If you’re looking for “light” lunches and is conveniently close to the University of Toronto, Light Cafe is the perfect place for you. At Light Cafe, they have made their mark in the Baldwin Village in downtown Toronto in order to provide some delicious varieties of food for students, citizens and general public alike.
At the entrance of this establishment, it was actually hard to realize that the place I was entering was Light Cafe – so be aware that the entrance is a bit obscure. There’s a larger and more evident sign on top of light cafe with a panda, which caught my eye first before I realized the place in front of me was Light Cafe. Keep that in mind when you’re visiting this cafe!
The menu arrived at our table on a clipboard, which I thought was an interesting touch to the dining experience. It was beautifully decorated and displayed professionally taken photos of the food selections Light Cafe has. During this afternoon visit, my partner and I were able to sample 5 different items which were popular choices at Light Cafe.
We started off with Lobster Bisque, which was beautifully crafted with its orange and cream palette. Served alongside it was fresh garlic bread and salad that was tossed with a house sauce. This soup was really refreshing and tasted very creamy – a must for a soup like this. In addition, it paired very well with the garlic bread on the side which made the appetizer a great start to our lunch that afternoon. I didn’t have a taste of the salad, but my partner only had positive things to say about how fresh it was and how it was a great choice to have on the side.
An additional appetizer that we received was the Pulled Pork Baked Potato – which had been perfectly presented to us on a nice wooden board with a side of sour cream and salad. The pulled pork was infused in cheese and had garnishes of onions, cilantro and other greens. This appetizer alone was quite filling, and can be shared between 2 people (1 potato per person). With the sour cream, this appetizer was a delicacy served warm and fresh.
If you thought that the starters were enough – the waitress came out with three amazing entrees for us to dine on as well! Displayed on the table were Smoked Duck Salad, Marinara Spaghetti and Spicy Thai Chicken Spaghetti.
Both the Marinara and Spicy Thai Spaghetti were carefully placed into their china and served with garlic bread. Light Cafe does not disappoint with their presentation and aims to please the feast for the eyes, as well as the feast for the stomach! The spaghetti was great and the sauces were fresh, however I would have enjoyed it more thoroughly if the spaghetti noodles were thinner. Perhaps this was something that could have been requested beforehand and I didn’t know, however it was something that I noted during my experience in the cafe.
The Smoked Duck Salad was truly a beautiful piece of art – I was a bit hesitant to eat it just because I would ruin the plating! Served atop a bed of fresh greens were slices of smoked duck, which were displayed perfectly on the side. What was interesting about this salad is that it also had fruits inside! Besides your classic tomatoes, there were also tangerines and what seemed to be mangoes. This added a sweetness to the salad that blended nicely with the spring greens and the house sauce that came on the side for you to pour into and mix altogether.
Overall, if you’re simply looking for a variety of choices for a lunch, or simply want some beautiful aesthetics – take a visit to Light Cafe! For further information on them, have a look at their website: https://lightcafe.ca/
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