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"Sweet Note Dessert" - Gem of a find in Markham and offering the BEST Souffle in the GTA, period!!

In the mood for a great dessert Souffle? This newly opened cozy little dessert boutique in Markham offers IMHO, the best tasting French Souffle in the GTA!! Better than Didier ( now closed ), Ici Bistro, Auberge Du Pommier or occasionally in Splendido, "Sweet Notes" Souffle is nothing short of a 'Master Piece'
With awards garnered from places as far as Hong Kong and Japan, the lady pastry chef owner uses only organic ingredients and free range eggs in her creation. During this 'pre-grand opening' period, for eating in, only French Souffle, Creme Brulee, Molten Chocolate Cake, Bottled Milk Pudding and a Cake of the day are being offered.

For our afternoon tea today, my wife and I ordered a 'Vanilla Souffle with Mango Sauce' and a 'Chocolate Souffle with Guava Sauce'. Being a Monday and since we ordered over $10 worth of food, a complimentary cup of organic coffee was offered. A very nice gesture!

How was the Souffle?? Well, I'll just let my photos do the talking!! Perfect in form and with correct sweetness, the interior was fluffy and light as air. The freshly baked free range egg and butter aroma of the Vanilla version was particularly pronounced. However, what really stole the show were the two 'non sugar added sauces!! Using fresh puree from 3 different types of mangoes and 2 different types of Guava, the taste and aroma was stunning. At $8.75 a piece, this unbelievably good dessert, was a steal!!

With high quality standard products such as these, no wonder the owner adopted an open kitchen format for patrons to admire the work in progress.

On our way out, the lady chef/owner came out to thank us and invite us to return to try out her Macaroons which she claimed is better than 'Lauduree' but less sweet! With a claim like this, who can resist?!!

With such superior products, once the words are out, I am sure businesses in the newly opened 'Paramount Tiramisu Cafe' and Ruelo Patisserie, across the road in Time Square, will suffer big time!!

Commerce Gate, Unit 61-63
505 Hwy 7 E, Markham
905-877-9338 ( 905-U-R-SWEET )

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  1. BTW, we also took out a sinful piece of 'Mocha orange Cheesecake soaked with Rum and Grand Marnier'!- their 'Cake of the Day'

    1. Thanks for sharing Charles will make it a point to try this place next time I am in the area.

      1. Wow, I am VERY excited about this! Looks amazing, will try it as soon as possible! Thanks for letting us know Charles! Yes, every sentence needs an exclamation mark I am that psyched!

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        1. re: Wil

          Try avoiding the weekend!! Staff told me can become a mad house with 'long wait'!!

        2. Thanks so much for this Charles! My wife is mad for Chocolate Souffle - we used to love the version Grace on College had. Is it very sweet? Not a big fan of cloyingly sweet souffles like they sometimes do in Tokyo.

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          1. re: themiguel

            IMO. Not sweet at all!
            Since the chef individually prepare the souffle for you , you can actually request the degree of sweetness as well as degree of fluffiness!!

            1. re: Charles Yu

              Wait -- are you saying that the chef individually whisks up each souffle to order? Doesn't a souffle need like half an hour in the oven alone? How long is the wait??

              1. re: Michael N

                Yup!! Made to order!! That's why they are so darn good!!
                With their high tech oven, our wait was about 20 minutes. Time for us to enjoy our coffee.
                That's also the reason why I suggested to Wil to avoid the busy weekend crowd.

          2. Oooh.. that souffle looks amazing.

            First thing that came to mind when I saw their milk bottle desserts is yummy Vietnamese yogurt.

            1. Thank you for the writeup, so many things look good as well as innovative!

              What I learned yesterday is that they are not open on Tuesdays :-|

              1. Totally agreed with other poster. Been there twice and both times the souffle comes out perfect. One is chocolate with raspberry sauce and the other is vanilla with mango sauce. The souffle is crunchy on the top and sides, soft and fluffy in the inside with good chocolate and vanilla flavour. The sauces are very favorable and not too sweet giving the souffle an extra dimension of sour and sweetness. The macaron is very good with crunchy shell and chewy filling, in my case pistachio.
                Highly recommended.

