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New location of Le Gourmand at Yonge & Eglinton

Or so it appears to be--the signage looks the same. (It's on the east side of Yonge south of Eglinton.) I was driving down Yonge yesterday and noticed it. I'm very excited!! Not sure when it's supposed to open.

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  1. Do they have another location?

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    1. re: likescrab

      I know of 2 others - Spadina & Richmond and Yonge & Bloor.

      1. re: peppermint pate

        Sorry to be a pest, but where at Yonge & Bloor. I'm there all the time and I've never seen it...

        1. re: likescrab

          In the food court, to the west of the subway.
          BTW I bought their chocolate financier the other day. It's supposed to be like high-quality brownie. It was okay, but not worth the $3.35.

    2. Ah, Le Gourmand...I used to supply them with some of their pastries...they make a killer cappuccino!

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      1. re: Sadistick

        I walked by the other day and thought it was open...sadly, not yet! I love their little chocolate cookies dusted in icing sugar..mmmmm

        1. re: Sandybandy

          Is the new place open at Y&E yet?

          1. re: Yongeman

            Just tried calling the new location and the message says the voicemail box isn't set up yet. When we drove by yesterday it looked like it might be open. I plan to walk by tomorrow and check.

            1. re: Ediblethoughts

              Walked by last night... and not yet.

              1. re: Rabbit

                Darn! I was hoping...

                1. re: Ediblethoughts

                  I actually got through to a human voice this morning. I asked if they were open yet, but the woman replied that they wouldn't be opening until January.

                  1. re: Yongeman

                    I'm surprised that it's taking this long. I feel like they've been working on that site for AGES! i can't wait though!

                    WON
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                    1. re: wontonfm

                      I think this place will NEVER open. I want my cookies alread!

                      WON
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                      1. re: wontonfm

                        I know!! I keep driving by and seeing a lack of openness with great disappointment! I was counting on this place to be a source of good baked desserts for a chocolate-chip loving person like me----considering that Y & E has great restaurants but to my knowledge, has no such baked goods supply. It's February already!! Time to get it in gear and open!

                        1. re: Ediblethoughts

                          I've been counting on this place to be my "i was too lazy to make breakfast" spot. I can have those cookies for breakfast, right?

                          WON
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                          1. re: wontonfm

                            Why of course you can! Get the ones with walnuts. All those omega 3s---you're positively healthy!

      2. i don't get what makes this place so good? i tried the cookies everyone seems to like.. dry, bland, overbaked... also, their espresso drinks are made on an automatic machine, cappuccino foam was fluffy like dish soap wtf?

        i dont get it :(

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        1. re: sleepy

          While I respect that everyone has a different taste about these things, I have to think you might have gotten a bad batch---because those cookies are many things but dry and overrbaked sounds all wrong. If anything, they are underbaked (undercooked)---and I usually get icked out by undercooked cookies so it's unusual that I like these ones as much as I do. As for their espresso-based beverages, I've tried them and they were fine but not great. But then I rarely find an espresso beverage that has me in ecstacy and I'm ignorant about auto machines and such.

          1. re: Ediblethoughts

            I agree, if anything they are sometimes underbaked, which I don’t like. I guess because they are so thick. But when they are done right, which is often enough, they are awesome. Love those cookies. Looking forward to their opening!

            1. re: magic

              last time i went was over a year ago, ill give them another shot because of you guys :)
              love me a good cookie!

              1. re: sleepy

                their coffee does still suck though
                at least at their spadina/richmond location

                1. re: sleepy

                  I'll be interested to see what you think.

          2. I love their Spadina location, especially for the fact that it's a very decent coffee/lunch/snack/pastry place near the Chinatown and Queen West area, and the service is quite upbeat and friendly. I somehow always end up ordering their almond croissants regardless of the time of day.

            Looking forward to their Eglington location too, I sure can rely on this thread to tell me as soon as they open!

            1. So, more than 3 months after my orginal post, it appears they will open next week (or that's what a worker/manager--not sure which--told me today when I was walking by). So yay!

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              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                I'll believe it when I see it.

                WON
                http://whatsonmyplate.wordpress.com

                1. re: wontonfm

                  Yeah, after all this time, I know what you mean! However, I did see actual chairs and such inside so I was more inclined to believe them. I'll go way out on a limb and say I'm betting they open by the end of March!

                  1. re: wontonfm

                    It is definitely open for business!

                2. It was open on Saturday - they were giving out free pastries and coffee. No menus were up though, so I'm guessing it was a "soft" opening.

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                  1. re: klf

                    Oh, pity I missed that! Did you get any of the pasteries/coffee? (If so, how were they?)

