August 5, 2018: I came back to revisit Platform Espresso Bar after initially visiting last year when they were still in their soft opening. The cafe is as cute as ever and they have updated their menu to include a lot more varieties of food and desserts!
These are their menus as of August 2018:
I like how the owner changes up the menu to reflect and highlight different seasonal items (like how the coffee was a light citrusy one to match the hot summer season). Since my last visit, Platform Espresso bar has grown a lot in terms of its following and has garnered many devoted fans.
It was Natalie’s first time here and we got to try a few more items to round out my experience here at this train-themed cafe.
The Piggy Sandwich caught my eye. It contained torched pork jowl, ham, lettuce, tomato, and red onion between two big pieces of fluffy bread. When it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised with how large the portion was! You could easily eat one half for breakfast and the other half for lunch. I liked how soft yet firm the bread was — it was perfect for this type of meat sandwich.
Natalie ordered the Grilled Trio Sandwich which was essentially a grilled cheese sandwich! It had a trio of cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan grilled cheese. Although I only sampled a bite, this was easily one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I’ve ever tasted. The presentation was adorable with the grilled cheese sammie cut in half and the orange and yellow gooey cheese oozing out of the lightly grill-marked bread. It was so well executed!
Natalie also wanted to try their passion fruit yuzu chocolate ganache (which usually is served with their Belgian waffles), so a small order was brought to her with the grilled cheese. She greatly enjoyed it. The chocolate ganache did have a defined yuzu taste.
The owner served up a complimentary Taster Board of the Crème Brûlée for us as well to try which was much appreciated (it’s nice when you know the owner of the cafe 😀 ). The flavours of the crème brûlée were original/vanilla, matcha, and jasmine. Each of the flavours of the crème brûlée were true to their taste.
I really liked how it was moderately sweet and the glazed icing was perfectly done. This was perfect to share between us and even after a few bites, we started to feel full too!
It was really nice to revisit Platform Espresso Bar again. This little cafe nestled in the heart of Unionville and Markham really is such a great idea. There aren’t enough of these little cafes around serving small bites, drinks, and desserts.
(Disclaimer: Although I personally know the owner of this cafe and a complimentary item was provided to us to try, all of the opinions in this blog post are my own.)