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Manuel Latruwe in Calgary - What should I get?

jorgep18 Apr 23, 2009 11:44 AM

I want to try some of the desserts at Manual Latruwe bakery shop in Calgary. They all look so good! What would you recommend I should try?

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    Petoncles_56 Jul 31, 2009 07:47 PM

    Manuel Latruwe in the old days used to be an amazing treat. A litlte out of the way for those who live in the SW but brought back memories of France immediately. It seems all of those renovation costs are being passed on to the customers. Still though, the mille feuilles are really nice, and of course pain au chocolat are comparable to Paris!

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      Pintye Jul 28, 2009 02:19 PM

      Having never been before I was pretty excited to try the creme brulee, definately one of my favourites regardless of where it is, however, I was somewhat dissapointed by ML. The brulee was more on the runny side, and definately overpriced. While I cant judge the place on this one brulee alone, it was definitely enough to make me hesitate on returning. Personally I find Ladybug at the barracks better priced and the brulee is delicious! Also Amandine bakery gets my vote for their amazing pastries, especially the chocolate pretzels!

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        sharonanne Jul 28, 2009 05:25 PM

        Have you tried the creme brulee at Eclair de Lune? Absolutely worth the trip. I suspect cream cheese may be in the recipe but whatever it is it works.

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          Pintye Jul 28, 2009 05:34 PM

          Hmmm haven't ventured that way yet. I am a whore to Calgary transit so it is a little out of my way, but i will definitely have to try it out...

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            AriaDream Jul 29, 2009 09:48 AM

            Eclair de Lune is lovely, you won't regret it if you do.

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              Hoj Aug 7, 2009 03:45 PM

              It's probably only a 5-10 minute walk from the Victoria Park / Stampede station. Give it a go, and then you can also go to L'Epicerie right next door and kill two birds with one stone.

        2. worldwidestuff Jul 27, 2009 07:08 AM

          That whole strip is becoming a mecca for food. Start at L'Epicerie for a sandwich, move on to ML for a Pain au chocolat and finish off with some ice cream from Callebaut

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            Susanbnyc Sep 3, 2009 12:04 AM

            Does ML still make his own ice cream?

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            jorgep18 Jun 18, 2009 07:00 PM

            What exactly is a bolus? I have tried their suisse bun, blueberry danish and chocolate croissant and they were all fantastic... light and flaky! I tried the chocolate croissant from Rise (at Bow Valley I think) and it just wasn't that great. Maybe it's because i got it at 4pm and it has been sitting out for the whole day. Anyway, I am becoming a fan of ML but need to watch out for my wallet because it is definitely not cheap.

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              aktivistin Apr 28, 2009 12:25 PM

              Thanks for the Rise croissant recco, GreenOlives. Just tried one of Rise's pain au chocolat--it is fantastic! Flakey and tender pastry around a dark, bittersweet paste (like a ganache). Very good. I imagine the croissants are great, too.

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                ElevenGirl Jun 18, 2009 03:07 PM

                I agree - the bolus is outstanding. ML is the closest thing to a real European bakery that I have experienced in Canada. Croissants are supposed to flake in your hand and be light as air. Chewy Safeway croissants are NOT real croissants.

                I think ML's food is superb. There bread is a treat and a far cry from the Eiffel Tower, who tried to flog day old baguette off on me twice.

              2. can_i_try_some Apr 26, 2009 11:59 PM

                I'm VERY partial to the bolus. I can't recall the last time I went there and didn't get one (at least, when it wasn't sold out) - admittedly it's better on some days than others. I also very much like the blueberry and apricot danishes; I think they're a touch better than Ladybug's.

                They've improved their coffee quite a bit since the renovation. They now have a Marzocco espresso machine, and more importantly, some staff that have been trained to properly use it. Don't expect anything on the same level as P&S, DeVille, Artigiano, or Kawa, but it's nice to see a marked effort on their part to improve their coffee. Personally, I can't wait until DeVille opens their new location just a short walk away.

