That said, the place isn't perfect. The best stuff tends to sell out quickly, and none of it is particularly cheap. Also, I expected this place to be a mom-and-pop-style hole in the wall, when in reality, it has a very chain-y, corporate vibe.
That's not big deal, if the food's good.
And it is. But not ALWAYS.
This weekend I hit up Epi in search of those delicious croissants. No luck. They were sold out by the time I'd arrived. I ended up with a Strawberry/Rhubarb pie that I took to a family dinner. (It was a HUGE hit. Sweet/tart and perfectly done.) And I also bought a couple of snacks: a lemon tart for me, and a creme-filled doughnut for my friend. He enjoyed his, but my tart fell flat. It was very eggy. Not very lemony. I felt like I was eating something half way between a lemon tart and a quiche. I threw most of it away.
I reported this incident to a friend later in the day and he said it must have been an aberration. His experiences with Epi's lemon tarts have always been good. Even so, I don't like that sort of crap shoot.
In the end, I still give Epi four stars, because barring this single exception, they've been seriously delicious. But I'm going to monitor them closely. Mostly, by stuffing my face with their desserts at every possible moment.
Best. Monitoring. System. EVER.
1526 Bayview Ave.
Toronto, ON M4G 3B4
*Photo by Zsuzsanna Kilián from Stock Xchng.