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Pasteis de nata?

Dave MP Sep 9, 2011 08:44 AM

I used to love the pasteis de nata at O Cantinho (which used to be one of my Boston favorites). See here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/152310

I am wondering whether I can still get these same pasteis de nata (perhaps at Atasca?), or if not, what other bakeries have good versions.

Thanks in advance!
Dave MP

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  1. Dave MP Sep 9, 2011 08:49 AM

    I did a search and found some recent mentions of things.....places I'm considering trying:

    Great Taste in Chinatown, for their Portuguese Pastries: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/694363 (StriperGuy's post


    Courthouse, Central Bakery and Casal's also seem to be possibilities....although I remember having pasteis de nata from Casal's back 6 years ago, and they were not nearly as good as at O Cantinho. But this thread with posts from itaunas was helpful too: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/776531

    Perhaps I need to take a trip to New Bedford?

    Great Taste
    201 Main St, Milford, MA 01757

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    1. re: Dave MP
      LeRique Sep 9, 2011 09:22 AM


      1. re: Dave MP
        gourmaniac Sep 9, 2011 09:46 AM

        Hi Dave: I've had the portuguese egg tarts from great taste. They are good and not expensive ($1) but not best in show. I'd keep looking for a portuguese or perhaps brazilian place (paging Mr. Itaunas...).

        1. re: gourmaniac
          StriperGuy Sep 9, 2011 10:23 AM

          Really? The Portuguest tart (pasteis de nata) at Great Taste are my fav I have ever eaten including at numerious Portuguese bakeries in Cambridge, Fall River, and the North Shore.

          Just had some on Tuesday and they were as good as ever. Dave MP give em a try, promise you won't be disappointed.

          Just to clarifiy, this is Great Taste in Chinatown.

          1. re: StriperGuy
            threedogs Sep 9, 2011 10:54 AM

            Can't wait to try these - as it is now, their custard buns drive me crazy. Amazing - soft, sweet dough on the outside & vanilla goodness w/a touch of coconut flavor. Best eaten immediately while warm (if you're lucky like I've been, to get them warm from the oven) - they don't travel well in the bags they pack them in. Squished custard buns are sad.

            1. re: StriperGuy
              galangatron Sep 9, 2011 12:15 PM

              second the portuguese tarts at great taste in chinatown

              1. re: StriperGuy
                Dave MP Sep 20, 2011 11:14 AM

                I tried the Portuguese tarts at Great Taste Today.

                The flavor of the custard was great - nice amount of vanilla, not too sweet. The pastry was nice too, but it all fell apart sitting in my hand. So, structurally, this pastry has some problems, but taste wise it was good. I remember the pasteis de nata at O Cantinho as being a bit firmer in texture, so I am not sure that the tarts at Great Taste are a perfect substitute. But definitely good to know about and very tasty!

                Thanks for the tip!

                Dave MP

                Great Taste
                201 Main St, Milford, MA 01757

                1. re: Dave MP
                  StriperGuy Sep 20, 2011 11:49 AM

                  Yah they do fall apart. Glad you liked the flava.

                  1. re: StriperGuy
                    threedogs Sep 20, 2011 01:29 PM

                    Haven't had a chance to write - I tried one a few days ago. Delicious! Yes, they fall apart - I see that as a plus, despite how messy it gets - very flaky. Good call, StriperGuy!

                    On another note, custard buns do NOT travel well. They end up shmooshed in my pocketbook, and when they cool they definitely lose some of the amazing-ness.

                    Therefore, I have decided that when one does not have the time to eat them right there at the Great Taste Bakery, then the only other possible chow-worthy way to consume both is while walking.

                    Another side note: Pho Viet is still, IMO, the best place for bahn mi (although I haven't been to the ones in Dorchester). I bought one that same day that was good, but not great. Had one in C-Town awhile ago that wasn't great. Unfortunately I'm on a super-slow computer right now (watching my grandson) & searching to figure out which one I bought it at is too tirely. Using this laptop is like trying to write a thesis in crayon...

                    Pho Viet
                    1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

                    Great Taste Bakery & Restaurant
                    63 Beach St, Boston, MA

              2. re: gourmaniac
                gourmaniac Sep 9, 2011 01:06 PM

                I guess I'm alone in my meh on Great Taste's portuguese tarts. I grew up with standard egg tarts from Chinese bakeries which I like at Great Taste and usually get these or one of the many other things I like there. OT, I really like their preserved egg and pork congee for breakfast ($1.80).

                Great Taste
                201 Main St, Milford, MA 01757

                1. re: gourmaniac
                  threedogs Sep 9, 2011 04:37 PM

                  OK, now I have a few more things to try there. Never had congee before, so this gives me something totally new to try. too.

                  Ah, it's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it. ;-)

            2. itaunas Sep 9, 2011 12:51 PM

              Dave when I want to eat one fresh baked pastel de nata, I go to Winter Hill Bakery in Somerville who makes their own. If I want 6, the pasteis from Chocolate com Pimenta are superior and depending on the day of the week you can buy them fresh at Central Bakery, Courthouse sometimes (they carry multiple brands), and maybe Fernandes Fish Market in Cambridge. Casal was already inconsistent in 2005 and only has the cafe in Cambridge, so don't know if they are even making the pastries. Central Bakery in Peabody is as good or better than Winter Hill and has a wider selection of pastries (the (co?) owner of Winter Hill won't offer pastel de feijao because she wasn't happy with her baker's product), and the Portuguese Bakery in Lowell is better. I haven't been to Atasca in a while, but I believe they offer the same pasteis as always (and am skeptical they were ever made in house), probably not for $1 though. Visiting Acushnet Ave in New Bedford and the surrounds is worth the gas money, but if you want a local source for an occasional packet of pasteis check around a bit because the bakeries on the South Coast come to us but outside Lowell I can't give you a good source fresh from the oven (how you should really eat them).

              At a Brazilian bakery you will at most find queijadinhas. Chinese bakeries are a decent option -- their tarts are a better substitute and the custard can be better than many Portuguese bakeries (less eggy, not overly sweet), but to me they aren't the same thing. I like a bit of orange liquor, good char on top, and I find the Chinese pastries on the thick side but more consistently crispy -- its a good chinese portugese style tart and often superior pastry, but not a pastel de belem. If you want an inexpensive Chinese bakery that nobody mentions, Sun Guang in Malden Center has a decent version.

              Winter Hill Bakery
              318 Broadway, Somerville, MA

              Fernandes Fish Market
              1097 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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              1. re: itaunas
                threedogs Sep 9, 2011 04:36 PM

                Thanks itaunas for the great write-up. I noticed that Chinese bakery in Malden Square the last time I was over there, but haven't tried it yet.

                1. re: itaunas
                  StriperGuy Sep 9, 2011 04:57 PM

                  The ones at GT lack orange liquor, and are not too sweet, but the filling is the lightest, most delicate morsel. I just love it, but have not compared it to all of the places you mention.

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