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Croque Monsieur (sp)

Leslieville May 31, 2007 02:23 PM

I am having a craving for this, can't explain it! Anyone got a favorite place? I don't like the one at Bonjour Brioch, so that's out, but I'm open for suggestions.

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    courgette May 31, 2007 02:33 PM

    Ooops. Sorry about the earlier post. My bad. I was thinking of a different dish.

    1. Delish May 31, 2007 02:46 PM

      I've had amazing croque monsieur a number of times at Dessert Trends on Harbord. Thick slices of brioche sandwiching tasty ham and gruyere cheese topped off with bechamel and baked. I also seem to remember enjoying one at Jules on Spadina and Richmond a year or two ago. Conversely, I had an utterly boring version at The Rosebud on Queen - dry (not even buttered), thin bread, run-of-the-mill ham and tasteless cheese. A glorified ham and cheese sandwich, that just happened to be toasted.

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        TorontoJo May 31, 2007 05:46 PM

        OMG, yes, that was going to be my recommendation, too. The one at Dessert Trends is the best I've ever had. Just perfect.

        And if you want to top perfection, get it as a croque madame, which has a runny fried egg on top.

      2. Full tummy May 31, 2007 03:51 PM

        The ones at Jules Patisserie on Mt. Pleasant are delicious. Would you like to stick to a particular area of the city?

        1. mainja May 31, 2007 04:15 PM

          May seem funny, but the restaurant in the Novatel has nice ones, very French. In fact, the whole place, other than the missing smokers and dogs is a bit like going back to France. The food, the decor, the furnature, even the baguette tasted like it was made with French flour. I think the hotel chain is from France, so maybe that's why.

          Anyway, all that to say they have Croque Monsieurs.

          By the way, it's not like a fancy French resto, it's like an everyday one, right down to the frozen fries. It isn't that it's the best food I've ever had, it's just that it was kind of surreal because it was like stepping off the street in Carcassonne.

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            professor plum May 31, 2007 04:30 PM

            I have never had it myself but Le Select has it on their brunch menu

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              OnDaGo May 31, 2007 04:40 PM

              So does Thuet

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                acd123 Jun 1, 2007 07:15 AM

                I've had a few in TO. Pain Perdu on St. Clair, W. of Christie does them really well. Toasted Brioche with ham, gruyere, and bechamel.

                In fact, everything from Pain Perdu is really good. The owners are French ex-pats and there know what they are doing.

                I think I'll pick one up for breakfast tomorrow.

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                  Non Doctor Jun 1, 2007 07:17 AM

                  The one at Thuet is pretty damn good... and I am pretty choosy when it comes to my Croque Monsieurs!

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                    littlegreenpea Jun 1, 2007 08:31 AM

                    I second Pain Perdu!

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                  chocabot Jun 4, 2007 07:50 AM

                  I had the Croque Madame at Le Select and it was good. The edges of the bread were practically deep fried in texture... So rich it gave me heart palpitations but sooo good

              2. pinstripeprincess Jun 1, 2007 09:23 AM

                love the one at cigogne up on bayview but they do the madame, i'm sure they'd take the egg off if you really didn't want it.... granted it's the only croque madame i've ever had but the brioche was fantastically fluffy, cheese and ham added just the right punch of rich and salt... just so good. love the atmosphere there as well.

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                  ryth Jun 1, 2007 02:16 PM

                  Mitzi's Sister on Queen West just past Jameson used to have outstanding Croque Monsieur, but I went there last weekend and for unknown reasons it was removed!?

                  Also for people curious about the place, the brunch is excellent, but until they get proper air conditioning and ventilation in that place I'm not going back. The 2nd time i've been there and almost sweat to death!

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                    deelicious Jun 3, 2007 07:53 PM

                    Mitzis sister has also become WAY TOO EXPENSIVE!

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                    phoenikia Jun 4, 2007 07:45 AM

                    Mirabelle Wine Bar on Yonge has it on their menu. I haven't tried the Croque, but I've enjoyed everything else I've tried there.

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