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Patisserie 27

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on February 29, 2012

Patisserie 27Patisserie 27 quietly landed on Jane Street street several months ago, and it is still introducing area residents to its take on classic French pastry.

"I don't know Twitter; I don't do social media or anything like that," Walter, one of the shop's owners, tells me when I ask about his November launch. "Mostly, it's been people walking by."

Patisserie 27But while its method of marketing might be wholly traditional, the pastries themselves dabble in the unconventional. Yes, the pain au chocolat ($2.25), éclair au café ($3.75), and brioche loaf are classically French enough, the "Misaki" ($4.95), "Kurumi" ($4.95), and "Ryusei" ($4.95) pastries don't exactly invoke images of Lyon.

"My partner — she's a pastry chef — she comes from Japan," Walter says. "Actually, she named most of these pastries for her nieces and nephews."

Patisserie 27Azumi indeed studied the art of French pastries in Japan, where — Walter notes — there is quite a substantial French pastry movement. Walter went to George Brown in Toronto, later deciding to pair his baking skills with Azumi's pastries in order to open up their own shop. They named this scantily decorated, two-bistro-table shop for their birthdays, and left the rest of the creative flair for the kitchen.

Patisserie 27The offerings at Patisserie 27 include standard breads such as baguettes ($3.25) and brioche ($4.50) (plus a special beer bread made with Mill Street Tankhouse, only offered on weekend), a variety of French- and Japanese-named pastries, plus macarons ($1.50), cookies, and croissants.

Patisserie 27On Walter's suggestion I try the Ryusei, which is a hazelnut sponge cake with coffee-flavoured ganache. Despite the name, this treat strikes me as all French, with a velvety rich chocolate ganache surrounding a slightly crisp infused cake. I'd call it an upscale combination of a Coffee Crisp and Ferrero Rocher (for those who know their drugstore sweets); an indulgent pastry, yet not too heavy to eat in one sitting.

Patisserie 27Walter says that while Patisserie 27 has not yet ventured into the specialty coffee realm, it has plans to roll out lattes, cappuccinos and other hot drinks at its characteristically leisurely pace sometime in the near future. (Said drinks, most likely, will not be given Japanese names.) For now, the shop is open Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Discussion

26 Comments

gtafunmuscle@yahoo.com / March 2, 2012 at 02:45 pm
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places like this don't usually survive in toronto..
me / March 2, 2012 at 03:02 pm
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i would be very happy if they expanded to make japanese pastries and sweets, like daifuku, yatsuhashi, melon pan, anpan, manju, etc.
nope / March 2, 2012 at 03:21 pm
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Jane St?

Gross.
sanjay replying to a comment from gtafunmuscle@yahoo.com / March 2, 2012 at 03:29 pm
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places like this sometimes dont survive because there's too many cheap people.

i hope this place does well and will be visiting it soon for a macaron.
Sulawesi replying to a comment from nope / March 2, 2012 at 03:53 pm
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Are you serious? What rock on Blue Jay Way are you hiding under? Fool.
nope replying to a comment from Sulawesi / March 2, 2012 at 04:08 pm
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Bridal Path, peasant
Wise / March 2, 2012 at 04:24 pm
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this wonderful little patisserie is located at Jane and Annette. Baby Point just a few blocks north of Bloor West Village. Try it before you judge.
mezrin / March 2, 2012 at 04:50 pm
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I go often, and am consistently pleasantly suprised. Everything has truly been delicious. Patisserie 27 is a welcome addition to Baby Point Gates.
Brybloorwest / March 2, 2012 at 04:54 pm
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I've been a couple of times. The multigrain bread was great and the desserts have been quite awesome. The one disappointment has been the croissants have been burnt. I go here about once every two weeks, but I'm just around the corner.
bisca replying to a comment from nope / March 2, 2012 at 04:55 pm
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Gotta love the kids from Cityplace that need a map to find their way north of King. Adorable.
Hogtown27 replying to a comment from nope / March 2, 2012 at 05:00 pm
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Great breads and pastries. Been a weekend standard since it opened. Continued success to the owners. Fab addition to the neighborhood.
Sulawesi replying to a comment from nope / March 2, 2012 at 05:14 pm
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Good, stay there. Jane doesn't need your bougie mentality.
DC replying to a comment from gtafunmuscle@yahoo.com / March 2, 2012 at 05:41 pm
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gutty comment lol
geg replying to a comment from nope / March 3, 2012 at 12:47 am
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houses a stone's throw from here are mansions costing several million, too bad your knowledge of Jane street starts and ends at Jane+FInch (which is a long way north of bloor -- and was dethroned years ago by sherbourne as shit capital of toronto)
Jessica / March 3, 2012 at 02:13 pm
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Just to let all the snobs know, Walter was the hands behind the macarons and operas at Patachou for a good spell, and also put in a good spell with Thuet, and at Pain Perdu, as well as Rahier. Asumi has also put in time at Pain Perdu, and has worked in France making French pastry. These guys aren't messing around, REALLY know their stuff and are passionate about it. I have every confidence they're making some excellent stuff now that they've got their own shop.

