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Where to buy cookware, bakeware, etc?

chai Feb 22, 2009 06:10 AM

Hi Chows, I would appreciate your recommendations on where to buy cookware, bakeware, cook’s utensils, etc in the GTA? Where can I find great selection, quality and value? I am familiar with Williams-Sonoma but want to know if there is anywhere else I should be looking. Thanks!

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  1. Tara9000 RE: chai Feb 22, 2009 06:19 AM

    I think Nella, just north of Bloor and Bathurst is a great place for you to check out.

    (The store looks much better than the website


    Nella Cucina
    876 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

    1. Googs RE: chai Feb 22, 2009 07:22 AM

      Williams-Ripoffa. No wonder you're looking for value.

      In addition to Nella which has a Queen East location as well, you can try the Kitchen & Glass Place on Yonge north of Bloor. Knowledgeable, friendly staff. Good selection even though the store fairly small. Not to be confused with Kitchen Stuff Plus which is very low rent.

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        Tatai RE: Googs Feb 22, 2009 03:37 PM

        Actually, there are two Nella Cutlery families of stores.

        Nella Cucina's parent store is Nella in Mississauga. http://www.nellacutlery.ca/index.php

        The Nella store on Queen East is a branch of Nella on Norfinch Drive, at Finch and the 400. http://www.nellacutlery.com/home.html

        I've never been to the store in Mississauga, but the other three are great places to purchase professional, restaurant-grade cookware. And if you're in the trade, you get a discount.

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        Apple RE: chai Feb 22, 2009 07:50 AM

        Tap Phong in Chinatown - on Spadina sounth of College. It's jammed to the rafters with commercial and at home kitchen equipment and dishware. I could get lost in there.

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          embee RE: chai Feb 22, 2009 08:56 AM

          - Tap Phong and Nella for sure

          - Cayne's in Thornhill has a great selection at great prices.

          - Unless you will be baking commercially, you can't beat the gray Ekco Pro nonstick bakeware, available for peanuts at Cayne's and not much more at most supermarkets. They work beautifully. You may wear these out, but it takes a hell of a lot of $6.00 pans to equal the price of one All Clad.

          - Many people feel that one should buy only cheap nonstick pans. I once agreed with this view, but no longer. The Jamie Oliver branded nonstick skillets (made by T-Fal) are exceptional. Unfortunately, these seem to be available only at The Bay and Home Outfitters. Not cheap, but Home Outfitters seems to again be offering the 20% discount coupons they had abandoned when Linens & Things went under. My recommendation is for Jamie Oliver nonstick skillets only, and doesn't apply to Jamie Oliver sets or to other T-Fal products.

          - Williams Sonoma has its uses. Some of their exclusive tools are worth buying. For example, I have a citrus knife from WS that seems in a class of its own. They also carry promotional items from high end brands that are great deals. I have a few All Clad (great) and Calphalon (meh) pieces that were incredible buys.

          - Assuming the owner is present, Degrees on north Yonge offers great product knowledge on high quality stuff. Unfortunately, prices tend to be high.

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          1. re: embee
            Googs RE: embee Feb 22, 2009 03:06 PM

            I went to Degrees. Once. I was wholly unimpressed.

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              Full tummy RE: Googs Feb 22, 2009 03:46 PM

              What happened? I have shopped there many times and love the place.

              Another suggestion, if you're looking to pay full retail, is the Academy of Culinary Arts on Bayview, south of Eglinton.

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              dxs RE: embee Feb 23, 2009 08:52 AM

              Embee, would you happen to know where I might find Forschner knives in the GTA? You've mentioned them in other threads so I thought I'd ask... I think I can order through CRS online but I'd prefer to check them out first... having a hard time deciding between 8" and 10".

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                embee RE: dxs Feb 23, 2009 10:05 AM

                I definitely endorse the Forschner knives, which are really good and a great value. However, I haven't bought a new one in many years. I'm a bit embarrassed to realize that I don't know where you can get one at the moment.

                I know Embro's sold them - I don't know whether the store that replaced them still does (opposite the Summerhill LCBO).

                Unless someone else has a specific answer, you'll probably need to call around. I don't know why they aren't more widely available since Swiss Army knives (Victorinox brand, which is the same company) are widely available in the GTA.

                I do know that none of the major web retailers in this area sell the brand, but there's one somewhere in BC that does (free or cheap shipping). That said, I doubt I would buy a knife without touching it.

                Good luck.

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                  dxs RE: embee Feb 23, 2009 10:34 AM

                  Thanks! I'll start hunting... it's almost more fun when you have to do a bit of work to get what you really want.

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              tribe RE: chai Feb 22, 2009 01:39 PM

              Cant' remember the names, but there is a place on Avenue south of Davenport, and a place on Yonge just south of Yorkville. Also there are cheap homeware stores in Pacific Mall. Even William Ashley gourmet shop has the same stuff as WS, but for less.

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                pearlD RE: tribe Feb 22, 2009 02:35 PM

                The place on Avenue Road is just south of Davenport on the west side of Avenue Road...called "BIANCO PLUS by SARABAND"...It's a lovely store chock-a-block with terrific stuff not sure about carrying 'full' lines of 'cookware' but it's a great store for all manner of gift/hostess/aprons/serving pieces etc...Worth a visit...
                The other store 'tribe' mentions is on the West side of Yonge north of Bloor, I think closer to Cumberland than Yorkville...they used to have a great selection of glasses, Screwpull wine Openers and other stuff. ...I have never looked for 'cookware' there but it might be worth a visit or a phonecall if some CH'r can remember the name of the place . (I can't, sorry)

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                  cakelover36 RE: pearlD Feb 23, 2009 09:01 AM

                  Bianco Plus is good, but they do not take returns! I bought a plate that ended up being toxic (on their website) and they would not take it back even though it had not been used.

                2. re: tribe
                  Googs RE: tribe Feb 22, 2009 03:05 PM

                  The Yonge St store you refer to is the aforementioned Kitchen and Glass Place.

                3. Full tummy RE: chai Feb 22, 2009 02:30 PM

                  I have bought a lot of great kitchen equipment (pots, knives, various nifty tools and gadgets) at Homesense and Winners at great prices. Obviously, you have to know what you're looking for--you won't get any expert advice in store--but, it's another option to look into.

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                    pizzatheorem RE: Full tummy Feb 23, 2009 08:22 AM

                    Seconded. I found a lovely Le Creuset Dutch oven for half price at Homesense around Christmas.

                  2. jayt90 RE: chai Feb 22, 2009 03:49 PM

                    A well equipped kitchen supply place in Scarborough was found by royaljelly. I needed a carbon steel crepe/ omelet pan and they had a selection, all at 30% off for cash.
                    This place, Reliable Restaurant Supplies, is on Kennedy below Steeles, and convenient for parking and a trip to Pacific or T&T.
                    My omelet pan was around $20.

                    Reliable Restaurant Supplies
                    3477 Kennedy Rd, Toronto, ON M1V, CA

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                      chai RE: chai Feb 23, 2009 06:44 AM

                      Thanks for all your suggestions!! I'm a home cook and will enjoy checking these places out to add any pieces I need.

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                        pizzatheorem RE: chai Feb 23, 2009 08:26 AM

                        There is also a small but crammed-full place in St. Lawrence market. Hard to beat Tap Phong though. If you can't find something, do ask the staff. They have various cutlery and other pricier items behind the counter.

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                        1. re: pizzatheorem
                          Googs RE: pizzatheorem Feb 27, 2009 06:10 AM

                          I "convenience shop" the SLM store, but I would never "destination shop" there.

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