What’s better than a brunch cafe with delicious sandwiches, salads, and breakfast fare? A brunch cafe with all of those things plus desserts for sweet endings! I love it when I can plan a meal from beginning to end with either an appetizer and a main or a main and a side, and a dessert to neatly book end the happy experience. I especially feel this way when I go out for sushi – if there isn’t dessert on the menu, I am one very sad cookie! While I don’t order appetizers, extra sides, or dessert every time I’m out (I’d say this happens maybe 2 times out of 10 – foreshame!), it’s just nice knowing I can enjoy a variety of sweet and savoury items in one go because it also means an endless amount of mix-and-matching possibilities during future visits.
Hammersmith’s delivers on all fronts. Not only does Hammersmith’s do a mean sandwich and salad brunch plate (I could eat their arugula salad with olive oil and razor-thin radish slices endlessly), they also bake homemade baked goods and desserts on site including fresh scones, giant monster chocolate chunk cookies, and fluffy, mouthwatering cupcakes! Much like their savoury brunch menu, their selection of sweets will change on a regular basis to reflect the season or pure inspiration. They will always have scones though. Their scones are available for purchase individually for $1.25 a piece, or as a scone plate for brunch with jam and cream for $5. You could totally transform this into a lovely morning tea type of meal with a pot of hot loose leaf tea!
I truly believe I was blessed with good fortune on this day. On Canada Day, Hammersmith’s celebrated their 1st anniversary and birthday! How exciting it was to be a part of their special day! And can you take a wild guess as to what made the birthday/anniversary festivities even mor jubiliant? CUPCAKES! Every patron was given a free cupcake in honour of this occasion and I was absolutely taken aback and shocked – in a good way! Can you believe it?! It’s almost as if the foodie gods wanted me to inhale a fresh cupcake over the weekend!
They had cake stands full of plump cupcakes in different vanilla and chocolate combinations with the sweetest of decorations (rainbow sprinkles! Chocolate sprinkles! Pink sugar sparkles! Crushed chocolate bits!) and they were all so pretty and so inviting. Choosing my free cupcake (normally priced at $2.85) was like choosing a crown jewel – giddy but really hard to do! Part of me was dying to snatch up the vanilla with sweet rainbow sprinkle dots and another part of me was yelling to grab the marble cake with marble frosting. The “all-things-pink-and-pretty” part of me won over though and I chose the sweet chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting and pink sugar sparkles.
If you love that fresh cocoa taste combined with moist-out-of-the-oven softness and soft, creamy, whipped buttercream, these are right up your alley. It’s crazy because even though they’re light, airy, and fluffy in both cake and frosting, their cupcakes are surprisingly filling! They’re decorated and piped beautifully and they truly have that comfort food, straight from home oven feeling to them and they taste delightful. They make you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside because they really exude that “I was baked with love” glow. It’s good old fashioned cupcake basics at its finest.
The chocolate cake was fudgy with all sorts of warm cocoa goodness lurking throughout and the frosting was so soft. The cake wasn’t so soft that the cupcake toppled over, but it wasn’t stiff and dense either and you could enjoy it the way it was meant to be enjoyed – in one piece in your hand (or in my case, with a dainty fork!) as you take bite after bite of fluffy goodness. What was fantastic about it was how they compared to other buttercreams. It didn’t leave a greasy film, it didn’t taste like a mouthtful of butetr, it wasn’t too sweet or bland, and the ratio between cake and frosting was perfect.
Happy 1st birthday to Hammersmith’s and happy cupcaking, cookie noshing, and scone nibbling for all the sweet tooths! Next up tomorrow: Hammersmith and drinks!
Hammersmith’s is located at 807 Gerrard St. East in Riverdale, at the corner of Gerrard and Logan Ave. They are a brunch and lunch cafe open from Wednesday to Sunday (10am-3:30pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and 9:30am-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays), with a price fixe dinner currently available on Thursdays and Fridays for $35. Currently, for the summer, they are also now open on Mondays from 10am-3pm! They accept cash and debit only.