Consider yourself a hippy? Still shower regularly? Enjoy good lattes? Then The Grind House is a great cafe for you. Located in the bustling Kensington Market, it’s a nice place to stop for a snack and a bit of pick-me -up when you are strolling the crammed streets filled with fumes of incense and marijuana. It’s not much of a walk from the big brand shops on Queen West either – so if you’re shopping has worn you out, check it out!
We visited The Grind House in the evening. The atmosphere was relaxed, a few people doing homework, the barista dreamily leaning on the counter. Good vibes. I expect if you drop in between nine and five the place will be crawling, but that’s fun too, sometimes.
While I don’t think The Grind House has one of the best lattes in Toronto, it is definitely in my top ten. Maybe number ten – but it makes the list nonetheless. The barista made the lattes slowly, a good slowly. She knew what she was doing, but she wasn’t rushing. The result was above average. The milk was textured perfectly, and poured with a bit of flare. Not quite a full rosetta, but not half bad. The shots were pulled correctly so that they were sweet, slightly smoky, and flavourful. The espresso wasn’t too weak, and it wasn’t too strong. A decent latte.
The cafe was clean, which I don’t always expect from joints in Kensington. There was some good local art on the wall, some sandwiches in the pastry case for lunch, a good selection of what appeared to be loose leaf tea. I also noticed quite wide selection of coffee gear from Aeropresses to Melitta drippers. They were all kind of stuck in a corner, though, so I don’t know if they were for sale. The red-orange walls were painted not too long ago, and the colour was a little loud. I like cafes to be painted in calming colours – not colours that are enraging.
All in all, I recommend The Grind House for the standard cafe far. If you are looking for something a little different, though, our next review will be worth checking out.