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An education in chocolate awaits at this factory-café
If you were asked to picture a chocolate factory, odds are it wouldn’t resemble East Elevation in the slightest. Your brain might throw up a surreal place filled with chocolate rivers and Oompa Loompas, or the nightmare assembly line from that episode of I Love Lucy. It probably wouldn’t churn out a relaxing space to enjoy brunch and marvel at how much you don’t know about chocolate (more on that later).
East Elevation is the origin of the grown-up treats for sale at Smith Street’s well-established Monsieur Truffe. Behind the unmarked red door lies a large loft-style space that’s half café and half a glassed-in workshop filled with mysterious-looking pieces of equipment. It’s airy, quiet and, of course, filled with the scent of chocolate. The menu is strongly French-influenced, with such offerings as ricotta- and rose-stuffed crêpes with saffron lemon syrup and croques monsieurs topped with leek. Cakes and croissants are available at the counter, and the shop area offers an array of chocolates made on the premises, along with various other little tchotchkes.
If you’re not normally a hot chocolate drinker, East Elevation is the place to give it a try. Several varieties are available, percentages range from 69 to 85 percent cocoa, and all are identified by country of origin. Drink like you mean it and get the bordering-on-bitter 85 percent base; it doesn’t take too refined a palate to know that East Elevation is onto something special.
351 Lygon St
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