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Leslieville Cheese Market

Posted by Staff / Posted on June 12, 2007

Leslieville Cheese MarketLeslieville Cheese Market in the east end boasts that "everyone at Leslieville Cheese is a cheese expert". Check in with them in the fall about their cheese night school. Or try a Leslieville Cheese Board, 5 pieces of cheese totaling 1 kg. They even have a children's version, featuring a mix of mild cheeses ($35). (I guess you serve it with white grape juice.)

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24 Comments

anonymous / August 23, 2008 at 10:42 pm
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Really overpriced. Not sure how they make it in that neighbourhood.
Ilya / September 17, 2008 at 02:26 am
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Terrible service, terrible product, terrible prices. Don't go there.
barnaby b. / September 30, 2008 at 11:50 am
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this is one of my favourite cheese shops in the city. i've always received nothing but great service there, and their wine & cheese classes are awesome.
Brett / January 17, 2009 at 02:12 pm
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I love this place. It gets crowded at times but I always walk away with something I really enjoy. I always ask one of the clerks what their favourite is and they come up with something good. I didn't realize it but i ended up being served by the owner a couple of times and you definitely get the sense that the guy loves cheese, food and experiencing life. Nothing but positive and i actaully compared the prices and they are fair.
Marcus / January 18, 2009 at 03:52 pm
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A lot of people were surprised that a shop like this would open in the neighbourhood. But not only have they done well, similar shops followed, which is great. It does get busy at times, but you could take that as a sign they're doing something right!
Edwierdo / January 19, 2009 at 09:33 am
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This store is a great addition to the neighbourhood. Great cheese, and some really cool ones from Quebec, which you dont see anywhere else (at least I don't). The grilled cheese are great too, and they have some very good breads as well.
Jamie / January 19, 2009 at 05:06 pm
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Great cheese and cool vibe. Cute owner as well!
Michael Sampson / January 27, 2009 at 11:32 am
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There are a few bad comments up there, and it seems like a backlash against them as people add their positive comments in defense.

I also would like to defend them, after reading Ilya's comment, "terrible service, product, prices." I don't have gushing praise but I can honestly say that they are just regular people who are trying to do a good job. I can't imagine how the product is terrible. It's cheese. Cheese is never terrible. Quite simply, "good service, good product, good prices."
John R / November 17, 2009 at 11:04 am
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The owner, staff and product at this store are fantastic. They go out of their way to inform you, advise you and provide you with some amazing cheese experiences. It is a great addition to Leslieville!
Bad_Self / November 17, 2009 at 11:37 am
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I'm glad they came to the west side (next to Healthy Butcher - bonus!). I hope they can afford to carry more cheeses soon, the selection is a little weak. Because that Cheese Boutique is just killing my wallet....
John / November 17, 2009 at 03:59 pm
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I have less of an issue with the owners and staff, and more of an issue with the patrons that come here. It might just be that it does get really cramped in there, and can be claustrophobic. Both times I've been here I've been sort of shoved to the side, almost like there was a rush on cheese and the last person standing wins. I enjoy browsing the cheeses, asking questions and tasting. If this is what you like, to come here on a Saturday mid-morning to early afternoon or you'll get dirty looks by other patrons.
mitjak / December 6, 2009 at 05:29 pm
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I haven't tried their famed grilled sandwiches but I found the choice of cheese poorer than that of the cheese shops at Kensington, plus the latter also overwhelm me with the mix of smells and quirky staff. This shop is generally cleaner however so I can imagine it fitting into the neighbourhood.

Speaking of the neighbourhood, what I'm more interested in is the extremely sketchy and amusing "family restaraunt" right next to the Cheese Market in the picture that seems to be always packed with visitors of questionable nature with at least a few of them smoking outside.
Rory / February 23, 2010 at 07:21 pm
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After reading the blogto top grilled cheese sandwiches list I made a point of coming here. The famed beemster (great cheese) was a huge disapointment! The bread was good. They used canola oil instead of butter on the outside... And it lacked cheese! The main point!
richard replying to a comment from Ilya / May 22, 2010 at 04:28 pm
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The grilled sandwiches are over rated and over priced.
Where is the cheese?
Terrible service with an attitude.
Never go back there again
V / August 4, 2010 at 09:46 pm
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The chicken liver pate is exquisite (although it has the shittiest packaging ever), and the trout spread is fabulous.

The baguettes they carry have the perfect amount of crunch and moisture, and the pasta is also really good.

The grilled cheese sandwiches are really flavourful and I was pleasantly surprised by the pear and blue cheese one. B+ however it could become an A+ if there were more cheese in it.

