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ellebelle Feb 9, 2009 09:39 AM

Hi everyone,

My close friend's birthday is coming up and he's a huge fan of lemon desserts, more specifically lemon squares/tarts (as opposed to lemon meringue pies) and I was wondering if anyone knew where I can find the best ones in the city?

Thanks for all your help in advance. :)


  1. Muffin__Top Feb 19, 2009 09:01 AM

    Anyone try Gilead Cafe's lemon curd tart $3.50?

    It's too far for me!

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    1. re: Muffin__Top
      1sweetpea Sep 25, 2009 07:04 AM

      If you're looking for a fine restaurant for dinner with divine lemon tarts for dessert, look no further than Starfish. I'm not a dessert fan, but had the best lemon tart, which has a shortbread crust, there.

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      distra Feb 19, 2009 08:50 AM

      Excellent lemon tarts at Wagamama (King and Tecumseth). They don't make them every day, though, but usually have them on Thursdays and Fridays.

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        Colonel78 Feb 9, 2009 06:56 PM

        I am also a huge lemon tart and square fan. I agree that Mabel's are very good.
        BUT, the best lemon dessert is the lemon cake at dufflet. It has a couple of layers of cake with lemon stuff in between and lemony whipped cream on top.
        Also it looks very pretty for a celebration.

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        1. re: Colonel78
          ellebelle Feb 10, 2009 03:55 AM

          since dufflets has a couple of lemon cakes, are you referring to the lemon parfait cake under their signature collection?

          thanks :)

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          LemonLauren Feb 9, 2009 05:50 PM

          depends whether you want a tart or torte or square, but i'll put in a good word for the Rahier lemon tarte. really sharp flavour and a really nice crust.

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          1. re: LemonLauren
            Full tummy Feb 16, 2009 05:37 PM

            Agreed on this. The lemon curb is delish.

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            ocean Feb 9, 2009 04:07 PM

            Queen of Tarts on Roncesvalles also has a great lemon tart.

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            1. re: ocean
              erly Feb 16, 2009 10:51 AM

              On another thread, sometime ago, I agreed that Queen Of Tarts, looked good, but everything tasted bland, and the Lemon Tart, wasn't very lemony, or Tart.
              Told DH about Mabel's after reading this post, and he surprised me on Valentines Day with 3 raspberry Cheese and 3 Lemon Tarts (Did he think that I could eat 6 Tarts?).. from what he thought was Mabel's.
              He saw the word Tart and it was Ronscesvalles, so he went to Queen Of Tarts in error.
              I have not been there for a couple of years, and they must have read the negative comments somewhere along the line.
              The Lemon Tarts were very Lemony, and the Raspberry Cheese were excellent.
              The crust is still too thick and heavy, but I would assume this is to avoid losses due to breakage, so, now I do recommend Queen Of Tarts.
              In a couple of weeks, will still try Mabels.

              1. re: erly
                blindbunny Feb 16, 2009 11:09 AM

                i'm surprised no one mentioned wanda's pie in the sky. the lemon/coconut squares are simply dreamy! it's in kensington, but i think you can buy them elsewhere (fresh and wild - the grocery store @ king/spadina) comes to mind.

            2. TorontoJo Feb 9, 2009 10:52 AM

              Flaky Tart on Mt. Pleasant makes a beautiful lemon tart.

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                LTL Feb 9, 2009 09:57 AM

                Not sure if they're the best since I'm not a fan of them, but my friend really loves the ones at She Takes the Cake (Dundas and Brock).

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                1. re: LTL
                  torontofoodiegirl Feb 9, 2009 10:22 AM

                  She Takes the Cake does make yummy desserts but don't count on them if you're planning to pre-order. They seem very disorganized and completely screwed up a major order of mine.

                  1. re: torontofoodiegirl
                    LTL Feb 9, 2009 10:33 AM

                    That's too bad! The service (for walk ins, not pre-order) is usually very nice and attentive.

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                      torontofoodiegirl Feb 9, 2009 10:37 AM

                      Yes, she was very pleasant in person, but totally messed up our order and, on becoming aware of the screw-up, made lots of promises (re: compensating us) that were never fulfilled. Appalling business management, but yummy cake...

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                  currycue Feb 9, 2009 09:53 AM

                  Where are you located? You can get a pretty great Tarte Au Citron at Patisserie Zane at Woodbine and Queen. I'm sure you can get one made by Rahier or Clafouti at Pusateri on Bay in Yorkville, but it will cost you.

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                  1. re: currycue
                    ellebelle Feb 9, 2009 10:50 AM

                    I'm located downtown around U of T, so I'm open to any place isnt too inaccessible from the subway line.

                    Thanks for the suggestions so far! :)

                    1. re: ellebelle
                      currycue Feb 9, 2009 12:33 PM

                      Well, you're on the west side, so I'd say either Pain Perdu (St. Clair and Christie), Clafouti (Queen and Strachan) or the aforementioned Pusateri at Bay and Yorkville. Personally, of the 3, I think the best would be at Pain Perdu.

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                    bustercat628 Feb 9, 2009 09:52 AM

                    The best ones I have had are at Mabel's on Roncesvalles. Everything there is amazing

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