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Apr 13, 2010 11:34 AM

Naturalis in The Beach

Just read about this place recently and until now, had never heard of it. Just wondering if it's a closely guarded secret, or what? Anybody care to share?

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    1. re: chiefscout

      It's on the north side of Queen East, near Balsam. I have gotten a couple of things there but will refrain from giving a full review until I've tried more. The first time I bought bagels they weren't great but on our second visit, my husband got a bagel with cream cheese and it was pretty good. I had a mini cupcake during the Easter parade but it was nothing special. However, I will report back once I've sampled their menu more extensively.

      1. re: ms. clicquot

        Thank you ms. clicquot. We drove by last night and it's very small. Is there seating inside? I think I will wait for your report before I make a special trip.

        1. re: millygirl

          This place has become my Saturday morning haunt since it opened. I haven't tried the bagels, so can't comment on those. The croissants are just OK--they're rather large and not that flavourful, IMHO.

          But the stars of the shop are the danishes and pinwheels (these are made with a flaky pastry, not danish dough). The fruit fillings are great and you get a generous amount. My favourite filling is the cream cheese--really rich, not too sweet. Reasonably priced too: you can buy two of these glorious pastries for $4.50 after tax!

          I haven't tried the brownies or cupcakes, so no comment on those. I can't wean myself off the danishes and pinwheels!

          It is a small space, only about 3-4 small tables inside, with a tiny patio outside for the summer. We usually get our pastries to go and head down to the water. Service is consistently friendly and helpful.

          1. re: AverageJo

            Apparently their bagels are montreal style.

            1. re: millygirl

              not crazy about the bagles...they have a sweetness to them which some like, I guess.

              1. re: BeachHeath

                The bagels had little to no flavour at all. When I ws there, 3 workers ignored me to serve one other customer. When I was finally allowed to pay, the woman serving me was rude and never thanked me. I won't be going back.