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The Arrow

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on July 26, 2012

the arrow torontoThe Arrow is said to have some of the creamiest ice cream around. Unfortunately for me, I dropped by the new Dundas West cafe and ice cream shop a little too late.

"That was the first one we ran out of," says Michael, resident Arrow barista and ice cream-scooper. "But we're supposed to be getting more in later this week."

the arrowThe buffalo milk ice cream from Monforte Dairy to which Michael was referring is just one of the flavours available at the cozy little shop.

the arrowAlso on the roster is vegan-friendly coconut-milk ice cream (coincidentally, also sold out when I stop by) and a variety of Mapleton's Organics flavours such as lavender, chai, mint chocolate, and strawberry. The ice cream counter is just large enough for six different ice creams, though I'm told the flavours will be on constant rotation. And the prices ($2.50/$3.50/$5.00) aren't too bad, too.

the arrow torontoThe Arrow is still in its infancy having just opened about two weeks ago. Co-owner Robin Eley tells me she and friends Eli and Owais decided to go into business together, banking on her cafe and ice cream expertise and their combined business savvy.

the arrow dundas west"The boys live in this area," Robin says when I ask why they chose Dundas West. "But more than that, this area is definitely popping. We thought it would be a good choice."

the arrow torontoThe trio quickly found this space — a former office — and set to work on an overhaul. After tearing up the old carpet, they found a gold "A" with an arrow through it printed on the floor, and decided to use it as inspiration for the shop's name. Mismatched chairs, local art, and exposed brick add to the ambiance, and WiFi and additional snacks are soon to come.

the arrow torontoFor now, other than the ice cream, The Arrow offers coffee ($2.00/$2.75), iced coffee ($3.00/$3.75) and espresso drinks using beans roasted by Hockley Valley, as well as lemonade ($2.50/$3.00) and a small variety of baked goods by from an assortment of local suppliers.

the arrowWith The Arrow still on the hunt for organic cones, I opt to try the lavender ice cream, which starts off with quite an intense lavender flavour and finishes creamy and with a delicate sweetness. An adult flavour, for sure.

Robin adds that affogatos and sandwiches may be in The Arrow's future, but that buffalo milk ice cream is coming back for sure. And on that note, I'll be back.

the arrow torontoPhotos by Morris Lum



Jeff / July 26, 2012 at 03:03 pm
Pretty sure that Monforte's ice cream is available at their "shipping container" location at Dundas/Bathurst to (Scadding court)
grammargirl / July 26, 2012 at 03:33 pm
again w/ the shit grammar: "And the prices ($2.50/$3.50/$5.00) aren't too bad, EITHER."
Smugdee / July 26, 2012 at 03:49 pm
I've tried a few flavours of ice cream from this place. All I can say is, amazing!! I think they are providing a great new product for the area and are adding a unique voice to the neighbourhood. Welcome to the 'hood!
grammarslut / July 26, 2012 at 04:45 pm
again w/ the shit grammar: "And the prices ($2.50/$3.50/$5.00) aren't too bad, EITHER."

Anyone want a blowy?
lol / July 26, 2012 at 08:18 pm
4.25 for an ice coffee really ice cost that. Much???? Also the corner store below Niagara and Richmonds sells huge large cones for 2.50 if ur by thepark
coffeelover / July 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm
They actually stay open later than most indie places, which is nice for afterwork meetings! There aren't many good cafes around here so welcome. Lovely decor in this place.
Jules / July 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm
This place is so great. The vibe is so relaxed and personable, the baristas are really friendly. The decor is really cool, I love the printing press details! Delicious ice cream, unique favors without being too off the wall. I love the coconut non-lactose one. I love ice cream and am lactose intolerant - I've really missed the ritual of going out for ice cram in the summer but I don't have to miss it anymore! For all the cool places near the Ossington strip, it was really missing a great coffee spot. This is it!
Melanie replying to a comment from grammargirl / July 29, 2012 at 10:09 am
Ana / August 8, 2012 at 09:46 am
The coffee at this place is amazing...and they have all the right stuff to go in it...have not tried the ice cream yet but I am sure its great...so happy The Arrow is here....best coffee ever !
Mikey C / August 14, 2012 at 12:26 am
The Arrow is my new go-to spot for coffee and ice cream. The hours posted aren't too accurate (I waited outside a few times when it said it would be open) but the quality of the product and the ambience more than compensate for the kinks in the new business.

To the people complaining about 4$ iced coffees, what world do you live in? Horrible ass tim hortons iced caps at 3$ - these are quality and only a dollar premium.

I can only pray they get a patio or barn doors to open the place up for the cool nights coming!
Coo1LeeSilver / August 25, 2012 at 06:20 pm
I sampled the Buffalo Milk Ice-Cream from The Arrow. I paid $3.40 (taxes included) for a small. I decided to take it to go, the server scooped a tiny ball and put it in a cup. It was really small. When I got home I weighed the ice-cream. The reading was 42 grams (that's 42 grams minus the cup.)

The Ice-cream was really really creamy. It tasted like a frozen whipped cream desert. I wouldn't categorized it as Ice-Cream. Not my cup of tea, especially for the price and the size portion.

I rather go to the Gelato shop (yes,I consider it ice-cream) in Little Italy, or even ColdStone. Bigger portions for the same price, and it is a better product in my opinion.
Coo1LeeSilver / August 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm
I did some research and it is actually Ice-Cream. I was thinking they were simply adding whipped cream and calling it Buffalo Milk. It is actually Water Buffalo Milk.
Coo1LeeSilver / August 26, 2012 at 08:13 pm
Just to follow up on what I previously wrote. I purchased a small ice cream from ColdStone. It cost around $3.00 (taxes included),and weighed 186 grams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know Tim's is a corporate outfit but, something has to be said about The Arrow and their 42 grams of Buffalo Ice-Cream for $3.40.....
Coo1LeeSilver / August 29, 2012 at 07:51 pm
Review #2

I decided to give the Water Buffalo Milk Ice-Cream another spin. But I went to the source. As someone mentioned before, the source is Monforte Dairy. I visited their street stand at the corner of Dundas (and Bathurst). I paid $1.50 for the scoop!!! (vs. Arrows $3.40). Excellent Ice-Cream. Super creamy, and not overly sweet. It has a good balance. There is nothing like it being offered in Toronto at any store, grocery, or specialty shop. I highly recommend trying it out. Go to the Monforte Dairy street stand!
Craig Pike / January 7, 2013 at 04:15 pm
I absolutely adore The Arrow ! The coffee is great, the sandwiches are hardy, and the ice cream is creamy. The price is right for the quality you are getting - and you are supporting a local businees !!! Throw in some amazing art work and you have a MAJOR WIN !

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