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Nov 25, 2011 09:14 PM

Swiss Bakery

I dropped by there for the first time today as I happened to be in the area. Seemed to recall reading here that their croissants are pretty darn good, so I ordered a chocolate one. Plus a steamed vanilla milk. The croissant was cold, almost lumpy in places and what precious little chocolate was buried inside was but a teeny stick. Total disappointment ! Costco croissants are better. Way better.

I sought consolation from the milk. It was already lukewarm (about 2 mins after getting it).

The young Asian girl working behind the counter seemed like a last-minute sub for whoever's usually on duty, as she was molasstically (my word to describe Tim Hortons service) slow and pretty much clueless.

Not impressed. Did I miss something ? An off-day for them ?

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  1. Formulaic baked goods of the dreariest often prefrozen variety has been my experience-always over priced & over rated but it does have it's fan base-as does Timmy Ho's.

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      I go there just for the scones (cheese for me, cranberry for the SO). Never been disappointed and find them well priced at less than $2 a pop. Half of one is a good morning snack, and they freeze quite nicely. I pre-order them by the dozen and they are often still warm when I pick them up.

      1. re: grayelf

        Sorry to go OT but has anyone tried the scones at Save on Meats - not bad @ $1.75 for two

      2. re: Sam Salmon

        So not all their items are made in-house ?

        I did notice the cheese breadsticks looking rather like those you see at Safeway.

      3. I buy their San Francisco Sourdough. Probably my favourite widely available loaf of bread in the city. Other than that, not familiar with their product line.

        1. I order their rolls and buns; they are consistently good for my purposes. As a walk-in bakery, this is not my favourite. Must give a shout-out for the white chocolate cherry squares. Service has been inconsistent, and my order has been completely messed up twice in three years. But I happen to like the ficelle, baguette, and a couple of the loaves.

          1. It's a case of knowing what a place is good for. For me, I love their organic baguettes. I buy them frozen/partially baked and finish them off at home. Crusty with a tangy, flavourful, aromatic interior. I had some yesterday with 5-year aged cheddar and Central City Red Racer ESB. Awesome. Their german-style pretzels are also good. Can't say much about their other stuff.

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            1. re: flowbee

              Yeah. Pretzels and yeasted breads are good. Croissants and fancy stuff are not.

              1. re: fmed

                Weird coincidence today: I finally got a chance to eat lunch at T Tearoom on 10th. Had a hearty and delicious chicken salad "panino" on v. nice bread. When I asked where they sourced their loaves, the response was Swiss Bakery! I believe the loaf had the word oats in the name (shoulda written it down, my bad). Also had some excellent leek and spud soup. I think this place is going into the lunch rotation... they also have both sweet and savoury crepes, and the desserts I've tried previously were all spot on.

                1. re: grayelf

                  Swiss Bakery also makes the ciabatta buns for Meat & Bread in Gastown :) Crusty and almost crunchy.

                  Swiss Bakery
                  143 E 3rd Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T, CA

                  1. re: flowbee

                    Guess I just need to know what SB is good at and get those.

                    1. re: flowbee

                      Ooooh, I do quite like the ciabatta at M&B. Thanks for the tip, flowbee. And LR, I find that to be the case with every bakery. There is a bakery in town where I only like one cake but I will drive across town to get it.