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Planet Donut

Posted by Robyn Urback / Reviewed on December 17, 2012 / review policy

Planet DonutPlanet Donut pretty much serves candy with a side of donut. Proudly perched in an old-school cake display by the front window, these sweet treats seem to exert a seductive power on unknowing passersby, compelling them to slow down and peer into the window for a better look.

Planet DonutAnd when they do, they'll likely be enveloped in a little wave of nostalgia. Froot Loop-topped donuts, Oreo vanilla-dips, Kinder Surprise donuts, and the so-called "Rolo Mountain." Yes, all the glorious treats for which we threw supermarket tantrums back in the day. "I really thought the kids would go for the Kinder Egg donut," says Planet Donut's owner and donut creator, who simply goes by 'Dan.' "But no, it's the adults — they've been going crazy for them!"

Planet DonutThe ostentatiously adorned donut seems to be gaining a bit of traction in Toronto, what with Glory Hole Doughnuts opening in Parkdale and Paulette's Donuts & Chicken in Leslieville. But Planet Donut is markedly different, charming in the fact that it's definitely not trying to be "cool."

Planet DonutDan, who is wearing a "Planet Donut" baseball cap à la highway truck stop, tells me he did basically nothing to the space in terms of aesthetics when he moved in, noting that the palm tree murals (think shawarma shop) were already up on the walls. There is no salvage barn board on the bar, no kitschy chalkboard menu, and no zealous Instagram feed. Not that these donut aren't worthy, mind you.

Planet DonutEach starts with a homemade honey-dipped base, and then is topped with an assortment of icings, chocolates, candies, and more. Dan undersells the donut itself, telling me its more about the toppings than the actual donut, but I'm rather impressed by the not-too-sweet, chewy base. The icing, of course, delivers that sugary punch, but the donut has more of a tempered, bready taste.

Planet DonutAn electrician by trade, Dan tells me he's been interested in donuts ever since he was a kid, remembering fondly how a woman in the neighbourhood would bring plates of fresh donuts to his parents' corner store. "Well, ever since then I've just been infatuated with them," he says. "It was about a year ago I thought, 'I'm really going to do this.'"

Planet DonutWhen Dan first opened Planet Donut, however, the place served everything from burgers to panini, salads and sandwiches. "I just thought there was no way that donuts could pay the bills." But Dan has since reduced his menu to just pizza and donuts, honing in on the items that actually took off with customers.

Planet Donut"It's a lot of word of mouth, a lot of people passing by," Dan says. "And then there are the kids from the school over there — I've already had some donut-eating contests for them; it'll probably be a regular thing." So far, the contests have entailed a race to eat a single donut, chew a piece of bubble gum, and blow and burst a bubble, as well as a competition to eat a single Kinder Surprise donut and build the toy before any of the other contestants. Which, despite my age, just sounds awesome.

Planet DonutAt $3.75 each (except for the Kinder donut which is $4.50), these treats are certainly not of the Tim Hortons $0.90 creed, but Planet Donut does bake them fresh each day and the taste, of course, can't be compared. There is currently about a dozen different varieties (the peanut-butter pretzel-topped is Dan's favourite), with potentially more on the way. In the meantime, I've got a Kinder toy to build.

Planet DonutPlanet DonutPhotos by Matthew Kozovski

Discussion

49 Comments

MrsPotato / December 17, 2012 at 09:00 am
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So ..... basically they've opened a box/bag of purely processed food, and put it on top of a donut, and are charging an absorbent fee (you can get a BOX of fruit loops cheaper than the cost of their donut)?


These look absolutely disgusting to me.
But then again, I don't fit the 'under 8 yrs old' demographic they're obviously geared for.

Good luck surviving on school age children funding your donut store!
cerelz / December 17, 2012 at 09:54 am
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Those donutes look halfassed and gross.
Homer / December 17, 2012 at 10:02 am
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Ok fun idea, but I don't think a kinder egg on a donut qualifies as 'gourmet'
Moneesha / December 17, 2012 at 10:32 am
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Wow! Dan (who's too ashamed to not even give his last name), you should go back to your day job.

If you don't even want to make an effort with your decor, then it speaks volumes about how you make your doughnuts--half-assed.

