Chi Patisserie is a bakery and cafe that combines the elegance of a classical European patisserie with Asian influences.
The space inside the Yonge and Finch cafe is decked out with semi-bright white lights and plenty of seating. It's clear that this is a place that invites you to sit down and stay for a while.
Every single offering here wouldn’t look out of place in an upscale spot in The Marais. Small yet intricate flourishes and garnishes rule the day, making each item on their menu a work of art.
The Matcha Sesame ($5.99) marries arguably the two most popular Asian dessert ingredients. A strong matcha mousse exterior gives way to a rich and semi-grainy black sesame crème anglaise.
The Fenchiew Mojito ($6.99) is a lime mousse that frames the dessert in a fresh citrus-y tang, the mint crème anglaise is a nice pairing to the shortbread cookie base. Topped with clear jellies made from fenchiew (a traditional Chinese liquor), the cake is equal parts decadent and light.
The Rice Wine ($6.50) is a combination of raspberry almond sponge, Osmanthus rice wine jelly and shortbread cookies. It's fruity but maybe a bit too sweet for my tastes.
If there is one item I'd eat time and again it might just be the Charcoal Soy Cream ($6.99). Oreo crumbs, cocoa chiffon and a delicious charcoal cream cheese filling set the stage for a decadent dessert without being overwhelming.
The Fresh Soy Cream ($6.99) uses a light soy pastry cream instead of the charcoal cream cheese to create a cake that feels much lighter than its darker-coloured counterpart. Both are equally delicious.
The Dirty Dirty Cake ($25 for a 5” cake) is a small chocolate cake covered with ganache and chocolate Chantilly cream which collapses upon itself when cut.
Finally, there is the Oolong Peach ($6.99) which mixes oolong jasmine mousse with white peach jelly, hazelnut cookies, cocoa chiffon and orange ganache. I was told it's a local favourite.
Dainty drinks are also available here, like the vibrantly red and fizzy Perrier Umei and my favourite: the Perrier Lychee Yakult, which contains sliced lychees mixed in with Yakult. Both are priced at $5.50.
If you’re on the run and prefer to grab something to go, grab a bag of Spicy Cookies ($4.99) which is made with sesame, peanut and chili powder for an extra kick. It’s a fun and unique take on your typical peanut cookie.