Sweet a la Mode Toronto

Sweet A La Mode

Sweet a la Mode serves cafe-style lunches, weekend brunches, high tea, and of course desserts like cakes, pastries, cookies and ice cream.

The concept is headed up by Chef Donald Duong, the man behind now-shuttered DT Bistro.

Sweet a la Mode Toronto

In keeping with the fashion of cafes that serve fancy high tea and brunch such as Laduree, Hanabusa, or Sorelle and Co., the interior is as visually engaging as the towers of food here.

Design standouts include a massive nest-like structure with circling white birds that fills the high ceiling, and murals of ballet dancers with the heads of swans (there’s a distinct avian theme).

Sweet a la Mode Toronto

High tea starts around $35 and can be for one up to four people. A bottom tier includes savoury items like mini versions of daily sandwiches like a duck confit burger and a smoked salmon croissant as well as choux pastry with egg salad on top.

Upper tiers have sweet items like an Earl Grey mousse cup with mango sauce and a macaron on top, financiers and mini cheesecakes.

Sweet a la Mode Toronto

The full size version of the duck confit, pate and foie gras burger is $18.50. Despite the premium ingredients it seemed pricey, and there was a bone in the duck which seemed inappropriate for a sandwich.

Otherwise though it was like an upscale version of a banh mi, and I enjoyed the flavour combination.

Sweet a la Mode Toronto

A full size smoked salmon croissant is $13.50. It feels like something you could make at home many times over for less, but with cream cheese, onions, and lettuce it is a satisfyingly classic combination.

Sweet a la Mode Toronto

A cheddar, broccoli and bacon quiche ($12.50) comes as a thick slice with lots of broccoli, so it’s a full lunch unlike some quiche slices. I found it cheesy and comforting.

sweet a la mode torontoCoconut creme brulee French toast ($9.50) would be my recommendation. It’s bang for your buck with an appropriately hardened glazed top, delicious blueberry sauce, fluffy toast and a rich white chocolate whipped cream.

Sweet a la Mode Toronto

A creme brulee mixed berry tart is basically creme brulee in a tart shell with mixed berry compote on the bottom. It’s properly gelid, sweet and fruity with a top that cracks like glass.

Sweet a la Mode Toronto

A single scoop sundae is more epic than most, rosewater raspberry ice cream with a coconut crumble, black lace sesame cookie, dried sugar-coated orange, black sesame meringue, mango sauce, a little white chocolate whipped cream, a coconut cookie and a swan chocolate cookie.

Sweet a la Mode Toronto

I’d recommend matcha honey citrus ($5.50), passion fruit or raspberry iced tea ($6.50) over matcha lattes ($4.75) and cappuccinos ($3.65).

Sweet a la Mode Toronto

Those longing for the DT Bistro of yore will likely be pleased by what they find here.

Sweet a la Mode Toronto

Photos by

Jesse Milns


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