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Feb 5, 2006 10:53 AM

In search of the best Croissants

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After a long search, I stick to La Bamboche.
It is best to order ahead of time (croissants seem to fly away very early). Their chocolate croissants (or buns) are excellent too. I was not specially impressed by their $8 pound cake : too much baking soda in it. But you get stickers for being an addict.
This is my personal choice. Don't flame me !!!

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  1. Thanks for posting the results of your search. I love a good croissant. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find one in Richmond Hill so far.

    It would be very interesting if you could post a review of all the places that you visited in your search.


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    1. re: woowoo

      I live near Bonjour Brioche and like their croissants well enough, but I have to second the vote for Pain perdu. We often think it's worth driving to the West End to eat their Pain perdu or Croque Monsieur and then bring back some fine croissants and my favorite baguette in the city.

      We've also tried Rahier, Fleurdulys and Clafouti, but we place Pain Perdu (and the Bonjour Brioche) above them.

      1. re: woowoo

        Did you try that bakery at Yonge and 16th (close to Scotiabank, same plaza as FutureShop, northeast corner of Yonge and 16th)?

        1. re: Goober

          Yes, I did try the bakery in the Yonge/16th plaza. The croissants were very flaky, but were also kind of greasy and not much butter flavour.

          I'm still open to any suggestions north end of TO (Richmond Hill, Markham, Vaughan)....

          1. re: Goober

            A bit out of my way. It will have to wait till springtime. I'll keep it in mind. Count on me not to forget a good spot.

            I forgot to mention Rahier (again): a very busy place on Saturdays, not very friendly and their croissants do not beat the Bamboche's ones (IMO.

          2. re: woowoo

            Curious, eh?
            I tried CĂ©lestin, Thuet, Patachou and La Bamboche. I did not wander far from Mid-town, though it might have been a good way to burn some of the extra calories I carry with me.
            La Bamboche croissants ($1.60 each, plus colored stickers that reward the faithful customers)is the best (in my own opinion): light, flaky, buttery and no baking powder after-taste.
            Please, let us know about your own experience.
            P.S. For a wonderful out-of-town Pastry Shop-Bakery, I highly recommend La Panera. I would say their orange scones are out-of-this world (unfortunately).

            1. re: Lamaranthe

              Where is La Panera?

              You should also try Ma Maison (Dundas & Royal York) for tender, shatteringly flaky, light buttery croissants and other french sweet and savoury goodies. The croissants are just like the ones from France.

              I popped in there after buying some chocolate from the Callebaut store which is across the street.

              I just wish both these stores were closer to home.

          3. I must say that Pain Perdu has the best croissants in Toronto. It is located on St. Clair Ave West near Christie.

            1. used to live on manor road about a block from bamboche. if i were still there, i'd be 400 pounds in a week from the croissants. gotta say the comptoir de celestin makes some pretty decent ones too.

              1. Thuet's on King West has the best croissant....I've tried Pain Perdu,Celestin,Rahier,Bonjour Brioche and All The Best...but I love Thuet...there's a small retail bakery in their retaurant selling breads ,croissants,jams and other pastries all made on site...apparently a special oven is required for croissant making and not all establishments house this...Miranda

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                1. re: Miranda

                  is this inside the restaurant or is it a seperate entrance? how much are we talking here?


                  1. re: KAREN

                    It is inside the resataurant just to the right as you walk into the dining room. All croissants are $2 and the artisian loaves are around $6. The full list is on their website.


                2. I've never seen this place mentioned in discussions- Patisserie Saint Honore in the Kingsway has amazing croissants. 2945 Bloor St West. Call ahead, the owner closes for weeks at a time to go on vacation. Owner and pastry-chef Jean-Jacques will always try to upsell you other items(excellent baugettes as well)

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                  1. re: MF

                    I know this is from a long time ago, but does anyone have information on the hours of this place?