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Swiss Bakery

LotusRapper Nov 25, 2011 09:14 PM

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 ?

  1. Sam Salmon Nov 25, 2011 09:40 PM

    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
      grayelf Nov 25, 2011 10:14 PM

      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
        Philx Nov 25, 2011 10:40 PM

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

      2. re: Sam Salmon
        LotusRapper Nov 25, 2011 10:46 PM

        So not all their items are made in-house ?

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

      3. peter.v Nov 26, 2011 12:18 AM

        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. KarenDW Nov 26, 2011 01:01 AM

          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. flowbee Nov 26, 2011 08:29 AM

            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
              fmed Nov 26, 2011 09:44 AM

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

              1. re: fmed
                grayelf Nov 27, 2011 12:53 AM

                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
                  flowbee Nov 27, 2011 09:09 AM

                  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
                    LotusRapper Nov 27, 2011 09:28 AM

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

                    1. re: flowbee
                      grayelf Nov 27, 2011 08:34 PM

                      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.

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