Life After Tournayre
- Richard Oct 26, 2003 09:25 AM
Took advantage of a rainy morning to explore other options en famille in the wake of Tournayre's closing.
BONJOUR BRIOCHE- This was always a favorite. We just came to prefer Tournayre. Good crosisants, nice pain au chocolat and a fine assortment of savoury goods, like a tomato, goat cheese basil tart. Crowded, but friendly.
RAHIER- First visit. Very disappointed. Atmosphere a bit "Soup Nazi", and all 3 types of croissant sampled were nicely flaky but lacking in real flavor or depth.
FLEURDELYS - Bright, (almost TOO bright),cheerful, not very crowded. Excellent almond croissants and sugared brioche. Alas, no Savouries.
What I miss most about the departure of Tournayre is the fact that their wonderful quiches were always available in the AM. (The pear, bacon, blue cheese will haunt me.....)
I think we will happily return to Bonjour Brioche, while still lamenting the passing of Tournayre. Maybe they will surface somewhere else....???????
Try Pain Perdu on St. Clair W. at Rushton, just west of Christie -- very good croissants, outstanding lemon tartes and definitive gateau basque. The quiches are OK, best seems to be Lorraine and an onion/olive tarte. It's small, so you won't find everything available first thing in the morning.
I too mourn the recent loss of Tournayre - not just the food but the bustling atmosphere and spoken french over brunch on a Sunday morning - in a space so cramped you couldn't help but meet others of the same creed.
I understand the owners also owned the building and considered purchasers on the basis of their plans.
The sign in the window indicates that a Viennese version of the former business will be appearing soon.
The former owners have retreated back to France - I can only thank them for the brief and genuine respite they brought us from the similar but more mundane efforts in Toronto.
I like Clafouti, which is a few doors down from Chippy's @ Bathurst and Queen West. Never been disapointed there. Last I remember the have, butter croissant, chocolate, fig, cinnamon, chocolate almond.. maybe a few more i can't remember.