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Jan 19, 2010 01:05 PM


I'm looking for the small portuguese tarts (I think they are called flan tarts, but not sure; they have a caramel look on top) that I've seen in bakeries from time to time. Now that I need some I can't remember where I saw them.

Can anyone help?

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  1. I'm 90% sure you're talking about pasteis de nata

    I enjoy the ones from Golden Wheat, at 653 College St.

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    1. re: StephenBank

      ANY portuguese bakery will have them, also most churasquerias will too (the portuguese rotisserie places). I find that most places are good if you get them when they're fresh and still crispy on the outside. After a while they get a little chewy.
      Nova Era
      and Caldense Bakery
      have numerous locations. I also love the Portuguese chicken place in St. Lawrence market - they have good ones.

    2. TasteTO, a local food-related blog, ran a great story with visuals recently that I think will assist you on your search:

      1. All Portuguese bakeries will have them.

        My personal preference so far is the original Caldense bakery on Symington.


        1. I've become a serious fan of Jack's natas - best I've found in the city, and always fresh. I haven't ventured too far into the rest of the product, besides natas and espresso, so I can't comment on the rest, but they sure make REALLY GREAT custard tarts!
          Jack's Bakery & Pastry
          352 Oakwood Ave
          Phone: 416.651.1780
          (location formerly Nova Era on Oakwood)

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          1. re: TorontoTips

            I've been wondering about that place. A couple weeks ago I decided to give one of that one and Goldstar a try. I opted for Goldstar and was disappointed.


            1. re: TorontoTips

              You might want to try the natas from Doce Minto to compare, my SO finds those far superior to the ones from Jack's.

                  1. re: Davwud

                    They are on Dufferin, a few blocks south of Eglinton on the East side. Just south of the little park. There is a large parking lot at the park as well.


                    They also have great pasteis bacalhau (salt cod fritters). We buy them a few dozen at a time and freeze them.

                    It's a great spot and it's already on the list for the bakery tour. :)

            2. In order of preference
              1) Doce Minho
              2) Bakery on Davenport between Ossington and Oakwood (south side of the street)
              3) Brazil Bakery on Dundas
              4) Jack's on Oakwood before you get to Roger's Road

              All are very good. If you take them home try warming them slightly in the toaster oven and then enjoy them. In Belem, as in other parts of Portugal, it's not uncommon that they also be enjoyed warm with a cold beer. Not sure why but the locals swear by the combination.

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              1. re: blkdog

                Alcoa is the bakery on Davenport between Ossington & Oakwood.