Tango Palace

Price guide: Budget

1156 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario

Price guide: Budget

By Aefa Mulholland, your Toronto expert

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#14 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Toronto
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Chilling out, Design and architecture, People watching, Relaxation, Trendiness

Expert review of Tango Palace

Cozy Leslieville cafe with a relaxed vibe and excellent house brews

This funky fixture on the rapidly gentrifying Queen east strip has been going strong for over 17 years, drawing a stready stream of locals and "west-enders" alike, who are more than willing to make the cross-town trek for their delicious coffees and tantalizing selection of baked goods, sandwiches and light meals.

Food and drink: 

Stop by mid afternoon for a delicious chocolate chip cookie or tempting dessert square from local caterer "Miss Cora's Kitchen" to enjoy alongside your preferred coffee-basd drink, or savour a delicious light breakfast of Spanish Eggs or a hearty grilled panini for lunch.

Recommended dishes: 

Rotating panini options and baked phyllo type roll-ups(I particularly love the grilled vegetable and goat's cheese) come piping hot and served with an optional house salad and make a delightful light but satisfying lunch. The giant chocolate chip cookies are a best-seller, and for good reason--loaded with home-made goodness and bursting with chocolate flavour. Their lattes are among the best I've ever had, and can be made with either soy or lactose-free milk.

Ambience: 

Quirky and laid-back, with cushy arm chairs and a clutter of antique-style tables, Tango Palace makes the perfect place to while away an afternoon with a good book or good friend or to get some work done on a laptop. Free, reliable wi-fi means the place can get packed during peak hours with freelancers and students, but the salon-type vibe is worth even a quick visit.

Service: 

Friendly and helpful baristas seem to relish their coffee making duties and will gladly accommodate dietary requests or simply walk you through the staggering array of baked goods.

Location: 

Right in the heart of hip and up-and-coming Leslieville, Tango Palace is a must-go when exploring the East End's array of funky antique and specialty stops.

Price advice: 

Reasonably priced snacks and light meals and coffee-based drinks are competitively priced for the area.

More information on Tango Palace:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Café, Coffee shop, Takeaway
Food:
International, Pizza, Snacks
Address:
1156 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario
Telephone:
+1 416 465 8085
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea
Opening times:
Daily from 7am-11pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
No
Reservations:
Not possible

Have you been to Tango Palace? Would you recommended it?