Isle of Coffee
Isle of Coffee is open for takeout and delivery. A maximum of three customers are allowed inside at a time. Masks are mandatory and hand sanitizer is at the counter.
Isle of Coffee in Toronto features an extensive list of handmade French pastries like Madeleines and Choux, a selection of sandwiches, and unique two-shot espresso drinks.
Situated a few blocks west of Yonge and Eglinton, this Asian-owned, French-inspired spot offers up a minimalist atmosphere.
Paying homage to Wes Anderson (whose film Isle of Dogs inspired the name of the cafe) and the work of local artists on their walls, the space inspires creativity and feels like the perfect spot to sit with a book and coffee in hand.
One of the more noteworthy items on the menu are the Madeleine French tea cakes ($2.95-$2.99 each).
Made in a shell-shaped mould, they come in a selection of flavours including truffle honey, salted caramel, matcha, and Korean Mugwort, which is a more earthy matcha. There's also a lemon-flavoured bear. Some of the pastries are a little dry but still pair nicely with a coffee.
The Choux ($3.30) vanilla cream puff is another one of the best-sellers. It's topped with a sweet flaky cookie disc and filled with diplomat cream.
Each season sees a different selection of tarts. The Vanilla Cheese Tart ($7.65) has smooth and creamy cheese mousse on top of a buttery shortbread tart shell. Inside, there's a vanilla ganache cream.
Another tart on the menu during our visit is the Strawberry Basil Tart ($7.65) with Frangipane cream, fresh strawberry basil compote, basil ganache cream and fresh strawberry.
If you're looking for something for lunch, you could go for their Brie Pomme ($7.65). It's a sandwich option that you don't usually see on other menus across the city and the sweet caramelized apple nicely compliments the Brie cheese and Ham.
They also have a variety of specialty drinks. Each coffee is served with two shots of espresso from Seth Taylor and is made with an Electra espresso machine.
The Tangerine Cappuccino ($5.00 - $5.50 depending on the milk of choice) is made with a housemade Tangerine Syrup, extra foaming milk, and comes with a slice of tangerine on the top.
The Tahini Maple Latte ($5.50) is another unique option that you won't find in many other places. It consists of Silky Foaming Oat Milk, Tahini Paste, Maple Syrup, and of course, two shots of espresso.
Bellocq tea blends from Brooklyn are used for the tea-based beverages and can also be purchased to take home.
Made fresh and pre-packaged, Sablé French shortbread cookies can also be taken home. You have the choice of Coffee and Coconut ($2.80) and gluten-free Black Sesame ($2.99).
The same goes for the Poppy Seed Banana and Ferrero Rocher Marble Pound Cakes ($3.35)
Downstairs in the basement, a private seating space can be found with a projector playing movies and music videos on the wall.
Isle of Coffee offers an interesting selection of flavours on their menu, making the spot worth a visit the next time you find yourself on Eglinton Avenue.