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Sep 18, 2009 07:30 AM

Dessert and Coffee - Dufflet? Dessert Trends? Or -

Where would you recommend for (sit down) dessert and coffee in Toronto? We'll be around the University.
Dufflet or Dessert Trends came to mind - we're hoping for something not overly sweet, or esp. starchy . - more on the cream, butter, chocolate side of things. Not looking for ice cream, but for pastry, mousse cakes etc.
Thank you!

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  1. Definitely Dessert Trends. Dufflet's is more cake oriented, whereas DT has lots of mousse-y type options. Better quality, too.

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      dufflet's hours are also not as friendly as it operates more as a mid day location so depending on the hour you were intending it might not work.

      i'm a fan of the portuguese bakeries phoenikia mentions below but their coffee isn't worthwhile in my opinion.

      1. re: pinstripeprincess

        True, haven't found great coffee at our Portuguese bakeries.

        I don't understand why the coffee at Portuguese bakeries in TO is so mediocre- the coffee in Portugal is excellent!

    2. For pastries and coffee, I like
      Athens Pastries- for bougatsa, loukamades and galatoboureko
      Rahier or la Cicogne- for Belgian/French style pastries and mousse desserts
      Doce Minho, or Brasil Bakery, or even Nova Era for pasteis de nata and other Portuguese pastries
      Golden Wheat or Rivera Bakery for an Italian or Portuguese pastry and a coffee on College Street.

      Dufflet cakes tend to be too sweet for my palate, but I like some of their pastries and cookies.
      There isn't much seating available in theYonge and Lawrence or Queen W locations of Dufflet.

      I realize that Dessert Trends is a Chowhound favourite, but I haven't really been impressed by the pastries I've ordered. But it's possible I've been ordering badly. And I haven't tried any of their mousse-y type desserts:-)

      Just reread your post, and noticed that you mentioned you would be near the University. I've enjoyed the desserts at the Gallery Grill in Hart House. The Italian and Portuguese pastry shops on College would be a short streetcar ride away.

      Apart from the Gallery Grill, Dessert Trends would be your closest good bet to the University.

      1. Thank you - these all look terrific!
        Is Duffret more given over to standard layer cake type options (like a cupcake style cake, that's frosted)? Also runs sweeter.
        Dessert Trends looks esp good -- as does La Cigogne - very intense rich looking items!
        (for La Cigogne, could take subway, College to Eglington?)
        Thank you!

        PS A little off topic, but speaking of things Portiguese in Toronto would you recommend Amadeu for Portuguese (dinner) food?

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        1. Dessert Trends never lets us down!

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          1. re: deelicious

            I probably should've printed out the list of other places listed above. Stopped by Dessert Trends @ 10:30 tonight only to find out it closed at 10. Any places listed so far open late?

            1. re: GoodGravy

              Also Dessert Trends looks to be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays....