I purchased 3 empanadas, a mini quiche and a spinach/cheese poche from Belle’s Bakery on Dupont today.
The vegetarian empanada (mushroom and potato) and poche I tried were not good. Grit in the vegetarian empanada. Pastry in both the empanada and poche tasted freezer stale. I ate the filling and discarded the pastry in the poche and empanada.
The chorizo empanada, which contained Mexican chorizo and olives, was fair.
I haven’t tried the mini quiche or chicken empanada yet.
Yeah they have gone down a lot in quality and have jacked up the prices. I was OK with them as they were one of the few bakeries nearby that were OK (during the start of pandemic they were new as well) I haven’t returned in ages.
I had a larger order at St John’s bakery today.
The brioche and scones were still warm as just out of the oven warmth which is great. Their brioche is one of the best in the city and the other breads are well liked. Also recommended is their shortbread cookies when they have them
We finally made it to Emmer on Saturday for lunch. Waited about 15 minutes in line and then ate on their open-air patio (the closed patio is really an indoor space in terms of ventilation). Everything was fabulous and we took home some granola to sample later.
Thinly sliced mortadella, creamy stracciatella, greens, and pistachio pistou on chewy bread. Quite lovely, though would have been elevated with a bit of contrasting acid (maybe pickles or a sharper cheese). The mortadella sandwich at Bar Piquette remains the one to beat.
Apparently au pain dore has opened shop in Toronto. I enjoyed their stuff for the last min grab and go traveling back from Montreal. Also on UberEATS which saves me a trip
Two locations for now https://atelier.aupaindore.com/en/our-products/