Geste Toronto

Geste

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Geste does takeout, has a plexiglass barrier at the cash, provides sanitizer and has no outdoor seating.

Geste basically means gesture in French, but at this viennoiserie refers to a concept of Alain Passard's which roughly translates to an idea of "the beautiful hand."

"Over time, the hand becomes more and more beautiful, superfluous gestures are eliminated," Passard once said. "Like painters, you have to become real creative: erase the hand, erase the gesture."

Geste Toronto

This is taken to heart in this space where croissants (and their cousins with fun twists) are baked throughout the day from scratch by hand by classically trained bakers, within full view of the long, narrow interior.

Geste Toronto

Butter croissants ($3.25) are made using Stirling Creamery butter with a high 84 per cent fat content and flour from Moulins de Soulanges in Quebec.

Geste Toronto

The result is a classic croissant with a crispy exterior and a moist interior, buttery flavour packed into every layer of firm, chewy pastry.

Geste Toronto

A pain au chocolat ($3.75) is also quite classic, formed into a perfect roll with a crackly surface and stuffed with a nice amount of decadent chocolate.

Geste Toronto

An orange marmalade croissant ($5) takes the creativity factor up a notch, regular croissant dough layered with orange croissant dough and stuffed with a sugary scratch orange marmalade, topped with a sticky-sweet orange gel and chunks of candied orange peel.

Geste Toronto

A raspberry cruffin ($4.50) is just one of their unmissable line of cruffins, croissant dough folded into a muffin tin and filled with raspberry jam, topped with freeze-dried raspberry dust.

A Nutella cruffin ($4.75) has Nutella inside and is topped with a sturdy hazelnut ganache.

Geste Toronto

A s'more cruffin ($4.50) on special is sinful, chocolate lava cake dough in the centre layered with marshmallow sweetened with honey and topped with a dense chocolate ganache.

Geste Toronto

Vegan croissants ($3.50) are nut-free and soy-free, made using a vegan pastry margarine.

Geste Toronto

The only coffee on offer is a one-size cup of drip ($2.50), but if you're only going to have one option for coffee it seems that rich, toasty espresso from local Firebat isn't a bad choice. Bags of beans are also on offer for $18.

Geste Toronto

They've also got kouign amanns, savoury croissants and other creations, but you'll just have to pop in to see what's on offer from the constantly rotating selection at this micro-bakery.

Geste Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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