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Leah's

Posted by Amanda DiPasquale / Posted on April 25, 2010

Leah's TorontoLeah's bakery is black, white and sweet all over. Opened for just 9 weeks, it's a quaint space with lots of bright light and charm. With limited seating and no WiFi, it's more of an in-and-out kind of place. Little touches such as hand written place cards, and a large framed photo of Julia Child are inviting.

Leah's BiscottiOwner Leah Kalish is famous for her biscotti. They are sold all across the city including Pusateri's. Needless to say, I had to try one. I chose the chocolate almond biscotti ($1.25) to see what all the fuss was about. I wasn't disappointed. It was the perfect mix of soft and crunchy, insomuch that I didn't need to dip it in my cappuccino ($3.00) but I did anyway. All coffee such as a latte ($3.00) or espresso ($1.75) comes in recyclable paper cups and there is no extra charge for special milk.

Leah's CoffeeCory tried the peanut butter chocolate rice crispy squares ($1.25) and he raved. Lastly, we split a carrot pecan muffin ($2.25) with a dollop of cream cheese icing that was both nutty and creamy. There are also many gluten-free options and the biscotti are lactose free. Beyond desserts, Leah's offers savory snacks such as chicken and vegetable samosas ($1.75) and hand cut fresh chips ($6.50).

Leah's BrowniesPopular customer favourites include Dulce de Leche cheesecake ($5.00) and orange muffins ($2.25). Unique desserts offered range from lollipop sugar cookies ($1.25) to Bake Your Own Molten Lava Cakes ($4.50).

Leah's CookiesLeah has been catering and wholesaling for 20 years. All desserts are baked in-house and she offers catering for pastry, wedding cakes, holiday baking and parve baking. Leah is bubbly with bunches of curly hair and a boisterous personality. She explains how people have been sending their gratitude to her for bringing this little bakery to the St. Clair street corner.

Leah's BakeryThe response has been nothing short of amazing, she says. I know the next time my cappuccino is lonely; I may have to scour the city for Leah's biscotti. Next on my list: lemon poppy seed.

Leah's Bakery TorontoLeah's Menu

Photos by Cory Vanderploeg

Discussion

17 Comments

ct / April 26, 2010 at 09:36 am
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This review just made my mouth water! You sold me at molten lava cake
jlt / April 26, 2010 at 11:57 am
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is it just me, or is it difficult to see where exactly this cafe is?
Miranda / April 26, 2010 at 12:26 pm
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It is located on the south side of the street at the corner of St. Clair West and Wychwood Ave.
Sean / April 26, 2010 at 02:20 pm
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You sold me on the fudge!
Bubba Luv / April 26, 2010 at 05:42 pm
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Nice little shop, been their easy to find just a about a block east of Christie on St. Clair., good biscotti try the poppy seed, nice little quiet store front, good service and clean as you can see in the pic's. I tried the choco pecan butter tarts very good had them with a latte. Yummy!
Ms. Rose / April 27, 2010 at 10:49 am
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Wow! I better get my butt over there!
Those biscotti look incredible!!

Agatha / April 28, 2010 at 01:40 am
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It's nice to see the long awaited signs of revival in my neighbourhood. I haven't been to Leah's yet, but I will come by soon!
ali / October 1, 2010 at 10:21 am
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I was wondering if you hire co-op students.
Please get back to me.


Thanks,

Alicia Fricker
MelodySoul / January 8, 2011 at 12:12 pm
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I was excited when this bakery opened up because it's in my neighbourhood and although it's very cute and the owner is nice I found the treats my husband and I chose(a churro and peanut butter chocolate rice krispy square) to be almost inedible quite honestly. Maybe it was our selections, or just an off day? I would try Leah's again perhaps just to see but I'm pretty hesitant.
misstdot / January 12, 2011 at 01:37 pm
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You had me at the pic of the buttertart. The crust better be flaky!!
stephen / March 11, 2011 at 10:54 pm
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Walking in the cold months of our winter here on the streets of Toronto, I pass a little store front bakery named 'Leah's'
I stop for some treats, I've returned for more and will make this my neighborhood bakery of fine sweet treats.
Always nice to support the neighborhood.
Ezra / June 19, 2011 at 12:15 am
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Every corner on every street in every city needs a Leah's. And if not, just open a single one in Montreal, please.
kevin ransome / September 26, 2011 at 10:19 pm
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are they hiring?
Meredith / March 26, 2012 at 08:13 pm
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Stopped by Leah's for the first time yesterday. Was terribly disappointed. The shortbread is overly oily/buttery with an odd aftertaste & the pastry for the butter tarts was over cooked & tough. The filling was meh.

Wont return.
St. Clair West Community / August 20, 2012 at 02:33 pm
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Leah is located in our neighbourhood (St. Clair West Community):


https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/St-Clair-West-Community/182855901816744
cindy replying to a comment from Meredith / January 26, 2013 at 11:50 am
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The shortbread was buttery.. Good Shortbread should be buttery, you fool.

Now that shows me just how much you know about baked goods.

I personally haven't tried leah's yet but I look forward to popping by in the future. I just get so annoyed when people make stupid comments about things they have no knowledge of.
Meredith / December 20, 2013 at 04:09 pm
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The cashier wasn't friendly at all, zero for customer service. I bought the baked goods and found them to be lacking in taste. Good to look at but not good to eat. First & LAST time!

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