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Yoyo's Yogurt Cafe

Posted by Robyn Urback / Reviewed on July 19, 2011 / review policy

yoyos yogurtYoyo's Yogurt Cafe has placed itself right in the line of frozen treat fire. It's a few doors down from Greg's, just a couple blocks away from Sweet Fantasies, and a brief saunter away from Menchie's near Bloor and Bathurst. But despite its competition, the belief at Yoyo's is that it can distinguish itself from the others for a few main reasons.

"Our frozen yogurt is liquid-based," Yoyo's assistant manager, Tyler, tells me. "A lot of other places use powder-based yogurt, and you can usually taste the difference."

yoyos yogurt"The other thing is our customer service," he continues. "We're ready to help anyone who hasn't been here before, and we try to create a fun, relaxed environment."

I'd wager that the number of self-serve fro-yo novices in Toronto is declining, especially seeing as other shops like Yoyo's seem to be sprouting up with trendy vigour. But Yoyo's already has a successful flagship London (Ontario) shop to its name, as well as a tough Toronto winter season behind it.

yoyos yogurt"We opened in December," Tyler says, inadvertently telling me I had passed by countless times since without noticing. "So this is our first summer, and so far, it's going really well."

yoyos yogurtYoyo's adopts the same formula as most self-serve frozen yogurt shops. It offers eight flavours in-store--two of which are dairy-free--and is constantly collaborating with its London supplier and faithful customers to develop new frozen yogurt varieties. The toppings are also constantly changing, taking into account customer suggestions and fruits in season, but typically include over 30 choices.

yoyos yogurtI scan the nozzles of fro-yo choices and Tyler points out that each variety is labeled by title and nutritional information. "Plus, it's attached by Velcro," he says, pulling off the sign for Very Raspberry. "So you can read all of the nutritional information up close."

yoyos yogurtThe frozen yogurt at Yoyo's is all nonfat and made with a focus on natural ingredients. The cost is calculated by weight, currently listed at $0.55 per ounce, but Tyler hints that the price may go down. "We're looking to undercut the competition," he says.

yoyos yogurtI, on another note, am looking to snag a patio spot, which is actually quite generously sized for a busy spot on Bloor. I take with me my Raspberry/Original Tart/Mango sorbet combination bowl, which I've decorated with fresh fruit instead of the candy, cereals, and vegan cookie dough that momentarily caught my eye.

yoyos yogurtThe Original Tart is a true to yogurt as can be, creamy and smooth with a light yogurt flavour. The Raspberry is definitely the treat of the trio, with a bit of a candy-like tang and a lot of sweetness. The Mango is a little icier--to be expected of a nondairy option--and has a fresh mango flavour, and is also, thankfully, the slow-melter of the group.

Yoyo's also offers smoothies, tea, and will brew up a pot of coffee on demand. It's also currently scouting for its top fan, who will win a year's supply of Yoyo's fro-yo for pleading his or her case. And if all goes well, Yoyo's is looking to franchise and expand to neighbouring cities. But for now, the focus for Yoyo's is just making its mark amid neighbouring stores.

yoyos yogurtPhotos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

19 Comments

Welshgrrl / July 20, 2011 at 09:36 am
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I'm a fan! Have stopped by here a couple of times recently - first time tried choc/vanilla swirl with brownie chunks/caramel sauce, second time original tart with white choc chips, pineapple and coconut. Both yummy and refreshing, especially in this weather - also reasonable price wise. Clean, bright space with friendly staff.
ryguy / July 20, 2011 at 09:37 am
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yo yo's is good stuff, but it's no Menchie's, I just find that Menchie's yogurt tastes better

I'm also not a super fan of the Yo Yo's staff who really push to guide you through choosing frozen yogurt.
Jill / July 20, 2011 at 10:19 am
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I love Yo Yo's! The staff is super friendly and the patio is a great spot to watch people on bloor while eating a delicious bowl of froyo. I loooove the vegan cookie dough.
MAKTO / July 20, 2011 at 11:05 am
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Go to Menchies. The pictures here are inaccurate. The place is dark and dank. If you bring your kid, the yogurt dispensers are out of reach and toppings are out of sight. It was no fun for me and child.
Courtney / July 20, 2011 at 11:39 am
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Vegan options here, which makes it a great place to go if you have either a Vegan or someone who can't do dairy in your party. I also found them quite reasonably priced. Worth stopping by if your in the area.
Genevieve / July 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm
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I actually like that the dispensers are out of reach to kids. I've seen kids at Menchie's scooping the yogurt off the nozzles with their bare hands. That was enough to keep from going back to Menchie's.
Amy / July 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm
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Dark and dank? I don't think so. Been here twice and so good! Hard to believe its low or no fat! Cappuchino was amazing. We will go back lots!
Paula / July 20, 2011 at 01:10 pm
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A part of me wishes this review wasn't posted, as I want to keep Yoyo's my little secret. But of course I also want them to stay in business! They're everything Menchie's is not. Menchie's is manic (the design of the store crams people together like cattle), messy (kids stick their licked-up cups way up in the yogurt nozzles repeatedly), and the yogurt has a chemical aftertaste.

