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Bite Bar

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / Posted on March 4, 2013

Bite Bar torontoBite Bar is located somewhere at the intersection of Hello Kitty and Sex and the City — in other words, it is the girliest establishment ever to grace Toronto (actual intersection: Bay St. and Dundas St. W). Case in point, owner Nisha Amin is planning to serve vodka martinis garnished with teensy cupcakes.

And she knows what she's talking about when it comes to cupcakes. The adorable creations melt in your mouth, and the icing is smooth, creamy and made of whipped unicorn laughter. Or buttercream, if you'd rather. The velvety treats come in flavours like Cookies 'n Cream, featuring cookie crumbs and cream cheese icing, and Have a Mint!, a chocolate cake topped with vanilla mint buttercream icing and a tiny chocolate chip.

Bite Bar torontoThen there's the signature cupcake, Just Bite It!, which is a vanilla cake stuffed with raspberry puree and finished with raspberry vodka vanilla buttercream icing. Um, hi? Can I eat this every day?

The answer is probably yes. Each cupcake has only about 100 calories. Amin claims they're delicious enough that one bite will do, and that you won't crave for further cupcakes. This is a bald-faced lie. You will eat more than one.

Bite Bar torontoThese cupcakes are legit, but they're on the higher end of reasonably-priced: $1 per cupcake, $5.50 for 6 and $10.50 for 12. But given that Amin's recipes use natural ingredients, like real lemon, coffee and peanut butter, the prices are justified. I think I consumed about eight of them. Embarrassing, yes. But true.

The shop, which is located in Adrian Wu's old boutique at 57 Elm St., is undeniably precious. But it might be a little too cutesy for some. Kind of like cheerleaders who squeal over your outfit and laugh a lot and talk about hairbrushes. You can't quite hate them, but maybe if they weren't quite so pretty... The sweetness can be overbearing, from the hot pink branding to the names of the desserts to the fact that Amin refers to Sundays as "no biting days" because the shop is closed.

Bite Bar torontoI tell a friend that I'm visiting this place the night before I drop by. Her brow furrows and she asks, "Aren't cupcakes over?" But the answer is no, as far as I'm concerned. Cupcakes are classic, like denim.

Bite Bar torontoBite Bar's menu also includes marshmallow bars, mini cheesecakes, and herbal teas. And by the end of the month, Amin will have added a bar. She'll specialize in dessert-themed cocktails featuring whipped cream-flavoured, caramel-flavoured, and fruit-flavoured vodka. Those who find options like these a little sickly sweet can feel free to order a classic cocktail.

Bite Bar toronto"If people really want what they're used to, that's fine. We can make it. But you can get a vodka anywhere. We want to do something unique."

Bite Bar torontoDespite the many martini options, the feel doesn't quite translate to sophistication. It is fun, though, and Amin is tapping into a niche market. The whole concept for Bite Bar was inspired by a conversation painfully familiar to most women (and their dining companions): "Oh, no, it's okay. I don't really feel like dessert. Just a little bite of yours..."

Bite Bar torontoAmin says once she hit her thirties, more of her friends were expressing that kind of restraint. So she fled the corporate world to pursue desserts as a full-time career, and Bite Bar was born.

Bite Bar torontoBite Bar's hours are subject to change because Amin is still getting a sense of the neighbourhood. But for now, they're open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 1p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, with seating for about 20. Hours will be extended at the end of March for the martini crowd.

Bite Bar torontoPhotos by Brian Chambers



valerieinto / March 5, 2013 at 10:23 am
I've just had an epiphany of The Next Big Thing: Frosting Parties. Chefs make massive bowls of amazing frostings and set them out on a huge communal table. Spoons everywhere. Go crazy. Sure, it's not hygienic, but that's what makes it DECADENT and DANGEROUS!

