Thobor’s Boulangerie Patisserie Café has a butter license. How fun is that? I think I would almost choose a butter license over a driver’s license, although I am sure the police wouldn’t agree if I produced it after getting pulled over. Still, that alone is enough to make it a top contender when choosing where to eat in Toronto.
This charming little café and patisserie is located on Mount Pleasant Avenue, just south of Eglinton in Davisville Village and is a popular spot for an afternoon break. The butter license means that the croissants and pastry cream at Thobor’s are made with Belgian butter, which has a higher fat, and lower water content than our Canadian butter. Higher fat equals more flavour. The results are sublimely delicious.
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Owners Sylvie and Marc Thobor bought the café in 2008. They had previously emigrated from France with their family so that Marc could take up a position as the master baker when it was Le Comptoir de Célestin, the bakery for the popular French restaurant next door. French people don’t mess around when it comes to bread and croissants. You will get the real thing here.
The Thobors have three children and a dog. Mom, Sylvie who is the pastry chef and chocolatier, had some tips on what the popular items are. “For an afternoon coffee, a lot of people love the flourless chocolate cake, an almond croissant or an apricot Danish. My five-year-old, Marcsy would recommend anything chocolate – her favourite is the chocolate chip bread.”
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My favourite goods here are the croissants. I like them best plain but have been known to devour the almond and chocolate ones too. The combination of Marc and Sylvie’s skills and the Belgian butter results in a flaky, buttery, delight that will have you finger-licking every last crumb off your plate. The brewed coffee is hot and delicious and will make your next trip to Starbucks ultra-disappointing. Just looking at the breads will transport your brain on a mini-holiday to Paris.
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The croissants and bread are fresh-baked daily and are still warm if you get there in the morning. There is also a gorgeous variety of cakes, pastries, tarts and quiches for your next weekend brunch party. To convince the kids to sit politely while you sip your coffee, you could bribe them with a trip to Mastermind Toys, just a few doors up. There aren’t a lot of tables so you may not always get a seat. Don’t turn around and leave empty handed though! You will have croissant regret.
Check out Sylvie’s blog here to see photos of her latest pastry creations. Yum!
Thobor’s Boulangerie Patisserie Café
627 Mt Pleasant Road, Toronto, 416-544-1733