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Minuet Cafe - 925 Danforth Avenue

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This place just opened 4 days ago. I went yesterday and again today. It is easy to miss and easy to walk past. I looked in and noticed that the owner has a master baker diploma on the wall from Germany. We chatted for a bit. he is an asian fellow (i'm going to guess Korean).

The ambiance is ok, not special. Anyway, the long and the short of it is that his cakes are the real deal. Rich, buttery, fluffy, not excessively sweet. Just right if you like central european fine patisserie.

The prices are shocking low: $3 plus tax for a slice of cake, $3.50 for a slice of cheesecake.

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  1. My husband got a pastry there and said it was delicious. A real European baker is definitely a win for the hood. I hope he promotes himself as such because you're right, that space is very easy to overlook, and as a "cafe" it doesn't look like much. Thanks for the info.

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    1. re: julesrules

      Bought some impeccable, classic cake slices today. But I'm a little worried about this one. Great quality product and very nice, eager man. He's made an effort with the decor too, in a certain way. Just not sure the product or vibe are current enough, and that block is tough.

    2. I just mapped the location but can't picture where it is, is it on the north or south side of the Danforth?
      Thanks for the post, always excited about something new in the neighbourhood

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      1. re: Baelsette

        It is next to Peter Tabuns constituency office.

        1. re: Baelsette

          South side of the Danforth between Jones + Donlands (west of the 7-Eleven, east of Square Boy). Closed Sundays. Haven't had a chance to try it yet.

        2. Yes I noticed it today, looking forward to trying it!

          1. As a longtime lurker of Chowhound who recently decided to sign up, I have used this site to guide and direct me on my food escapades. More often than not I have been directed to excellent places and Minuet Cafe is no exception.

            I purchased a green tea cake from them earlier this week and picked it up today. It was very balanced, refreshingly but not overly sweet in comparison to various other dessert cafes/restaurants in the city, which I believe are on extreme opposites, either being too sweet or not sweet enough.

            I had decided to respond to this thread because like julesrules posted, this place is quite hidden and I was hoping with this reply to provide some positive exposure to this place. The man who works there is very personable and based on my interactions with him when I've visited, it's really apparent he cares about the quality of the cakes he creates. A huge plus is what jmk60 stated: damn cheap prices at $3 a cake slice and $3.50 for a cheesecake slice.

            (FYI - I am in no way affiliated with the cafe, rather I just appreciate great food and service and hope to see this place flourish)

            1. I've looked but haven't been able to find any contact info for this cafe. If anyone knows the hours or phone number, please share? I wouldn't want to head over there only to find it's closed.
              Thanks.

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              1. re: AverageJo

                I did not get their phone # (a good idea to have gotten it when I went to the cafe in retrospect when buying/picking up the cake). Not absolutely positive of their hours, but I believe they're open Monday to Saturday from 6am to I think 8pm or 9pm. Unfortunately I'm not sure if they're open on Sundays.

                It's a vague response on my part, but I hope that helps.

                1. re: AverageJo

                  I'll try to get it for you if I can in the next few days :)

                  1. re: AverageJo

                    Had a quick chat with the owner/baker. They are open from 7 to 7 everyday except Sunday.

                    1. re: clive

                      The owner, Shane Han, gave me his card. The phone number
                      is 647-273-5159. Email: minuetcafe@gmail.com

                      The address is 925 Danforth.