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Oct 21, 2006 03:04 PM

Celestin bakery

I was doing a search for favorite bakeries and this one never came up. I'm quite surprised because I've enjoyed everything I've had from there and it seems pretty popular, judging by the lines and the fact that they run out of stuff late in the day. The chocolate croissant is killer and the fig bread is amazing (I could probably eat a whole one by myself :-P ).

Any thoughts?

I'm going to try Patachou and Wanda's pies soon...maybe today...

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  1. currently working on a croissant tour and celestin is one of the 7 we've tried to date... probably have about 7 more places to go... anyway, we found that it tasted very lardy rather than buttery, fairly dense through the centre, and a very thick crust. not impressed and amongst the worst of the bunch. i still can't get past the lard flavour... it was just left a film in my mouth.

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    1. re: pinstripeprincess

      I recently had yummy croissant at Balzacs in the Distillery District..very buttery.
      Also,my kids and I have been doing the same thing(tour) but we go each weekend and search out Toronto's best Jelly Doughnuts!

      1. re: pinstripeprincess

        You know what the Celestin croissants taste like? Frozen Costco croissants! I am not saying they're not making their own but who knows.

        1. re: Hans Brinker

          They taste NOTHING like that. Costco frozen croissant arent even made with butter.

          1. re: qtxniki

            Costco is known for changing suppliers regularly and I don't know what croissants they sell today. Several years ago they sold amazing frozen croissants that some restaurants admitted they were using.

            (That said, I seriously doubt that Celestin is selling Costco croissants.)

            1. re: qtxniki

              "Costco frozen croissant arent even made with butter".... THAT WAS MY POINT!!!! They are made with LARD! The pinstripeprincess remarked (her words, not mine) "i still can't get past the lard flavour... it was just left a film in my mouth". OK? You take your guess.

        2. a croissant tour...nice! let us know what you discover along the way. any recs so far? :-)

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          1. re: ctl98

            well my posts keep getting axed so in short i'll say that so far the top marks go to the following in this particular order:

            patisserie cigogne

            based on good crisp exterior (not too thick), buttery flavour (incl. hints of sweetness/salt) and a good chewy inside that can pull the rolled pastry nearly apart.

            maybe i had an off one at celestin, but it was distinctly lardy flavoured rather than buttery. it left a filmy taste that was less so rich and more so oily and greasy.

            1. re: pinstripeprincess

              I very much liked the pastries and cakes at Patisserie Cigogne. They have tasty stuff!

              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                wagamama has great mini cookies - a MUST try!

            2. i hear pain perdu is excellent! good luck on your journey and enjoy!

              1. all i can say is that my husband eats something from Celestin for breakfast about three days a week- although we benefit from proximity.

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                1. re: nummanumma

                  I live near Mt. Pleasant too, and prefer the service and products at Jules Patisserie a block away. Not only are the croissants, pain au chocolat, pastries and baguettes awesome, they are not as pretentious as the Celestin staff.

                  1. re: bogie

                    ohh this just in- he informs me he has mostly switched to Jules- I wouldn't know as Im generally lounging in bed :)

                    1. re: bogie

                      I just tried Jules on your rec. It was very good. For some reason, whenever I'm around Mt. Pleasant/Eglinton (which is a lot) I NEVER catch Celestin when it's open. I gave up, and then half an hour ago, went to Jules and saw Celestin open - but I didn't bother going in based on the lard comment...

                      Anyway, Jules was very good, but I think Pain Perdu on St Clair is better. Jules was still a bit crispy for my taste. As well, small just like all the other "high-end" croissants in this town. Someone brought me back a croissant from Paris - okay, by the time I ate it it was almost day-old, but it was huge!

                      1. re: sweetspotlee

                        The pain au raisin at Pain Perdu is heavenly!

                  2. One factor about the croissants at Celestin is that they're kind of artisanal. By that I mean that the appearance can vary as can the degree of doneness. I think that they're baked in smaller quantities than those of many other bakeries. Not sure about the 'lardy' flavour--I think that can happen if you don't wash it down with a hot drink (melts the fat!). I've certainly never experienced that at Celestin.
                    I will agree that the French guy that works there is pretty unfriendly, especially when compared to the staff at Jules, just down the street.
                    My family's current favourite croissant is to be had at La Bamboche, on Manor Rd. at Yonge St.