An Afternoon at the Distillery District
My friend and I visited the Distillery District in downtown Toronto a month ago. We arrived in the morning so the place felt a little empty. If you plan to visit, you should check online to ensure the restaurants or cafes are open. Fortunately, the restaurant I looked up was open. The place is quite unique with the pieces of art in the area (I believe there is a Artscape around?).
We went to Archeo for lunch. The interior seems to be heavily focused on art and I was surprised to see it so empty. Our waiter was extremely friendly and patient. The menu had a bit of everything and we ended up ordering the potato pizza with a dessert. The pizza was amazing! The crust was a little burnt on one side, but it was thin and had a nice texture overall. The sauce didn’t overpower the other ingredients which was a pleasant surprise. I felt it was a well-balanced dish though I would have loved to have more potatoes in it.
For dessert, we had the honey ricotta cheesecake that came with what looks like a poached pear. The pear and cake was delicious, but I thought the sauce at the bottom was the best complement in the dish.
Later on, we left for Balzac Coffee, a cafe that I spotted when we first walked in. The interior was very nice and reminded me of those cafes I often see in movies, the cookies and baked goods placed within a small glass dome on the counter. Sadly, I was too awestruck to take pictures of the interior. I ordered a cafe au lait while my friend decided on an iced latte. The cafe au lait was just right for me -I’m not a big fan of overly sweet drinks.
We were a little pressed for time so we left right after grabbing our respective drinks. Overall, I loved spending time at the Distillery District -partly because it was a new experience for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed the calm atmosphere there. If you haven’t been to the Distillery District, I think it’s worth the trip!