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Nadege Patisserie (Rosedale)

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on June 16, 2011

Nadege RosedaleNadege Patisserie may be the second Toronto pastry shop for chef Nadege Nourian, but she says this one--not her original West Queen West location--fulfils a lifelong dream.

Nadege Rosedale"A pure boutique," she says, standing in her new shop in Rosedale. "That is the real accomplishment for pastry chefs. This is the dream."

Nadege RosedaleUnlike the Nadege Patisserie on Queen near Trinity Bellwooods Park, the Nadege on Yonge doesn't serve coffee. There are no seats, just a few sandwich options, and little space to lounge around. The focus here is solely on the art of the baked good and hand-made chocolate, expertly prepared by Nadege, a fourth-generation pastry chef from Lyon, France.

Nadege RosedaleNadege Patisserie on Yonge looks more like a high-end jewellery boutique than a pastry shop. Exposed brick and painted grey walls leave all the colour to the treats in the boxed glass displays. There are 12 flavours of French macarons ($2.10) including Salted Caramel, Rose, Pistachio and Mojito, as well as tarts, cakes, croissants, a few sandwiches, and delicate square chocolates ($2.50) made with Vahlrhona chocolate.

Nadege Rosedale"We make the chocolates here now," Nadege tells me. "The baking is done at Queen, and then we bring things over very early in the morning."

Nadege RosedaleEverything here seems picture perfect. The raspberries in the raspberry tart are ruby red, the croissants are a perfect golden brown, and the macarons are all intact, arranged in rows for eyes of admiration. Of course, I don't leave it just to my eyes, and try out a Salted Caramel macaron, as well as a Cassis. The Salted Caramel seems to melt in my mouth after the slight crunch of the meringue, and the Cassis has a great, sweet filling, and intense colour.

Nadege Rosedale"A pastry kitchen, in France, is actually called a Laboratoire," Nadege tells me as she explains her baking methods. "Baking is very much a science. You have to understand the chemistry of ingredients. Sometimes, I will do things over two or three times just to make sure I get it right."

Nadege Rosedale"I have been doing this for years," she continues, "in some of the best places in Europe. Now, I'm just so happy to finally have this place."

Nadege RosedaleAnd based on the number of ins and outs I observe during my quick visit, it seems the Rosedale community is happy to have this place too.

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19 Comments

Hazel / June 16, 2011 at 01:33 pm
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Nadege is to die for! My eyes are watering just reading this...
Johnny / June 17, 2011 at 03:14 pm
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Man, the girl there in the pic with long black hair and bright red lipstick was at Queen I think. So pretty yet so cold. I wish she'd warm up to me!
Paul / June 18, 2011 at 04:27 pm
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I first saw Nadege going up at Queen West Location. And I was skeptical at first,... oh boy, was I wrong! This place is to die for! I would say, these shops are one of Toronto's finest. Great job!
Angie / June 20, 2011 at 04:06 pm
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Can't wait to stop by this location which is more convenient for me more often - I find the Macarons are a tellement jolie hostess gift!
Bonnie Lui / July 10, 2011 at 09:44 pm
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I was enjoying the beautiful Sunday afternoon and stopped by the Queen St. West location for an afternoon snack. I had a very savory prosciutto sandwich and a mango puree coconut tart. When I left, I also picked up 6 macarons for an evening treat (salted caramel, mijito, vanilla, rose, blackberry choco, hazelnut). I had a splendid time and the macarons are definitely one of the best in Toronto!
Jenn / September 19, 2011 at 11:50 pm
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These aren't just the best macaroons in Toronto, I think they're the best in the world. I live in New York and have tried all of the best spots here and in Paris and nothing compares to Nadege in my opinion.
Scott / November 23, 2011 at 08:18 pm
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We are lucky to have a chef of this calibre in TO. Nadege is THE best.
Y / February 3, 2012 at 07:43 am
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If you are in Woodbridge check out Patisserie V Marie. WWW.flckr.com/photos/patisserievmarie
Queen V / June 9, 2012 at 08:42 pm
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I've been to the one on Queen, love their design very simple and modern.
I've tried their macarons, raspberry tarts, and also the chocolate danish and croissant.
The macarons were good for their price, however their size varied greatly some here huge and some were very small. I would recommend the salted caramel. The raspberry tart were very fresh, but I found the danish and croissant to be average. Definitely a great choice for a little refreshment in the afternoon. Q.V
Walt D. / August 14, 2012 at 05:41 pm
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The macarons I bought are just ok, too dry for my liking. Service was pretty bad and overly over priced.
macarons / August 16, 2012 at 05:20 pm
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Their mojito macaron is to die for. Light and flavourful. Pricey but the best in the city.
Lilian / September 5, 2012 at 11:03 am
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I have frequently visited this patisserie since it opened last summer and i must say it is always just marvellous. There are many patisseries/boulangeries in the neighbourhood but this one holds something special, and i do believe its the details the store holds. Food, service and experience are all impeccable.