I don't like the whole doughnut craze, but at least Glory Hole (and others) put a bit of thought and effort.
Todd / December 17, 2012 at 10:41 am
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Only in Toronto will people hop on a dated trend and charge twice as much for the privilege. We need an all in one store that sells overpriced grilled cheese, overpriced burgers, and overpriced donuts. They'd make a killing!

Looking forward to the day when the nata is $5.
Cyril Sneer / December 17, 2012 at 10:44 am
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Those donuts all look gross as hell. Who actually eats that kind of stuff?
jer / December 17, 2012 at 11:35 am
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Thanks for adding the "review policy" link besides the review title. Makes it a lot more clear for readers in regards to what a "profile" is vs. a review:

http://www.blogto.com/reviewpolicy/#
Dave / December 17, 2012 at 11:39 am
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Homer Simpson won't even eat those monstrosities.
v79 / December 17, 2012 at 11:46 am
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I understand a place like GloryHole charging a premium for what are actual "artisan" pastries, but these look disgusting. It's like some guy went to the store, bought a box of glazed donuts and decided to put anything and everything in his snack shelf on them just to up the sugar content. And the two strips of bacon just screams laziness. For God's sake, at least crumble your porky goodness. This place could truly learn from the less is more mantra. I'm honestly physically repulsed just by looking at these, and that's not easy to do.
Genius replying to a comment from v79 / December 17, 2012 at 11:53 am
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It's like all those soccer moms driving around in X3's. BMW can charge 100% premium on glorified plastic and still sell you on the experience.

Glory Hole nails brand and premium.

This place sells donuts.
Benedict Harris / December 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm
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Bacon bits are for bad salads.
Benedict Harris / December 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm
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brb – going to Bloor West for a raspberry pampushky
Benedict Harris / December 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm
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...pampushkA.
andy2394 / December 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm
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These donuts seem more trashy than gourmet or artisanal.
cathie / December 17, 2012 at 01:26 pm
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Oh dear, I have to agree with the other posters - these don't look that appealing, unless you're about 10 years old. Although unlike GH, this place appears to be basically a small restaurant, with pizza, salad, etc. so the donuts are just another menu item for the proprietor. By the way, can someone recommend a place to buy these pampushka things?
East Yorker / December 17, 2012 at 03:41 pm
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Let's all hate on this small business owner. Merry Christmas!

Under $17 for a jumbo pizza? That is a good deal.
scott / December 17, 2012 at 04:08 pm
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i live at greenwood and danforth and have walked by this shitbox several times and peeked in. the three donuts on the serving wheel look like ass. they were closed on a saturday as well so i'm guessing they're a front.
Lola / December 17, 2012 at 04:37 pm
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I agree with Scott. I live in the hood and it is a creepy wierd place. Literally one donut per shelf, revolving around and around. Sometimes the lights aren't even on. Decor is sparse? Decor is non-existant. It has to be a front. I never see anyone in there.
Colin / December 17, 2012 at 06:29 pm
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Seems crazy to charge those kind of prices for a plain donut with a bunch of Bulk Barn snacks thrown on top. Say what you want about Glory Hole, but at least they put effort into their product and provide me with an experience I can't get at home with a plain Coffee Time donut and a bag of M & Ms. Everything about this place seems lazy.
Al / December 17, 2012 at 07:45 pm
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how many of you dicks have actually tried one of these donuts?

Jmons replying to a comment from Lola / December 17, 2012 at 07:50 pm
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Weird, not wierd. Non-existent, not non-existant.
Nona / December 17, 2012 at 08:06 pm
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Tacky! It looks like the owner scraped together anything he could find from a used restaurant/kitchen supply store. Hand made signs that looks like something my 5 year-old has in his bedroom.

This is what a gourmet donut should look like and shop too!

http://jellymoderndoughnuts.com/
Ryan / December 17, 2012 at 08:40 pm
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I'll take one of each please
evan replying to a comment from Al / December 17, 2012 at 08:57 pm
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my count is zero
Kate / December 17, 2012 at 08:58 pm
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Don't listen to the trolls, Dan! Haters gonna hate!

