Harbord Bakery


Oatmeal Raisin. Prewrapped in a 3-pack.
What? Harbord Bakery for pastries
Where? 115 Harbord St. (The Annex, 510 Spadina streetcar to Harbord)
Price? $3-$17 (think $7 for a mini loaf of double rye bread)
The skinny: A neighbourhood favourite, this Jewish bakery has a long history dating from 1926. They’re known best for their Challah (no doubt) and their rye breads.

I decided to venture here for a quick bite before heading over to Woodsworth College for my placement test (the plan’s to go study in France and have about a billion food adventures and leave with an empty wallet). (These photos were taken by the built-in camera on my phone so please excuse the quality).
The almond croissant. (Right) Close-up where you can see the minced almond/sugar filling.
Entering the double-storefront bakery, I was (a little) overwhelmed. There were at least a dozen customers there, efficiently picking up their regular orders. They pluck mandelbrot (Jewish biscotti) and order bread like nobody’s business. I’m ogling at their ninja-like speed. Rude of me. So I decide to grab what looks like an almond croissant of sorts (it’s deceivingly heavy, $2.25) and a cellophane bag of oatmeal raisin cookies ($3). This place isn’t cheap but they’ve been open for over 80 years so I wouldn’t complain.

I eyed the wall of fresh breads and challah ($4) sitting on trays.

Almond croissant & Grande Bold.

I took my pastries to a nearby Starbucks to enjoy them with a grande bold. The almond croissant is buttery and flaky. There’s some sort of minced almond, sugar mixture filling inside. It’s quite pleasant, so I decided to save half for my parents. 

P.S. The coffee gave me an upset stomach like nobody's business. I'm not a huge coffee drinker so I really shouldn't have gotten GRANDE. BOLD. I've learned my lesson. 

Check out the mini holes where the carbon dioxide escaped!

Well, onto the oatmeal raisin cookies! Decent. Good tender texture (you get this beautiful light brown sugar waft  of smell when you rip pieces off) but there seems to be a shortage of raisins and it’s a little on the salty side. I’m used to oatmeal cookies being sweet so this was kinda odd. Quality cookie though? My parents enjoyed it since they don’t have a huge sweet tooth.

One final look at my loot. After bringing the rest of the almond croissant home, I found that I could appreciate it more.

Verdict: I didn’t try out the BEST this bakery has to offer so I’ll be returning. Probably won’t make a special trip here but if I’m in the area, I’ll probably pop into Cora’s for a slice of pizza then challah and lemon meringue pie (only available Thurs-Sun) at Harbord Bakery.

3 out of 5 NOMs (for now)

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