I ventured in for some doughnuts mentioned on “you got to eat here”, and made by bakers who have won the Food Network’s “Doughnut Showdown”. I went expecting some pretty unique confectionary creations, and they delivered for the most part.
The pink and white themed doughnut shop was easy enough to spot. Their logo, a series of sketched out circles drawn in white, decal-ed the front window. It was simple and to the point, like their name: “Modern Doughnuts”.
Inside, the decor was the same pink and white. There was not much in terms of decoration, but you are here for the doughnuts anyways. And they more than made up for the lack of patterns and colours in their strictly white and pink motif. There was a pretty cozy snacking nook by the front window. The space included pink plastic chairs paired with white plastic pedestal tables. The glossy cubes made for great seats or tables. But the best was the bench set against the window with pink throw cushions strewn for a more comfortable sit. I would later grab a seat here, to be able to enjoy my treat in comfort.
Their collection of doughnuts were behind glass at the check out counter. Each flavour included its own pink sign and the option to have them in a regular or smaller size. I liked the choice and the opportunity to go small to have a few, or to get the regular sized ones for a more fulsome dessert.
The clerk was working in the back, she allowed me all the time I needed to browse their wares. Their doughnuts were not stuffed, but instead had their rings plugged. Filled to the brim with cream or custard for that extra indulgence. The “peanut butter cup” came with chocolate icing and a smooth peanut butter centre topped with the actual nuts, the “coconut” was with coconut cream with shredded coconut topping, the “s’mores” had its centre plugged with a marshmallow cube and dusted with graham cracker crumb, the “classic jelly” was powdered and glistening with strawberry jam, and the “maple bacon” had maple frosting and a centre of candied bacon bits. Their seasonal fruit doughnut was a mango, lime, and mint chutney. Their season’s favourite was a bit more tame with a chocolate coating topped with gummy bears. And their doughnut of the month was a “Mumbai fog with chai glaze”.
I went with the “Madagascar vanilla with pink gradient sprinkles”. It wasn’t the most unique, but it certainly seemed like their trademark doughnut in colour. Dough, icing, and sprinkles came together for a layered flavour. Sweet vanilla with tangy grapefruit. The doughnut was definitely fresh with a spongy texture. The small was the perfect amount for a blogger trying to eat as much as she could on her last day in Toronto.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – No.
My initial reason for visiting was because they won competitions like “Doughnut Showdown” and because they were featured on “You Gotta Eat Here”. But after speaking to the clerk, I learn all their achievements were set in Calgary, with none in Toronto. Though they still made a good hand dipped doughnut, and are one of the only places I have seen that offer their doughnuts with a choice of size: large and small. Don’t deny your cravings.