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Voodoo Child

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on October 11, 2012

Voodoo Child TorontoVoodoo Child was created, says co-owner Scotty Daté, to offer "superior quality." Recently opened, and announced street-side by a sandwich board, the barebones wood interior is immediately eye-catching. "We're doing things simpler," he says, nodding to the menu board of basic espresso drinks. "But offering a really good product, made by superior, creative people."

voodoo child torontoThose creative people include Aidan Pascoe, chef and former owner of (the now closed) Liberty Belle Bistro, and Bruce Ly who is known for his fantastic latte art, and whom I first met while he was working at Bulldog Coffee on Eglinton. Scotty actually worked for Aidan over at Liberty Belle in Liberty Village, while Bruce was recruited specifically for this gig.

voodoo child torontoVoodoo Child is a joint venture by Scotty and business partner (and realtor) David Rad, who jumped at the opportunity to occupy this College Street spot when The Bean cafe closed up shop. Together, the duo are hoping to foster a multi-purpose, multi-faceted space, which will soon host brunch and lunch, as well as private events and evening cocktails. And, of course, superior coffee.

voodoo child torontoWhile snacks right now are limited to homemade banana bread and other baked goods, Aidan says that larger meal options will soon be on the roster. "We haven't nailed it down exactly," he replies when I ask about the menu. "But it will be fun and different — not just croissants with ham and cheese."

voodoo child torontoVoodoo Child will also host special nights for local chefs to come out and showcase new recipes from its behind-the-bar kitchen, which will all be paired with Voodoo's soon-to-come list of signature cocktails. "We have a great collection of teas," Aidan says, referring to the cafe's list of Sloane Tea Company options. "And we plan to use many to craft some beautiful cocktails."

voodoo child torontoSince it's not quite five when I drop by (not even close), I stick to espresso and order a strong Americano ($2.75) made with Te Aro's Big Bro blend. Served in a shallow mug, the drink has a rich, nutty taste on first sip and a lingering dark chocolate finish.

voodoo child torontoIt doesn't look quite as impressive as Bruce's impeccable latte ($3.75), but it certainly satisfies my espresso craving. "We're focused on that extensive attention to detail," Bruce says as he shows off his tulip-pouring abilities. "That higher standard."

voodoo child torontoBrunch and lunch menus should roll out in the next coming weeks, but for now, Voodoo Child (which, if you haven't guessed by now, is owner by huge Jimi fans) is serving espresso and snacks from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

voodoo child torontoPhotos by Jimmy Lu

Discussion

31 Comments

SJB / October 11, 2012 at 09:34 am
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The interior appears to be "inspired" and/or appropriated from Rooster on Broadview... just sayin'
Kent / October 11, 2012 at 10:51 am
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Looks like...every new independant coffee shop
Gloria / October 11, 2012 at 10:52 am
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Gasp!!! White walls ... an old counter ... hardwood floors ... I agree, definitely familiar. I mean, paintings on the wall, I've seen THAT before.
VP / October 11, 2012 at 11:00 am
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'owner by Jimi fans' ?
JoeCarter / October 11, 2012 at 11:03 am
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Looks really nice but isn't College and Bathurst a little crowded with cafes? Maybe that's why THE BEAN closed it's doors? If this place was somewhere a little less saturated, I would be much more optimistic about its success.
Monica / October 11, 2012 at 11:03 am
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Don't be such snobs you guys!

I have been living away from Toronto in Ireland for 2 years now, and I must say, i MISS Toronto coffee shops and the way they look and just everything about them. Toronto has a lovely independent coffee shop culture, and you should be happy that so many are opening up and that there are a variety to choose from. Northern Ireland would LOVE coffee shops that looked this lovely! To me, this coffee shop looks like Toronto. Reminds me of Toronto life. It's great!
Perfect Fruit / October 11, 2012 at 12:48 pm
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Looks fine. I am a little concerned that this is (at least?) the third consecutive coffee shop to occupy that spot, though...
M / October 11, 2012 at 02:54 pm
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" We're doing things simpler," he says, nodding to the menu board of basic espresso drinks. "But offering a really good product, made by superior, creative people." "

Well that's obnoxious. Why are we letting coffee culture and cachet become such a big deal, and holding being a barista up to such a high status? It's as if people are becoming okay with being paid in 'cool points' instead of a living wage.
Doing that work and having nice little shops is fine of course but at the end of the day it's just coffee guys.
Marco Arash / October 11, 2012 at 03:38 pm
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What started out as coming by to visit Bruce to check out his new digs turned into an almost daily hangout spot. Great vibe, chill clientèle, and delicious espresso drinks. Kudos guys!

