Donuts. They've taken our city by storm but I'm still not a huge fan. I wouldn't go out of my way to get them (except that one time I went to Donut Time, but even still, that was on the way to Alfred & Constance...), nor would I regularly pay excessive amounts of money on them ($8? Come on..)
But Nodo seemed different.
Maybe it was the minimalist layout of the cafe that I walked past every Monday afternoon that caught my eye...
Maybe it was the endless instagram posts of glossy ganache and exotic flavors that caught my eye..
Whatever it was, I found myself there on a rainy Sunday morning and I was impressed.
I ordered a pumpkin maple donut (to have here... Which still meant served on a paper plate. For a place that looks this fancy, paper plates weren't expected at all... But hey, less washing up I guess?) and a cappuccino.
Can we just take a moment to acknowledge how darn good this donut was? My problem with donuts generally is that they're super dry and sugary. Not these ones! They were light and fluffy, moist without being heavy, sweet but not overbearingly sweet. And the flavors were so fancy, yet so simple, and really really well executed. I haven't ever appreciated a donut as much as I did this one. Highly recommended.
The coffee took a while to come out, and when it did, it wasn't anything spectacular. It was a little watery and weak, but good accompaniment for the donuts. Unfortunately, the space seemed poorly used too. The cafe area had the potential to seat a solid amount of customer and be a real donut hub, but instead it had a bench space with 3 tables - barely enough room to seat 15 people at best. This is slightly disappointing as there was so much room to expand, but I'm sure they'll work on it in time.
Overall, it was worth the trip to try it out. I probably won't be back too often, but I will always remember my pumpkin maple donut, and will, from here on in, always compare my donuts to that one.
Well done, Nodo.