You heard it here first. :-)
Cyril Sneer / March 5, 2013 at 10:56 am
oh geez, cupcakes again.
Alison / March 5, 2013 at 12:07 pm
I for one, LOVE the idea, although it does seem a bit OTT (over-the-top) in the girlieness of it - but a cupcake slider appetizer with a martini?!? HELLO! I will check them out as soon as the bar is open and I have PMS to cure. :-)
nardl blarn / March 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm
Isn't everyone over this by now?
Sarah / March 5, 2013 at 02:18 pm
So yesterday it's a Waffle/Cupcake shop, and now this. My neighbourhood is getting dangerously sweet.
MrsPotato / March 5, 2013 at 03:00 pm
nooooo more cupcakes. they're so 2010.
shelly / March 5, 2013 at 08:33 pm
Baked by melissa anyone..?

Why can't canadians think of their own shit. And we need another cupcake place as much as we need another gourmet burger joint.

Get over it people.
Cedric Sneer replying to a comment from Cyril Sneer / March 9, 2013 at 01:45 pm
Cyril - Rather than complaining about every cupcake shop that is profiled on Blogto why not just avoid reading them and let those that enjoy it, do so.

Better yet, if cupcakes are so over and done with tell us what the next big trend is going to be. With all of the cupcake bakeries opening there must be a demand for the product.
Basil / March 12, 2013 at 10:42 pm
I went in for a taste. It was enjoyable, but the experience was ruined when I walked out and the painters working on the front signage didn't forwarn me the walls were still wet and ingot
Basil / March 12, 2013 at 10:45 pm
... I got bright pink paint all over my winter jacket. Mildly annoying. The owner was very pleasant, however.
meh / March 14, 2013 at 02:55 pm
Went today. They were fine but not worth a dollar each. I would say that the cake itself is about two tablespoons of batter and the icing is maybe at most one teaspoon of icing. While the texture of the cooked butter cream was nice, only the pink vodka and yellow lemon one actually had any sort of flavor beyond butter. I'll stick to a more traditional mini when I want a small cupcake.
meh / March 14, 2013 at 02:56 pm
oh and no bags, she didn't use gloves when putting the cupcakes into the box and while she rised her hands before it was for all of maybe 10 seconds. No where near enough to kill germs
Sarah / March 19, 2013 at 03:43 pm
Decided to stop in here. I bought six for $5.50, which seems high when you're really looking at 6 bites of cupcake. The cupcakes themselves are painfully cute. The PB&J cupcake was amazing. So was the Raspberry and the Triple Chocolate. I just ate all 6 and now I feel like a fatty when in retrospect, the 6 cupcakes probably amounts to one regular sized cupcake, and my binge isn't really as bad as it sounds.
HHagen / April 10, 2013 at 08:06 pm
A couple of weeks ago I was walking to a meeting in the Bay/Wellesly area. Looking for a coffee, I entered Bite Bar because a few people were already inside ordering. Must be popular. I got my coffee but also ordered a 6-pack of assorted bite sized cupcakes to take to my afternoon meeting. What a hit! The client loved them. My favourite was the lemon. Creamy, zesty and so fresh!! Will be doing that again
amy replying to a comment from shelly / May 16, 2013 at 09:40 pm
Yes I agree about it being too close of a copy of Baked by Melissa! Mini cupcakes are hardly innovative so not that so much as the similarity in flavors, packaging, theme and colors. I lived in New York and absolutely loved Baked by Melissa, and I am looking forward to trying Bite Bar. But I am a little disappointed that it seems like a second-rate knock-off instead of trying to be something else.
JR / May 17, 2013 at 10:38 am
Ive been to bite bar a number of times now and i have to say that I absolutely love their desserts. Ive been to Melissas once and it was ok but I think the flavours that bite bar has are much better. Also they have other desserts too. Everytime i go in they have something new. A cupcake is a cupcake ... dessert categories are pretty standard - its how you spin it that makes it unique and bite bar's done a pretty good job customizing it. So glad it's close to me.
Justine / May 28, 2013 at 09:10 am
I recently visited Toronto and was staying in a hotel Downtown. My Husband and i dropped by this quaint little cupcake shop and fell in Love with the City as well as with the cupcakes. Such a cute little spot, great service and the cupcakes were the perfect size for us to satisfy our sweet tooth as we explored the city! I would definitely go back when i visit the city!
sam / May 29, 2013 at 11:39 am
