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Colette - Thompson Hotel

Grabbed a quick lunch from the cafe today. Place looks great!

The tuna baguette is seriously delicious with olives, capers, egg slices and tomato. The baguette was much too chewy for such a sandwich though. There was no way to manage without the filling squishing out everywhere! A tweak is needed for this bread to be used for sandwiches.

The chocolate rye cookies on the other hand are absolutely perfect! The type of cookie I call a brownie cookie. Crisp shell, soft moist inside. This one is very chocolatey and delicate. An amazing cookie!

Excellent Americano too.

Great selection of pastries and breads. I can't wait to go back...tomorrow.

WOW! The competition in the neighbourhood is really heating up!

Don't hesitate kwass!! Bring your appetite!

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  1. I've been dying to try this place justsayn! I was going to go on Monday, but they were closed for the holiday. I'm going to go next week for sure and will definitely report back :)

    1. A baguette has chew, which is why the sandwich components are managed in terms of the bread (at least in France). If the bread is actually good (which is exceedingly rare in Toronto), then why would you want worse bread just to accommodate the sandwich fillings?

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      1. BTW justsayn, did you go back today?

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        1. re: kwass

          Yes of course! ;-)

          Another solid Americano. The chocolate rye cookies are cheaper in bags of 6 than they are singly so watch for that. The cookies were fresh yesterday and because sales are predictably slow, I wonder how long the cookies will sit?

          I bought a seeded sourdough and it was wonderfully dense and tasty. I liked that the seeds were throughout and not just baked on top.

          They didn't have sandwiches out yet when I went at 10:30.

          Lots of tasty looking treats kwass! And super friendly staff.

          1. re: justsayn

            Sounds great! Thanks justsayn! I'm really looking forward to checking it out!

            1. re: kwass

              It's so close to me I'm afraid to find out more! : P

        2. Had croissant on sat and it was better than the ones from Nadege. Also had the veggie and turkey baguettes and the bread was perfectly crispy and chewy. They use unpasteurized cheeses in some of the sandwiches which unfortunately is off limits for me right now but the veggie one was fine. At least they were able to tell me which was much appreciated! Can't wait to go back for lunch or supper!

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          1. re: cutehinano

            Somebody else told me that the croissants are better than Nadege. That's high praise!

            1. re: cutehinano

              I want to go every morning for a continental breakfast and the New York Times! A superior set up over Scarpetta.

              1. re: justsayn

                You're too funny justsayn! Can you tell me a little more about some of the other pastries they have?

                1. re: kwass

                  So much and I didn't want to tempt myself, but I noticed the following.

                  Let's see...chocolate chip brownie squares, macarons, granola by the bag, fresh plums, delicious looking quiche - 3 types, savoury tartlettes, awesome looking profiteroles and puff pastry type stuff. There were those fruit n cream individual round dessert cakes. I think I saw mini madeleines.

                  The croissants looked properly sized and promisingly authentic. As well I noticed chocolate croissants.

                  1. re: justsayn

                    Enough said! I'm all over it ;)

                    1. re: kwass

                      I think we could start a pastry jog thru king/queen west!

                      1. re: justsayn

                        That sounds like the perfect day :)

              2. re: cutehinano

                My French stick wasn't crisp so that already sounds like an improvement. Plus it sounds like you had the proper chew for great bread! Can't wait to try the tuna again!

              3. Went back today for the tuna since seeing cutehinano's comment and the bread was indeed much better than my first experience. Crackly crust, but not too much where the crust separates or flies like shrapnel everywhere, and just the right chew to highlight the fresh bread.

                Love the salty briny sandwich as it isn't overkill even with the fish, olives and capers!

                Some different tarts on display today kwass and I noticed that the cookie bags were re-stocked. Correction from earlier; 4 in a bag, not 6.

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                1. re: justsayn

                  I wonder how often they add new pastries? Is it the type of place you have to go to every few days to see what's new?

                  1. re: Sadistick

                    Can I sit down and enjoy the Americano and croissant? or it is a take-out place only?

                    1. re: ace123

                      You can eat there. Nice to sit outside too.

                      1. re: justsayn

                        Thanks.
                        I went for lunch in the restaurant and found it very enjoyable. Beautiful place, good service and nice food.
                        After lunch, I got an Americano and a dessert from the bakery too.

                        1. re: ace123

                          What was the dessert that you got?

                          1. re: kwass

                            It was the cherry and pistachio verbano (sp?,) like a mousse cake. It's very light, pretty good size for sharing.
                            The croissant was crispy layers on the outside, soft inside. Not very oily but still buttery. So good.
                            I also had the lemon sea-shell-shaped pastry. Pretty good too, but the sweetest of the 3.

                            Now it's a hard choice for me to make when I'm in the area, Bar Buca or Colette?

                            1. re: ace123

                              Sounds soooo good!! Can't wait to go tomorrow!

                              As for Bar Buca vs. Colette's, you probably can't go wrong with either! Bar Buca rocks!