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Oct 20, 2010 06:31 AM

Beard Papa is open in Pac Mall (+ daily-deal coupon)


At a barbeque recently, someone brought dessert to a party in a familiar yellow box and I immediately wondered why they’d reuse a pastry box from another city. Because the Japanese chain Beard Papa had many locations all around the world – but not in Toronto.

So with some (too much) giddiness, I discovered that Beard Papa had opened a location in Pacific Mall. Serendipitously for me, I already had plans to visit the very next day. Didn’t take much to locate their shop on the 2nd floor in the North food court and notice the small crowd along its perimeter. A crowd that had greatly increased by the time I had my very own box of cream puffs in vanilla, matcha, and banana. I took-off with my haul and a mental triumphant “squee!”.

Vanillia is a classic and my favourite. Creamy and not very heavy - it's perfect. Green Tea is a close second with the faint bitterness of matcha (which I like) on the tongue. The banana I tried had a very fresh banana taste, but I would get the vanilla over the banana any day.

While I know this isn’t the pinnacle of cream puff-ery, I enjoy eating these not-too-sweet treats nonetheless. Light and airy, this is a lovely afternoon (or after breakfast, or after dinner…) snack.

Coincidentally (I THINK NOT), today’s (Oct. 20, 2010) Deal Of The Day over at is $10 for a box of 2 vanilla, 2 green tea, and 2 “feature flavour” puffs, as well as 2 cheese cakes and 2 fondue chocolate cakes. Currently 245/1000 coupons sold...


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  1. Oh damn. I kinda hate you for this news (but in a good way!). I love cream puffs...

    1. Yum, I've seen this place many times before when I'm at Pac Mall, but I've always been disappointed by the lack of demand this place gets. Maybe the deal from Red Flag Deals will work and your article as well! Btw, many thanks for the deal info!

        1. OMG the chain finally made it to Toronto (and I didn't even know about it until now)! Thanks for posting this. I love the ones with vanilla custard.

          Also, if you knew about the origin of the chain, have you tried it at the other locations abroad, and if so, how do these compare?

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          1. re: tarteaucitron

            The first time I had it in San Fran was awesome. I ate two in one sitting! I had some in Boston which weren't very good at all. Admittedly, I think I dragged it around a bit before eating. Hard to recall now!

            1. re: tarteaucitron

              I used to eat them in HK. They had ones topped with fruit, which I liked a lot - but I heard they don't do it here!

              1. re: tarteaucitron

                Thanks for letting us know... these cream puffs are awesome! Also, first had them in HK, but also tried them in Los Angeles and they were pretty much the same.

              2. jlunar (or anyone, really), can you tell me where in Pacific Mall the store is? 2nd floor?

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                1. re: TorontoJo

                  jlunar mentions in her post that its 2nd floor, north food court.

                  1. re: haggisdragon

                    Duh. I suppose it would help if I read more closely, no? Thanks and sorry!