Distinctly standing out from surrounding boutique shops and landmark restaurants, shines the newly established, Sorelle and Co cafe. Known for their exquisite baked goods and elegant ambiance, the store’s décor is a mirror image of a multi-tiered wedding cake.
Perched upon pearl-colored benches are vases generously filled with white roses, hydrangeas, and peonies. Gilded accents sparkle in the reflection of the strategically placed mirrors. Candy-colored pastry boxes sit neatly stacked upon glass shelves. While jeweled chandeliers, sway softly, cast romantic shadows upon the patrons below.
Beyond its stunning décor and beloved High Tea service, Sorelle and Co. secured a name for itself in the highly competitive restaurant scene by identifying a gap in the industry. Attune to patrons’ various food allergies, restrictions, and preferences; they sought to create a “worry-free” dining experience.
Without compromising ambiance or taste, Sorelle and Co. proudly offer breakfast, lunch, and dessert items that are 100% free of gluten, soy, sesame, nuts, preservatives, and animal products.
Upon entering their Yorkville location, you are immediately drawn to a display case filled with artfully decorated sweets and artisan bread. Their expansive pastry menu features items such as opera cake, Nanaimo bars, chocolate apricot cake, challah bread, and s’ mores sandwiches.
As I deliberated over the menu, a regular to the cafe offered up her opinion. The iced brownie, cheesecake, chocolate crinkle cookie, and macaroons were some of her noted favorites. Taking her suggestions to heart, I ordered petite sizes of the crinkle cookie and lemon macaroon. I also asked the barista to include the pina-colada doughnut and chocolate raspberry cupcake.
Generously, the manager offered me samples of the brownie and cheesecake as I waited for my to-go order. The brownie, decorated with pink, blue, and yellow flowers made of icing, was incredible. The sweet frosting complemented the moist, dark, chocolatey flavor. The icing reminded me of a classic birthday cake frosting. The brownie instantly earned a spot on my list of all-time favorite sweets.
Like the brownie, the cheesecake did not disappoint. I love cheesecake. It has always been one of my favorite desserts to bake and of course, eat. Skeptical of a vegan version, I was more than pleasantly surprised. The texture and flavor were almost identical to the coveted New York-style cheesecake.
The only sweet that did not win over my heart was the doughnut. Concerned my doughnut snobbery might taint my view; I had my stepsons and husband taste test the pina-colada flavored pastry. They confirmed my aversion. It just doesn’t taste like a doughnut. It was too soggy and the taste too bland. I would recommend their Crinkle Cookie, in place of the doughnut.
If sweets are not your Achilles heel, don’t worry, there are plenty of savory options on their main menu. Some highlights include:
- Asian Rice Noodle Salad
- Mac and Cheese
- French Toast
- Tropical Basil Smoothie
- Avocado Toast
I placed an order for their Mediterranean Panini, complete with a side salad. The panini featured roasted vegetables, onion jam, olive spread, red pepper hummus, and vegan mozzarella cheese. Simply put, the panini was everything you would want it to be – cheesy, flavorful, warm, and not too thick.
Positioned for continued success thanks to quality food, a prime location, elegant ambiance, and the ability to meet various food restrictions, Sorelle and Co. is worth putting on your bucket list.