                On a Saturday, I'd recommend getting there before 11am. You probably won't have to wait for seats and they still should have a fair selection of pastries. Good luck anytime after that. Don't go right when they open either, since I've found that they don't bring out all the pastries until much later.

                It is expensive, but if you live downtown, it's probably still less expensive to walk to Manuel Latruwe than to drive to the other decent patisseries in town - Eclair de Lune and Ladybug.

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                  aktivistin Apr 24, 2009 01:37 PM

                  Rise has excellent scones--these are the light, fluffy kind, cut in wedges. And its bran muffins are the best I've ever tasted. However, it is not the same kind of bakery as Manuel Latruwe, which is more like a patisserie.

                  For pastry items, I second Nectar desserts, particularly for the tartlets. Another outside of the downtown is Eclair de Lune at the corner of Northmount Dr and 40 Ave NW. Pastries are very good and prices are much more reasonable.

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                    worldwidestuff Apr 24, 2009 02:52 PM

                    One more vote for Eclaire de Lune.

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                      AriaDream Apr 24, 2009 07:42 PM


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                    slingshotz Apr 24, 2009 11:43 AM

                    A little out of downtown in Inglewood is Nectar deserts. I have yet to be disappointed with their deserts. Not sure about their service as I always get things to go but I've heard it's a little hit and miss.

                    As for Latruwe I would have recommended their croissants until I tried the ones in Canmore, I'd have to agree with Bill on them. Their chocolate covered meringues are good though.

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                      ybnormal Apr 24, 2009 12:03 PM

                      Are you talking about the Gourmet Croissant in Canmore? Have you tried it recently? I thought the original owners moved a while back, so I hadn't tried since then...Could be just my memory though...

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                        slingshotz Apr 24, 2009 03:40 PM

                        Yes I'm talking about Gourmet Croissant. I went there last weekend but it was my first time ever there so I can't compare it to when the previous owners ran it. All I know is that it hit all the right spots, nice slightly sweet thickish crust and chewy dense center.

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                      Scary Bill Apr 24, 2009 10:06 AM

                      Can't speak to desserts, but the croissants were just plain lousy. Lighter than a feather, no chewiness and crumbled when touched.

                      Bought a loaf at twice what it should have been. Good but easliy purchased elsewhere at half the price.

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                        sharonanne Jul 27, 2009 06:32 AM

                        Just back from my second visit. The bread sounds so good and is decent but not as outstanding as the price would promise fpr such small loaves. This time I bought pear and peppercorn and while there was pepper trhoughout we didn't get any pear in the first half and maybe 1 small piece of pear per slice in the last half. The walnut blue cheese has yet to yield any evidence of blue cheese either visibly or by flavour.

                        The mushroom quiche was good. The service was agonizingly slow but at least they don't wrap the bread in plastic. I like the waxed paper bags.

                        I'll still drop by when I am in the area but I think I'll stick with a plain baguette.

                        The macarons and pate at L'Epicerie next door are as good as promised.

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                          maplesugar Jul 27, 2009 11:56 AM

                          I buy ML bread for special occasions... for me COBS' whole wheat block is good for everyday, and around $3/loaf so not really out of line with dempster's pricing and its fresh rather than previously frozen (which I discovered to my chagrin is how most bread comes in to superstore that isn't baked on site)

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                            Scary Bill Jul 28, 2009 12:42 PM

                            I would not be surprised to discover that a lot of Superstore's better high end breads were par-baked and then frozen for final baking. This is common practise.

                            If you ever find frozen par-baked Ace Bakery bread at a grocert store BUY SOME!!!. You will be very pleased, not only with the final loaf, but also the fantastic aroma in your house.

                            Hey, you could even fool guests and make them think you had talent.

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                              maplesugar Jul 28, 2009 01:50 PM

                              Bread is one of those things on my "I wish I could make ___" list. I'm a decent baker but bread and pastry are still 'holy grails' for me. Thanks for the tip about Ace's par-baked goodies. I like their crisps that I've picked up at Sobey's (pricey mind you). Where do you get Ace's par baked bread around Calgary?

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                                Scary Bill Jul 31, 2009 07:59 AM

                                I don't know where Ace products are distributed in Calgary. Their website indicates "available across Canada" and that Sobeys and Loblaws are distributors, but I have not seen Ace at either (Loblaws=Superstore)

                                I do think that Superstores high end Superstore branded breads could be Ace products, as they seem identical to me.

                                I emailed them a couple of days ago for specifics and will post if they get back to me.

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                                  maplesugar Jul 31, 2009 08:51 AM

                                  Thanks Scary Bill :)

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                                    Scary Bill Aug 7, 2009 10:06 AM

                                    Maple, received the following:

                                    " I apologize for this delayed response. Unfortunately, our bread is not available in Western Canada. The baguette sold at the Superstore is not our product. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any other questions."

                                    Ah well. I guess "across Canada" doesn't include Western Canada. Maybe they meant "across Upper Canada" I still like thr high end Superstore breads though.

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                                      maplesugar Aug 7, 2009 10:10 AM

                                      Oh well... plenty of good options in Calgary, I guess we'll have to get our fill of Ace goodies while in Ont. Thanks for the update Scary Bill :)

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                              sharonanne Jul 31, 2009 09:42 AM

                              Just as a postscript. Went to Prairie Mill this week and their apple cheddar loaf is much better. Costs a dollar more for a loaf twice as large. We ate it in record time too.

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                          jorgep18 Apr 24, 2009 08:52 AM

                          Is there a different bakery close to downtown that you would recommend for desserts?

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                            jojok Apr 24, 2009 09:55 AM

                            Bliss & Co

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                              ybnormal Apr 24, 2009 10:08 AM

                              Yes, its expensive, but if you never tried it, what do you have to compare it to?
                              The only thing comparable is at Ladybug at CFM.

                              I like the pain au chocolate and the cinnamon bun. If you like custard the vanilla croissant is excellent. For the desserts, I like the praline myself but just ask what is in the dessert to see if it suits your taste. And I still enjoy their ice cream.

                              Service is definitely not as good as it was before, but I guess it doesn't deter me.

                              For other bakeries close to downtown, there is Brulee (one of my favourites, but again not inexpensive), and Decadent Desserts. In Chinatown, Bliss Cupcakes is the new fave. Can't remember if Eiffel is still around though - I guess that would have something close to Latruwe.

                              Haven't tried Rise yet, and haven't been to Serbout's Patisserie in a long time.

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                                can_i_try_some Apr 26, 2009 11:19 PM

                                Eiffel's long gone. Bianky's came and went in the same spot. But Buttercream should be relocating there soon.

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                                  maplesugar Apr 27, 2009 08:08 AM

                                  According to Buttercream's site they have opened at 1013 17 Av SW, Biankys' old address.

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                                23skidoo Apr 24, 2009 01:44 PM

                                Not really a place to get desserts, but I like the Pain au Chocolat at Caffe Beano. The date muffins are fantastic too.

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                                  AriaDream Apr 24, 2009 07:42 PM

                                  It's not downtown at all, but if you can make a special trip Eclair Du Lune is excellent and a lot cheaper.

                                2. AriaDream Apr 24, 2009 12:39 AM

                                  I would recommend trying somewhere else, but maybe that's just me. The service I got was very poor the time I went.

                                  1. John Manzo Apr 23, 2009 02:16 PM

                                    Buy a selection, then come back and write a review for your second post.

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                                      jojok Apr 23, 2009 12:08 PM

                                      I think Latruwe is too expensive now...

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                                        tex_in_yyc Apr 23, 2009 12:14 PM

                                        He is expensive...but the pain au chocolate is worth it....

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