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Expensive and Ugly looking French Pastries at 'Patisserie La Cigogne!

Yes!! I should have stick to my normal routine and get my French Pastries from Rahier instead!!

However, whats done is done and I can only treat my purchase at La Cigogne as a future warning!!

Since I love fruit tarts and La Cigogne's Pear Sabayon and Apple tart were the only non-berries one available in the vicinity, I bought a couple, even though they looked esthetically unappealing and at $5.95 each, pretty expensive!!

Worse still was the taste! Both pastries were way overly sweet! Ranging from the almond butter shortbread crust to the fruit fillings. To make matters worse they were smothered in excessive sticky syrup. Though the Pear tart was acceptable, the Apple tart was a total disaster!! Mushy apple that has the consistency of apple sauce, it lacked the taste of apple and tasted more like 'prunes'!! A very strong bitter and tannic aftertaste rounded off one of the worse French Pastry experience in a long time!!

I will be heading down to try the new "Mon K Patisserie" on Coxwall next week. Hope the products' worth the drive??!!

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    1. Yo Charles Try the baking at Dolce Minho, 2009 Dufferin St, less than $2 a piece, and tell us what you think.

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      1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

        Wow!! $2 for good pastries?!! Thanks VV!!! I'll find time to discover!

        1. re: Charles Yu

          FYI, Charles, Doce Minho (please note correct spelling if you're looking to google it) is a wonderful Portuguese bakery. So the pastry styles there will be different than a traditional French bakery. They make excellent pasteis de natas and I order their pasteis de bacalhau by the dozens. :o)

          1. re: TorontoJo

            Thanks TorontoJo! Love Portuguese tarts!! Had some pretty nice ones over the years especially in Macau!

            1. re: Charles Yu

              And the address is 2189 Dufferin, halfway between Eglinton and Rogers. It's next to a small park and you can park in the lot across the street.

              1. re: TorontoJo

                Here are my directions. Keep going south on Dufferin. DM is on a south-east corner, I don't now the name of the side street, I do it by feel. DM is across the street from the big park, south side. The small park is north of the big park. You will recognize the place. A big sign says Doce Minho.
                There are a few parking spots on the street beside the building, a couple legal; I usually park on the pavement beside the building.
                Gee, there is actually more legal parking?

                1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                  Yep, there is an entire parking lot directly across from the entrance.

            2. re: TorontoJo

              TorontoJo. I was trying to hide the ball. If it comes from me, it is either cheap or good and usually both.
              My favourite at Doce Minho is the yeast baking- I am from Galicia, which is not quite Portugal. (Fidel Castro and General Franco are fellow Galiczianers)
              Out of curiosity, tell me what you think of their coffee. I don't drink coffee, just snort the grind.

              1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                Sorry, I don't drink coffee, so haven't tried it.

                I also like the sugared yeast doughnuts there and the various Portuguese breads.

                1. re: TorontoJo

                  Oh , TorontoJo , do you remember, when we were young, Nova
                  Estoril Bakery on College west of Grace? Before they went bankrupt because all the foodies and writers were engrossed with Ace Bakery?

                  1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                    Not specifically Nova Estoril, but I certainly had my fair share of Portuguese bakery sampling over the years. In the 90s, my Portuguese in-laws' "go to" bakery was Nova Era. But I prefer Doce Minho over Nova Era in general.

                    If you haven't tried Seara Bakery on Keele, you should check it out. Mostly because it's also right next door to Churrasqueira Estrela, which has some of the best Portuguese churrasco chicken in town.

        2. Oh!! Just found an apple core embedded inside the tart!!
          Way to go!! No wonder its bitter!
          And just in case the pastry chef is reading this, apple core/seed is poisonous!!!!

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          1. re: Charles Yu

            while your experience is a shame for a bakery that i used to enjoy the alarmist nature of your final comment is unnecessary. it takes a significantly greater amount of seeds than is in one core or even a handful of cores to be an issue for cyanide poisoning.

            1. re: pinstripeprincess

              Still! For a French and Swiss trained pastry chef to leave a whole apple core with seeds inside an apple tart is inexcusable! IMO!

              1. re: Charles Yu

                that isn't the point that i'm commenting on. it would be an amazing feat to leave the core without the seeds. i might have applauded that possibility.

                1. re: Charles Yu

                  Maybe Lenotre wasn't slicing apples that day, or it was his day off.

                  1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                    If Lenotre Paris sells an apple tart with core and seed inside, they will be on TV!!

                    1. re: Charles Yu

                      This ain't Paree. Haven't you figured it out?

                      The substantial question is, what kind of apples they use, and in June. Sometimes it is better to forget apples and figure out what you can do that's good with pineapple- reasonably good ones are available. Or prunes.

              2. re: Charles Yu

                Although a few apple seeds is harmless, there could have been presence of mold in the apple core depending on the apple used. The rest of the apple would have otherwise appeared fine. No valid excuse for presence of apple core in the tart at that price point.

                1. re: Entore

                  "No valid excuse for presence of apple core in the tart at that price point."
                  Exactly!!

              3. Never get the tarts there. Their croissants, however are the best, but stick to plain or savoury.

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                1. re: LexiFirefly

                  Ref: Croissants
                  IMO, in that area, croissants from Thobors, Jules, Rahier or La Cigogne are all pretty good. Hard to pick a 'best'?!!

                  1. re: Charles Yu

                    please, try Cafe Olya Micro-Bakery in Cabbagetown. I value your opinion on this board and would love your take on it. Limited hours, tiny selection for a low-volume clientele, but each one made by hand, with love, by the proprietor/owner, who has no assistant and does everything herself. See my thread encouraging people to try it....best seasonal ingredients, real flavours rather than cheap sugary ones, perfect textures.

                  2. re: LexiFirefly

                    I've only tried a croissant at their Danforth location, and I did enjoy it...haven't tried anything else so can't speak for the tarts or other baked goods.

                  3. I live in the Coxwell/Cosburn area and headed up to the Mon K Patisserie two weeks ago (during their soft opening). I had an Earl Grey macaron. The texture of the shell was very good and the filling was a little buttery, not overpowering. Personally, I prefer a Yuzu filling, but I would go back to try something else.