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Lemon tarts

The new Toronto Life Eating and Drinking Guide is now out (and has been for several weeks), so I've been browsing through it. The biggest improvement in this year's guide is the addition of an index broken down by neighborhood - and oh, is it broken down by neighborhood. To find all the recommendations within half a mile of me, I need to look at four or five different neighborhood listings.

Since I was heading down to that stretch of Queen anyways today, I took the guidebook's advice and tried out the Vienna Home Bakery, which the guidebook loves enough to have three different entries. I bought two lemon brûlées, since they looked small and light, unlike the Chocolate Raspberry flourless chocolate cake. They also had date puddings and apple pie in stock when I was there. Most of the display case was filled up with whole pies, way too much food for two of us to eat in the very near future.

The lemon brûlées were tartly lemony, with a smooth custard in a light crust and a burnt sugar topping. Clearly, there's real lemon juice in the custard. They were pleasant, perhaps a little too tangy. If it's convenient, I might go back, but I'm not sure I would go too far out of my way for it. (Then again, my mind's lemon tart category is still won by Café Concerto back in York, a smooth mix of lemonness and sweet without the sharply acid overtones. That's the competition and my ideal for a lemon tart.)

Vienna Home Bakery. 626 Queen St. W. Toronto, ON, Canada. Phone: 416 703-7278
Café Concerto. 21 High Petergate. York, UK. Phone: 01904 610478


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 20th, 2004 08:58 pm (UTC)
Argh! Hungry now!

I'm going to sit here and eat my remaining chocolate at you as I work into the night....
Nov. 21st, 2004 06:54 am (UTC)
The pain! The shards of chocolate! It's all my fault, I know.
Nov. 21st, 2004 01:46 am (UTC)
How far out of downtown does it reach? Does it have e.g. The Keg up on Markham/401? We could do with a book like this when we get back to Toronto next year.
Nov. 21st, 2004 06:53 am (UTC)
The book's focus is primarily on central Toronto, but it does cover highlights of the GTA and beyond, including "neighborhoods" such as 905 West, Muskoka and Parry Sound, Kingston, and Scarborough South. The further out it gets, the more sporadic its coverage. It does not have The Keg in any incarnation (I presume the Markham one is a relative of the downtown one, of which I have heard good things.)

Toronto Life issues the guide every November, if you think it'd be useful to you. They have somewhat upscale tastes on average, but they do recommend plenty of fairly inexpensive places too. One of the Scarborough recommendations, for example, is the Hopper Hut, where a feast for six usually comes out to around $60 in total.
Nov. 21st, 2004 07:01 am (UTC)
Ooo! I've been waiting!
I've been waiting for the guide to come out! Left to my own devices, I've happened upon places that are decidedly un-memorable, and would like to find out where truly scrumptious goods are to be had.

Nov. 21st, 2004 07:08 am (UTC)
Re: Ooo! I've been waiting!
That describes my whole first year in Toronto and why I started buying food guides in the first place: lots of unmemorable food. It costs $9.95 and most newsstands will still have it. The Vic bookstore does, if nothing else, and that should be convenient for you when you're on campus.

Speaking of memorable, are you coming to dim sum?
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