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A pick-up dessert in the Hw7+Leslie area?

TwinklyTerrapin Jun 4, 2007 08:37 PM

Hiya Chow'nders
I have to bring dessert for a dinner party on Tuesday evening, and was wondering if Longo's, Michaelangelo's or some other place close to there had anything particularly good?

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  1. Charles Yu RE: TwinklyTerrapin Jun 4, 2007 08:59 PM

    Forget about Longos....etc. Head up north on Leslie, past 16th Avenue to the 'food plaza' on the right hand side. Inside there's an excellent 'French Pastry' shop run by a lady with real French training. Gorgeous cakes!

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    1. re: Charles Yu
      oohlala RE: Charles Yu Jun 5, 2007 08:45 AM

      The name of the pastry shop is called "French Pastry"?

      what's the name of the food plaza?

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        Charles Yu RE: oohlala Jun 5, 2007 04:42 PM

        I believe the plaza is called 'Richlane Plaza'. Address is 9425 Leslie Street. Not sure about the name of the pastry shop though. However, location is directly next to the B-B-Q place. You can also check out the cake shop on the opposite side, fairly good but less sophisticated. If, for any reason you dislike their products, head over to Maxim Restaurant on 9665 Bayview Avenue. Their cakes use only fresh cream and in general are very good. Good Luck!

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          Royaljelly RE: Charles Yu Jun 5, 2007 07:22 PM

          Hey Charles, is that the same Maxim as the one on Finch just west of Leslie? They make some pretty good cakes there too.

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            Charles Yu RE: Royaljelly Jun 5, 2007 07:44 PM

            Yup! Same owner, different location. However, cakes sold in the Richmond Hill location are provided from the 'Finch' kitchen.

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              325i RE: Charles Yu Nov 11, 2007 06:44 PM

              FYI they closed down the Richmond Hill location.

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                skylineR33 RE: 325i Nov 11, 2007 06:52 PM

                Do they also close down the Finch location ? I was there last night at around 9:30pm, want to buy some meringue cake, but they were closed.

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                  sumashi RE: skylineR33 Nov 12, 2007 09:24 AM

                  They are moving two stores down to the other side of the Korean grocery store. The sign actually said they would be open by Nov 2nd...
                  I love their meringue cake!

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                    skylineR33 RE: sumashi Nov 12, 2007 10:41 AM

                    Really ? Oh I must miss that on Saturday night, I did not get out of the car to check out when I see the 'Closed' sign outside Maxim ..... Thanks.

                2. re: 325i
                  Charles Yu RE: 325i Nov 12, 2007 02:16 PM

                  I think you are mistaken!! Maxim's Richmond Hill location is still open! I was there today looking at their cake selection! Tiramisu and Black forest still pretty nice!

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              skylineR33 RE: Charles Yu Jun 5, 2007 07:34 PM

              I like Maxim cake, Their strawberry meringue cake is a MUST try if you go there, and if you pay cash for take-out, there is no tax I think .....

              1. re: skylineR33
                Royaljelly RE: skylineR33 Jun 5, 2007 09:26 PM

                I always like the chestnut cakes, but it gets sold out so fast.

          2. re: Charles Yu
            mimiwhite RE: Charles Yu Jun 6, 2007 12:38 PM

            Hey Charles, I'm really interested in getting a cake from this 'French Pastry' shop, is there a must try?

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              Charles Yu RE: mimiwhite Jun 6, 2007 03:24 PM

              By the way, this place is called Pappillon. Their Dark Chocolate 'Dome' is very very intoxicating! Depending on season, they have cakes with the main theme using mousses made from 'fruits and berries' of the season. Since mango is 'in' now, try their Mango mousse cake. Enjoy and watch the waist line!!!

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                amsdellnec RE: Charles Yu Nov 11, 2007 03:48 PM

                Do you happen to know the number for that place, Pappillon?

                1. re: amsdellnec
                  Charles Yu RE: amsdellnec Nov 11, 2007 03:59 PM

                  Patisserie Le Papillon
                  9425 Leslie
                  Tel: 905 918 0080

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                  lsk RE: Charles Yu Nov 11, 2007 09:17 PM

                  I managed to try two of the offerings -- an individual pyramid of white chocolate-mango bavarois and a chocolate-orange mousse cake for 6-8 people -- incidentally my birthday cake. Both were quite delicious and not too sweet or cloying.

                  I love how the patissier is firmly entrenched in more French sensibilities when it comes to flavours and presentation, but eases up on the sweetness factor. Also, I found who I think are her family members helping out at the store very friendly.

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                wasabi_girl RE: Charles Yu Nov 13, 2007 07:22 PM

                Just an FYI - the woman who makes the cakes at Le Papillon took some classes with a French pasty chef, she, herself did not train in France.

                The cakes are impressive for Chinese-run patisseries in the GTA. They actually use kirsch cherries in their Black Forest Cake instead of the red-coloured-jello-cherry-substitute that most Chinese cake shops use. What is jello doing in the center of a cake?!

                I find their cakes French-inspired featuring 90% mousse-based and tweaked for the Asian palate. Not truly 'French' pastries made with rich creams, flaky-buttery cake bases.

                1. re: wasabi_girl
                  skylineR33 RE: wasabi_girl Nov 13, 2007 08:08 PM

                  Well, it is one of the best one in Hw7+Leslie area which is what the OP asking for. It is wise to tweak for Asian palate if you know how many Asian family live in that area. I had a cake from Papillon, beautifully made, quite delicious and it is not mousse based.

              3. Royaljelly RE: TwinklyTerrapin Jun 5, 2007 10:49 AM

                Longo's own stuff is terrible. I think they sell some Dufflet stuff too, if your group likes it (I'm not a Dufflet fan either).

                Michaelangelo's is hit and miss with some of their desserts. At least their chocolate stuff is ok, but still nothing too stellar.

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                  caitlink RE: Royaljelly Jun 11, 2007 10:23 PM

                  Maxim is good for their chestnut cake and strawberry meringue. Michaelangelo's good too. They have some Dufflet and also a fruit cheesecake that's quite good. The fruit cheesecake is what I get in TO when I run out of cheesecakes from cheesecake factory (which i buy in bulk and keep in my freezer).

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