Matchsticks Coffee

[05/18/2015] Cindy from CookiesnChem (who I shall nickname Cookie on my blog :3) and I met up for lunch at Matchsticks on Victoria Day. It was my first time meeting another blogger, so it was super fun because we had so much in common! Our moms tagged along and they had each other in company too. We had a such a great time together, and I hope to hang out with Cookie again sometime soon. (: 



The Restaurant


Matchstick is tucked away off Fraser and Kingsway, in a small neighbourhood with a couple of boutiques and other restaurants along the way. Les Faux Bourgeois, which I’ve reviewed, is actually just a few shops down. 


I loved the simplistic, chic layout of the shop. It’s also quite roomy and very relaxing. 

I may have taken too many pictures of their decor ahah.


There was quite a crowd when we came at 11:30, but I guess it’s also due to the fact that we came on a holiday.

The Food


Matchstick offers a variety of baked goods, as well as a daily special menu for other things. I love that they use organic and local ingredients, so you can rest assure that you’re getting delicious, good quality, and reliably sourced food!

Here, they showcase their selection of sweet and savoury items, including bread, muffins, cookies, scones, pastries. It was so difficult to decide on what I wanted, because I wanted to try pretty much everything! Some of their more popular items are the croissants and savoury muffins, as you can see, they’re mostly gone already. A fresh batch of croissant was being made while we were there.

Matchstick actually roast their own coffee and brew by the cup. It’s a bit of a wait but it’s totally worth having a fresh cup of coffee.

They also sell their coffee too, I guess this is the processing/ packaging area. (I was on my way to the bathroom LOL. Yes, I bring my camera everywhere.)

It’s really funny because Cookie and I ordered at separate times, I went ahead while she was still deciding. Somehow, we ended up getting the exact same things! The only difference is the coffee we chose.

I got two lattes for Mama Rae and I. The first thing you may notice is that there isn’t much latte art in our mug, and that’s because the cashier has mistaken my order as a takeout, and the barista initially poured our coffee into a to-go cup. After I told them, they transferred our drinks over, so of course, the design disappeared. ): I believe the same thing happened to the cappuccino Cookie ordered as well.

The latte itself was alright. Mama Rae and I found that it was a little too milky, with the essence of coffee was just missing. (3/5)

Having read some reviews, it seems like their croissants are a popular choice. The almond croissant is Mama Rae’s favourite accompaniment to coffee, so that’s what I went for. 

While the outside was nice and crispy, especially with the layer of toasted sliced almonds, the inside was rather soft and almost mushy. It definitely wasn’t flaky and buttery like I imagined. (2.5/5) We both agreed that it was also overly sweet, but it’s probably just right for you if you have a sweet tooth like Cookie. (;

Since we went for lunch, we had a savoury pick as well. The white bean hummus toast came in two slices, and they were beautifully presented with a colourful variety of fresh vegetables. 

There were lettuce, cucumbers, dill, purple carrots, golden beets and sunflower seeds atop the sourdough bread smothered with a generous layer of hummus, and the combination of everything was just perfect. For sweetness, there was a drizzle of honey. Lots of textures going on too with the chewy crust, pillowy soft bread, smooth hummus, and crunchy toppings. I’ve never had white bean hummus before but this tasted pretty similar to the original hummus I have at home. (4/5)


Final Thoughts


I did enjoy my lunch here with Cookies at Matchstick, but the food I found just average. I do want to come back and try some of their savoury goods though, jalapeno cornbread muffins sounds delectable! The staff there are quite friendly, and patiently answered our questions and giving us recommendations. 

1: Terrible | 2: Poor | 3: Average | 4: Good | 5: Excellent
Food: 3/5
Service: 4/5
Value: 3/5
Ambiance: 4.5/5

Overall: 3.5/5

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