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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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