Machino Cafe is a sandwich and ice cream shop that functions as a cozy neighbourhood cafe with WiFi.
The spot also functions as its own bakery, all baked goods including the hearty white buns used for all sandwiches made in house, the scent of this activity often wafting through the small space.
It’s narrow with wood accents, a decent three tables jammed up against the window with bench seating against one wall, most of the space appropriately taken up by the display of bakery items and an ice cream fridge at the back.
The Mr. Trump ($8.50), like all sandwiches here, is very reasonably priced for its size: you could easily split this bad boy between two people. The fluffy, crusty bread holds a simple but satisfying combo of spicy soppressata, provoline, house roasted red pepper and arugula.
Fresh-baked cookies ($1.95) come in flavours like s’more, ginger, oatmeal raisin and peanut butter, and are the very same ones used to make cookie ice cream sandwiches.
Cinnamon buns ($2.50) are also baked in house, and can also sandwich ice cream.
Said ice cream is provided by local company Sicilian Ice Cream, and there are eight flavours on offer during my visit.
Cinnamon bun ice cream sandwiches go for $5.50, and we do ours with a scoop each of mint chocolate chip and cookies and cream ice cream for an indulgently sweet dessert sandwich.
Though of course it’s super messy necessitating quick dismantling, the bready bun soaks up a lot of the melty ice cream.
A whole cookie ice cream sandwich ($7) is packed with four scoops of ice cream, and we go pistachio and chocolate on a s’more cookie, presented, of course, with a necessary spoon.
Full disclosure, the pistachio was originally mislabeled as matcha, but I didn’t care because the combination was bangin’ anyway.
They also do creme brulee ($4.50) here in vanilla, Earl Grey and salted caramel.
Torched to order, the desserts are gelid and sweet with well-executed crackly tops.
Coffees are brewed using Barzula beans.
A large iced brewed coffee goes for $3, presented with a complimentary chewy little chocolate cookie.
An iced passion tea (also $3 for a large) is a reasonably thirst-quenching and brightly-hued imitation of its Starbucks cousin for a good discount.
This place is secretly offering some really great deals on simple cafe fare in a neighbourhood that seems to struggle to hold on to its great cheap eats while pricier trendy new options pop up.
It’s no Bakerbots, but on summer evenings when lines stretch out the door there, this is a bang-up alternative.