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Feb 26, 2009 05:11 AM

Good take out/take home pate?

I just had some excellent pate at Barberian's and I was wondering if any pre-prepared ones come close. I'm having a few friends over this weekend and would love to include it in my appetizer spread. Any suggestions?

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  1. I take it you're looking for something out of the ordinary. Something that's not one of the typical Summersweet pates or the ones that Alex Farm and many others seem to carry.

    Two suggestions. Try Atelier Thuet on Yonge for prepackaged portions of very interesting game and mixed pates. There are usually four or five around, and they tend to price out at around $4 per 100 grams. They include a base studded with game meats and foie gras, or variations on de campagne. Not stuff you see anywhere else in the city, and fairly right for the price.

    Gilead Cafe or Hank's retail Jamie Kennedy's pates and terrines (probably better selection at Gilead, which seems to be the production kitchen.

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    1. re: Snarf

      Snarf, where is Atelier Thuet on Yonge located. I only know of the Liberty Village location.

      Thanks Porto

      1. re: Porto

        Atelier Thuet is on Yonge right across from the Summerhill LCBO. A couple of doors from Rosedale Diner.

        1. re: Porto

          It is across the road from the summerhill liquor store beside rosedale diner

      2. Scheffler's Deli at SLM has a wide variety of pates, rilettes, and mousses - alot of which are from Quebec. I usually pick up 1 or 2 a week, and the quality is excellent. They range from duck, pork, quail, pheasant, and mixed meats.

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        1. re: mramage

          on the quebec tip try A Taste of Quebec in the distillery
          They've got in-house creton there too

          1. re: CoffeeAddict416

            Does Pussataries carry any decent Pate??

            1. re: Porto

              "Antoine's Peppercorn Pate"
     came out years ago and I still use it frequently..I get it at Loblaws (Dupont & Christie)...they don't always have in in stock so I would call them (ask for Deli Counter/Lori) first if you don't live in the vicinity.

              1. re: pearlD

                I went to Gilead cafe to buy some pate but they didn't have any so I found this in my local Sobey's. Thank you for the rec, pearlD!!! This pate exceeded all my expectations :-)

            2. re: CoffeeAddict416

              have you tried the cretons? how much are they pricing it at? i think it was double what you pay in jean talon at schefflers in slm and not as tasty.

              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                I've had the creton at Scheffler's, and I wouldn't say it's "excellent." Kind of bland, but if you've never had creton before, it will probably be fine.

                I haven't found any comparable to what you can get in Ottawa or Quebec, but I make my own at home from my grandma's recipe, so it's not a big loss for me.

                1. re: tjr

                  i never said it was "excellent." the cretons at jean talon is heads and tails above it.

                  1. re: pinstripeprincess

                    No, no, I wasn't referring to you; I was speaking to mramage's post. Just seconding your opinion that it isn't incredible :-)

                    1. re: tjr

                      oops! thanks for clarifying... you'd think after all this time i'd know better and look further up the thread ;) btw... if you'd care to share your cretons recipe i'd be super ecstatic. after the awesome cretons from jean talon that had a slight pink tinge and was just a touch silky... i've been debating just making my own since nothing else in this town will do!

          2. I've gotten a chicken liver pate from Gilead Cafe that was delicious. Also got a pork terrine from them that was well received.

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            1. re: stw

              I've bought some excellent pates at both Summerhill Market and Cumbrae's. One in particular is pheasant and pistachio. I have to refrain from eating the entire slice it is that yummy.

            2. I enjoyed the duck liver pate at the Healthy Butcher on Eglinton W. Nice brandy flavour to it.

              One excellent pate which I used to get was the pate de campagne (country pate=coarse) at Patachou. That was years ago, so I don't know if they still make it...anyone?

              1. All the Best Fine Foods just south of the Summerhill LCBO has a great collection of pates.