The Lansdowne Cone has finally opened, satisfying great anticipation from the Bloordale community. "A few weeks ago, back when paper was still on the windows," manager Kaili tells me, "I was standing outside the shop and two women down the street started waving to get my attention. When I turned, they looked at me and yelled, 'WHEN ARE YOU OPEN?!'"
"So, yeah, the community has been looking forward to this for a while."
The Lansdowne Cone opened its ice cream parlor on Lansdowne just south of Bloor on Easter weekend. The idea was conceived two Toronto natives whose first summer jobs were at ice cream shops. They found this place--previously occupied by a nail salon--and painted it green and chocolate brown, inspired by a little café they came across in Paris. Add a bar, some chalkboard menus, and a counter of toppings, and the simplistic but fun-looking shop was ready to go.
The variety of flavours available at Lansdowne Cone, however, is anything but simplistic. Sourced from a local producer, the shop offers everything from Birthday Cake ice cream to Pistachio Almond Crunch, Caramel Canoodle and vegan-friendly Mango Sorbet ($2.25 kiddie, $3.00 single, $3.75 double). If you're keen on something a little more extravagant, you can choose one of the shop's appropriately named sundaes ($4.50 single, $5.50 double), such as the Mud, which is made with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, cookie crumbs, whipped cream and gummy worms.
Lansdowne Cone is also in the midst of rolling out its milkshakes and homemade waffle cone station, though Kaili admits, "I'm more of a cup person."
"There's just something about ice cream that's so fun," she tells me as we get to chatting. "There's so much joy--that sounds cheesy--but everyone just loves it."
Kaili strikes me as a soon-to-to-be huge hit among Bloordale kids--and no, not just because she's serving ice cream. She's all smiles, incredibly friendly, and we soon stray from chatting about ice cream to our favourite cafes and spots in the city. I eventually select a scoop of Espresso Robusto from the spread of 28 flavours and head out with my cup (there's no seating at Lansdowne Cone, though Kaili tells me they're thinking about bar stools).
Coffee ice cream has always been my favourite, and this one doesn't disappoint. It's creamy and flavourful, with lots of toasted almonds bits and coffee candy pieces. Other than wishing I had paired it with a Double Fudge Brownie scoop (cafe mocha?), I was totally satisfied.
The Lansdowne Cone is open every day from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. It will likely be open seasonally, closing near the end of October for the wintertime.
Photos by Dennis Marciniak