I went to this sheek place for date night with hubby after dinner and loved!!!! It was soo yummy we got the cheese cakes and I had to take 4 home. Love the staff , the place and the desserts. They had great teas too and other cute dessert ideas aside from cupcakes but those looked great too can't wait to try.
walker / May 29, 2013 at 12:23 pm
I had my girlfriends baby shower here we booked the whole venu. It was the perfect place for a room full of women. Great service and dessert s were delicious. Can't wait for our next celebration we will be back.
Umbereen / May 30, 2013 at 02:12 pm
I find these cupcakes are the perfect size for the mid day or week indulgence that everyone has but doesn't want to feel guilty for. They are tres chic, the flavours are interesting and I've seen Bite Bar popping up throughout the city at special events and happenings. They are in the know and the owner Nisha is super professional and charming. I love these cupcakes and I encourage you go drop by their spot, you'll have an awesome
pop-o-flavour and dance to the tunes that are always hype and fun.
Kirstin / June 1, 2013 at 02:47 pm
I've had better tasting desserts at Loblaws. Not worth the price. Cupcakes look like they were frosted by my 5 year old.
Jade / June 1, 2013 at 03:42 pm
Took a box for our meeting at work yesterday...I think it saved my career lol..everyone was in love with it. Coming back for more next week! Banana split was my favourite but I think I will have to try the cheesecakes next time :)
TorontDessertFinder / June 1, 2013 at 04:35 pm
WOW... WOW... WOW... Love those Cheescake towers. So much taste in an awesome portion. Paired with an ALCOHOLIC Beverage makes for a great stop. I like the fact that this is not your typical cupcake place with the variety... of cupcakes, cheesecakes, and i think what they call marshmellow bars... and of course the drinks... AMAZING :)
Sagar Sethi / June 1, 2013 at 06:59 pm
Perfect size, perfect taste. I don't work or live near this Dessert Heaven, but my cravings don't let me stay away. The last flavour of the month was unbelievable, I can't wait to see what you have in store for next month! My favourite dessert place in Toronto
Toni / June 1, 2013 at 07:00 pm
The cupcakes look like a dog crapped on them. Not very appetizing.
QT / June 1, 2013 at 10:09 pm
Hahahahaha!! Other bakeries have their people trying to hate and promo themselves on this thing...pretty LAME if your trying to ride off someone else's wave!!
JESS replying to a comment from Tess / June 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm
Are you kidding me That Bite Me place sucks - but anyway have to agree with QT...
Sheldon Miller / June 2, 2013 at 10:26 pm
I have now been to Bite Bar on a number of different occasions and have been impressed by the quality of product and service. Bite Bar is offering something different to the TO market and that is refreshing. Encourage everyone to check it out for themselves.
Sandy / November 13, 2013 at 12:21 pm
I saw Bite Bar on CTV Canada AM recently, and I finally came downtown to check out this place to see what the fuss was all about. One Word: OMG! Bite Sized desserts with the perfect amount of sweetness. They had 12 or more flavours to choose from. I picked six so now I have a reason to go back for more! My friend ended up getting the cookies and cream cheesecake and herbal tea, and I think she has fallen in love. Thanks for the guilt-free pleasure.
Margi / November 21, 2013 at 09:26 pm
Not impressed with the quality of their product. The treats I bought were not fresh and the icing was gritty.
Bisha / November 27, 2013 at 08:23 pm
The girl behind the counter failed to wash her hands after she handled some money from a previous customer and answered the phone. My friend and I waited for her to wash her hands but she didn't. We walked out without buying anything and they little selection they did have didn't look too appealing.
Dina / November 29, 2013 at 07:42 pm
SUB-PAR product, OK service, HORRIBLE packaging. TACKY interior. = AVOID.
kioch / January 30, 2014 at 09:18 am
This sounds obnoxiously expensive considering it's pretentious and tiny for the price being charged. No, no thanks.
John B / January 21, 2015 at 04:35 pm
went to this place and I was so disapointed. The food sucks and not worth the money at all. I also noticed that the shop was not the cleanest. You can get much better food at FOOD BASICS. Seriously.
Jim / May 26, 2015 at 06:29 pm
truly bite size
I will pass
I am not 3 years old
Bite / May 31, 2015 at 02:40 pm
Hello all, we now have Japanese cheesecake. See you soon

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