Ever sat at your desk, staring out the window, dreaming about what you’ll have for lunch, I know I have, and for us city workers, when Tiisch opened a couple of weeks ago it gave us a place to take that day dream. Tiisch is on the corner of Hay and Milligan in a beautiful heritage building that has been brought back to life, high ceilings, breezy colours, natural light and lots of greenery, this is your lunching oasis in the city.
This lovely new CBD cafe is brought to us from Sven and Sarah Sanders and is focused on fresh, clean, modern food. They have a windowsill garden and grow their own oyster mushrooms on site. There is also a small retail section where you can purchase the Dukes coffee and the Milko Matcha they use, take away lunch goodies and a sweets cabinet where you’ll want to order everything thanks to Lisa Schreurs-Stone (Cantina 663).
I had popped in for coffee when they first opened and was excited by what I saw, so a lunch date with a gorgeous friend last week gave me the perfect opportunity to start working my way through the menu. I ordered the orecchiette pasta with mushrooms, brussel sprouts, leek velouté and parmigiana reggiano. This came in a beautiful big bowl and when it hit the table I was impressed. Such a tasty dish, full of flavour from the leek and mushrooms but there was still lightness to the dish with those brussel sprouts and perfectly cooked pasta. Well balanced and with a touch of winter comfort food.
My lunch date ordered the pumpkin and coconut soup. A lovely, warming bowl of soup is just what the doctor ordered on these cold days and is made even better with a big crusty, buttery piece of bread. It smelled amazing and was tasty too with rich flavours that work together (I was in luck and scored a taste). A million times better than that packet soup in your desk drawer!!
Pretty full, we shared a sweet treat, the delicious lemon meringue profiterole. I love these, I believe they’re from Chouchou cakes, and with that yummy lemon curd it was the perfect mouthful of sweet delight without going overboard (so many options for next time). I had a coffee and I hate to say it but although it was made well and I know Dukes is meant to be good, I just found the flavour a bit one dimensional. This coffee lover just wanted a bit more from the beans but they’ve definitely got barista skills.
Tiisch is my new favourite lunch spot in the city, I love how it feels like a suburban cafe, it’s friendly, welcoming and inviting with great service. Everywhere you look there is a plant, interesting flower arrangement or hanging greenery. This is somewhere you want to sit and eat your lunch and you should, get away from your desk and enjoy your lunch break (breakfast looks amazing too!). Tiisch is a feast for the senses.