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Patisserie Royale

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on April 19, 2012

Patisserie RoyalePatisserie Royale may sit humbly in an unremarkable strip mall in Scarborough, but the family-run bakery has a boisterous reputation among the Middle Eastern community and beyond.

Its most popular offering is undoubtedly its baklava (ranked #1 on our Best of Toronto list), which is infused with orange blossom and mixed with walnuts, pistachios, and other fresh ingredients. The bakery is surprisingly expansive once you get past its deceptively small front, with room for some seating, imported groceries, and plenty of space to peruse the sweet offerings. Bilal Jamous, son of owner Mounzer Jamous, tells me that extra space is very necessary especially during the holiday season, when Canadians of all creeds come in to pick up their pastries.

Patisserie Royale"The area here is very Middle Eastern," he says. "But we have people who come from all over [the GTA]. They've tried our pastries at a party or event, and then they come by to see for themselves."

Patisserie RoyalePatisserie Royale opened in this plaza in 1997, after Mounzer made a move from Montreal to Toronto. "At that time, there was more of a community here," Bilal says. "There are a lot of Lebanese people in the area."

Patisserie RoyaleMounzer brought with him recipes handed down through generations, which included bassma (made with semolina wheat, clarified butter, and pistachios), karabiges (a sort of pastry pocket), and mammoul (a Ramadan specialty). Most everything in the shop is priced per kilogram and everything is made by hand on location.

Patisserie RoyaleBut this location is soon to be one of two, as Bilal tells me they're in the midst of opening a second bakery. "It might not be until the end of the year," he says. "But there's a new plaza being constructed at Kennedy and Ellesmere, and that's where we're going to open our new shop." The second patisserie will offer the same treats as the first; the only difference is the family will own the spot instead of rent."

Patisserie Royale"We really think it's way they're made — the ingredients we use that make our pastries stand out," Bilal says. "Pretty much, it's the taste."

Patisserie RoyaleThe baklava is unique compared to much of what you'll find downtown. To me, it's much lighter, with a sweetness mellowed by the orange blossom and rosewater. Its reputation has broken the confines of the GTA, with orders shipped out to the States, and in some cases, overseas.

Patisserie Royale"My dad is the one who has really perfected the products," Bilal says. "There's the French connection — since we used to live in Montreal — but the ingredients and authenticity it what really make them sell."

Discussion

12 Comments

Melissa Yu / May 23, 2010 at 10:45 pm
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Weighing in - Patisserie Royale is the best place to get baklava in the city! Their walnut baklava is my favourite, favourite, favourite.

I highly recommend you make the trip out there.

Cheers,

M
Roxanne / September 3, 2010 at 01:05 am
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BEST!BEST!BEST! pastries I have EVER tried!!! LOOOOOOOOOVE IT!!
recommend to everyone! :) yuuuuuummmmmmmmm....

Roxanne~
Steve / September 3, 2010 at 01:10 am
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Awesome baklava!!! never tried anything like it before!
Definitely recommend!!

Steve
Natalie / January 27, 2011 at 02:59 pm
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By far the best baklava in town!
I come from a Lebanese background and we order our baklava from here and no where else!
Anya / September 24, 2011 at 06:28 pm
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Really, honestly AMAZING baklava. I am a baklava lover and try baklava everywhere I travel different cities and countrues. Patisserie Royale makes some of the best baklava I have personally tried. I tried other bakeries that were recommended on this site as well and Patisserie Royale is the winner hands down!
Daps / September 29, 2011 at 12:25 pm
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Hands down the best! Coming from a middle eastren background, im super picky about all middle eastern foods not made by my mother-but PR gets it. The smell alone just makes you want to shove your face in a batch.
Jalaal / April 19, 2012 at 01:30 pm
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Really good, and a nice touch on the classic dessert. Also if youre looking for the regular classic style baklava, there is a gem on danforth that slips my mind, went in early this year and def on par with the stuff i've had from here. i'll post the name once i find it.

Anna F. / April 19, 2012 at 08:16 pm
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Fantastic place. Their baklava and mamoul are supernal. Wish I could get there more often.
MAMA / April 20, 2012 at 11:52 am
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Yolanda / December 15, 2013 at 02:12 pm
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Friendly staff. Best baklava in town.
B. Jamous / July 9, 2014 at 12:57 pm
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Just a note to the fans out there that we finally opened our brand new location on Kennedy Rd and Ellesmere and that we are shutting down the current location very soon!
Kal / September 24, 2014 at 08:08 pm
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This place is worth the travel. I shoot up there from Parkdale Village every once in a while just for their delicious sweets! Extremely friendly staff, and from a Lebanese man with a sweet-tooth that is unmatched, this place is easily the best in town.

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