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Where can I buy reasonably priced, delicious Portugese custard tarts

Montreal_eater Feb 18, 2012 08:25 AM

I've always loved this little crusty egg tarts in the restos, but have never bought them at the bakery. Now I would like to purchase at at least a few dozen for an event, but if they are going to cost $1 or over, it would blow the budget.

Any recommendations on the best value and delicious tarts in town? I live on the South Shore, but will go a reasonable distance into Montreal, the East end, etc.


  1. SnackHappy Feb 18, 2012 08:37 AM

    Bela Vista on Papineau should do the trick. IMHO they make the best pastéis de nata in town.


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      Montreal_eater Feb 18, 2012 09:15 AM

      I just phoned them. $15.60 per dozen. Anyone know of a less expensive alternative, albeit still delicious? Thanks for the recommendation Snackhappy, I would be looking for a happy medium if possible.

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      1. re: Montreal_eater
        BarackHObama Feb 18, 2012 09:27 AM

        they generally cost $1-1.50 each. Search for natas on the board - there are many threads on this.

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        mangoannie Feb 18, 2012 09:54 AM

        I dont think you can find good ones at the price you want but $1.50 is still a bargain compared to French tartlettes, some of the pastry shops in little portugal have passed on from portuguese families but Helene Loureiro recommended one on corner Rachel and Marie-Anne but I couldnt catch the name, it is at 7:57 min. (her resto makes their own)


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        1. re: mangoannie
          BarackHObama Feb 18, 2012 09:56 AM

          there are often natas on sale at SA on st urbain and villeneuve - 6 for $3.50 but they are understandably not the freshest

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            BarackHObama Feb 18, 2012 09:56 AM

            also PA has cheap ones

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          manuela Feb 19, 2012 11:11 PM

          Supermarche PA has Natas on sale this week at 6 for 5$ . I would also call Patisserie Notre-Dame Du Rosaire (227 Rue Rachel E :514-843-6668)

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          1. re: manuela
            BarackHObama Feb 20, 2012 07:34 AM

            even though they are cheap, they're not v. good at PA

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            jay_81k Feb 20, 2012 08:09 AM

            Ramados has good ones for under 1$ each

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              Whygee Feb 20, 2012 02:05 PM

              My Portuguese friend recommends Anges gourmets on Saint-Laurent. They are great but I don't know the price.

              1. wokhei Feb 20, 2012 02:36 PM

                I'm really fond of a little place on des Pins, east of st laurent. Believe they're a dollar a piece. Portuguese bakery before you hit St Denis.

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                1. re: wokhei
                  BarackHObama Feb 20, 2012 02:43 PM

                  same here but i thought they closed down

                  can you confirm that it is still open?

                  1. re: wokhei
                    SnackHappy Feb 20, 2012 04:16 PM

                    That place was Bela Vista, but it's been closed for a while. The one on Papineau is still open. See my first post.

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                    michaelmas Feb 20, 2012 04:56 PM

                    I can't remember how much they cost, but I've always liked the natas at Patisserie Forcier on Jarry, just east of St-Denis. If you're coming from the south shore by car parking shouldn't be too hard - and they might offer a deal if you're buying in quantity.

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                    1. re: michaelmas
                      CallAnyVegetable Mar 17, 2012 01:09 PM

                      Yes they are great at Forcier. Forcier also carries chouriço bread rolls and those mind-blowing cream-filled sugared donuts.

                      They're nice also one street corner to the south, I can't remember the name of the place, corner of Villeray and Lajeunesse.

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                      Fabulous1977 Feb 21, 2012 04:48 AM

                      Bela Vista is the only way to go. The pastry has to be flaky and crispy, and not many stores are able to achieve that cripsiness (and freshness).

                      The custard has a delicate lemon fragance. Once you try the "real" pastéis de nata, you`ll find every other ones as cheap imitations.

                      Source: I'm portuguese

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                      1. re: Fabulous1977
                        Montreal_eater Feb 21, 2012 10:36 AM

                        I'll be trying out these suggestions for my own enjoyment. Thanks for the comments, very useful.

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                        neilmcg Feb 22, 2012 11:08 AM

                        Coco Rico has the real thing too. St Laurent & Napoleon

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                        1. re: neilmcg
                          ios94 Mar 10, 2012 11:04 AM

                          I just noticed a Portuguese bakery on St Laurent just north of Jean Talon (1 or 2 blocks north, can't remember). Was driving by and missed the name, I assume it's new. Does anyone have feedback on this place?

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                            OliverB Mar 11, 2012 05:11 PM

                            Is Coco Rico even Portugese though??

                            I remember them serving good custard tarts but are they even comparable to the other Portugese rotisseries that do them?

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