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Best almond croissants?

nightbug Apr 22, 2009 10:34 AM

I'm searching for awesome almond croissants in Toronto, any suggestions? They have become a recent obsession. I've had them at Pain Perdu & Le Select so far but look forward to trying more...

TTC accessible would be a bonus!

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    carissima RE: nightbug Apr 22, 2009 10:50 AM

    Try Cicogne on Bayview south of Eglinton

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      Splendid Wine Snob RE: carissima Apr 22, 2009 11:29 AM

      Second La Cigogne for the almond croissants or another twist would be to try the Financiers at Thobors.


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        Charles Yu RE: carissima Apr 22, 2009 08:46 PM

        I just had versions from both Cigogne and Rahier last Sunday! Prefer the Rahier version more. Crisper, lighter, fluffier and more subtle filling.

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          sumashi RE: Charles Yu May 21, 2009 08:18 AM

          Second Rahier Patisserie ( Bayview, south of Eglinton)
          Rahier is my go-to place for croissants in Toronto. They've been consistently good, while some other places i've tried have been good one time and not as good the next.
          They also do an almond-rum, but the rum taste is very subtle...

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          lamaranthe RE: carissima May 21, 2009 07:13 AM

          The name is La Cigogne:
          Patisserie La Cigogne
          1626 Bayview Avenue
          Toronto (416) 487-1234

        3. Wahooty RE: nightbug Apr 22, 2009 10:57 AM

          Le Gourmand has a decent one, and several locations now (all pretty easy via TTC, but the Yonge/Bloor one doesn't even require going outdoors).

          Le Gourmand
          2 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

          Le Gourmand
          438 Richmond W, Toronto, ON M5V1Y1, CA

          Le Gourmand
          2177 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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            torontofoodiegirl RE: nightbug Apr 22, 2009 12:09 PM

            I've recently been picking up Thuet's almond croissants at the Healthy Butcher and am (sadly for my waistline) becoming addicted. They're really, really good. That being said, I'm not an afficionado, so I can't guarantee they're the best.

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              Snarf RE: nightbug Apr 22, 2009 01:14 PM

              Jules. Evil miscreants that they are, they also do a chocolate almond blend that are very good.

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                millygirl RE: Snarf Apr 22, 2009 05:34 PM

                I second Jules. Excellent!!!

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                  Royaljelly RE: Snarf Apr 22, 2009 07:28 PM

                  Jules' plain almond croissant is great, light and fluffy with not too much almond paste inside. The almond chocolate blend that snarf mentioned is very different though, very heavy/dense and a touch overly sweet IMHO.

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                    peppermint pate RE: Royaljelly Apr 22, 2009 08:36 PM

                    Add my name to the chorus of rec's for Jules. I don't typically like almond croissants - they're oftey cloyingly sweet with an artificial almond taste. But the ones they serve at Caffe Doria, which they source from Jules, are a-ma-a-z-i-n-g!

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                      millygirl RE: peppermint pate Apr 23, 2009 04:16 AM

                      Funny I don't ever recall seeing croissants at Caffe Doria. I guess they either run out quickly, or I get there too late. When we go, it's usually lunch time. Which reminds me, I am due....hopefully this weekend.

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                        peppermint pate RE: millygirl Apr 23, 2009 07:03 AM

                        We're usually there at breakfast time and I would guess they sell out with the early crowd. I haven't had any lately but certainly as of last summer/fall, they used to bring in croissants, pain au chocolat and almond croissants from Jules on a regular basis. Rosa also sometimes brings in these cheese buns from some Italian bakery that are also amazing.

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                          Chester Eleganté RE: peppermint pate Apr 23, 2009 03:19 PM

                          I'd also go for Jules, but if you enjoy a real generous dollop of the almond paste, it'd be Amadeus in Thornhill.

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                            lamaranthe RE: Chester Eleganté Jun 2, 2009 01:18 PM

                            Amadeus sells good stuff. They are not the friendliest people in this part of the city, but who cares, as long as their fare is good? And it is good.

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                              Chester Eleganté RE: lamaranthe Jun 10, 2009 01:11 PM

                              It is, though I'll temporarily withhold the croissant rec, as recently it has been overbaked, and the filling reduced.

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                  mstacey42 RE: nightbug Apr 23, 2009 05:07 AM

                  I think that the croissants at Wanda's Pie in the Sky in Kensington are my favourite. The almond is of the cut in half, filled with almond stuff, closed, covered with additional almond stuff, and re-baked variety which sometimes turns out way too hard and always feels a bit like a cop out, but the underlying croissant is so fabulous, and the almond coating so generous that the whole thing really works, especially for greedy people because it is usually huge.

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                    heartfood_toronto RE: mstacey42 Apr 26, 2009 04:46 PM

                    wanda's are pretty heavy i find

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                    linz50 RE: nightbug Apr 24, 2009 11:29 AM

                    Europa Bakery 713 Danforth Avenue, just east of Pape subway on the south side. Call first to make sure they have some left! (416) 462-3808

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                      julesrules RE: linz50 Apr 24, 2009 12:41 PM

                      I don' t like their croissants, too bready.

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                      lamaranthe RE: nightbug Apr 24, 2009 01:03 PM

                      I don't know if they carry almond croissants but their Butter Croissants are exceptional.
                      Cobs Bread The Promenade, Thornhill - (905) 886-7593
                      And if you buy a dozen or so, you get to turn the wheel and get a free treat!

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                        lamaranthe RE: lamaranthe May 21, 2009 07:16 AM

                        Cobs Bread, at The Promenade, is now closed...

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                          sway RE: lamaranthe Jun 1, 2009 05:33 PM

                          Is that the same Cobs Bread in Bloor West Village? And what is Jules? Thanks!

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                            Snarf RE: sway Jun 1, 2009 05:45 PM

                            Jules is on Mt. Pleasant, south of Eglinton.

                      2. westhead74 RE: nightbug Apr 26, 2009 07:10 PM

                        Porh Pawh Bakery at the base of the Spire (Adelaide/Church). Delicious!

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                          teffubs wife RE: nightbug Jun 1, 2009 05:07 PM

                          French Quarter on Avenue Road...amazing Almond Croissants!

                          1. Ediblethoughts RE: nightbug Jun 10, 2009 12:41 PM

                            I'm not saying it's necessarily the best almond croissant but I just had a very good one at Whole Foods! It was nicely crispy/buttery on the outside and soft almond paste in. Maybe it's just because I was quite hungry at the time, but I'm officially fixated on them now.

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                              sharmj RE: Ediblethoughts Jun 10, 2009 02:53 PM

                              You mentioned that you wanted something preferably on the TTC route so I will dare to suggest an odd but satisfying detour to Aroma cafe at Bloor and Bathurst where they bake their own breads and pastries on site--their almond and chocolate croissants can go against some of the french shops and hold their own.....it is an Israeli coffee chain that is also located at the Promenade Mall and a third will open soon at Yonge and Eglinton. You walk in for a cappuccino, smell the baking and end up with.....well you can guess the rest.......

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                                Ediblethoughts RE: sharmj Jun 11, 2009 09:17 AM

                                I actually have posted about my brunch experience there a few weeks back! I had some positive and negative feelings about it but many more positive than negative. I didn't try the almond croissants but the chocolate was good!

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                                  sake RE: sharmj Jun 11, 2009 12:51 PM

                                  I had an almond croissant at Aroma last week. It's fine, but nothing special. Not to mention that it was $4

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