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Momofuku Milk Bar Toronto

Posted by Staff / Posted on July 22, 2013

Momofuku Milk Bar TorontoMomofuku Milk Bar opened in Toronto on Friday after weeks of speculation that Toronto would be the first international outpost of the cult confectionery shop. The tiny refrigerated glass room sectioned off from the second floor Nikai cocktail lounge fits no more that six or so at a time.

Momofuku Milk Bar TorontoIt's really more like Milk Bar-light; there's no soft serve, no fancy shakes or cereal milk drinks (though they are offering cereal milk cocktails now at the bar). Everything is packaged to go and ready for self serve shopping and take-home consumption.

Momofuku Milk Bar TorontoCrack pie is available in single servings for $6 a slice. Like all pushers, the first taste is cheap but a whole pie will cost you a whopping $48. For the uninitiated, I'd compare it to Quebec sugar pie, only in this cult rendition, the crumbly crust is steeped in syrup and just as sweet as the filling.

It's undeniably delicious and lives up to its name. I think my eyes actually roll back in my head a little after the first few bites, the sugar high kicks in halfway through and by the time I'm done my teeth hurt and I'm sweating like Rob Ford (sorry, I couldn't help myself).

Momofuku Milk Bar TorontoI also picked up a plastic-wrapped, compost cookie ($2 each, $11 for six) but saved it for the next morning to have with a coffee. It's crunchy and densely packed with butterscotch and chocolate chips, graham crackers, potato chips, pretzels and coffee grounds. Each bite is both salty and sweet, though quirky ingredients are crushed so fine that nothing really stands out. I'm probably at fault for eating day-old, but it wasn't groundbreaking or anything...maybe I did it wrong and should've tried it dunked in milk?

Momofuku Milk Bar TorontoBoxed baking mixes, corn powder and jugs of dry cereal milk powder ($5) are available for at-home prep. There's the Momofuku cookbook, issues of Lucky Peach magazine and general gift-shop type ephemera like you'd find at the end of museum tour. Load up a shopping basket and pay at the upstairs register or downstairs by the door.

Momofuku Milk Bar TorontoThe baked goods are made in New York by Momofuku's superstar pastry chef, Christina Tosi and shipped same-day to Toronto. It's the real McCoy - touched by true baking gods - and yet, the whole experience is a little anti-climatic....You'll still have to visit New York to get a true taste. The grocery-style shop is open daily 11:30am to 11pm.

See also:

Our review of Momofuku Toronto

Momofuku Milk Bar TorontoWriting by Liora Ipsum. Photos by Morris Lum.

Discussion

31 Comments

matts / July 22, 2013 at 08:28 am
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Mmmmm....hype.....delicious hype....
Not The Same / July 22, 2013 at 08:52 am
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It's the Diet Coke of Milk Bar. Logo is the same but it's not the full taste experience.

The cookies have always been the weakest part. Without the softserve and warm treats this is no different than a grocery store kiosk, although a pretty looking one.
lol / July 22, 2013 at 09:04 am
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nothing like 3 day old pastries shipped in from NYC
rikki w / July 22, 2013 at 09:22 am
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Anyone catch the article about its opening in The Star. The comments are the greatest thing ever.
Cheryl replying to a comment from lol / July 22, 2013 at 09:38 am
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Did you miss the part in article about everything being shipped in same day from NYC? The stuff in the shop today was made last night and shipped in for sale this morning. Plus, the types of items they offer can easily withstand a few hours from production to shelf. Its not like they are selling fresh croissants.
crc replying to a comment from rikki w / July 22, 2013 at 10:12 am
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great nikki. I just went over and read those comments because of you. now I'm stupid. you made me read online comments on a daily's website and now i'm stupid. your fault.
James / July 22, 2013 at 10:36 am
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The Crack pie is amazing, but everything else was meh.
:) / July 22, 2013 at 11:54 am
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The words "cereal milk cocktail" next to each other kind of make my stomach churn. And 50 bucks for a pie made mostly of sugar and oats (two of the cheapest ingredients ever)? Also 5$ for a small bottle of crushed up cereal? Sorry to rant, but maaan...
Sandman / July 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm
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Vanity sells (I guess).

Plenty of better pastry options in TO.
BillyO / July 22, 2013 at 01:00 pm
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The cookies and pie are just ok, nothing special.
welcome / July 22, 2013 at 03:31 pm
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Haha, hipsters are going to rush over in droves. Each will vainly dump dozens or even hundreds of dollars on a bunch of average pastries sold at preposterous prices. Then at the end of the month they will complain that they can't pay their rents because society doesn't fairly reward their talents.

Welcome, Milk Bar!
Joey / July 22, 2013 at 05:58 pm
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"The baked goods are made in New York by Momofuku's superstar pastry chef, Christina Tosi and shipped same-day to Toronto."

My favourite part of all this is the idiots above me complaining about the high prices when the reason for such prices are clearly explained (superstar chef, same-day shipping by air) not only here on blogTO, but in the Toronto Star's article. I guess some people really enjoy being ignorant.
Sloane / July 22, 2013 at 07:59 pm
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Cereal milk cocktail? Brb, barfing
cakehead / July 22, 2013 at 08:50 pm
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crack pie is a genius name for marketing purposes.
I tried one in NY. was ok.

