Bloom Cafe is a Japanese bakery that makes cream puffs and delicious roll cakes.
This sleek and airy shop was previously the patisserie outpost of the international matcha empire Tsujiri, and at first glance, doesn't look much different than its previous iteration.
Still helming the kitchen is Chef Tomoyuki Rikuta, the man behind all the pastries at Tsujiri's Toronto locations.
While Tomo still supplies pastries to the chain, Bloom is its own entity, and therefore has more freedom to play outside the limitations of matcha desserts.
That being said, there are one or two items here which, being Tomo signatures, were previously offered at Tsujiri Patisserie, like the matcha-filled crunchy eclairs ($3.95) and daifuku.
Cream puffs ($3.25) are a main attraction. Made in-house, these soft creations ooze with fillings like strawberry, Earl Grey, mocha, matcha, Oreo, and vanilla.
You can get half a dozen of them for $18. Make sure to have lots of napkins nearby if you're ripping into these with your hands.
Cookie puffs ($3.25) are similar, but with a crunchy, hardened shell, and fewer flavours. Find them in strawberry, Earl Grey, or matcha.
You can also get a plain puff, essentially a choux pastry, filled with soft serve, which comes in matcha, strawberry, or a twist of both.
Get the same soft serve in a float ($4.95) with your choice of matcha, Earl Grey, yuzu, or espresso.
Delicate roll cakes are Chef Tomo's personal favourite creation. A strawberry roll comes with locally-sourced strawberries and whipped cream.
Buy one individually or get it in a platter, which arrives with an assortment of tasty treats, including a dense and delicious take on matcha pound cake.
There are also swan-shaped cream puffs, mochi served with kinako and brown sugar, and two cups of matcha green tea.
The Parfait Bloom ($12) is a mix of strawberry, matcha, and housemade corn flakes.
If you're craving another type of caffeine to offset all that sweetness, Bloom serves cappuccinos with beans from Library Specialty Coffee.