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Golden Wheat

Posted by Emily Thomas / Posted on April 11, 2009

Golden WheatTo me, the name Golden Wheat is evocative of home made, salt of the earth, old world goodness. On a really sunny spring day, my roommate Alyssa and I are sauntering through Little Italy, full of belly-filling pizza but still feeling a craving for dessert. Recalling a vague memory of excellent grilled cheese from Golden Wheat (the bread was extra rich, somehow), we decided to pop inside, hoping the coffee and sweets were equally good.

Golden WheatOn this particular day, light was pouring through the windows and over everything, especially the metal chairs (which got really hot) and the pastries, which made them look very... yellow and earthy, warm and delicious. They had a huge shelf of crusty looking loaves and baguettes, those Easter breads with an egg baked inside and, curiously, a few loaves of Wonderbread.

Golden Wheat"Mmm their bread is so good," Alyssa says to herself, but orders a slice of pudding instead ($3.00). It comes to our table thinly drizzled with caramel. It is cold and milky and comes apart in clean, smooth pieces with the slightest skin.

Golden WheatI'm enticed by many things. There are tons of gigantic flake pastries filled with cream and custard, huge Danishes and thick, bready slices of cake. I eye the rum balls. I'm not even sure that I'm in the mood for a rum ball but I can never help myself once I see one. So I get one of those ($1.25). There is also a jar of little tarts, labeled simply, "miniatures" in interesting flavours like "orange" and "beer". I choose a beer-flavoured tart ($1.25). It has the consistency of a macaroon with a moist sweetness concentrated in a dense, sugary base. The upper crust is flaky and slight. I can't taste the beer, but that's okay, it's delicious.

Golden Wheat

Golden Wheat
We both get a coffee and they come miniature as well, a good three or four sips. I'm not too happy about it because they're regularly priced ($1.29) and not particularly strong. But since they're accompanying some excellent baked goods, I can let it go. Next time I'll get an espresso.

Golden Wheat

Golden Wheat

Golden Wheat

Golden Wheat

Golden Wheat

Photos by Alyssa Bistonath.

Discussion

8 Comments

jamesmallon / April 12, 2009 at 08:54 am
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Get the Portuguese egg tarts, with the carmelized tops!
Richard S / April 12, 2009 at 09:37 am
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I love their Coffee. Imagine the complete opposite of a burnt-beyond-belief Starbucks cup and its what you'll get. I haven't been there in a while, though, so I hope nothing's changed :D
Paul / April 13, 2009 at 09:49 am
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They have great pizza dough as well - $1.50 or so per bag.
April / April 13, 2009 at 10:23 pm
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Seriously? I have been underwhelmed by everything I have bought from this place. I have had a bunch of different sweet treats from there and think they have all been sub par. The only thing they get point (granted, lots of points) for is that they are one of the few non-restaurant, non-bar places that are open late in the area. If there was an alternative to grab a small sweet treat & coffee late at night I would choose it.

Even without increasing the quality of the food, this place would be SO much better, particularly as a late night place to grab a dessert/coffee if they did something with the lighting/decor/general ambiance. There is lots of seating but it is not an inviting place to stay.
Somechick / April 14, 2009 at 02:44 pm
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It's not "a slice of pudding". That desert is called "creme caramel"!!!!! Know your deserts! First it's a Jewish style bakery selling "short bread" LOL and now a portuguese places selling Pudding!!!! hahah. Secondly I find most of the pastries in portuguese bakeries sub-par because the do not use butter in the pastry dough. Instead they use margarine which creates a gummy cardboard like texture.

This place has good bread though.
miri / April 27, 2009 at 10:25 pm
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There's a huge difference between this portugese bakery and Jack's bakery [also reviewed in your blog}not just in variety but almost twice as much displayed ...only Jack's can seriously say its old school portugese style bakery{check thier bread out] the rest are just cafe's selling coffee and a few good sweets and desserts
alex / January 30, 2013 at 04:26 pm
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a friend of mine used to work at this location and had to leave because of all the harrasment that the boss gave her over not speaking Portuguese. The girls that work there are beyond nice and will get you whatever you need, as long as during rush hour(lunch time)you have a little patience, because there are only 3 girls allowed to work at once, and the boss just sits downstairs watching them struggle and barely come up to help. the pastries and bread are very good, but the bosses father spends all day smoking downstairs where everything is being cooked and prepared even though it says no smoking all over the building.
Bird / June 23, 2013 at 03:13 pm
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They got the best Nata's (custards) egg that are caramelized on top, try it with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top yummy ; could down 10 of those eazy..

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