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Patisserie La Cigogne opening on Danforth?

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dalton48 Mar 28, 2011 03:49 PM

Anyone know anything about this? Their website says they'll be celebrating the opening of their Danforth location, possibly mid-May. Anyone know where?

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Cigogne
1626 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

  1. Olivia Mar 28, 2011 06:47 PM

    Their signage is in the old Casa Giorgio restaurant at Danforth and Monarch Park (between Greenwood and Coxwell); at first, I thought I was hallucinating. This is a much larger space than the Bayview location. As an area resident I am THRILLED by the additition to the neighbourhood.

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      Full tummy Mar 28, 2011 07:44 PM

      Oh my!! Good choice! Something for us east-enders. Can't wait!

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        KitchenVoodoo Mar 28, 2011 08:05 PM

        No way!! I can't believe it!! I saw Casa Giorgio papered over recently but never thought that anything decent might move in. Between that and the great news about Royal Beef having a new butcher (ex Healthy Butcher) and a great line of new products, things are really looking up for our neighbourhood.

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        The Healthy Butcher
        565 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

        Royal Beef
        1968 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C, CA

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          dalton48 Mar 29, 2011 05:02 AM

          Thanks! Danforth really needs some decent croissants, Looking forward to this.

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            prime119899 Apr 5, 2011 11:45 AM

            Is the location on Bayview closing or are they just opening Another location?

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              flyinggonzo Jun 28, 2011 04:12 AM

              Opening another location.

          2. Splendid Wine Snob Mar 28, 2011 07:14 PM

            Super exciting. I can't wait!

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              Pincus Apr 5, 2011 11:46 AM

              I've been hoping a bakery would open close by sometime. Great!

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                currycue May 28, 2011 04:40 PM

                Just saw the sign, couldn't believe my eyes! Sure we've already got Patisserie Zane and Voulez Vous cafe for croissants, but these guys make Flammekueche on weekends. Think thin crust Alsatian pizza covered in fromage blanc, onions and lardons. SO EXCITED!

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                  KitchenVoodoo May 28, 2011 09:26 PM

                  YEAH! I can't wait for them to open - I'll be droolling - and gaining 30 pounds overnight!

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                    millygirl May 29, 2011 01:24 PM

                    Now that is a nice surprise....great news!!!

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                Atahualpa May 29, 2011 09:01 PM

                meh . . . I'm local and will probably get some croissants. But, this is definitely my least favourite of the Bayview and Mt Pleasant bakeries by a long measure. Why can't Rahier be the one coming here?

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                Rahier
                1586 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

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                  Charles Yu May 29, 2011 09:45 PM

                  My thoughts exactly! Way too sweet pastries!

                2. Olivia Jun 16, 2011 06:24 PM

                  Called them on Saturday and was told they'd be opening this Sunday, June 19th.

                  @Atahualpa and Charles: You guys may very well be right (all I ever really got at Cigogne is croissants), but it's a step in the right direction for the 'hood. Look a few blocks east at Woodbine where Celena's brought Cozy Cafe and Caketown. Maybe Rahier will follow!

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                  Rahier
                  1586 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

                  Cigogne
                  1626 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

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                  1. re: Olivia
                    pinstripeprincess Jun 16, 2011 10:08 PM

                    i'm looking forward to some subway accessible tart flambee

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                    Pincus Jun 17, 2011 07:24 AM

                    The paper is off the windows, and I saw someone late last night working inside.

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                      gnuf Jun 20, 2011 07:14 AM

                      We walked over yesterday during the Grand Opening. By the time we got there (around noon), all the free croissants were given away already. There's plenty of indoor seating and an outdoor sidewalk patio with a retractable awning for shade.

                      I think I recognized Juan Li from the Leaside location making sure things were running smoothly behind the counter. They did _not_ have Tarte Flambee available on this day, but plan to once things are settled down. The display cases had many fancy cakes and individual pastries as well as chocolates. No ice cream yet, but there was a freezer with empty metal tubs, so maybe later this summer?

                      We tried the croissants which were warm and flaky. I loved that the almond ones were split in half and spread with a warm almondy filling. The pain au chocolats were coming out of the oven as we left, so I'll have to try that next time.

                      My wife's smoked salmon quiche was decent, but a little overbaked. The creamy raspberry vinaigrette with the mixed greens seemed a little out of place and cliched. My Croque Madame was dull, with slices of an unappetizing grayish, pink ham and rubbery cheese.