Yoyo's is clean and spacious, so you have time to make your decision. The toppings are fresh and kept tidy, and the yogurt is delicious--creamy and full of tang. Hard to believe it's all non-fat!

Agreed with ryguy that it's annoying listening to the staff loudly greet every person with a spiel. Maybe if they just said hello and approached only those who looked confused, that would help.
Mac / July 20, 2011 at 04:11 pm
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I find the staff really nice. At Mechine's, the times I've gone, the staff ignored customers till they got to the cash and looked like they wanted to kill themselves. At least Yoyo's staff have some spunk!

If you don't want them to explain how things work, just say so!
Paula replying to a comment from Mac / July 20, 2011 at 07:02 pm
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I did say so. But they repeated their spiel ("Hi, welcome to Yoyo's. Have you been here before? Do you know how this works?") every single time someone came in. Loudly. Sometimes from across the store. Very nicely, yes, and we shared great banter when I was paying. They are all genuinely friendly. But I think it would be much nicer if they just said hello to let people know where to find them IF one needed help.
Cora / July 22, 2011 at 10:12 pm
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I went there today and I was impressed! Best frozen yogurt I have had in the city :) Plus, the customer service was great. I love how I can mix and match toppings!
Madison / August 2, 2011 at 02:48 pm
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I've been to Yoyo's and it was awful. The woman working there was a b**tch who made me feel unwelcome. No wonder the place is dead.
Menchie's, which is just one block away is always busy and has much better and creamier tasting yogurt. Not only that, but Menchie's has many more flavours and toppings to chose from. I know Menchie's is busy and I must wait in line a bit, but when a place is packed, that must mean people love it. When a place, just one block away, like Yoyo's is dead, that must mean something too. People vote with their pocketbook.
Allison / August 8, 2011 at 10:11 pm
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I LOVE this place. The yogurt is super smooth and creamy, the staff are happy to be there and they let customer's choose what the next flavour will be on their Facebook page! I take all of my friends here when they're visiting and have recommended it to everyone I know. Ignore the nasty comments, keep up the good work YoYo's!
Rebecca / August 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm
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Really enjoyed the self-serve atmosphere at Yoyo's. The staff was friendly and would answer any questions. The yogurt was all fat-free and the fruit toppings seem to be all fresh.

My only negative comment would be the mixing of the yogurt. I'm a huge fan of yogenfruz and how the fruit and yogurt gets mixed together and comes back out in that perfect swirl. This mixing at Yoyo's is more or less grinding it around all together and the consistency in the end isn't the greatest, slightly soupy.
jilly / March 2, 2012 at 02:40 pm
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Yoyo's is always a pleasant atmosphere. Friendly staff who, although the message might be long, completely explain how it works so you know what you're getting into.

I'm glad that the toppings and handles are higher to reach because when I bring in my niece, I know her greedy hands will not be grabbing for yogurt to splatter on her or throwing toppings every where. I just pick her up and show her everything and we do it together.

The staff is always friendly and I love that they have fresh fruit rotated through out the day, unlikely menchies.
The yogurt is is made from real yogurt and you get that tangy/tart flavour unlike Menchies which just tastes like processed ice cream.

Great place, with a premium patio. Not to mention a pretty great sound track playing.
JOJO / April 28, 2012 at 08:33 pm
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I think its very cute and that people should stop hating. Also remember that sometimes some staff members aren't nice but do you expect all of them to be?
sasha00 / May 21, 2012 at 08:01 am
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I just tried this the other day and I must say I was very impressed. I tried Menchies before and after a few spoons, I had to throw it away as it was too sweet. I also went to Yogurt Spoon yesterday and thought their toppings were fresher but for yogurt alone, I prefer Yoyo's! I had their original (tart) flavour with some fruit toppings and it was very refreshing.
2FUTURE / August 21, 2013 at 06:51 pm
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My buddy did the graphic design for this place. Amazing stuff they have there. Too many toppings make you hurt thought...
Jenna / October 15, 2013 at 02:19 am
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there is a great Natural Yogurt supplier in Bangkok

HomeMade-Cheese Co.

www.homemade-cheese.com

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