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Montreal Bagels wood-baked on Roncesvalle?

torontoeh May 19, 2008 11:36 AM

I noticed a place for the first time today just north of Queen. Montreal wood-oven baked bagels. They were closed for the holiday so I couldn't try one.

Does anybody know more? I believe it is called Naturalis


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  1. duckdown RE: torontoeh May 19, 2008 12:42 PM

    Never tried them, but, at my local Fortinos (its like a mega fortino's, i think its their biggest one) theyre doing wood-fired montreal bagels right in-store now

    I was lucky enough to be there right as a fresh batch came out last time and I think they were the best bagels i've ever had (I've never had one in Montreal so thats not saying much)

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    1. re: duckdown
      Yongeman RE: duckdown May 19, 2008 01:29 PM

      Where is this Fortino's? Hard to imagine that they actually have a wood-burning oven in-store. Do they remove the bagels from the oven with long wooden paddles too?

      1. re: Yongeman
        duckdown RE: Yongeman May 19, 2008 01:57 PM

        Fortino's is a popular Presidents Choice supermarket chain in Ontario

        Theres like 3 in Brampton alone

        This store that I am talking about DOES have the oven in store -- they do wood fired pizzas, paninis, sandwiches, and now bagels

        I do believe they are removed with a long wooden "paddle board" like you would probably see a pizza come out with


        1. re: duckdown
          Yongeman RE: duckdown May 19, 2008 06:01 PM

          Thanks for the clarification, dd. I have been to a couple of Fortino's stores, including the one at Lawrence Square Mall (Marlee and Lawrence). I'm amazed that one of their stores would be so well equipped as the one you're describing, since the one I know is really on the lower end as supermarkets go. You're lucky to have such enterprising store managers in Brampton.

          1. re: Yongeman
            embee RE: Yongeman May 19, 2008 07:17 PM

            Fortino's is one of the Loblaw banners. They are mainly, though not exclusively, in Italian neighbourhoods.

            Loblaw's discovered a couple of decades ago that the "ethnics" were better at running these stores that was the central Loblaw's management. Perhaps they retained some of the discretion that Loblaw branded stores lost. I've heard great things about Fortino's in the northwestern burbs, but I haven't seen one recently myself.

            The other main Loblaw banner, Zehr's (north and west of Toronto), does not seem different from Loblaw's, but some Fortino's stores seem to have retained their character.

            (The Lawrence Square Fortino's was converted from a Loblaw's years ago. I'm surprised they haven't turned this location into a No Frills.)

            1. re: embee
              detritus RE: embee May 19, 2008 07:40 PM

              Fortinos are the prevalent Loblaws store in the Hamilton/Burlington area as well. In fact, I don't think there are any "Loblaws" branded stores west of Mississauga (except maybe in London or Windsor?).


              1. re: embee
                jayt90 RE: embee May 19, 2008 07:47 PM

                Maybe no one will pay the price for a franchised No Frills at Lawrence Square. It appears to be expensive real estate without a strong delivery.

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        lidiab RE: torontoeh May 20, 2008 04:41 AM

        they bring in their bagels from both St Urbain, and Bagel House, i prefer Bagel House, more authentic. They bring them in fresh daily, and on saturday mornings i have bought them when they are still warm.

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          Pantz RE: lidiab May 20, 2008 02:43 PM

          When did this place open? I haven't gone lower than the Film Buff recently, so I can see how I may have missed it if it opened in the last month or so. I'd love to have a source near my home for Bagel House.

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            torontoeh RE: Pantz May 20, 2008 07:53 PM

            Yes I am so surprised nobody has tried Naturalis. I only get that way on the weekends....

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              jamesm RE: Pantz May 21, 2008 06:58 AM

              It's closer to Harvard just a short walk past Film Buff.

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            leticiamimi RE: torontoeh Jul 3, 2008 01:10 PM

            Yes, I think Naturalis opened about 2 months ago, it's 3 blocks north of Queen.
            I 've been going there whenever I can to get fresh bagels.... by the way, has anyone tried their fresh cream cheese from St. Urbain??? Oh my god! they are so good!!!!! It's just what we needed on Ronces...

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