Brick Street Bakery in FCP is open (finally)!
I know this was mentioned in the PATH thread, but I think it deserves a special mention on its own. I walked past this morning, and BSB in FCP was finally open! It appears to be pretty fully stocked with breads, pastries, and treats.
Bought a banana muffin and blueberry scones to celebrate! Just as good as ever.
Brick Street Bakery
55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA
So what are the favourite lunch options? Tried the lamb kofta wrap, which was very nice, but I didn't enjoy the plain white flour tortilla.
The bread is good, as was the cheese twist. However, I was disappointed with the chocolate croissant, which I found mediocre.
Would like to try the pies, sausage rolls and the chili as well.
I just tried the lamb kofta wrap for the first time. I like it t a lot! The wrap itself was delish I thought. No issues at all. Would definitely buy again.
Also, I must say, I’ve been going every Friday for about a month now and the service is always fantastic! They have like 7 girls, all of them sweet, enthusiastic and very customer-oriented. I wish all service in Toronto could take a page from their book. Well done!
Next up, Boxing Day turkey sandwich. Looks great (stuffing and everything)…….
So I tried the Boxing Day sandwich today at FCP. I really wanted to like it. But alas, it gets a fail. For me at least. After really enjoying both the braised lamb sandwich and lamb kofta wrap I was expecting another winner.
The turkey is plentiful and comes in beautiful huge chunks and strips. But it’s dead cold. And dry. It could really REALLY benefit by some sort of moist reheating. It was also very plain tasting, no apparent seasoning. The stuffing was nice enough and warm but not life-changing and all I came away with was cold, dry, plain-tasting turkey.
Not sure why this was considered a hot sandwich since the protein was cold. I guess cuz the stuffing is warm. Tricky to classify I suppose.
Anyhoo, will absolutely be returning to try more sandwiches. But of the 3 I’ve tried so far this was the only miss. For me at least. Their prepared foods and desserts look just gorgeous as an aside.
Staff still super-nice...
I felt exactly the same way about the sandwich! It's advertised as a warm sandwich but the turkey is refrigerator cold. I think they'd have to be careful about how they heat it though since (for me anyway) the stuffing was on the verge of being too moist and mushy.
I do still love it though, and like you, I think this has been the only miss for me.
Turkey reheats very well if you do it with some sort of moist method like reheating in some jus, stock, or even water (I’ve even had success doing this carefully using a microwave – gasp!). I’m surprised they don’t do this.
It’s good to know I’m not alone or going crazy, Manybears : )
Still love it too. Going back soon.
Thanks so much! What a great lunch option!! Had the braised lamb sandwich and it was very nice.
Especially good if you don't get to the Distillery district that much, like me.
Very happy about this.
Wondering what people's favourites are because I've racked up a few misses. My hits are the pulled pork sandwich (definitely sweet and saucy though), the brioche with custard and the chocolate mousse (which reminds me of what my Mom used to make in the 80s from raw eggs). I want to love the eccles pastry but it is just too darn sweet. The meat pies are looking more tempting as the weather gets colder. How's the steak and stout?
I'm resurrecting an older thread... I know but I wanted to add my thoughts on a recent visit to this particular site of the Brick Street Bakery. Prima's list of TO essentials lead me to this visit because I've been in the search of great pastries in TO and I saw the Eccles cake on this list.
This gem of a bakery is situated in the basement of the First Canadian Place. I came in the quiet hours between the morning sanity and lunch hour zoo. So for me, I wafted in the gently simmering fragrance of mushrooms, leeks, and bacon in the soup and still fresh cinnamon from the buns in tranquil peace and with attentive service. I can imagine this place getting harried with the lines of bankers during lunch but honestly... the service was phenomenal, kind, and thoughtful. With prompt hellos and smiling faces, I got great recommendations to round out my order of a box full of pastries.
Now I would say not all pastries were at 5 out of 5 star rating. One is a firm 'best of Toronto', 5 of them are at a '4 star' pretty awesome, and one was a dud at a 2.5 average grocery store fare. So onto the goods....
With a ridiculously great fresh selection of 25+ items, the smiling staff told me their limited time fall items and I snatched up a pumpkin spiced muffin, a crispy gigantic sized palmier, a softball sized apple raisin turnover, a flakey Eccles cake, a croissant, chocolate croissant, and almond croissant. The scone, tarts (all 6 choices!), macarons, ginger cakes, and savoury choices all called to me but I was told by office mates that sweet and flakey were the must have orders to bring up.
The croissants are all great with the stand out being the butter and almond croissant the most. They had a better crispier crust with a flavourful butter crumb that showed that lovely flakey interior layers. The chocolate croissant was much softer than the layers were a bit more smooshy... taste wise great... texturally not as good. They are more generous in size compared to Petite Thuet which is above street. Are these the best in Toronto... I reserve that title but the croissant is dark horse contender. I would say that it needed a bit more buttery flavour and crisper crust. Mine was a medium blonde colour so to me, I knew it wasn't going to have that shattering crispiness I love. They sold out of the 2 first batches already of the butter croissants by the time I arrived at 10 am.
The pumpkin spiced muffin had a great flavourful strusel that reminded of what authentic spices taste like and not the starbucks fakery. It was really moist but not dense like a hockey puck. It was fairly light cake crumb.
The worst of the bunch was the apple raisin turnover... the innards was a wonderful huge amount of soft apples with a great taste of potent raisin but the outer pastry shell was nearing mushy dense textures. It was like a white bread had a baby with a pastry.... not great. I took a bite and tore it apart to eat the inside only.
The palmier.. oh this lovely thing. It's at least 8 inches wide and its like the most airy pastry cookie that would bless my tongue. With a tempered showering of sugar, the crispy pastry shatters under your tooth pressure. The lovely butter flavour doesn't overwhelm you but just adds to the overall great flavour. Make sure you're eating over a plate or you look like a victim of a cookie bomb exploding all over you.
And the gem of the visit... Eccles cake. This unassuming pastry looks so boring. It's a rounded bun shaped layered pastry with slits on the top just giving you a peak of the sticky goodness inside. The pastry was amazing... crispy, buttery, and loads of layers. The sugar on tops adds to the textural crunch. The inside is a wonderful jam like currant puree that is not a sugar overload but rather a true fruit taste that reminds me of my childhood obsession with Ribena. This was devoured in seconds without putting it down. I can eat this daily.
Overall, I highly recommend this place to delight yourself in the pastries. I'm definitely coming back to try the other sweets and savoury options!