Laylalu / October 20, 2012 at 12:09 pm
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I absolutely love this place!! its one of my favourites if i could, i'd come here everyday!
Charlie Nguyen / April 19, 2013 at 03:24 pm
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I don't understand why this places has gotten that much positive reviews. I have recently made a visit ; and a part from fancy decoration its products are not that good. The croissant is small and dry , the macaroons are heavily sweet, and the price is sky high. I understand that this is supposed to be a high-end place, but get your products to match your status at least.
Marek W replying to a comment from Charlie Nguyen / April 20, 2013 at 03:31 pm
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I agree with you Charlie! I've had most of the macarons in TO and these always disappoint. Surly and egocentric staff, all macarons too sweet and tasting the same, very disappointing.
Marek W / April 20, 2013 at 03:35 pm
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I find Nadege to be a great disappointment. Overly sweet, so sweet that it almost hurts my teeth, fillings lacking in flavour due to the sweetness and add to the taste surly and arrogant staff: it all makes for a very unpleasant experience.
Nadiane / July 29, 2013 at 03:07 pm
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The place is cold.....I do agree that she has so many positive reviews and yet not so great.... I am French from Antibes (South of France)you can go to any Pastry and the simple croissant is delicious....religieuses... and I do not taste anything very special....Rosedale area...over priced goods to pay her rent....arrogant and ignorant staff...OMG so arrogant!!!!
Macaroon Hunter / August 11, 2013 at 01:04 pm
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Nadège .. hmm for the conoisseurs of "le macaron" this is the ultimate pick. The crust is hard but gentle to bite into. Some places makes the crust almost creamy and dense giving their macaroons weight (but that is foolish and too sweet not delicate enough). Then comes the fine "patisserie" filling. Whether it's the salted caramel, pistachio, matcha green tea, mojito, pure chocolate, capuccino, vanilla, rose, cotton candy, blackberry choco, cherry choco or the cassis, all of which are made exquisitely well, not too thin not too heavy. The flavors are just right and not too sugary. All around the macaroons are amazing and the serivce is terrific.
Places like Moroco Choco (overpriced, overrated, waste of your money, they aren't worth it period) and Petite Thuets' (overdone, too big, too heavy, terrible service), these places have their recipes wrong. Some are overpricing the darn things because what is considered a French delicacy is easily a fashion statement, a way to be sophisticated and such.. being french it is only something i have observed and now the best recommendation is a store called "La Durée" ("The Lasting"). Some european airports have a store if you're ever travelling don't stop at the bar no more, treat yourself to the best. All the best, Bonne route !
amy / December 29, 2013 at 09:03 am
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I've tried several macaroons locations in Toronto and this by far my favorite. I bought a box of twelve for around $26 (a bit pricey) but definitely worth it. The box was assorted flavors where some macaroons were a bit more stale and older tasting than others. However, the fresher ones had an amazing texture and the filling was well prepared. I have found my new go-to macaroon shop in Toronto.

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