First Look: Eagles Nest, a true-to-the-neighbourhood indie cafe on Dundas West
By Jon Sufrin
An affogato, chilling out (All images by Jon Sufrin)
When Claudio Nunes set up a home decor shop on Dundas West a few years ago, neighbourhood feedback suggested he could have chosen a more lucrative business. The area was, apparently, in dire need of some good coffee and ice cream. So Nunes moved his shop elsewhere and set up Eagles Nest in its stead. Opened last week, Nunes — who grew up in the area — says he’s earned the right to supply his hood with coffee: “I’ve drank a lot of espresso over the years.”
The concept: With it’s blue-haired barista, Eagles Nest seeks to appeal to the hip crowd while also staying true to the neighbourhood’s Portuguese contingent. Located right next to The Garrison, the new cafe stays open late (until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays) to take care of band-seekers, while the fridge is stocked with Portuguese beverages of choice (Sumol, Castello, Pedras and the like). The walls are currently bare in the just-opened space (Nunes admits it looks a bit like an asylum), but expect them to showcase talent from local artists soon.
The hood: Dundas, just west of Ossington, on the same strip as Camp 4, Lost and Found and The Garrison.
The coffee and the eats: Eagles Nest serves java from Portuguese roaster Delta Cafes, a European stalwart (Chiado relies on the same roaster for its espresso). An espresso will set you back $1.75, or have it served with a scoop of Maypole ice cream affogato-style for $5.50. Also available are a selection of pastries from Circles and Squares (where else?) like almond croissants ($2.25) or chocolate chip muffins ($2.00).
Coming soon: Paninis and similar items by fall; daily featured drinks, like London fogs, vanilla lattes or mochaccinos and, eventually, sliding doors at the front for a patio experience.
Eagles Nest, 1199 Dundas Street West