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Pastry Outrage in Brookline (apologies to cupcake outrage thread)

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sailorblue May 23, 2008 10:16 AM

I just stopped in to Tatte Cookies & Cakes on Beacon St. in Brookline. Its a lovely shop and everything delicious but I was shocked by their prices. $8 for a slice of cheesecake?! $4 for a biscotti? Are there any affordable bakeries/ pastry shops left?

  1. Johnresa May 23, 2008 10:24 AM

    Wow....$8 for a SLICE of cheescake.....I just had a mild heart attack over here.

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      sailorblue May 23, 2008 10:45 AM

      Good to know that I'm not the only one who thinks that $8 for one slice (and not even a big one at that) is insane! How do these places stay in business?

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        galleygirl May 23, 2008 06:06 PM

        That's what you'd pay including restaurant mark-up....

    2. itaunas May 23, 2008 10:25 AM

      Biscotti at Royal Pastry and Parziale are something like $4.99/lb :-)

      1. Allstonian May 23, 2008 10:34 AM

        Yep, the crazy prices are discussed in this thread as well -
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/500392

        1. StriperGuy May 23, 2008 10:51 AM

          Honestly, I give the place a year. Want a really nice slice of cheesecake, try Yi Soon, their cheesecake is delicate, decent sized, yummy, and $3 or so.

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            Luther May 24, 2008 05:21 AM

            That's "cheesecake," not cheesecake. It would be misleading to suggest that Yi Soon sells something made of cream cheese, sour cream, and eggs.

            Also, I was sold a decidedly spoiled slice of that Asian-style cheesy cake a couple months ago... I'll still go to Yi Soon, but always get a variety of things in case one of them has been in the display case for too long...

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              StriperGuy May 24, 2008 06:17 AM

              It most certainly is cheesecake, no quotes needed. More of a "Baby Watson" style then a NY style. There are many different kinds and quite a few are not cream cheese based. Sorry you got a bad slice. In general at Yi Soon freshness has NOT been an issue and I got there often. Though I did once get a cream puff that was probably made the day before.

              Last night at Yi Soon I got Mouse Cake, Cheese Cake, 3 sweet potato buns, a chocolate bun, and egg salad bun, and two things of cookies for $16. Kinda makes an $8 slice of cheese cake hard to swallow.

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                Luther May 24, 2008 04:10 PM

                Yeah the prices there are superb.

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                  kweesee May 24, 2008 05:08 PM

                  i go there once a week, the prices are great and the quality of bread beats any chinatown bakery. this one in taiwanese, and the chinatown ones are cantonese.

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                Johnresa Jun 13, 2008 05:06 PM

                Yep...I too have had one of the horrifying "cheesecake" slices from Yi Soon. My sister almost died when she bit into it and it had a rank taste....never again....

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              SSqwerty May 23, 2008 11:01 AM

              Has anyone tried the fancy cakes at Bazaar on Beacon in Brookline? At the Summit Ave. T Stop? They look absolutely scrumptious and they would easily feed 12, but I don't know how much they cost or what they taste like. Has anyone tried?

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                galleygirl May 23, 2008 06:08 PM

                TC loves them. They basically charge by the pound, and they're shockingly reasonable...And, I have to admit, damned good. In the Russian mode; lots of cream and sugar, but lots of fruit and nuts in many of the fillings. Very decadent.

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                kweesee May 23, 2008 02:59 PM

                I visited the store when it first opened. The store is cute, the cakes looked alright, the tarts & brioches looked better but has anyone tried them? I didnt buy anything cause nothing appealed to me.

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                  LauraB May 24, 2008 06:37 AM

                  I really like the hazelnut rose (kind of like a cinnamon roll, but with hazelnut butter and hazelnuts instead of cinnamon sugar filling) - it is $4, but I love it. The chocolate one was good, but not as awesome. I also got some of the small biscotti (the same size as normal biscotti elsewhere) for 75c a couple of weeks ago that I actually liked better than the huge biscotti - the price per amount is probably similar, but I thought they were more appropriately sized. The butter cookies and brownies are good, but too expensive for something I can approximate myself. I have not tried any of the cakes or tarts.

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                  BackBayGirl May 24, 2008 06:20 AM

                  I would highly recommend Japonaise Bakery. Very good pastries and cakes.

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                    chowaholic May 24, 2008 02:05 PM

                    I second that.

                    Especially awesome is the adzuki bean cream puff (not sure what it's called). Pastry, filled with red bean paste, and cream, of course. My BF is in the room, and I told him what I was writing about. He said "Those f#$#$@s are good!"

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                      kweesee May 24, 2008 05:09 PM

                      i love their chocoalte horns, apple croisasants, doughnuts, an pan, rice balls, heavy cream bread, butter rolls, fruit tarts, african queen cake, green tea cake...and omg. i thinik i love everything there

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                        Ralphie_in_Boston May 25, 2008 10:37 AM

                        I like the ahn doughnut there. Puts Dunkin Donuts to freakin' shame.

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                          teezeetoo May 26, 2008 01:44 PM

                          lord i was sorry to discover that ahn doughnut. another wonderful thing i don't need to eat but crave! i haven't had anything at japponaise that wasn't good yet, though cheap they are not.

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                            Ralphie_in_Boston Jun 2, 2008 10:24 AM

                            My only defense against the lure of the ahn doughnut was to move away from Brookline!

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                        Chicky May 26, 2008 04:34 PM

                        I agree. Their prices at Japonaise Bakery are reasonable and the quality is very good. The Azuki Cream is worth a special trip.

                      3. StriperGuy May 26, 2008 06:39 PM

                        There is another thread about this place, but just hit Crema in Harvard Square. What a great place and a welcome addition to the increasingly barren (or at least chain-laden) Harvard Square. Great home made baked goods for reasonable $ and an excellent coffee place in general.

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                          VTtoMAtoCAfoodie Jun 2, 2008 05:05 PM

                          God, I worked at a super high end bakery in California, and I think our biscotti was $1.50. That's rediculous.

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