Sahil Sharma used to enjoy coming to D Spot dessert café in Scarborough with his family and friends.
He was always impressed by the quality of the gourmet cakes and desserts served at the shop, and couldn’t stop thinking about running a business like that.
“I knew this restaurant concept would do very well in Barrie,” says Sharma, co-owner of the recently opened D Spot dessert café in south-end Barrie.
A Barrie resident since 2010, Sharma says D Spot is a well-established and growing franchise that fit his dream of owning a restaurant.
“Being a big fan of desserts, I always felt like Barrie needed a dessert place that stands out,” he tells BarrieToday.
Sharma believes D Spot will likely change the way people look at desserts.
“We pride ourselves on the quality and quantity of our food, which is absolutely out of this world and Instagram-worthy,” he says.
Sharma says feedback has been positive, and he has seen the “wow factor” reflected on the faces of customers who walk in, look at the place and try the desserts.
“People eat with their eyes first and then their mouth, and this totally applies to D Spot,” he says.
An unabashed fan of D Spot’s products, Sharma names Hit-D-Spot as his favourite.
“It’s a double waffle with homemade chocolate and vanilla ice cream in between, with toppings of almonds, Belgian milk and white chocolate callets, white and dark chocolate curls, plus fudge and Belgian white chocolate sauce drizzled on top and some icing sugar,” he explains.
Another popular choice, he says, is My Hidden Gem, which is a crepe with chocolate lava cake wrapped inside, with toppings of Oreo cookies, strawberries and bananas, as well as Belgian milk and Belgian white chocolate sauce drizzle, served with a side of homemade vanilla ice cream.
“People who used to visit (Canada’s) Wonderland just for the funnel cakes are our regular customers now,” he added.
Sharma says the ice cream and cakes, as well as the batter for funnel cakes, crepes and waffles, are made in house with no added preservatives.
D Spot’s menu includes savoury foods, as well, such as burgers, sandwiches, poutines and hot dogs, all made with halal meats and ingredients.
The D Spot dessert café is located at 279 Yonge St., Unit 15. A grand opening was held in September.
Sharma and his partner, Rohit Sohar, are expecting growing crowds as the holiday season approaches, when they plan to give away an iPhone 14, as well as frequent gift cards.
D Spot Barrie’s owners say they also plan to partner with local organizations, businesses and sports teams, noting their shop has already partnered with the Barrie Elites Volleyball Club and they are in talks for a potential partnership with the Barrie Colts.
“We are so proud of being part of this community and we are here to give back to Barrie a lot more than just the sweet stuff,” Sharma says.
Established in 2014, D Spot has locations across Ontario and Alberta.
More information can be found at www.dspotdessert.com.