                    1. re: Ediblethoughts

                      There were only some crossiants left when I got there (late afternoon), and they were very good...can't really complain when it's free! The display cases had some beautiful looking cakes and mini-desserts (e.g. individual chocolate bombes) as well, but these unfortunately weren't up for grabs.

                      I had a quick look at the pantry area (which is smaller than the Spadina location), and they had sweets (cocoa, chocolates, cookies, oatmeals) and savouries (oils, olives, marinated vegetable jars).

                      Will pop by today to see if they are offering anything new.

                      1. re: klf

                        Sounds good! One wonders what they'll do with the other desserts if they're not being offered?? (These things do get stale after all...)

                        1. re: Ediblethoughts

                          well now i know what i'm having for breakfast tomorrow morning...

                          WON
                          http://whatsonmyplate.wordpress.com

                          1. re: wontonfm

                            I plan to go in for an early lunch coffee... hopefully it's not too busy at that time.

                            1. re: Ediblethoughts

                              Any feedback to report??

                              1. re: magic

                                Yes, I went for an early lunch today and had two of the salads (beet/walnut and green bean/spinach/prosciutto) and the sweet potato-ginger soup. I also had a latte and a piece of the chocolate chip breading pudding. I loved the salad and soup---so tasty and very reasonable in price. (The salads are by weight so you have to trust me when I say I got a good amount for less than $4---I almost thought that they made a mistake in the bill amount.) But the c-c b-pudding was bland and not very chocolaty (to me it was more like a pound cake in taste than b-pudding). The latte wasn't nearly strong enough but then what else is new for Toronto coffee places. They were out of cookies but I stopped by later in the day and they had made more so I picked up a couple. Still haven't eaten mine but had a little bite of a friend's (I introduced her to LG) and they seem to be up to standard. (I also bought a chocolate croissant and a flourless chocolate little cake but haven't tried them yet.)

                                The wait staff were very friendly and helpful. And I was told that they're planning on making this location a dinner eat-in menu, so open until 10pm. It's not there yet but that's supposedly the plan.

                                So all in all, I'm going to try out some of the other desserts before I dismiss them but the cookies are solidly on my go-to-get list. And for a light, tasty lunch, I'm so there!

                                1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                  oh joy! salad bar and affordable!

                                  ps - website say they are open till 11pm

                                  http://www.legourmand.com/contact.htm

                                  1. re: LemonLauren

                                    false. Website says open till 11pm, but they close at 7pm.
                                    Reason given: no liquor license yet.

                                    Any news on the wireless?

                                2. re: magic

                                  I stopped in this morning to pick up some breakfast. They had a few desserts out as well as a few full-sized quiche and a few delicious look croissant sandwiches with bacon, eggs and cheese. From my quick glance around I didn't notice many (if any) price points out which tends to drive me crazy. I picked up a croissant ($1.60) that was buttery, flakey and delicious!
                                  They also had some pain au chocolate and a few other pastries as well that were not labeled (I'm assuming chausson au pommes and maybe a danish involving raisins).
                                  There were a lot of tables and chairs and Im suspecting that it might be a good cafe spot for the Yonge & Eg hood.

                                  WON
                                  http://whatsonmyplate.wordpress.com

                                  1. re: wontonfm

                                    I stopped by this afternoon and picked up some baked goods. Chocolate chip walnut cookie, Gateaux Basque, and a chocolate souffle. All very very solid. The GB could’ve used MUCH more custard inside but sometimes I feel that happens with those desserts. Otherwise it was delish! Still, some more custard inside would have been nice. The cookie was very good, very much along the lines of excellence that I’ve come to expect from their cookies (9/10 whereas downtown is 10/10 – so good work!). The souffle was really good.

                                    Spoke with the owner, who was there and helped me out. A very nice guy who really seemed to care. They did a lovely job inside. Much different than the Spadina location, with a much different feel. Not as much of a European feel as downtown -- more modern. But lovely. So far so good.

                                    1. re: magic

                                      Thanks for the rec on the gateaux basque and the chocolate souffle. I definitely saw the latter (didn't get one-will next time)-------which was the gb? I asked about an un-iced cake that looked sort of orangey-yellow-gold and was told it was a citrus almond, I think. Was that it?

                                      1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                        The gateau basque is in the shape of a hockey puck, but of course is cake-brown and not black: ) No icing, but no, it wasn't the one you mentioned. It was really good, save for the lack of custard. But again, often this seems to happens in GBs. The souffle was delish. To me I experienced 60% butter and 40% chocolate when tasting it. Personally I normally like something like 70% chocolate 30% butter when I taste chocolate souffles. But that said it was really really good. If you like buttery rich French desserts you can’t go wrong. Happy it’s in the Y/E area!

