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Eglinton Patisserie tour?

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I remember reading about this Toronto Patisserie tour at Dessert by Candy (http://wscwong.blog.friendster.com/20...), and I thought it'd be rather cool to do something like that before the new school term begins.

La Bamboche, Le Comptoir de Celestin, and Rahier were mentioned on the tour, and I know that Fleur de Lys, at least, is no more. I am not at all familar with the area, have any new shops opened in the area since 2005 that I should definitely go?

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  1. Definitely. Jules, which is one block down from Celestin (now Thobors) is very good, and La Cicogne on Bayview is also very good.

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    1. re: Snarf

      Agree with these two recs (the full name of the latter is Patisserie La Cigogne, in case you are trying to look it up). I would also throw Flaky Tart into the mix. It's not actually a patisserie, it's a straight up bakery, but with delicious home-style baked goods.

    2. We go to Jules every 2-4 weeks for our sunday morning fix. Heck, we even moved south just to shorten our drive. The last time we were there (a few weeks back), something was terribly wrong with their chocolate croissants (our fav from all the different patisseries). The croissant was tough, didn't rise properly and lacked that nice toasted look and crunch to it. On that day, I didn't see their usual baker in the back (the skinny guy w/ glasses and dirty blonde hair). We're gonna venture out there again in the next few days, so hopefully it was a one-time screw up from a back-up apprentice baker. Their almond croissants and multigrain baguettes are pretty good too. The chocolate-almond croissant is really heavy and loaded, compared to the others which are light, fluffy and crusty.

      BTW, if you're in the area, you might as well hit up il Gelatiere for some authentic gelato. My fav is still the pompelo (grapefruit). Very light a refreshing, to go with the heavy butter laden patisserie binge.

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      1. re: Royaljelly

        Thanks for the comments, and do keep them coming! *grin*

        Hmmm.....is it better to go on Saturday or Sunday? Or is there a difference? What time do things sell out and how early should I go to avoid a morning crowd?

        1. re: meclone2

          before the downturn (This is actually true) you could expect Rahier to be out of some things by 11 AM. my mum plans her morning jogs to swing by Jules, Rahier or Celestin each week usually before 8:30 AM to get the best stuff.

          i would add a trip to FLAKY TART on Mount Pleasant, east side, north of Celestin/Jules for scones, butter tarts, brownies, pies, cookies, ....everything!

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          Flaky Tart
          711 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

      2. I've never seen a post so in need of the links. If you're going to list the Rock Stars of Pastry you may as well provide a guide to their homes. Just wish I had done it route map style.

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        Rahier
        1586 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

        Jules
        617 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

        Celestin
        623 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON M4S 2M9, CA

        Cigogne
        1626 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

        La Bamboche
        4 Manor Rd E, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

        Flaky Tart
        711 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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        1. re: Googs

          I can't say enough good things about Jules. Their blueberry danishes that have the custard (I'm pretty sure it custard) in the middle are simply the greatest danish I've ever tried. And their croque monsieur sandwiches are sinfully good! If I could afford it, I'd move the Eglinton / MP area just to be closer to this place!!!

          And one more thing, 6 of their blueberry danishes cost $11.70 (no tax for 6 or more)----great deal for the quality you get!

        2. Jules rocks. I went up there in search of good Madeleines and theirs were the best (and freshest) of the others I tried. Also, if you're going to La Cigogne on a saturday or sunday, do try the Tarte Flambee, especially if you like bacon. Mmmmm.

          1. I like Jules the best out of the bunch as well. Rahier is usually sold out whenever I go. The Thobors breads are superb, but I don't care for the texture of their croissants. I find Cigogne to be the underrated one.

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            1. re: Chester Eleganté

              I had a disappointing experience with La Cigogne today. There was no sign of crispness on the exterior of the croissants; danish pastry did not taste buttery, it tasted as though it was made with shortening; the apple filling in the danish just wasn't good (I can't explain it, but I didn't like the flavour at all.). I also ate a ham & cheese croissant--the bottom was all mushy, bordering on soggy. Too bad.