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Hot chocolate fondant/"lava cake"/souffle, etc. at Toronto cafe or restaurant

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Hi all,

Looking for the city's best offerings for this sort of cake - I'm probably mixing terminology here, but you probably know what I mean - made-to-order, served hot, liquidy chocolate gushes from the middle. My search is twofold.

1) I want to find a place where one person can sit down and order this and a coffee, preferably around late afternoon, without feeling out of place. Patio/outdoor seating is a plus. Good coffee is a plus.

2) The cake itself should be "good" - as in, the liquidy part shouldn't be too sweet, shouldn't be too runny but also should be more than just a softer, spongier heart of the cake. Gooey is a good word for it. The outside part should definitely be crusty, but not so much that the cake is dried out. Obviously I'm not a pastry expert, but I'd like to find a really tasty and well-executed cake.

Any leads?

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  1. Terroni has a decent version of this. Patio should be open soon! IIRC, they outside isn't crusty, but the whole thing is smooth and chocolaty and not too sweet.

    1. I dont like chocolate, but the molton lava at opus is amazing. http://www.opusrestaurant.com/opus.taf

      1. Ah yes, a souffle. Non-existent here perhaps? Either too old school, or maybe people just aren't up for the challenge. When I compare the best souffle I've ever had in NYC at La Grenouille, I would say Brian Semenuk's came damn close at the old Splendido.

        No "gooey" centre-should really be a light airy mousse when properly executed.

        Who can hit this in Toronto is the question indeed. Are they serving one at the Black Hoof or Hoof Cafe? Might be a nice option after all that heavy stuff...

        SWS

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        1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

          The souffle is probably not what I actually mean, then - am really having a hankering for a gooey-centred cake I used to order with coffee at a cafe/restaurant with chairs and table spilling onto a square back in CH. While I don't anticipate being able to recreate the experience, I'd really love to find a good version of one of those cakes. I've had a few, none memorable enough to even say where, since coming back to N. America - often too sweet or somehow texturally unpleasant.

          1. re: c.cow

            What you're looking for is generally called molten chocolate cake. Lots of higher-end restaurants do it — Tomi-kro, the late Silver Spoon.

        2. That's my favorite dessert at Dessert Trends. I've had it at their restaurant with coffee, and also purchased it to serve at home. Yum.

          http://www.desserttrends.ca/

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          Dessert Trends
          154 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

          1. i dont know if this would be to far for you but nava restaurant and bar up in markham (in the complex of hwy 7 and east beaver creek, north side) has the best lava cake ive ever had.... definitely more of a 'bar' lounge place, but i sure in the afternoon the coffee and dessert wont hurt in the patio.

            perfect texture and chocolate oozing liquid with raspberry coulis and coconut ice cream mmmmmm so good

            1. I had a really yummy lava cake @ Cava last year....mmmm

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              Cava
              1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA