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Apr 23, 2009 11:44 AM

Manuel Latruwe in Calgary - What should I get?

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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  1. I think Latruwe is too expensive now...

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    1. re: jojok

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

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

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

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

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            1. re: jorgep18

              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.

              1. re: ybnormal

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

                1. re: can_i_try_some

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

              2. re: jorgep18

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

                1. re: jorgep18

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

                2. 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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                  1. re: Scary Bill

                    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.

                    1. re: sharonanne

                      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)

                      1. re: maplesugar

                        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.

                        1. re: Scary Bill

                          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?

                          1. re: maplesugar

                            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.

                              1. re: maplesugar

                                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.

                                1. re: Scary Bill

                                  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 :)

                        2. re: maplesugar

                          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.