For those of you living in Groningen, you know that there is one place to go to satisfy your cravings in a healthy way. And, that place is TOET! We’ve been going to TOET ever since it opened its doors in 2013. At one point, it was my go-to place every single day, until I realized that eating a lot of cake isn’t good for you!
In Dutch, “toet” means dessert. And at TOET, they serve all kinds of cakes, cookies, ice cream and pastries, which they make from scratch. When you enter the place you can see the pastry chef working in the open kitchen on the right side. The left side has just enough space for three tables. Luckily, there is more space on the first floor. The café is decorated with bright wallpaper, wooden tables with green tablecloths and wooden chairs. The cups, plates and other kitchenware are also dissimilar. The whole atmosphere feels like you’re in the 50s, sitting in the living room of one of your friends and enjoying a cup of tea with a slice of homemade pie. The reality is of course that we’re in 2016 wearing jeans and sneakers and, unfortunately, aren’t as polished as those ladies from Mad Men! But it’s a chill place to hang out and enjoy good food.
The good stuff
One of the principles of TOET is to make desserts that aren’t calorie bombs. Instead, they try to make them gluten-free, lactose-free and/or sugar-free. The banana bread is made with almond flour and the brownie is vegan. However, my absolute favorite cake on the menu is the date cake with a warm butterscotch sauce on top. The butterscotch sauce is optional and not healthy at all, but combining it with the date cake is just so delicious!! Just thinking about it makes my mouth water, yum!
If you want to try all the things they have on their menu then the 7-course dessert dinner is a great option. TOET organizes the dessert dinner once or twice a month and it’s something you’ll definitely want to experience. Another option is a delicious high tea, which can also be made gluten free. In addition, workshops are given regularly, with the chocolate workshop coming up next month.
TOET, het toetjesparadijs
Gedempte Zuiderdiep 85
9711 HC Groningen
Open daily from 10.00 – 17.30
On Monday’s from 12.00 – 17.30