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Eagles Nest

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on July 1, 2011

Eagles nest Cafe TorontoEagles Nest is a Dundas West café and ice cream shop offering affogatos, something I always prepared at home but never knew actually had a name. Perhaps I need to brush up on my knowledge of Italian desserts, because I thought I was really onto something the day I poured some of my French press coffee over a bowl of cookie dough ice cream. But alas, the concoction already has a name, and--I'll admit--is more expertly prepared at the recently opened Eagles Nest on Dundas west of Ossington.

Eagles nest Cafe TorontoThe trick is, of course, to use a perfectly pulled shot of espresso and pour it over a scoop of ice cream (or gelato). Eagles Nest uses Maypole ice cream and Delta Platinum Blend espresso, not solely for its affogatos ($5.50), but also for its cones and coffee drinks.

Owner Claudio Nunes prepares me an affogato as he explains his motivation for opening the shop.

Eagles nest Cafe Toronto"I grew up in this area," he tells me as he packs a shot. "I had a home décor company in this space, but I always wanted to do coffee. And with ice cream, I saw an opportunity. No one else was doing it."

Eagles nest Cafe TorontoClaudio tells me he's been watching the area slowly pick up, and thought now would be the right time to open his own café. "The construction isn't helping, though," he says, motioning toward the orange pylons outside.

Eagles nest Cafe TorontoEagles Nest's menu is simple and concise. On the coffee end, there's drip ($1.40/$1.60), espresso ($1.75), Americano ($2.25), cappuccino ($3.25), and more, to be paired with baked treats from Circles and Squares. The ice cream comes in 12 flavours including Birthday Cake and French Vanilla, served in a cup or cone for $2.80 a scoop. There is also an assortment of Portuguese drinks such as Castello and Sumol.

Eagles nest Cafe TorontoI try both the espresso and ice cream in the form of my affogato, which is served in a short glass. I dip my spoon in a bit prematurely, getting mostly strong espresso on the first taste. I wait a few moments until the ice cream begins to melt and swirl, and then go in for a second try, which ends up tasting wonderful. The espresso is mellowed by the creamy ice cream, sweet while still maintaining a distinct espresso flavour. It gets better an better as I get closer to the end, and indeed, puts my home concoction to shame.

Eagles Nest might offer free WiFi in the coming weeks, but as of yet is undecided. It is open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m to 10p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Eagles nest Cafe Toronto

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14 Comments

TrianglesandHexahedrons / July 1, 2011 at 09:50 pm
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So tired of Cirles and Squares baked goods...I wish more cafes would bake their own pastries (like Sense Appeal) or find a different pastry supplier. Most cafes in the city seem to only carry Circles and Squares' boring selection.

With remarks about pastries aside, I will definitely try this place out solely for its espresso and ice cream!
Claudio / July 2, 2011 at 11:08 am
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Hi TrianglesandHexahedrons. Thank you for your commment, we appreciate all feedback. We are definitely looking into adding our own pastries in the near future as well as some other items throughout the summer and fall. Love to have you in and check out our espresso and ice cream.
morga / July 2, 2011 at 11:35 am
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Welcome to the neighborhood. I love that people are finally investing in Dundas West.
thirsty / July 2, 2011 at 11:52 am
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hey, I live around the corner - I'll come by for a morning coffee!
and, hang in there, hopefully this will be the last summer of construction.
Jarrett / July 2, 2011 at 01:14 pm
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Cappuccino on the menu is spelled wrong
Claudio / July 2, 2011 at 01:32 pm
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Thanks for the Welcome Morga and Thirsty, can't wait to meet you. As for the misspell in Cappuccino it was corrected shortly after we opened, just one of those things. I welcome all comments and ideas, so that we can make Eagles Nest a destination in the neighbourhood.
logo nerd / July 2, 2011 at 11:27 pm
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Logo looks surprisingly similar to Dark Horse Espresso Bar.
bela / July 3, 2011 at 09:29 am
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I live in the area and have become a regular at Eagles Nest. Best espresso and ice cream in the city! Give the affogato a try. It's a delicious treat all year round.
Jordan / July 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm
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Yeah - complete rip-off of dark horses' logo. If you're going to do something - at least be original.
Claudio / July 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm
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In response to people who believe that Im "ripping off" DarkHorse Espresso Bar, I refer you to picture four on the review where I am seen wearing an SLBenfica jersey.Hence the name Eagles Nest. I would welcome you to check the logo for SLBenfica online. As their logo inspired my logo.
logo nerd / July 3, 2011 at 05:06 pm
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Relax Claudio. Dark Horse Espresso Bar ripped off Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea logo.

What goes around comes around.
Jennifer / July 19, 2011 at 04:13 pm
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This café is exactly what Dundas Street West needed; a more upbeat ambiance, and delicious coffee. The look ofand decor of the café is refreshing in the summer months, and cozy in the winter months. I am a religious Latté consumer and, therefore, very hard to please when it comes to my Latté, however the one at Eagle's Nest is to die for! Definitely my new favorite place. Highly recommend it to everyone
people finder free / July 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm
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Hmmm I didn’t understand it al. Will need to do some more thinking to see if I can use what you say.
Kareng / October 28, 2012 at 03:27 pm
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Darkhorse rips off everyone's ideas.
Their entire food menu to be exact.. The owners come in to the cafe I work at all the time and the next thing you see is our new food item is on their menu!

Nothing original about Darkhorse at all.

Even their website is a rip off of SanPalegrino's.

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