cedar cottage coffee house is not to far from my work. So this I decided I will try.
I decided on a sandwich brie, apple and walnuts. Perfectly toasted, it was very good and creamy. I will definitly to back, a lot of sweet cakes are waiting for me to have a bite.