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User Reviews and comments on Pain Perdu

From: esme and dawna on Nov-11-2003
Brilliant !! As delightful and delicious as any patisserie in France! A treasure on St. Clair West and a neighborhood gem. Highly recommended tarte a l'oignon and their amazing version of French Toast,... Pain Perdu. be warned...the food is addictive Go early!

From: Clarisse on Apr-30-2004
Easily the best baguettes and croissants in Toronto. Staff are fantastic, but the food is really, really excellent. Try the St.Honore, the Quiche, the Gateau Basque.... Bravo Pain Perdu!

From: Lisa on Jun-03-2004
I recommend the polonaise, aka an almond croissant. They are apparently authentically made from the previous day's croissants, then rebaked with the almond filling. Expensive but delicious! Their baguettes are southern style, and are really tasty. Their pastries can be special-ordered and are taken extremely seriously. They now have brunch and lunch dishes available for eating in. Good luck getting a seat ...

From: Lisa on Jun-03-2004
I recommend the polonaise, aka an almond croissant. They are apparently authentically made from the previous day's croissants, then rebaked with the almond filling. Expensive but delicious! Their baguettes are southern style, and are really tasty. Their pastries can be special-ordered and are taken extremely seriously. They now have brunch and lunch dishes available for eating in. Good luck getting a seat ...

From: Dali on Jan-21-2005
Pain Perdu has the best baguette in town.

From: Liz on Mar-04-2005
I go by this store often for their croissnats are pretty good, abit on the pricy side for students..but hey..a girl needs to indulge sometimes. But the service? You don't have to be a genius to know that the service is crappy. The girl who works there has an attitude like nobody's business. Frankly the food is not out of this world, and I have found bakeries better than this one. I hate that i have to feel bad walking into a store that i am spending MY MONEY on. These days I don't even go to the store..Not worth the emotional drama.

From: Mede on Aug-11-2005
Excellent french toast, eclairs (filled with chocolate) and gateau basque. I will definitely be making a return visit.

From: .... on Aug-26-2005
Hello i just want to say that ur pastries r really good but it's a bit too expensive and they are small for the price

From: goose on Sep-27-2005
I love living next to this place, for sure. I just pray they stay open for many many years to come. FOOD Their pastries are good. This is definitely one of the best pastry places in Toronto, on the par with places like Clafouti and Patachou. I recommend... everything in the store, really. Some things are just good, and some are spectacular. Not a single thing I bought from there has disappointed me yet (and I am lucky to live near-by so I buy a lot from there :)). SERVICE I am surprised to see a comment about "crappy service" and "attitude". I find the people working there to be knowledgeable and friendly. Some are better than others, but I've never had a bad experience with them. And even if the service were bad I'd go there anyway because of the yummies.... Luckily, though, the service is way above average. I do wish they had more of a sitting area and perhaps a few tables outside, but these really are minor points. And they do have a bench outside, I've enjoyed many a croissant there on a weekend morning. :) PRICES Compared with other bakeries of similar class (hint: not the places that sell Dufflet crap and the like), this one actually has very reasonable prices. Yeah, they are not on the cheap side, but cheap North American pastries are revolting and disgusting anyway.

From: mireille on Aug-13-2006
There used to be a Japanese bakery in Toronto called Nakamura Bakery. The style of the cookies, cakes and pastries are very similar. One of the best bakeries in Toronto. It reminds me of the bakeries in Tokyo. French + Japanese = Frappanese style. The croissants are superb -- not overly saturated with butter. They are not greasy or oily in any way. I love everything I've tried here so far!

From: Miyuki Mouse on Sep-10-2006
Mireille: Bakery Nakamura still exists. They moved up to Steeles a while ago to become part of J-Town, a collection of Japanese shops. (Google "J-Town" or "Bakery Nakamura" for info about location.) And their pastries are as good as ever. It's good to hear that Pain Perdu's are similar though, becuase I moved recently and Pain Perdu is much closer to me now than Bakery Nakamura.

From: anpo on Aug-09-2007
My favourite patisserie - I am French so I fully appreciate the good luck we have of having Pain Perdu in town, a bit of a drive for me - 10 minutes, but their croissants heat up perfectly the next day, so youc an buy them at the end of the day - if there are any left.... Their 'cannelle' - like a cinnamon bun is the best ever!

From: Mede on Nov-18-2007
Excellent french toast, eclairs (filled with chocolate) and gateau basque. I will definitely be making a return visit.

From: Lee on Feb-20-2010
Their pastries and croissants are delicious. I was there today and purchased an almond croissant and a chocolate croissant and was grossly overcharged. The almond one was 2.50, the chocolate one 2.20 + 3.00 in taxes! The total came to just a little over $8.00 for two croissants. I complained, but was told that they were taxed. $1.50 tax for one croissant?? They've lost my business. Loblaws chocolate croissants taste better!!

From: Robert on Jun-20-2010
I will not return to this place. Prices are way out of line and portions too small. Better baked goods can be found at Metro supermarkets. AS if that is not bad enough the staff act as if they are doing you a favor by serving you. Overall the place is strong on pretention and short on value.

From: Dan and Ninia on Sep-22-2010
This is our absolutely favourite place for pastries in Toronto. And it is where I take all my European visitors to prove that we can do it just as well in the new world. Funny, I don't think any of them shop at Metro.

From: CR on Jul-13-2011
Their croissants are right up there with the best croissants we've had in France and Quebec City. We love some of their fruit pastries and jams too. Yes, you pay five or ten times as much as for a plastic bag of Loblaws "croissants", but there is a reason. If you cannot afford it, don't go to Pain Perdu because you may get addicted. We have also had one or two excellent breakfasts there. And yes, you may want to double-check your bill - the lovely staff can be a bit sloppy at the cash. If you visit Pain Perdu, please line up from the right; and if you're at a table and want to pay, you also wait in line, s'il vous plait!

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