The Apricot Tree Café, a beautiful European inspired restaurant, has been nestled in the heart of Sherwood Forest since 1993 and is a popular spot for diners of all ages and walks of life. Owned by Esther and Franz Hochholdinger, they put a strong emphasis on consistency in both their food and service, along with serving fresh, delicious homemade food to the community. Whether it be their famous crêpes, wiener schnitzel, or anything else from their delicious menu, The Apricot Tree Café is definitely worth a visit or few.
SIGNATURE FOOD ITEMS
One of the most popular items on the Apricot Tree menu is their famed Weiner Schnitzel, which is cooked to perfection and served with roasted potatoes, mixed greens, lemon and lingonberry jam.
Equally as popular are their savoury crêpes. From the “Crêpe Denmark,” which has whipped cream, chocolate blossoms, and warm chocolate sauce, to the Palatschinken, consisting simply of apricot jam and apricot ginger ice-cream, there are many delicious offerings. With the larger location, they’ve recently revamped their menu, which has plenty of tasty offerings.
The Apricot Tree’s signature “Apricot Martini” tastes great and is popular with both loyal and new clients.
FEW WORD DESCRIPTION
Unique, fresh and consistent food and service quality.
100 inside and 56 on the patio.
TYPE OF FOOD
European inspired, homemade and home styled food.
Franz is the pastry chef; he has over 35 years of baking experience and was trained and educated in Austria. He recalls that from an early age, part of an Austrian tradition said that they had to have a cake every Sunday and Franz was interested in making the cakes. He loved it so much that he turned it into a successful career.
His wife, Esther, is responsible for all of the wonderful soups, sandwiches, salads, main courses and everything else on their menu. She’s an expert in taste and flavours and her natural intuition helps create wonderful menu items.
Self-taught through a passion and love of cooking, her exquisite craftsmanship and dedication shine through with everything she prepares.
Head Chef Ed Lejano, trained at George Brown and with an Asian influence and background culinary-wise, has been with the Apricot Tree family for over 20 years and has been at the helm for over close to 15 years.
WHAT CAN CUSTOMERS EXPECT?
Consistently delicious and quality food, fresh ingredients and standout service in a comfortable, inviting atmosphere.
Yes and yes.
Mid-range price for very high quality food.
SPECIALS & EVENTS
They have a popular “Crepe-Fest” and “Lobster-Fest” as well as a “Schnitzel-Fest” that’s in the works.
Now that they’ve expanded their square footage, it will allow for opportunities to add to their specials and events.
In lower Austria, where Franz is from, the apricot tree is quite popular and he wanted to incorporate a part of his heritage into the restaurant. They had a beautiful painting of an apricot tree on one of the walls when they opened in 1993 and it’s still there today.
TYPE OF CLIENTELE
Esther and Franz strive to make The Apricot Tree’s atmosphere approachable and inviting to everyone and as such, they have a wide clientele from millennials to boomers. There’s a strong mix between the long-time clients who visit often to those (both local and outside of our city) who visit for special occasions and many variances in between.
1900 Dundas Street West