Thor Espresso Bar - anyone been?
Curious if anyone has tried this new spot at Bathurst and Niagara. They're selling themselves on their super cool espresso machine, which is called the Slayer (coolest name for an espresso machine, I'll give it that). Cool Scandinavian design, pastries from Circles and Squares (paninis to follow) and some pretty good advance reviews. They also create a different playlist every day which they post on their site. It's a bit of a trek for me but I've been known to travel pretty far for a great americano. Anyone been?
I went last week and was impressed.
The Slayer machine is beautiful, with a lot of solid, tooled metal and beautiful wood.
For the straight espresso drinkers out there, the shot was complex and layered. Bright acidity at the beginning, some red wine like notes and then cocoa and buttered toast on the finish.
Most espresso in the city tends to be a little one note, but this was quite the ride.
I also had a cappucino and it was executed with panache. Velvety textured foam, creamy milk with a nicely integrated coffee/chocolate flavour. No sugar required, the milk wasn't overheated and was quite sweet.
This was based on one visit, so we'll see how consistant they are in the future, but I can say I would rate them highly on the CGFS (Coffee Geek Fervour Scale).
Well, I've now been twice and enjoyed both visits. Excellent cappuccinos with luxurious creamy microfoam and a deep rich flavour. I know there is much to be said about not overheating the milk but I prefer a slightly hotter drink. My friend had the americano - crema looked good and he liked it but I didn't try it.
The tiny space (with seating for maybe 10?) is cool - modern Scandinavian design with horizontal wooden panels, a striking painted mural, Eames-esque moulded plastic chairs with cozy furry throws, etc. A stack of books from the "Hip Hotels" series and other coffee table design books. And of course, the star attraction, the Lever espresso machine, is sleek and gorgeous. The place feels different from the other indie cafes in town, more mod European and I liked it.
Food offerings are a bit scant though - there's a decent but not outstanding breakfast sandwich and a bunch of pastries. The mini pain au chocolat looked quite good, as did the muffins. I took a bite of a butter tart, though, and it was WAY too sweet - literally couldn't eat more than one bite.
All in all, a good new addition to the ever burgeoning indie coffee scene.