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Jules Patisserie review

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  • bogie Jul 10, 2006 09:40 PM
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Anyone been here yet?

I have to say that their croissants, brioche, and pain au chocolat are fantastic. My wife and I are now taking regular Saturday walks here to enjoy pastries and cafe au lait.

Moreover, the baguettes that Marc makes are the best I've had in the city thus far. They are a bit smaller than Ace Bakery and others, but the taste is superior and crumb texture is tight so you don't get too many of those huge air pockets.

IMHO, Celestin just up the street had better watch out because Marc and his staff are friendly and humble. I have stopped going to Celestin lately because their service and attitude isn't even good enough to be called surly.

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  1. Is this the Jules Restaurant at 147 Spadina?

    1. Sounds delicious...where is Jules? Closest major intersection would be nice as well...: )

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      1. re: starvin

        Jules is about 30 metres south of Le Comptoir de CĂ©lestin just south of Manor on the east side of Mount Pleasant.

        1. re: syoung

          That's correct, syoung, except that Le Comptoir is now called Thobor (Bakery or whatever). Same management I believe.

      2. I have to agree that Jules is excellent--but so is Celestin. Both are located at Mt. Pleasant and Manor Rd. (a couple of blocks south of Eglinton), Celestin on the north-east corner, Jules 3 stores south of Manor, also on the east side. I haven't had the same negative service at Celestin, and I like both of them.

        1. I like the fact that Jules is open on more days of the week than Celestin.

          Just last week, I found myself looking at the closed doors of the latter, when I was hoping to pick up some baguettes and crossants. A gentleman on the street kindly directed us to Jules, a few doors down.

          The baguettes, pain au chocolate, almond crossant and tarte au citron were all nice. I'd say they were at least as good as those at Celestin.

          1. Well I have to say that when they owned Tournayre Patisserie on Queen Street East, basically around the corner from where I live, they were always full.
            They made the great pastries, breads, sandwiches etc. Their bread pudding was excellent and I have to say that on a Sunday morning my husband and I were down there scarfing down this excellent plate.
            So I am looking forward to visiting them on Mt Pleasant.
            My review will be soon.

            1. Just came back from Jules! I think the croissants are on a par with Celestin (my benchmark) and the pain au chocolat are better. I'll be back tomorrow morning to pickup some breads and other goods, or maybe stop by for lunch and see what savories there are.

              Cafe Jules Patisserie
              617, Mount Pleasant
              M4S 2M5 Toronto
              416-481-1666

              Just south of Mt Pleasant and Manor. Same side as Celestin but two storefronts down from the SE corner.

              1. I went just yesterday and thought it merely ok. It's not as good as I remember Tournayre to be. The croissant was good, the pain au chocolat was lacking, imo. I'll have to go again and see if perhaps I had a not-so-stellar batch.

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                1. re: jlunar

                  Just a wonder ... did you go both times at the same time of day? The morning visits I've had are definitely better.

                  But it was nice to sit there on a dreary afternoon and sip espresso and much on the pastries.

                2. Agreed! My husband and I took our friends for the first time to boast to them about Celestin, only to have been sorely disappointed, especially with the self-important, surly staff. The brunch could have been served at Denny's and for half the price. We will never return. The bakery attached is also not nearly as good as Jules. We love their product and their professional, polite staff.