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Jan 22, 2007 11:00 PM

Chocolate Heaven Cafe on the Danforth

A new cafe has opened up at Donlands and Danforth, next to the Only Cafe (The Cafe District, so to speak!), just around the corner from Donlands Subway Station (974 Danforth, 416 850 7587)

Chocolate Heaven Cafe offers a large variety of desserts, most made on the premises, ranging from truffles to chocolate cake (regular and flourless) to carrot cake to cheesecake. Most everything, as the name would suggest, contains chocolate of some type.

They also serve Kicking Horse Coffee, espresso drinks, hot chocolate (a specialty, naturally) and a variety of teas.

I've been four times now and have enjoyed each visit immensely. The chocolate cake is dense and rich, with proper frosting built on butter and melted chocolate. The flourless chocolate cake is rich and gooey, the chocolate truffles smooth and sweet. The carrot cake is most, and the cream cheese icing tangy and sweet enough to make an impact, but not overwhelmingly so, and topped with white chocolate chips and walnuts, a nice touch.

The atmosphere is quirky and eclectic, a little dark, but with little lamps on each table. The owner has uncovered leaded glass windows that I think have been hidden for years, and it creates an old fashioned ambience that only adds to the experience.

This has the potential to be a great little neighbourhood cafe, and the owner is passionate about chocolate desserts. It's a nice addition to the area, and I encourage others to check it out.

The owner is still working out the hours, but for the time being he is open M, T, W 7:30am-6pm (mmm Kicking Horse Coffee, just before I get on the subway!), Th 7:30am-9pm, F, 7:30am-11pm, Sat Noon-11pm, and Sun Noon-6pm.

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  1. do they have ice cream? or just cakes/pastries?

    1. Do they do any whipped cream cakes? My favourite!

      1. Not sure if they do a la mode. I'm sure the owner will adapt if the demand is there.

        As for whipped cream cakes, I am not sure that that is, but I think No.

        1. Apologies. Stopped in for coffee this morning and they DO have Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream.

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          1. re: bluedog

            oh good to know. I guess Im gonna have to make a little stop sometime soon

          2. This place has casual neighbourhood charm and is obviously a labour of love. And I do appreciate that they are doing all their own baking - as well as being a fan of the Kicking Horse myself. But I do a lot of simple baking myself and this stuff seemed about on par. It is not fancy or even particularly skilled.

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            1. re: julesrules

              I think you've summed it up well, jules, except that if I think you're selling yourself short on skill level! While Chocolate Heavan may not be Cake Couture (eg Sweet Tooth on Danforth closer to Carlaw), it does take better than average skill level to make cakes this moist (I bake myself). I would rate his style as highend-homemade, and priced accordingly. But agreed, a neighbourhood place rather than a destination.

              1. re: bluedog

                And DH thinks I'm just bitter that they opened this place and I still work for da man :) I do appreciate the addition to the block and I will try to support them.

                1. re: julesrules

                  LOL! Can I join the club!?!? I've thought for awhile this block could use a nice little cafe. A lost opportunity for the both of us, but good luck to the guy taking the chance!

              2. re: julesrules

                After reading the reviw on the link below, DH and I tried it out last night. The place is exactly as bluedog describes. We had the chocolate heaven cake and a chocolate maroon bundt cake. DH had a regular columbian coffee. The ch cake was good, but I have to say I've had better (even my own homemade chocolate cake) and the bundt cake was dried out (very disappointed on that one). The owner was very friendly and asked each person that came in if it was their first time, which is very nice and personable.

                It was a different place and cozy, but don't think we'll return. Just my opinion, but glad we tried the place out. Others may have a different opinion :)


                1. re: red dragon

                  I walked by this place so many times and never stopped in. Tried it out, and the reviews are pretty much bang-on.
                  Kicking Horse Coffee eh? wow.

                  1. re: red dragon

                    I find that metro morning review to be really off in several ways. But I do like Chocolate Heaven as a cozy friendly neighbourhood hangout. It's a little pricey, and their hours are too limited for it to be a proper coffee shop. I've tried many of his baked goods at this point and found a couple I enjoy. I will be quite happy if they never get more succesful because I find it very relaxed and comfortable as it is!

                    1. re: julesrules

                      Actually I was pleased with the metro morning review because the guy quoted me :) He liked my highend homemade comment.

                      1. re: bluedog

                        That was the best part of the review actually!

                        I don't think the feel of the place is at all European, nor is it a chocolate brown interior. And there are no chain businesses on that block, very few in the area east of Pape, and lots of weird little businesses that seem barely viable.

                        1. re: julesrules

                          Thanks! And yes I would agree with your comments on the place being European. Like the owner, it is eclectic. Perhaps she (Catherine Jeong) was referring to the Starbucks and the Coffeetime, but they are some distance away,I agree. And yes many of those business ARE barely viable. The Asian knickknack shop next door just closed down.