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                1. re: aliangwb

                  Glad to read your feedback with observations that mirrors mine!
                  Did you try the mini milk jar pudding?!

                2. Oh, forgot to ask, everyone is raving about the souffle, how is the creme brule if anyone has tried it?

                  1. Thanks for the review Charles. Went in to try their macarons (casis and mango). Both were flavourful and the shell's got a bit of crunch. Appearance wise, it's larger but more flat than I'm used to. At $2.50 a pop, they are good and if I'm ever in the mood, I wouldn't hesitate getting them again. Unfortunately, they are not better than Lauderee, not by a long shot, she might have been kidding there Charles lol!

                    This place reminds me of Reulo from Times Square but with more seating as they also do souffles to order. In fact, I kinda recognize the chef as I've seen her in Reulo, not sure if she quit and started her own place, I could be wrong though. I'm sure Reulo's business might be affected, but they do specialize in wedding and birthday cakes and has a large following. A little overpriced in my opinion, but I do enjoy them.

                    Definitely a nice addition to the neighbourhood.

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                    1. re: ragged25

                      Hello ragged25!
                      - Glad you liked the Souffle!
                      - The lady working in Reulo is kind of petite, however the Sweet Note pastry chef is tall and lean ( by Oriental standard ). Might not be the same person?!
                      - IMO, there's two side to a macaron. Texture and taste! Macarons I had from Lauduree Paris, NYC and Hong Kong are all too sweet for my palette. SN less sweet option on the other hand tends to appeal to my taste better! To each its own??!!

                      1. re: Charles Yu

                        I think the lady from Reulo is still there, but the one at Sweet Note used to work at Reulo as well. Like I said, I could be way off on this.

                        I have quite a sweet tooth, so the sweetness didn't bother me as much, but can totally see the turnoff there. For me, it's more so the texture and mouth feel of Lauderee. With that said, I take Pierre Hermes over them both.

                        Btw, I haven't tried their soufflé as my wife didn't feel like dining in. Next time for sure though.

                        1. re: ragged25

                          Ah!! But IMO, Pierre Hermes is in a class of its own!!

                    2. Had the chocolate with strawberry sauce. It's a damn good product and a steal at $8.50 (made to order!). Wait was nearly 40 minutes though.

                      Can't help but wonder how long she'll last there.

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                      1. re: bryanayrb

                        This shop have fabulous products, and if she can expand the offering with the same quality, then she should have no problem.

                        1. re: bryanayrb

                          That's an acceptable wait time for a souffle made to order. If her pastry cream is already made in advance, she would still have to take 5-10mins to whip up the egg whites and melt the chocolate, 5mins to butter, dust and fill the ramekins and 10-15mins to bake the souffle in the oven.

                          1. re: asagiri

                            I don't mind the wait at all and I understand, it was worth every minute. Some basic math just makes me worried about the sustainability of the business model.

                            1. re: bryanayrb

                              Are you referring to the speed of service or the pricing model of their products? I haven't been down there myself, so I can't comment on how the service is, but from the listed price by Charles of $8.75 for a souffle is reasonable by industry standards.

                              1. re: asagiri

                                It's beyond reasonable, I'm more wondering if she's making *enough* to survive.

                                1. re: asagiri

                                  What exactly do you mean by 'industry standard'?! Restaurants?? May be you can list a few for comparison purposes?!
                                  FYI, comparable Souffle in the GTA at Ice Bistro, Auberge, ex-Didier, Splendido...etc were all in the mid-teens+!! So IMHO, $8.75 is relatively CHEAP!!!!