I definitely agree that they put too little cheese in the sandwiches, but the rosemary bread and the nice thai chutney / dip is good. For that reason I would say they are priced well at $7.

They could improve by adding more cheese to their sandwiches.
Smartenup / December 12, 2010 at 05:19 pm
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This is the convienience store of cheese shops. Expect in some cases as much as a hundred percent mark up compared to other nearby cheese proveyers. I have been going there for 3 years when I am in a jam only because I am local but each time I do I feel unimpressed an overcharged. This shop has potential to be a real neighborhood essential but overcharging me on the limited seection of cheese they have isn't very neighbourly. Maybe having 3 stores open in 4 years is too much of a distraction to what counts. Leslieville is your name and your flagship please smarten up and treat us fairly. P.S. The bread is affordable.
Leslie Sklar / July 16, 2011 at 10:03 am
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Luckily I work near the west end store and have had only good experience with the products and staff, but I won't go back to the east end store near where I live. I was told I could phone in and reserve a bread so I could pick it up on the way home, but one time when I rushed to get there before the store closed (I even had to pay for a cab!!), the girl behind the counter said that they only keep the things on reserve until 3pm so she sold my bread. WTF?! If I could make it there by 3pm I wouldn't have reserved the damned loaf in the first place! I had never had that problem before - or been told that "policy" - and was totally disgusted by her attitude. If there hadn't been another customer in the store I would have been very rude; instead I just left and will not go back.
Micheline / July 25, 2011 at 05:49 pm
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I love the cheese market...

I just found and read through these postings and thought, my goodness, what a lot of problems they have! I haven't noticed anything so terrible. But then I realised that the comments span 3 years, and so hey, they aren't doing so badly, are they!

I think maybe people get angry and go right home and post things here. Hmmm.... what can I say? I think the woman Leslie Sklar who posted here sounds like she is a very angry person. She's right about what happened with the bread, but that sounds like an employee error. It's funny how she said "If there weren't any other customers I would have been rude!" While I think Leslie is correct that it shouldn't have happened like that, I don't know if it's important enough to go on their "permanent record" so to speak. It's certainly not important enough to never go back to the store. It sounds like she is cutting off her nose to spite her face.

I can say that I get the grilled cheese sandwiches from time to time and that they are excellent. They have enough cheese. They occasionally have more than enough cheese.

I can't see why anyone would say that they are more expensive than anyone else. It's true that cheese is getting expensive these days, but it's the same everywhere.

They have a lot of excellent products that they make themselves, like their pate and all of their dips. And cheesecake :)
alliecatz / September 14, 2012 at 01:16 pm
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I visited the new Donlands location on the weekend. While the sales girl is very friendly, and the cheese was very good, I found it to be ridiculously over-priced. I likely won't be back.
cheese lover / January 24, 2013 at 02:37 am
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love cheese
Deborah Cook / August 4, 2013 at 06:23 pm
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I have been buying cheese at the Leslieville. Cheese Market sine I move into the neighbourhoodeight months ago.
Yesterday, I took a friend who was visiting from Ottawa to the shop. The sales assistant could not tell me the names of any of the cheeses I bought (I bought five different cheeses. She did not ring up my purchases on the cash register--and how could she since she did not know what cheeses I was buying? I was told I owed $67 for about a pound of cheese. When I questioned the price, she informed me that cheese was a luxury item.

Among the many things I would like to know is why the prices of cheese are not posted, why the Market hires people who know nothing about cheese, and how I could spend $67 for a pound of cheese.

Until I get answers I won't be back.
Deborah Cook
R. Hewitt / November 4, 2013 at 10:50 am
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I was there and once asked about the availability of a certain and was snapped at. I think the staff could be a little more affable, and for that I would not return.
R. Hewitt replying to a comment from R. Hewitt / November 4, 2013 at 10:51 am
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Corrected text:

I was there and once asked about the availability of a certain product and was snapped at. I think the staff could be a little more affable, and for that I would not return.
Pat Cobb / April 15, 2014 at 10:03 pm
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I shopped at the Leslieville Cheese Market, once. I live in the neighborhood and would be thrilled if this store tried a little harder, as customer service is key. The gal behind the counter (the cashier) was unfriendly. I did try to chat with her; there was nobody else in the store; I had a few questions about a recipe I was making that needed three kinds of cheese. She was simply not interested in helping, though I got a couple of yes or no answers to some of my questions. I bought some olive oil and walked out and went to Global Cheese in Kensington Market, where I received much good advice and tastings. The Leslieville Cheese Market needs to hire interested and knowledgeable people. That gal was clearly bored out of her mind.

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