Let’s face it: everybody loves dessert. Even after a completely filling meal, we still make room for one last sugary fix, be it rich in chocolate, drizzled in sweet sauce, or topped of with whipped cream. For all you dessert lovers, I bring to your attention the “go now!” destination for delightful pastries in Toronto: Dessert Trends, at 154 Harbord St.
I was convinced by a friend to visit Dessert Trends based on two things: the mouth-watering photos of the desserts served at the patisserie, and head chef Don Duong’s credentials. The dessert photos speak for themselves; an amazing array of delectable treats such as fruit tarts, mousse cakes, cheesecakes, parfaits, and pastries within pastries, all of which are adorned with beautiful visual designs to complement their fabulous flavours.
As for chef Duong, his list of achievements is staggering: received the Gold Medal at the 2004 international Culinary Olympics; made cakes for the Queen, the Pope, and the Prime Minister; had a piece of culinary artwork displayed at the ROM; appeared in TV and newspaper; and the list goes on. I was also pleasantly surprised to discover, while looking at a picture of chef Duong online, that he had personally greeted me at the door when I visited his patisserie and restaurant earlier.
There’s more to Dessert Trends than desserts, though. The DT bistro also serves brunch, lunch, and dinner, all featuring unique dishes. These items change according to season and chef Duong’s penchant for creating new dishes. The brunch and lunch menus share similar appetizers, tarts, quiches, and crepes. For brunch, the entrées include sandwiches like the Croque Monsieur and Madame, and Crispy Soft Shell Crab on toasted bread, as well as several egg-based dishes like frittata omelets. Lunch items include the Pork Rillette sandwich, the Coconut Curry Salmon Naan, the Mushroom Pappardelle pasta, and a lamb or beef burger. Don’t forget to check out current seasonal lunch specials like the Tomato Saffron Seafood Chowder and the 5-Spice Braised Duck Leg.
Dinner brings even more distinctive fare, from pastas (French Potato Gnocchi, Crab and Ricotta Cannelloni), to King Ko Duck Breast, Baked Mahi Mahi, and Chimichurri Sirloin Steak. You can also order dinner as a Prix Fixe meal, which includes appetizer, a choice from several of the patisserie’s trademark desserts, and exclusive entrées like the Braised Beef Brisket and the Thai Pumpkin Bouillabaisse.
In terms of price, Dessert Trends is in the moderate range. Desserts go from $1.50 for a croissant, $4.50 for a mango tart, to $8 for premium pastry. Brunch and lunch entrées range from $13 to $16, while dinner items run from $15 to $26, with the Prix Fixe options at $25 or $35.
Whether you make a quick run to grab a pastry for home, or dine in the European-villa inspired bistro, Dessert Trends is sure to become a favourite for all dessert lovers and adventurous cuisine enthusiasts.
154 Harbord St.
Hours of operation:
Monday, Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday, Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
All photos courtesy of Dessert Trends.