I was on my way to Ram's Roti on Church Ave but noticed a new shop right next door advertising Haitian patties. I love the beef patties at the Haitian Immaculee Bakery over on Rogers and so I was psyched to find a new place to try them. Haitian Patties are different from the Jamaican ones in that they have more of a puff pastry shell whereas the Jamaican shell is flaky but not usually that puffy. I always describe the patties at Immaculee like "beef croissants" and the ones at the Church Avenue Bakery were similarly light and puffy but more delicate, the puff pastry was kind of amazing and if it's made in house I am super-impressed. I ate a salt cod one in the store and immediately bought 2 more to bring home. They were not greasy at all and the filling was delicate, delicious and not too salty. The other available patty varieties were beef, chicken, spinach and I think a herring one. On the strength of the codfish filling in the patties I decided to order a codfish bake. Now, I have had many terrible bakes in the area--oily, leaden, stale, too salty, too chewy--a myriad of issues. This one was definitely a huge improvement. The filling was especially good as again the salt cod had been carefully prepared and cooked or stewed somehow with veggies that I could see and taste, including peppers and cabbage. It was very good and freshly made. The pepper sauce they put on it was great too, the scotch bonnet flavor came through.
Overall the bakery itself is really welcoming, nicely appointed and renovated, with kind people working there (prob the owners?) The only thing lacking is seating. They have soup, daily food specials (I saw appetizing-looking meat, rice and veggies), a selection of teas, coffee and lots of cookies and good bread. I bought three big white bread rolls for $1.25, they kind of reminded me of portuguese style baked goods in that they are soft with some bite to them. The lady working the counter told me that while they are a Haitian bakery they incorporate lots of different Caribbean foods into their kitchen. I could see the guy cooking in the back and he just seemed like someone with genuine care and attention to food. If the Church Ave Q train was my train stop, I'd probably be grabbing coffee and bakes here a few times a week.
The address is 1917A church ave, btw. Ocean and St. Paul's Place.
It's literally next door to Ram's, so you can stop there too for a roti. I ended up getting some fishcakes and an aloo pie at Ram's and was way too full after the patties and the bake. Ooops!
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