                      Still, a good quality patisserie in the neighbourhood is welcome. Now I have to get up a little early so I can make a a trip in the opposite direction from work to buy a morning pastry!

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                        prima Jun 20, 2011 07:38 AM

                        gnuf, if you stop by again, once they have flammekueche/tarte flambee, make sure you get it right when they pull it out of the oven. IMO, it's a dish that should be served right out of the oven, like the pizzas at Libretto or QMP.

                        Haven't had a chance to try their version yet, but I haven't had any versions outside Alsace-Lorraine that compare to the real deal.

                        http://www.nytimes.com/1988/01/31/tra...

                        Too bad about the Croque Madame. Did it have an egg on top? As far as I remember, the CM should always be topped with an egg. I enjoyed the rich, decadent version of Croque Monsieur that Simple Bistro had on their brunch menu last year. Both the ham & cheese were high quality.

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                        Simple Bistro
                        619 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S2M5, CA

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                          gnuf Jun 22, 2011 10:24 AM

                          Yes, the croque madame had a runny, fried egg on top.

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                          Pincus Jun 21, 2011 08:00 AM

                          My Saturday was BUSY, so I didn't get a chance to check them out. I will do so on the weekend, since I'm guessing they're going to follow the trend of neighbourhood cafes to close by 5-6 pm on weekdays.

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                            Olivia Jun 21, 2011 06:42 PM

                            Free croissants?! What the hell, I had to pay for mine (at 10am).

                            Either way, I'm happy they're open (FINALLY).

                            Sunday was nuts there, so it will be interesting to see if it was just opening day excitement or if it will be like that every weekend.

                            Went yesterday too, and pretty much everything I had was good: eclair, choc. croissant, almond croissant, plain croissant, apricot danish, blueberry danish, and apple danish. Also had a piece of their "Harmony" cake and found the mousse gorgeously light and delicate. I wasn't crazy about their baguette as I like mine chewier.

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                          neighborguy Jun 26, 2011 02:36 PM

                          Delighted to have this in my neighborhood.
                          Just in from an afternoon walk and snack there -- pain au chocolat which was fresh and buttery. Looking forward to returning and going thru their menu. Plenty of seating for a breakfast or brunch outing.

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                            Metroon Jun 26, 2011 05:17 PM

                            The Baba au rhum was delicious.... and rummy enough to get drunk on. And I also loved the pain au chocolat which was buttery and flaky. Yum. An amazing addition to the neighbourhood.

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                            Pincus Jun 27, 2011 07:49 AM

                            I dropped by on the weekend. Had a very good coffee and "The Paradise", which was a delicious mixture of cream, chocolate, orange, and orange liqueur. I really enjoyed that it wasn't overly sweet, and the space itself is bright and roomy. Next step is to try one of their savoury choices.

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                              Deep Puddle Jul 4, 2011 07:47 AM

                              Quick update: we stopped in for brunch on Sunday, and asked when they would start serving tarte flambée. We were told that they have been unable to get the oven up to par for baking the tarte, and so will not be serving it at the Danforth location. This is from the lady who has been running the front of house during the two weekend visits we have made. Disappointing, but at least they have many other tasty items on the menu.

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                                currycue Jul 4, 2011 09:07 AM

                                Very disappointing, because it's the only thing that separates them from the others (coffee and croissants are better at Voulez Vous, quiche is better at Bonjour Brioche, etc.) at least they have Madeleines. Not too many patisseries carry those anymore.

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                                Bonjour Brioche
                                812 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

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                                  Pincus Jul 4, 2011 10:23 AM

                                  Well, there's also the fact they are local to me, and all these other places are much further away.

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                                    currycue Jul 4, 2011 11:17 AM

                                    Agreed. If they were walking distance for me, I'd probably go more often.

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                                      neighborguy Jul 4, 2011 02:12 PM

                                      And don't forget the bonus attitude you get at BB, from both the staff and clientele. La Cigogne fits our neighborhood just fine.

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                                      Cigogne
                                      1626 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

                                    2. re: currycue
                                      prima Jul 4, 2011 10:40 AM

                                      Shouldn't be too much of a disappointment, or too much of a surprise, that other patisseries are not serving Tarte flambée. Tarte flambée isn't usually sold in patisseries. It's sold at places that specialize in Tarte flambée. Maybe because the good stuff is baked in a wood-fired oven. It doesn't make sense for most patisseries to own a wood-burning oven, in addition to their commercial convection oven. Also doesn't make much sense for a patisserie to smell like onions and bacon, if they're trying to sell pains au choc and madeleines.

