Strip mall businesses are often difficult to identify especially from busy corridors like Merivale Road. Dao has signage that helps curb that problem, although at first you’re not precisely certain what the stylized lettering spells. Once you enter however you are transported into a space both futurist and minimalist, with the design sensibility of a sci-fi show art director who’s been moonlighting. How wonderful that we can enjoy this beautiful space.
Dao first opened in July of 2021 and has set its standards fairly high, with a unique food licensing business model based in part on a relationship with the producer Pablo in Japan, and matching their remarkable pastries you’ll find that their coffee is really rather superb as they’ve partnered with one of Canada’s finest roasters, HATCH out of Toronto.
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