http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/085/977/HATERS.jpg?1291355060
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / December 17, 2012 at 09:38 pm
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A Mars bar is not a sprinkle! A Twizzler is not a sprinkle! A Jolly Rancher is not a sprinkle sir! Perhaps in Shangri-La they are, but not here!
Josh / December 17, 2012 at 11:24 pm
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OK a kinder egg is made in a factory in a galaxy far, far away... It's shipped here in a box, in a case, in a shipment. The wrapper on the outside is to protect the goodness on the inside from anything bad or fowl, I don't want the outside wrapper touching my doughnut....damn might as well stand a prepackaged Easter bunny on it...
Josh replying to a comment from Benedict Harris / December 17, 2012 at 11:30 pm
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Fudge that. I'm goin to country style for some Hungarian Chicken Paprikash!!!
Tim / December 17, 2012 at 11:47 pm
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Owner looks And like a stereotypical woodbridge bro, not long till deadpool
mv / December 18, 2012 at 09:18 am
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looks exactly like voodoo donut in portland, or - even down to the display case, cereal donuts and bacon... just sayin
Rob / December 18, 2012 at 10:20 am
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I live nearby. Places like 'planet donut' is what keeps our neighbourhood ghetto. $4 donuts with a handwritten menu board. Pathetic.
Colin G / December 18, 2012 at 04:52 pm
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I come here on a regular basis with my friends at lunch and get donuts,there amazing and its better then the plain donuts you can get a Tim Horton, or Starbucks or something. I really recommend coming to try his donuts and some of his pizza.
meme / December 18, 2012 at 06:18 pm
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$4 donuts? lmao.
Spencer B. / December 19, 2012 at 11:37 am
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I come here often and it's amazing the food and the service are both great
gleemax replying to a comment from MrsPotato / December 20, 2012 at 01:56 am
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What does the fee absorb?
Tyrell / December 21, 2012 at 01:02 pm
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Honestly you haters should try the donuts before you say stuff there actually really GOOD!!!
Tyrell / December 21, 2012 at 01:03 pm
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Everything is really good here :)
Jullian B. replying to a comment from MrsPotato / December 21, 2012 at 02:48 pm
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Planet donut is amazing. The pizza is delicious and the donuts are too! i suggest you people that are hating on this place should try a donut before you start being total DICKS about it. Go get a life and stop hating on planet donut you trolls
Nur / December 23, 2012 at 08:40 pm
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I was walking along the Danforth when I saw the donuts on display.

So, I walked in and asked how much they cost. The guy said $3.75

I walked right out.
Sonya / January 5, 2013 at 08:30 pm
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Wtg Dan im so proud of u don't worry about thr haters can't wait to check it out
dillon dookhieram / January 7, 2013 at 11:43 am
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You guys r just hating on dan his donuts are orgasmic
Jonpsa / January 8, 2013 at 12:29 am
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Look, I grew up as a kid going to the Dairy Queen store on the corner of the street every 2weeks or so and I remember going to a donut factory/store. Now the donuts there were good but they were so plain and ordinary but when I saw these awsome ideas... It blew my minde... And when I tried them it was like I just stepped into a planet made of waky and outrageous but dealishis donuts. So if u don't beleav me then come and check out the store and feel like a kid once more. :)
kyle / February 7, 2013 at 10:34 pm
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People are ripping this place apart without even trying the donuts. Has anyone heard of Voodoo Doughnut? Their donuts are similar in style and price and are really delicious.

Have you ever thought maybe this person had a great recipe and couldnt afford to spend a shit ton of money right off the bat?

Your lunch break is over, get back to your cubicle and find something else to complain about.
Jacqui / February 14, 2013 at 07:29 pm
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how can you all just hate on a place you haven't even BEEN too?

this is regular price for "gourmet" donut's, as for their decor that I agree is atrocious, but not everyone has the kind of money (nor skills) to make something nice.

Safe to say that it's easy to judge on the internet with no real repercussions, but to bad mouth a place you haven't even been too is just low and immature.

I personally will try this place before I comment on how "disgusting" it is.

You people should be ashamed of yourself, go spend your time on more positive things.
sandra / March 4, 2013 at 02:59 pm
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If anyone has been by here lately to try the donuts please post your experience. Thanks./
Jason replying to a comment from MrsPotato / March 6, 2013 at 06:52 pm
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I think you mean exorbitant. Schmuck.
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Sandra / July 15, 2013 at 12:59 pm
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Is this place still open?
Yendi / January 30, 2014 at 11:31 am
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This place has entered the deadpool.

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