Best place for French-style pastries?
(Ooh - exciting - first post!)
So I'm moving back home to Toronto from Montréal, after spending a few years at McGill, and I'm quite certain that I'm going to miss the fantastic pastries (croissants, danishes, chocolatines, abricotines, etc.) I had there. This brings me to my question - can anyone recommend a particular favourite place for such treats in Toronto? (Downtown preferrably, but not necessarily.)
On each of Bayview and Mt. Pleasant, there are two French patisseries just south of Eglinton: on Bayview there are Rahier and La Cigogne. On Mt. Pleasant are Patisserie Celestin (now renamed Patisserie Thobor(?) and Jules Patisserie. Also, there is La Bamboche on Manor Rd. at Yonge St. Each has it's own specialties, so check them all out.
Of course, in the block just north of Celestin on Mt. Pleasant is the decidedly non-French, but excellent, Flaky Tart bakery.
1586 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA
617 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA
623 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON M4S 2M9, CA
1626 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA
4 Manor Rd E, Toronto, ON M4S, CA
711 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA
Rahir makes a really really good croissant.
I sat in traffic for one hour to check the place out after reading about it here on chowhound and it was soooo worth it.
The ladies behind the counter were friendly and speaking french (Always a good sign). I ended up buying an apple/vanilla cream tart that was also one of the most delicate and fresh tasting pastries i've had in Toronto. Beats any of those mass produced pastries found everywhere else!
i just wanted to say that i went to the atelier yesterday and found it extremely disappointing. i spent close to forty dollars for two pastries, a baguette and summer vegetables, and although everything was delicious i thought their prices were completely unreasonable.
also, i had to wait for fifteen minutes (which was fine because it was my first time and i wanted to look around) for someone to ask me what i wanted because they were clearly understaffed.
i was hoping i would be able to find worthwhile french pastries that were affordable (and so close to home too!), but that was not the case.
I recently went to a place called Ma Maison near Royal York Subway Station. I thought it was adorable save for the unfortunately unscenic location. I went with a friend and between the two of us we tried their ham/cheese quiche, grilled chicken sandwich with grilled vegetables, macarons, croissants and their mixed berry charlotte. Everything was really delicious, although I found the charlotte to be a bit off due to the dryness of the cake but the lemon curd (under the mixed berry mousse) was great. Apparently their lemon tarts are fabulous. We also got baguettes to go. They have a small seating area and two tables in the store front. It's obviously a bit out of the way from the downtown area you preferred but it might be fun to venture out one day. The chef is from France btw. Their website: http://www.ur2busy2cook.com/home.php
There's also a place called Bonjour Brioche a bit further East on Queen St. in the Leslieville area that is really good, however I've never been.
812 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA
4243 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M8X, CA
My wife and I will 2nd Ma Maison, it is the only place in the west end imho that is worthy of being called a Patisserie. Imho Ma Maison is in the same league as Rahier and Jules Patisserie, though I think Rahier does a better croissant.
It’s been a few years since I been to Bonjour Brioche. Back then I was not impressed with their goods. I felt the brioche was lacking richness; it was more like egg bread than brioche. But again that was a number of years ago, maybe things have changed.
A little closer to downtown is Stubbe Chocolates at 653 Dupont near Christie, here’s the web site http://www.stubbechocolates.com/homep... Stubbe is not French, but does the best Torte’s in the GTA imho, maybe the only place to find a true torte. Also, they have a great selection of chocolate’s and truffles. Well worth the visit!