My feet happened to take me past the new Tomboy Cakery on Majoribanks this morning where Plentiful Deli used to be, so it would have been rude not to go in right?
Tomboy is a delightful cake shop with a range of inviting treats. From scones to brioche, cake, doughnuts and freshly made juices, there’s no way you won’t be able to get your day off to a great start here. You can either enjoy in-situ at the large communal table or take away if you’re strong-willed enough. And if you keep an eye on their Facebook page, you’ll see each day’s lunch-time treats as well.
Owner Kate has a hospitality background, and has always enjoyed baking. Given she’s been making beautiful cakes for a while, the natural progression was a shop of her own. Which is beautifully decorated (including the bathrooms, always a good tell) and restful, even with the buzz of folk coming in and out. The staff are well presented, friendly and welcoming, and were already addressing locals by name – a nice touch.
So to the food. Kate has principles about no waste, fresh and local, and using whatever’s to hand in the kitchen. And simplicity – that the most satisfying cake is probably still a light fresh sponge with jam and cream, and simply decorated, as you can see from her instagram pics (they sell their jam at the shop too if you fancy).
I started with a ‘cake biscuit’, which a little birdie told me might have been the result of a happy accident (all the best inventions); like biscotti but softer in texture, and the perfect bite with my Storm and India hibiscus blossom organic hand-crafted tea. And then I managed to squeeze a rhubarb and vanilla bean brioche into my pocket for later, superb when lightly warmed (I figure if I walk to food I’m at least attempting to keep the scales balanced!).
My neighbours at the table declared the doughnuts worth the trip from the other side of town (apparently they have a Friday morning treat somewhere different each week, an excellent plan!), but do note that the doughnuts are Fridays only. However you can order by the boxful before noon Thursday to guarantee your fix and share the love.
In my opinion Tomboy sit right up there with other quality sweet treats around town. We’re truly blessed aren’t we?
Kate and team finish baking around 11am each day, so although open until 2pm Tuesdays through Saturdays, they may sell out prior. So go early.