We are always looking for new places to try, so when our friend from James Street North blog suggested we try the Moroccan fresh mint tea at Barbarossa Cafe we couldn't wait. As owner Carlos Barbarossa prepared this blend of green tea infused with fresh mint leaves, the cafe became immersed with the invigorating scent of mint. He also makes a delicious Swiss limeade, the perfect refreshment on a hot summer day.
The space is filled with interesting Brazilian and Moroccan pieces including these gorgeous bowls from Morocco that hang on the exposed brick walls.
Throws that were gifted by a friend from India add warmth and character to this inviting space. Carlos' passion and personality is seen throughout. His personal touches make you feel really welcome -- we certainly understand why people are so keen to visit over and again.
We've been talking a lot about wall tapestries as of late, and this one from Rajasthan fits the space so beautifully.
This gluten free coffee cake made with tapioca, cornflower, orange, ricotta cheese and Madeira wine is made fresh in the morning. Carlos also offers steam cooked, gluten free corn bread and tapioca bread.
Carlos' coffee selection includes local, organic and fair trade offerings from Columbia and Kenya.
Castello sparkling water from Portugal is served with a simple lime wedge. The variety of interesting imported waters and juices are impressive. We loved the Lorina sparkling lemonade from France.
Barbarossa Metropolitan dessert is made with all natural mango and pistachio sorbet, vanilla yogurt and fresh custard served on a bed of seasonal and tropical fruits. The custard is a Portuguese recipe that takes an impressive 24 hours to prepare.
Carlos' love of literature is evident. Piles of novels and poetry books sit on the tables for perusal of customers. With a collection of over 2000 books, his future plans for the space include adding a library section in the back of the cafe and starting up a monthly book club.
Monthly art exhibits are featured at the cafe -- this month Jessica Roth's life drawings are showcased. She offers open figure drawing sessions on Sunday afternoons at her James Street North studio.
312 King Street East