The food is very strong. This St. Clair shop has lovely chocolate croissants (though personally, I like classic butter or almond better ... oh god, the almond ones are good), nice sweets, squares, tarts, etc. Very nice olive bread.
I also love love love the atmosphere and styling. The cultural value is high and the vibe is truly French in a really appealing way. There's nothing North American or chain-y about it. It feels very authentic and old-fashioned.
My only critiques are that because it's small, Pain Perdu can be a bit crowded. And at $2.50 per croissant, it can get pricey. Also, the staff aren't always sweet. The first time I was there, I really seemed to annoy the cashier by adding something to my order at the last moment. I get that such a thing can be irritating, but if you work in service and you're good at your job, I feel like you should probably hide that/suck it up. The customer is supposed to be right!
Anyhoo. A full menu with prices is available at http://www.painperdu.com.
736 St. Clair Avenue W.
Toronto, ON M6C 1B3
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