This year continues to see toast as a major food trend in North America, as well as right here in Richmond. A blank canvas to showcase other ingredients and flavours, toast is perfect for a light meal or sweeter indulgence. Here are six toast creations worth checking out immediately.


Crab n shrimp melt - Boathouse Restaurant

1. Crab and Shrimp Melt – Boathouse Restaurant

Seafood fans will adore the crab and shrimp melt ($16.99), a popular lunch option. Toasted sourdough is topped with tomato slices, a rich mélange of crab meat, shrimp, and basil tartar, as well as melted aged cheddar cheese. Choose between sea-salted fries or field greens (if you’re feeling more virtuous) on the side.

Location: 8331 River Road

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2. (Secret) Meatball Sandwich –  Paesano’s

Besides their garlic cheese bread and signature bruschetta, this classic Italian bistro also offers an off-menu meatball open-faced sandwich (ask your server nicely to make one for you). The dish ($12.95) features toasted French bread or focaccia, tender veal meatballs, spicy tomato sauce, sautéed onion and mushrooms, and melted mozzarella cheese. Now, that’s a sandwich!

Location: 12240 Second Avenue

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3. Cattle French Toast – Cattle Café

Dig into this French toast ($4.29), done Hong Kong-style. This rendition involves cubes of French bread with a crisp outer layer and light, fluffy interior. A coconut spread in the middle of each piece as well as syrup for dipping will satisfy your sweet tooth. Pats of butter add to the decadence.

Sante Fe - Zee's Grilled Cheese

4. Sante Fe Grilled Cheese – Zee’s Grilled Cheese

This newly opened Steveston spot Zee’s is a must for anyone with a penchant for gourmet grilled cheese. The recommended Sante Fe version ($10.95) arrives deliciously oozy, with Swiss cheese, roasted chicken breast, avocado, roasted garlic, and sliced tomato — all between two slices of buttery grilled sourdough. Let’s just say one bite will send you swooning.

Location: 160-12420 Number One Road

Well Tea - I Luv Strawberries

5. “I Luv Strawberries” – Well Tea

This Taiwanese café is known for its ultra thick toasts: hollowed out loaves of white bread brushed with honey and butter, toasted, and filled with delectable ingredients. The “I Luv Strawberries” ($8.95) is mounded with strawberry jam, fresh strawberries, whipped cream, an Oreo cookie, chocolate Pocky and strawberry ice cream (get into it before it melts).

Location: 170-4811 Hazelbridge Way

Chocolate Lover Honey Toast

6. Chocolate Lover Honey Toast – Sugarholic Café

In elegantly ornate surroundings, enjoy the ultimate tea-time treat that uses toast as a main component ($9.95). It’s an incredible concoction of pyramided honey toast squares, covered in chocolate whipped cream, melted chocolate, chocolate ice cream, and caramelized slivered almonds. Toast never tasted so good.

Location: 1008-4151 Hazelbridge Way, Aberdeen Centre