Primrose Bagel Toronto

Primrose Bagel

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Primrose Bagel bakes hand rolled, malt boiled Toronto-style bagels fresh on site.

They're sold by the dozen along with various bodega accoutrements, and also used to make bagel sandwiches.

Primrose Bagel Toronto

The charming corner space really has the feel of an old school deli with checkerboard floors and chalkboard menus. There's no seating, but wooden ledges provide a sturdy place to nosh.

Primrose Bagel Toronto

Bagels ($1.50 each or $15 for a dozen) in daily rotating varieties such as sesame, poppy seed, honey oat, rock salt and marble rye are composed of flour, salt, sugar, yeast, olive oil, water, a starter and malt syrup. 

Primrose Bagel Toronto

These are a hybrid between honey boiled and malt boiled bagels, though the malt just goes into the bagel dough here. 

Primrose Bagel Toronto

They're boiled first, then baked, and are intended to combine the elements of all great bagels throughout time.

Primrose Bagel Toronto

In experimenting to try and make the perfect bagel, Primrose has attempted to bring together the sweetness of a Montreal bagel, the iconic feel of New York bagels and even the crumb of San Francisco sourdoughs.

Primrose Bagel Toronto

The result is golden brown, tangy and very spongy on the inside with a very crispy lacquered surface.

Primrose Bagel Toronto

Build your own bagel with a variety of cream cheeses ($3 for plain to $5 for wasabi-tobiko), fish like beet-citrus lox ($10), and free add-ons including tomato, capers, onion and cucumber.

The price tag on the lox is steep but it's luxurious, fatty and bright, the cream cheese is airy, and an everything bagel has a wonderfully heavy coating of bold, crunchy seasoning.

Primrose Bagel Toronto

Go with egg salad ($6) if you're not looking to blow your bagel budget. It's a more middle-of-the-road option that still feels very indulgent and creamy. Add on some onions to balance the egg with some acidity. The cheapest spreads are whipped butter ($2.50), peanut butter and jam ($3.50).

Primrose Bagel Toronto

The Morty ($11) is a specialty bagel sandwich with mortadella, shredded lettuce, sub sauce and a delightful red pepper relish. A honey oat bagel adds a little crunch into the mix.

You'll also be able to find classic bagel sandwiches like tuna melts ($9), pizza bagels ($7) and egg and cheese bagels ($6.50).

Primrose Bagel Toronto

Fish to take home by the half pound includes smoked trout ($20), Creole smoked trout ($21), smoked sable ($35), and Primrose's signature beet-citrus gravlax ($12.50 for a quarter pound).

Primrose Bagel Toronto

You can also take home small tubs of all types of cream cheese. In addition to plain and wasabi-tobiko, there's also chive, veg ($4) and vegan ($3.50).

primrose bagel torontoThe shelves are also stocked with many more items like conservas, peanut butter, books and merch. Try to get here before noon, because they sell out quick.

Primrose Bagel Toronto

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Hector Vasquez


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