Nestle, the kid famous chocolate maker, looks to have started their own chain of chocolate based cafes featuring chocolate inspired baked goods coupled with specialty coffees and teas.
I arrived shortly after 10 am to find the location at Rideau & Nicholas empty except for one employee behind the counter. This employee kindly continued about her business after looking up and noticing I was perusing the menu and the large display cases at the front of the store.
Once I figured out what cookie I wanted and what was my best hot drink of choice, I merely let the employee know and I ordered.
The Order: 1 16 Oz Regular Hot Chocolate and 1 M&M Rainbow Chocolate Chip cookies.
|Nestle Toll House Cafe's 16 Oz Regular Hot Chocolate & Rainbow M&M Chocolate Chip Cookie|
The Hot Chocolate was average store hot chocolate with nothing overly chocolaty or special about it. At $3.95 it was a o.k. but nothing to drive out of the way for.
|Rainbow M&M Chocolate Chip Cookie|
Oddly though Nestle decided to concoct the delectable cookies creation using Mars' M&Ms instead of Nestle's very own Smarties. Perhaps this is done to ensure conformity in the manufacturing process of the cookie as Smarties in the chocolate version are not widely found in the United States.
Overall, Nestle Toll House Cafe is an interesting addition to the coffee / cafe scene in Ottawa and beyond. With a bright modern interior and friendly service this cafe is a great addition to Rideau Street. However, most concerning was the emptiness of the cafe on a Saturday morning. But perhaps it fills up later in the afternoon as more shops and services open for a busy afternoon. One can only hope as without customers this beacon hope on an otherwise sketchy Rideau Street may be snuffed out.