37 Sheppard Avenue E
Toronto, ON M2N 7K1
The Dazzling Cafe is yet another Taiwanese chain that is making its way to the Greater Toronto Area. This particular chain is popular in Taiwan and already has locations in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and British Columbia to name a few. When you walk in, you can see where they get their name as it is a rather elegant looking interior that is both modern chic yet has a young vibe to it. The offerings are primarily dessert with a few pasta, pizza, and rice dishes thrown into the mix. And of course, the fruitiest drinks possible.
We went because the wife needed to have dessert as an actual meal. She can't say no. So in we went and off she went. I ordered Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken appetizer as a meal (I know...pathetic). She went with the Strawberry Ice Cream Waffle with a Pineapple soda on the side.
I'll get the appetizer out of the way. The Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken ($7.99) was subpar. The portion size was small for what the price is. Not asking for much here, but the taste of the chicken was fine. Standard across the board and pretty much exactly like any other Taiwanese place. Would have liked something a bit different if it wasn't going to be better than the rest.
The Strawberry Ice Cream Waffle ($12.99) is definitely large enough for 2 people to share (or one fat lonely man). The ice cream are several scoops that lay across a rather unique looking waffle. They are like little waffle cups that combine into one giant waffle. You could rip off each cup and just have mini ice cream cups topped with whipped cream and strawberry. It was precisely what we did and it was great.
The Pineapple soda drink is pretty pricey ($7.50) for what equates to a glass of pineapple soda. However, they did add some diced strawberries and mint to try to fancy it up a bit.
Servers adorn maid outfits to help all those fetishists out there. They are quick and efficient but look miserable right now. They're just starting up so hopefully they break out of it. The prices are a bit too high for me. I don't mind shelling money out, but I'd like the offerings to be up to par. Very nice place to bring a date after dinner because of how gorgeous it looks inside, but offerings are rather standard. Nothing overly special.
Ambience: A- | Service: B | Price: C | Food: C+