That, and Walter is a genuinely nice guy (I used to work with him in the kitchen at Patachou.)

I'm now living and working 6 time zones away, but I can't wait to pop in and please my palate the next time I'm in TO.
kb replying to a comment from nope / March 6, 2012 at 01:46 am
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bridal path, why are searching this site then
if you don't like visiting other neighborhoods
by the way it's at Jane and Anette
lauretta / March 6, 2012 at 01:58 pm
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Read all the comments. There are many places in gta that have jewels even in Jane/Finch to which I live nearby. I love patisserie 27.
It is one of those jewels to go see. When you put your heart into what you make you will always succeed. Azumi and Walter put so much into their pastries and bread. I really enjoy the Brioche and whatever is left over I make French Toast.
Take a chance and venture out more is all I can say to those negative comments.
Daniel Rundle / March 24, 2012 at 02:57 pm
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Best Macarons in toronto! This pastry palace is the best place I've tried outside of france. Way better than Petit Thuet.

Worth The 5 minute walk from jane stn.
Queen Tetiana / June 2, 2012 at 08:47 pm
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I just tried their croissants, mille feuilles and a chocolate eclair with my family today and their delights were amazing. I will support this patisserie for sure! Thank goodness that such a lovely place has arrived in Bloor West!
kt / June 18, 2012 at 03:12 pm
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best croissants in west Toronto
Michelle / January 10, 2013 at 10:27 pm
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I've tried macarons all around toronto...and Walter's macarons are by far the BEST! and they have the eclair!!!! I just love this place. Too bad it's located around Jane area though..
Love / January 19, 2013 at 06:48 pm
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Went to the cafe today after reading great reviews. It was excellent!
Kid friendly.
Croissants delicious, coffee hot, desserts ...well, what can I say... oh la, la!
Must try!
Jason / June 12, 2013 at 03:34 pm
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I went here to order a cake for my wife's birthday. The two girls that where there could not speak English very well and were also not helpful at all. Additionally they only had a handful of items on display, I asked them if these were the only products they sold, and they couldn't seem to understand what I was asking. I ended up leaving in frustration.
Elena / July 7, 2013 at 12:17 am
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Their macarons are great! Came here on macaron day and end up buying a bunch of their stuff. It's a really small shop, kinda expected more seatings. But I guess it makes a good grab and go local place. The person at the counter spoke perfect English. So I dunno what Jason is talking about.
Rachael replying to a comment from Michelle / July 7, 2013 at 12:23 am
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Which part of Jane are you thinking of? Cause Jane and Bloor is one of the richest area in Toronto. Houses there are in the millions. People there are your middle/upper class families. Maybe you should check it out first instead of associating it with somewhere else.
Diane / August 11, 2013 at 04:49 pm
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Well, if Nope really lived in the upscale neighbourhood he claims, he would know that it spelled "Bridle Path". It has nothing to do with weddings but rather equestrian pursuits (that's horses, Nope).

What a pretentious uneducated lout.

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