                                      That being said, I have no idea what type of oven La Cigogne is using.

                                      BTW, looks like Woodlot Bakery also bakes (lemon and chocolate flavours, maybe more) madeleines. I haven't tried them yet- not sure what they're like. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7655...

                                      Not a fan of Bonjour Brioche.

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                                        Splendid Wine Snob Jul 4, 2011 10:54 AM

                                        Yes, Prima-I was thinking the same thing...

                                        And madeleines are pretty widely available in most of the French/Belgian patisseries around town.

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                                          Deep Puddle Jul 4, 2011 12:10 PM

                                          The Cigogne lady I asked (Asian lady that I think might be married to the owner?) seemed to imply that the oven they were hoping they could use for the tarte was already in the kitchen when they took over the space, and they were using a different one for the pastries. Wasn't Casa di Giorgio the previous occupant? The wood-fired oven premise for the tarte would make sense if they were trying to use a pizza oven. She said they were actually going to remove this oven to make space for another fridge and more prep surfaces.

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                                          Casa di Giorgio
                                          1646 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L1G3, CA

                                          Cigogne
                                          1626 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

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                                            syoung Jul 4, 2011 08:21 PM

                                            The Asian lady Juan is Chinese and both she and Thierry are BOTH owners!

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                                      Pincus Jul 6, 2011 08:34 AM

                                      Been here a few times. I've loved all the pastry/dessert items I've tried. The savoury stuff has been a hit and a miss.

                                      The smoked salmon quiche was delicious. The nice underlay of smoke and salt under the sweetness of the egg, and the salad and homemade French dressing, with the dried cranberries in the salad...lovely.

                                      The chicken and mushroom crepe was horrible. Some kind of dark sauce on the chicken and mushrooms, not that the sauce oozed out, but it had been cooked into both. The flavour was mildly repellent. I felt like I was getting a bad version of gravy from an open faced chicken sandwich.

                                      If I understand French cuisine properly, the modern version celebrates lightness and freshness of ingredients, while the old style likes to use sauces with complex flavours. These crepes were from neither school of thought. They were just bad.

                                      I think they like ham better as their protein, so next time I'll try something with ham in it.

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                                        currycue Jul 6, 2011 09:13 AM

                                        I don't know about the ham. The quiche I had on opening day, the ham was briny like they (probably) used a cheap grocery store football ham in their cooking. Disappointing.

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                                          Pincus Jul 6, 2011 10:02 AM

                                          Hm. Well, I'll try another non-quiche item to decide, then maybe move this into the "dessert place only" category.

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                                            Splendid Wine Snob Jul 6, 2011 11:08 AM

                                            I've always enjoyed Thierry's truffles. I think he is particularly skilled with those. Don't know if they are selling them at this location though?

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                                              Pincus Aug 3, 2011 02:27 PM

                                              I've seen chocolates in the display case. Whether they are truffles or not, I couldn't say.

                                      2. thought_for_food Aug 3, 2011 01:09 PM

                                        They now are selling ice cream, made in-house. I didn't have a chance to try it, but it looks beautiful and comes in about a dozen flavours including chocolate, vanilla, pistacio, hazelnut, pineapple, banana, raspberry, and lemon.

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                                          currycue Aug 4, 2011 07:54 AM

                                          Grabbed some croissants and madeleines this morning for the office. I must say, I'm impressed by the quality of the ganache in the pain au chocolat. Rich and dark. Very nice!

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                                          Pincus Aug 5, 2011 07:42 AM

                                          Tried an omelette for brunch last weekend.

                                          The omelette itself was flawlessly executed, a buttery, bit crispy, nicely folded, serving of egg.

                                          The contents were average. Spinach is spinach, but the cheese was supposed to be cheddar. From the way it tasted and looked, if you had told me it was processed cheese, I wouldn't have been surprised. None of the nice snap you get from a good cheddar.

                                          Still, with the baguette pieces included, it was a nice brunch. I would order it again, but I would have my expectations lowered accordingly.

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                                            julesrules Sep 21, 2011 01:12 PM

                                            Went for lunch this week. The service was very scattered, but they were quite busy, especially for a rainy Monday at that location - I'm glad they are doing so well, the area needs it!

                                            We were disappointed however that the turkey, roast beef and ham all seemed to be mediocre quality sliced deli meats. My friend who used to frequent the Bayview location remembered they used "real" turkey there, not sure if that is still the case.

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