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Aug 19, 2006 02:09 AM

(Toronto) Best custard tarts?

I have discovered a love of custard tarts (Pasteis de Nata). I get them from Novera, but I'm wondering, where do you get your favourite custard tarts from?

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  1. my favourite is just a few stores west of Novera on bloor.

    'caldense bakery' which is 997 Bloor W i think?

    much better than novera in my tart eatting opinion

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    1. re: ssainani

      I agree, I prefer Caldense. The crust is much thinner and flakier....much more comparable to the tarts you purchase in Portugal.

      There are several Caldense locations in Toronto. The one I frequent is on Dundas West, just west of Runnymede. There is another one at Dundas and Ossington.

    2. Europa on Danforth east of Pape has delicious Portuguese custard tarts. I'd advise staying away from their Greek pastries, though. They have been positively reviewed and look good, but are permeated with strong artificial flavours. The owner is Portuguese :-)

      1. These may be along a different line, but Lai Wah Hen serves the most divine little custard tarts as part of their lunch dim sum menu. They are out of this world, and even though I am usually stuffed at the end of a meal, I always save room for these little bits of heaven.

        1. the portuguese BBQ chicken place across from paddingtons in the St. Lawrence market has good ones. In the morning sometimes they've been still warm when I've gotten them......mmmmm

          1. Caldense bakery (on Bloor, just east of Dufferin) has the best!! I buy about 6 and by the time I get home on the subway, there are only 1 or 2 left.

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            1. re: chowgal

              Is there a Caldense Bakery on Bloor as well? I know there is one on Dundas between Dufferin and Ossington but haven't been in. There is also a Novaera on the north side, and 2 bakeries with custard tarts on Ossington. I think one of them is called Columbia - they said they do not make their own custard tarts though.

              Does anyone know if any of these bakeries actually make fresh custard tarts?