It's always the BlogTO posters with the negative comments - surprise surprise; silly people!
evan / October 11, 2012 at 04:41 pm
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I think there is room for this shop here. The shops in the area are good, but I think there is a lot of room for improvement. Bruce has been a fantastic barista to me over the years, and I'll definitely be supporting his shop. Nice to see Te Aro beans in the area as well!
bikeroo replying to a comment from M / October 11, 2012 at 09:13 pm
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"Anything worth doing is worth doing right"

There's absolutely nothing wrong with making a claim that one can create a product made by people who are more knowledgeable or experienced in preparing it. People enjoy it, people are willing to pay for it, people are willing to do it. If you don't care then stop being an annoying turd about bashing what people like to do.
Paul G / October 12, 2012 at 06:27 pm
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Yes a bit of a crowded 'hood for cafes, but not everyone's into Manic. The real potential is in the evening and it's great to see the new owners taking advantage of their liquor license-something the Bean never really bothered with.
Kass G / October 12, 2012 at 09:21 pm
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I think it looks great. I love coffee, specifically top quality coffee that's made by people who are passionate about what they do.
I'm going to check it out tomorrow!
z / October 13, 2012 at 12:03 am
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The decor of all Toronto coffee shops seems to fall into two categories: this white-walled reclaimed-wood mismatched antlered hipster shack; or supermodern white, sleek, and soulless new-Yorkville office lobbies. Certainly I agree that some variety would be appreciated by all, but people forget that decor and character do not define the taste of the coffee, which should be the objective. For example, Sam James' shop looks like a dirty hole but he still makes the best cappuccino in town.
Amie / October 14, 2012 at 10:02 am
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Dropped in the other day - they have nailed it with the coffee and decor. Really happy to have another option in the area. This is definitely going to be my new local.
Maia / October 23, 2012 at 08:49 pm
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Glad to see people with the same passion as did kahawa. (Still has the bones of the shop)

to owners: for next summer, think about opening up the front window with one of those garage-door windows kinda thing. Where you can open up to the street on a beautiful day.
Evan / October 24, 2012 at 08:02 pm
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Went in today for my first drink and the experience was exceptional. The cafe couldn't have given me a warmer reception. My cap was excellent, the environment was so comfortable, and the staff are as friendly as you could ask for. Talent and passion are really on display here, and I will be back every time I'm in the hood.
Rick / November 16, 2012 at 03:53 pm
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They make a great cappicino. Started coming here after bulldog on Eglinton started to go downhill in terms of quality coffee. Seems the reason was Bruce leaving.

Btw The Bean actually only closed because the owner moved back to Turkey.
Marco / December 5, 2012 at 01:39 pm
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I went to this place. Hot chocolate tastes like REAL chocolate. And yes, environment is really comfortable.
Jay replying to a comment from M / December 12, 2012 at 09:57 pm
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I completely agree. I met him once at his cafe and he was very very snooty. Just coz someone is not a hipster doesn't mean they're menial.
Mr. Small / December 23, 2012 at 04:50 pm
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Bruce Ly is one of the best barista`s out there. Very charming guy.
replica watches / December 30, 2012 at 02:07 am
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Very good stuff with good ideas and concepts, lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need.
Matt C. / January 7, 2013 at 12:47 pm
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Great spot. A completely different vibe than Manic or (toward the Market) Pamenar. Certainly on-par with either w/r/t coffee.
See's / January 8, 2013 at 12:36 pm
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Congrats Scotty, thanks for the great brunch you and your staff served us. It was great!! We will for sure be back for another visit. Keep up the good work.
Reza / January 9, 2013 at 01:33 pm
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Wow the interior design looks great. The place looks so warm and welcoming and the prices are OK. I gave it a try and I would love to try it more and more.
WHAT? / January 11, 2013 at 03:54 pm
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How did a coffee shop make the top 12 brunch spot list?
Superior People? / January 12, 2013 at 10:15 am
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So pretentious it sinks like the puke that came out of his mouth. Really? Superior people? Wow do they charge admission for the privilege to just see and meet these superior humans? Gross.
caroline / January 19, 2013 at 07:01 pm
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I loved this place and the relaxed feek to it. It is a nice alternative to Manic, which can be overcrowded and service is not always amazing.
I tried one of their many tea lattes and was very happy with it. Any place that includes Foster the People on their playlist has my vote :)
Bruno / January 27, 2013 at 07:45 am
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Best coffee in Toronto is probably at THOR. This place is OK, but inconsistent.
Ash / September 4, 2013 at 06:51 pm
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Having been in a few times, I always leave content.
I've tried their cortado, cappuccino, and pour over now.
Even though they only had Big Bro for the pour over this morning, it still made a decent cup.
Thank you! I'll be sure to swing in every time I'm around.
Terra B / October 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm
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This is one of my new favourite spots to hang out. Definitely quality. I don't understand why people are saying there are lots of cafes in the area... actually there aren't. Manic is the only one and they don't have wifi or great food or alcohol. This place is unique.

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