                                        1. re: magic

                                          Silly me--you even noted the issue re custard and obviously the cake I was looking at had none. I'll ask about it next time I go. Was the 40/60 issue about the souffle or the GB? I got confused...

                                          1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                            Oh, sorry about that, the butter/chocolate 'taste ratio' thing (that's my own ridiculous way of explaining how something tasted) was for the chocolate souffle.

                                            Le Petit Gourmet on Yonge near Rosedale station also makes nice GBs.

                                            1. re: magic

                                              I thought the ratio was very understandable--never fear. I look at things that way too. It helps to understand it was re the CS and not the GB. Hmm,.. I'll keep that in mind re LPG. I went there once and was not wowed by anything there. Of course, I'll need to try the GB to find out if a) I've had it before and b) if I like it!

                                              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                Cool, thanks for the support on that: ) I agree with you, LPG doesn’t generally wow me. Of the handful of things I’ve tried at LPG the only thing I liked a lot were the GB, which were real good. Don’t rush by all means, but keep it in mind.

                                                1. re: magic

                                                  When I'm in the neighbourhood, it will be kept on standby.. of course, the neighbourhood is already very interesting what with All the Best Fine Foods, Caffe Doria and Patachou... dear, dear...

                                                  1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                    Excellent...

                                                  2. re: magic

                                                    Magic, you may laugh here but are the GB's rectangular-shaped? I bought a so-called flourless chocolate cake when I visited LG (posted above) but when I was eating the last half of it last night, the penny dropped as I realized "yeah, this DOES have custard-like stuff in the middle... flourless chocolate cakes don't usually do that???" So I'm thinking I may have tried the GB after all. And since I was confused whilst eating it (if this is what it is/was), then I may need to buy it again to make sure I like it. If that makes sense. In any case, I'm pretty sure I did like the cake quite a bit but that was clouded by the absentminded "what is this stuff inside?" reaction...

                                                    1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                      The gateau basques aren’t chocolate no. They look and taste kinda of like the crust of a tart….you know, short crust-like -- and are circular, not rectangles. They’re not chocolate. So whatever chocolate treat you were eating wasn’t the GB. The GB at Le Gourmand are shaped like hockey pucks, but look like the crust of a tart. They’re brown/beige in colour, but not dark like chocolate. Definitely not chocolate. What you described sounds pretty good to me! But it’s not gateau basque….

                                                      Clear as mud?!?!

                                                      1. re: magic

                                                        Sorry, you DID say hockey puck too. OK, I'll ask when I next go there (which will likely be soon). Now that you describe it, I think I might remember something that looked like that...

                                                        1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                          No worries! Enjoy!

                      2. I just went down their today. The atmosphere seems pleasant. Looked at what they had in the counters and I can say it looked good. But I didn't want anything. I just asked whether they have wireless (free?) so I can study there during the day, and they didn't know.

                        So, can someone ask on my behalf when they pass by next time? THanks.

                        1. i really wanted this place to be awesome, but the take-out counter let me down today. the server behind the counter treated me like i wasn't good enough to be paying $6.50 for the flavourless bean salad i got, and the other staff on the floor, serving the sit-down - older, more well-appointed-looking - clientele were standing around chatting. they were all smiles with the dude in line behind me, a regular already! i didn't get a croissant or anything "gourmand" per se, so i can't really comment on the food, but i can say that i could pay a lot less for better bean salad up the street at metro.

                          don't these places want my business in these "tough economic times"?

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                          1. re: LemonLauren

                            A couple of friends and I went to Le Gourmand on Yonge for an early brunch this morning. The space is beautiful, the waiter couldn't be friendlier, and the menu, though small, looked very promising.

                            We ordered the vegetable omelette, the chorizo and onion frittata, and the blueberry cream cheese French toast. Whoa! The omelette was served "open-face" style, quite an odd way of serving an omelette. It was flat and skimpy and had some sauteed vegetables and feta spooned on top. No home fries, salad, or the like accompanying it -- just a rudimentary garnish of thinly sliced melon and some grapes. The egg was too wet for my friend's liking (it was actually cooked perfectly and, truthfully, she hadn't ordered it well-done), so she sent it back to be better cooked. Judging by the amount of time it took to get it back, they seem to have started a new one from scratch, but -- and here's the stupid part -- it was just as "undercooked" as the original. At this point, my friend was totally fed up and sent the dish back, refusing the offer to order something else.

                            The "frittata" was not. It was the same open-face style of omelette with some pan-fried chorizo and caramelized onion atop it. Huh? After having eyed the beautiful-looking quiches in the display case, we were expecting something very different. We mentioned to the waiter that this was in no way a frittata, and he agreed with us.

