Amazing Croissants at Geste Croissanterie

Geste Croissanterie
Location
: 1183 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Website: https://geste-croissant.com/

I love croissants.  I mean, who doesn’t?  They’re crispy, they’re fluffy, they’re buttery, they can be sweet, they can be savoury… they’re one of the world’s perfect foods, and there are few things more delightful than eating a really great one.

Well, Geste Croissanterie specializes in the stuff, and as you’d hope, they’re great.  I tried a sweet one and a savoury one, and they were both seriously delicious.

Geste Croissanterie

I started with the smoked salmon sandwich, which they make with a croissant that’s been formed into a ring like a bagel.  The croissant itself is top-notch; it’s super flaky and buttery, with a great contrast between the crispy exterior and the tender interior.  But the rest of the sandwich isn’t an afterthought, with some seriously good smoked salmon that’s definitely a cut above the stuff you can buy at the supermarket.

Geste Croissanterie

But it was the pistachio pain au chocolat (which the man behind the counter said is their most popular item — and I can absolutely see why) that really blew me away.  I’m sure it helped that it was clearly super fresh, but oh man this was easily one of the best things I’ve eaten in a while.

Geste Croissanterie

It features that same outstanding croissant base, which is filled with tasty chocolate and a gooey pistachio paste (I wish I had taken a picture of the interior so you could see how glorious it is).  It’s very sweet, but not overwhelmingly so, and the balance of all of the components is absolutely perfect.  It’s so good.

Top-Notch Pastries at Bomou Artisanal Bakery

Bomou Artisanal Bakery
Location
: 1636 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Website: https://www.bomou.ca/

Though I’m not entirely sure that this stretch of Bayview particularly needed another fancy French bakery (Patisserie la Cigogne is just a few stores down, and Rahier Patisserie is, according to Google, a one minute walk away), but sure, why not?  If the area can sustain multiple French patisseries, then go for it, particularly if the pastries are as tasty as they seem to be here.

Bomou Artisanal Bakery

I tried a couple of things.  The first was a ham and cheese quiche in a croissant-like crust.  I don’t think anyone is going to lose their mind over this one, but aside from the pastry  being a bit soggy, it’s rich and creamy, and it has a good amount of ham and cheese.

Bomou Artisanal Bakery

I also tried the pistachio croissant, which was a clear winner — the croissant was buttery, flaky, and delicious, and the generous pistachio filling was sweet without being overwhelming.

Bomou Artisanal Bakery

My only complaint is that it didn’t have a particularly strong pistachio flavour (I’m guessing there’s a mix of almonds and pistachios), but the combo of the top-notch croissant and nutty filling was so tasty that it doesn’t particularly matter.