Chocolate Buffalo from Bagel Nash

Bagel NashLocation: 7355 Bayview Avenue, Thornhill
Websitehttp://bagelnash.ca/

They sell something called Chocolate Buffalo at Bagel Nash, a bakery in Thornhill.  I really don’t have a whole lot to say about it, but here’s a few points:

  1. I hadn’t even heard of a Buffalo pastry up until this point.
  2. It was bad.
  3. No, like really bad.

Bagel Nash

  1. Like, I tried it, I had a few other people try it, and then I threw it in the garbage.  That bad.
  2. It was incredibly dry (it was possibly one of the driest pastries I’ve ever had), and it didn’t taste nearly as deliciously chocolatey as it looked.  It was mostly just sour, oddly.  It tasted a bit like an enormous rugelach — but then I’ve never had a rugelach that bad.
  3. I have no idea if it’s an acquired taste or if it was just terrible, and I don’t particularly care to find out.  I can’t imagine that I’ll ever try a Buffalo again.
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Pastry Perfection at MoRoCo Chocolat

MoRoCo Chocolat
Location: 215 Madison Avenue, Toronto
Websitehttps://shop.morocochocolat.com/

People: this is not a drill.  The chocolate hazelnut croissant at MoRoCo Chocolat is mind-blowing.  It’s the best pastry I’ve had in a long, long time, and yes — I’m including my recent ten-day trip to Paris.  It’s an all-timer.

MoRoCo Chocolat

Everything about it is amazing: you’ve got the croissant itself, which is buttery and flaky and delicious.  There’s the perfectly crispy sweet hazelnut topping, which is basically like the topping of an almond croissant, only with hazelnuts, and which goes perfectly with the rich, chocolately filling.

And the icing on the metaphorical cake?  The absolutely astonishing custard, which might have been the best custard I’ve ever had.

MoRoCo Chocolat

And I mean, who expects custard in a croissant like this?  It’s weird, right?  But good weird.  The best weird.  It’s what pushed this over the top and made it one of the best damn things I’ve eaten in such a long time.  It was creamy and rich, with a flavour that I can only describe as the platonic ideal of custards.  It’s the kind of custard that makes all other custards taste like garbage, because it’s so damn perfect.

It took something that was already delicious and made it crazy delicious.

MoRoCo Chocolat

I’m not sure why you’re even still reading this when you should clearly be driving/walking/sprinting to MoRoCo to buy one.  Just be warned: after taking a couple of bites and realizing that this was the best thing ever, I promptly went back into the store so I could buy another one or two (or three).  But that was it.  Apparently they only make one or two a day.  So get there early.  It’s worth it.

Ladurée

Ladurée in YorkdaleThe macarons from Ladurée were delicious.  You probably shouldn’t eat them.

I got four of them, and they cost about 15 bucks with tax ($14.92, actually), and seriously: get the hell out of here with those prices.  I don’t care if you’re using the highest of high-end ingredients, there’s no way to justify charging $3.73 each for these tiny little things.

Ladurée in Yorkdale

They are quite good, though.  I tried hazelnut, pistachio, salted caramel and coconut lime.

Ladurée in Yorkdale

They were amazing; maybe the best macarons I’ve ever had.  The texture was the perfect contrast of crispy, airy, and creamy, and the flavours were uniformly great.  Even the coconut lime, which I was kind of skeptical about, was top notch.  It had a really satisfying coconut flavour, with a mild zinginess from the lime that never overwhelms.

But those prices?  Nope.

Nugateau

Nugateau in Yorkdale MallMeh.

Can that be my whole review?  Just meh?  It’s my blog, so yeah, it can.  But fine, I’ll expand on that a little bit.

Nugateau in Yorkdale Mall

Nugateau is a fancy eclair place that is (for now, at least) in the Concept section of Yorkdale Mall (they have a permanent location on Queen Street as well).

I tried a pistachio and a salted caramel eclair, and they were both fine, I guess — but if I’m paying six or seven bucks for an eclair the size of a spring roll, I kinda want to be blown away.  Nothing about the custardy filling in either of these things particularly stood out in any meaningful way.

Nugateau in Yorkdale Mall

Worse, they both tasted like they had been filled way in advance.  The pastry was… well, “mushy” might be overstating it, but it had seen better days, that’s for sure.