Milk bar is going to do very well in Toronto because it's from New York and we want to be like New York.
come on admit it.
Green / July 22, 2013 at 11:56 pm
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Same-day shipping by air, everyday?? Doesn't seem very green to me. I wonder how many hip folk who preach about the environment will break their environmental rules by shopping here? It's okay, I'm sure they can rationalize it somehow. :)
Mona / July 23, 2013 at 01:07 am
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Come onnnnn. Crackpie is the most overrated item ever. I usually get soft serve with cereal bits because it's not the usual overly sweet, waxy soft serve we're used to...

But crackpie = pecan pie without the nuts.
Alex replying to a comment from Joey / July 23, 2013 at 04:53 pm
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No, ignorant is having $60 pie shipped from New York and wasting all that fuel/causing emissions. I hope they sink hard. What a stupid, hypey joke this place is. Anyone who goes in there and acutally purchases anything beyond a cookie deserves everything they get.
Hipster McHipster / July 23, 2013 at 11:31 pm
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"Everything is packaged to go and ready for self serve shopping and take-home consumption."

What a wonderfully concise way to say "take out".
ttraveller / July 24, 2013 at 03:08 am
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This is perfect for T dot. A town packed full of culinary lightweights only too happy to pay astronomical prices for crumbs already passed up by New Yorkers.
Rob / July 24, 2013 at 09:39 am
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And they own the copyright to "cereal milk".

Who does that?
Jimbo / July 24, 2013 at 10:38 am
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Overpriced pedestrian food - that's Toronto!
Sam / July 24, 2013 at 11:46 am
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$50 for a pie? $11 for six cookies? And they aren't even made fresh on site -- they have to travel by air in a cargo hold!! I mean, look at that "crack pie". It looks terrible, like a cheap pecan pie without the pecans. And who would pay $11 for the privilege of eating someone else's compost? Some people will do anything to be cool, I suppose. (I'm certain some people will buy these just to post on Twitter that they had some good crack pie today or an awesome compost cookie, so that the their friends can Tweet back, asking what they mean, thereby making the original poster feel important.)

Toronto, have some self respect. I DO NOT CARE how much unwarranted hype and anticipation this place has received. I would rather support a local business with fresh-baked goods than this insanity.

Also, the fact that blogTO categorizes this place as a "Grocery Store" is just about the funniest thing ever.
Mario replying to a comment from welcome / July 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm
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Best comment! A couple of days ago, even before I read this post, my partner and I were having dinner with an albeit extremely hipstery acquaintance of ours. When dessert arrived, he mentioned "Milk Bar" to us and told us how he couldn't wait to pick up one of them crack pies. Anyway, the discussion brought me here, to this blog post, to find out what the fuss is all about. (For what it's worth, I think he does indeed struggle with his monthly rent.)
ttraveller / July 25, 2013 at 07:56 am
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Mario. Your hipstery aquaintence (and his demographic) is driving this city into the ground. We should all make it our business to politely point this out to them with real world examples.
Lost and found / July 30, 2013 at 04:53 pm
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Checked out Milk Bar this past weekend. It's fine, but nothing to write home about. The compost cookies are not overpriced relative to other options in Toronto (with taxes, they are about 30 cents cheaper than Le Gourmand's famous chocolate chip walnut cookie), but the crack pie is terribly over-priced for what you get.

The sad truth is, if Milk Bar wasn't part of the Momofuku empire that everyone is drooling over, and if these pastries didn't have the semi-exotic appeal of coming over from NYC, then very few people here would be interested, I think.

Anyway, for me, this visit was a one-time novelty and I can't see myself coming back. The compost cookies have unusual ingredients but a very ordinary taste. Within walking distance of my apartment, there are several local bakeries with much richer and more varied offerings.
che replying to a comment from welcome / September 22, 2013 at 05:06 pm
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bwwwwwaaaaaaahahahahahha!
100% accurate 'welcome'
.... its come to the point now where douche-bag hipsters are no longer funny and laughable, they're @#$%ing annoying, and this kind of place personifies that lifestyle and pretentious stupidity...
FLY IN cookies? Someone should legally find a way to close down the place for increasing global warming...
What's wrong with you all?
Aamina / November 6, 2013 at 04:56 pm
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I guess more women will now be complaining about their cellulite and chunky thighs.....

This is all everyone needs.. more crap to consume..

I'll stick to my no-sugar diet, thank you.
Aamina replying to a comment from Sam / November 6, 2013 at 04:58 pm
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Ha! Love your comment.
Aamina replying to a comment from Alex / November 6, 2013 at 05:00 pm
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If you really want to consume more sugar and fat (I'm sure most people can really reduce their intake) you can always just go stuff your face at Wanda's Pie in the Sky at Kensington. At least they're made fresh on site. Support locals.
Aamina replying to a comment from Green / November 6, 2013 at 05:02 pm
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I think that's really ridiculous that it's flown in? Why can't they just setup a kitchen here? I totally agree that this isn't very "green". We're supposed to be introducing ideas that are environmentally friendly not stupid crap like this.

I definitely will not be visiting this place.
Em / July 4, 2014 at 07:38 pm
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Came here for an early dinner. Tried to stay for dessert, but after receiving our soft serve they asked us to leave because it was busy. There was one other couple in the restaurant. One.

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