                            The French toast was odd. There was no evidence of cream cheese -- it seemed to have been slathered in a blueberry something-or-other, but merely spread like butter. It lacked the gooey-inside/crisp on the outside goodness one expects.

                            The most ridiculous part of Le Gourmand's brunch menu is that the egg dishes do not come with bread. Not a single piece of toast! The prices are pretty low, but take into consideration that there are no complimentary sides and no bread.

                            When it came time to pay, the restaurant did more than compensate for our lousy experience -- they comp'ed the whole bill except for the coffees. Will we go back? No, not for brunch. I can't vouch for the take-out food.

                            1. re: Tatai

                              That's too bad. I haven't been for brunch (and I'm not thinking of rushing out to do so after reading your review) but as a weird side note, when I ordered my salad and soup, they offered me bread! Go figure.

                              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                Ediblethoughts, your post sent me to Le Gourmand's website to see whether they'd goofed about the bread today (although we did ask when ordering whether the egg dishes came with toast; the reply was no). The breakfast menu on Le Gourmand's website http://www.legourmand.com/menus-bfast... is totally different from the brunch menu we had today, and it shows that some non-bready offerings -- but not the omelettes -- do come with toast.

                                Quite odd.

                                1. re: Tatai

                                  Yeah, I think it's obvious an omlette is at least as toast-worthy as scrambled eggs.

                              2. re: Tatai

                                I had an omelette at Y+E a few weeks ago and mine came with a simple salad and toasted baguette. In fact I had no issue with the food at all but found that the service was a bit indifferent.

                              3. re: LemonLauren

                                I work in the office building across the street from this place and on the several occasions that I have gone there, the food has always been quite good but the service is quite frankly disorganized.

                                They still seem terribly unprepared to handle the lunch time rush that is inevitable at a Yonge & Eglinton location with lots of staff confusion about who has ordered what. I have personally experienced a number of unacceptably long waits for food and when I haven't, I have seen others in line in that situation.

                              4. Went today and had a perfect roast beef sandwich (beef very rare, caramelized onions, they added dijon mustard on my request). I thought the baguette looked a little underdone, but perhaps a less crispy baguette is actually better for sandwiches. I chose a lemon bichon pastry - never had this before and loved it. It was like a puff pastry turnover with a little lemon custard filling, coated with a thin layer of hard-cracked caramel quite browned in some spots. Yum! I must say the cookies looked overbaked to me, some had edges I would describe as "burned" if I had made them - I'd eat them, but reserve other ones for guests. I'll see how they look next time - and there will be a next time, although it involves a special trip for me.

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                                1. re: julesrules

                                  Much as I do consider the chocolate chip cookie one of my "go to" cookies, I do find this location does often singe them a bit. I think the other location cooks them a little less (they are a little underdone inside) but also singes them less.

                                  1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                    They're such BIG cookies that it would be hard to cook them fully inside without burning the outside a bit. Although I do like to have different textures and I don't like that really flat, crispy style that a lot of places do, the cookies honestly seemed too big, which is something I never thought I'd say! I don't know how much they cost, but as a home baker, it bothers me to see expensive baked goods that I wouldn't serve myself let alone sell.

                                    1. re: julesrules

                                      I don't like the flat, crispy chocolate chip or chunk cookies either. Which is usually why I don't like the really large cookies--they're usually not chewy or soft in any of the appropriate places. But because LG's is the exception to the big cookie rule, I have no problem with such a large cookie. Maybe if I home-baked more often I'd feel differently!

                                      1. re: julesrules

                                        Agreed. Y+E location overdoes the bottoms a bit. They taste good, but are not all they should be. I never really have that issue at Spadina/Richmond location, although yeah at that location they are sometimes underdone I find, which I also don't care for. Two different evils I guess. But yes, Y+E's cookies might be TOO big, as odd as it may sound. Might indeed be a contributing factor to the quasi burnt bottoms. That or their oven is too damn hot or they should be baked in a cooler part of the oven?

                                        1. re: magic

                                          Just thought I’d provide an update. They are still having cookie issues. Got one recently and it was a little too dark on the bottom, and pretty much ‘raw’ inside. Inedible. I had to pitch it. I think I’m off this location. They’ve had enough time to get it right.

                                          1. re: magic

                                            I've been disappointed with the cookies too. I've been there a few times and the cookies have looked too dark so I've passed. Somebody in LG quality control should get right on this!

                                            1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                              Very agreed.

                                  2. So since my earlier disappointments this year with the cookies, I've since tried them twice and with much better results. Not burned and nice gooey. Finding any other dessert there (like that flourless chocolate cake I had way back or the port au basque) is much less dependable (in that I haven't seen them when I've been there) but at least the cookies appear to be back.

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                                    1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                      Thanks for the update! Maybe things have improved since I was last there in July.