                                  1. re: Charles Yu

                                    By industry standards, I mean the average mark-up for a product for baked goods. You can't really compare the pricing structure/strategy of a bakery with a restaurant. Their apples and oranges. With the exception of bread, the industry standard for bakeries is usually 2-3 times the total cost of ingredients for whatever product their selling. The average markup for a restaurant is higher with 3-4 times the total cost for ingredients. The real money maker for a bakery/cafe isn't in the baked goods, it's through coffee/tea with the markup being 5-6 times it's cost.

                                    In this case with the souffle, it's basically composed of whipped egg whites, pastry cream and whatever flavoring agent you're using (i.e. raspberry jam for raspberry souffle, or melted chocolate/cocoa powder for chocolate souffle).

                                    So if we break down the food costs for 1 chocolate souffle with raspberry coulis:
                                    $0.75 - 2 eggs
                                    $0.25 - sugar
                                    $0.50 - milk
                                    $0.25 - flour
                                    $0.50 - butter
                                    $0.75 - chocolate
                                    $0.25 - cocoa powder
                                    $1.00 - raspberries
                                    Total - $4.25

                                    1. re: asagiri

                                      Oh!! I wasn't expecting a comparison of break down raw material costs?! I thought you were comparing Sweet Note's 'finished' product with some of their 'sit down/eat-in' competitors/peers similar offerings? However, to my knowledge, there is no similar sit down casual cafe in town that's offering such made-to-order products?!

                                      Anyways, I don't think I would enter into such finite technical discussion since IMO, there are other factors like rent, reputation of the chef, the category and class of the eating establishment...etc that should also enter into the pricing equation?! If based on raw material costs alone then Macarons by Pierre Hermes should be sold at only 1/10 of their retail price??!! Ha!

                                      1. re: asagiri

                                        With budgeting skills like that you must work for the government. I'm not going to play the estimate game. But I would have said half that amount IMO.

                                        1. re: asagiri

                                          That's a terribly low mark up. I agree with bryanayrb. Don't think they're making enough. Although I think the dollar amounts you estimated are too high.

                              2. Never been a fan of souffles but these look so good i'm definitely making the trip to check them out. Thanks charles!

                                1. Had a lovely tea and dessert visit to Sweet Note today. Tried the adorably packaged puddings, a few macarons, a chocolate souffle, and a chestnut cream meringue cake.

                                  Everything was of really impressive quality. Great flavours and textures and nothing overly sweet. The souffle took about 40 minutes but we were occupied eating puddings and macarons, so didn't mind in the least. They also made/assembled the chestnut cream meringue cake to order. They were out of the individual-size meringues, so we ordered a 6" cake and wiped the whole thing out. The quality of the meringue and the chestnut puree were fantastic. The texture and flavour of the souffle was also really impressive (sorry for the photo -- it had already started to deflate by the time I got around to taking the pic).

                                  All in all, a really enjoyable visit. Even the tea service is cute.

                                  It was a perfect follow up to a pig out session at Northern Dumpling Kitchen just the next plaza over.

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                                  1. re: TorontoJo

                                    That chestnut meringue looks so good! I hope you don't mind me asking how much that was... I had a great meringue pavlova with chestnut paste at King Edwards over the Christmas holidays and I've been craving the combination ever since.

                                    1. re: Nevy

                                      The 6" chestnut meringue cake was $35. Split between the six of us, it didn't feel that expensive and the quality was seriously excellent. The pastry chef came out to chat with us and told us that she imports that chestnut paste from France and doesn't cut it with cheaper ingredients (as is pretty common practice in Chinese bakeries, apparently).

                                    2. re: TorontoJo

                                      Hello TorontoJo! Happy New Year to you!! Braving the weather to visit my part of town? Did you 'helicopter' it to Button Field Airport?! Ha!!
                                      I was across Hwy#7 grabbing some B-B- duck and pork rice from Richmond Court! If I'd known, i would have come over and say Hi!!

                                      1. re: Charles Yu

                                        Sometimes a dumpling craving just has to be satisfied. :o)

                                        A helicopter would have been nice...