One of my favorite neighborhood foodstop, Palace Bakery & Cafe, is a delightfully friendly and quiet place to hang-out in every weekend when my duaghter would have her violin lessons in the nearby conservatory. My kids call it “the bun shop!!!” and would excitedly go there for a quick snack. Those big, soft, and tasteful buns alongwith their favorite Kool-Aid is a filling treat for these spuds while I enjoy a piecewith tea or coffee. A bright and spacious place with some whimisical and homey decors, and the wide selection of bakery items right within my reach makes it heartening to stay awhile and enjoy a a few minutes of serenity.
The baker and owner of this dainty and sweet place, alongwith with his partner and wife, is a cheerful fella who warmly greets all his customers. A lot of regular customers would swing by for a bag of buns or boxes of pre-ordered cakes and everytime would share a few moments of chat with him. I suppose the entire neighborhood is keen to this place because of this neighborly candor and of course the sweet buns and pastries that are just great anytime of the day.
Their buns are good baked with various kinds of filling and toppings of sweet delicate custards, saucy meat, sweet fruits and nuts leaning to a more Asian palette. A meal in itself or a quick filler, its a great alternative to donuts and muffins. They`ve also got a wide array of pastries, puff pastries, and cookies which we can pick out from the shelves ourselves. One of my favorite treats which I serve my friends for any afternoon tea and playdate is their tart: egg, chicken, and cookie crusted. One of their anyday fresh goodness are the 6 inch cakes that look so dainty and sweet topped with dark and white chocolate shavings, fresh fruits, and swirls of sweetness only the keenest bakers would know it by name. And their fridge is usually loaded with boxes of special occasion cakes every weekend.
People would also come in for hot meals and sandwiches. It would seem their soup is very popular since I often chance upon folks sitting in the dining area enjoying it with a fat piece of bread on the side and a cup of tea. Its so amusing remembering that one day I was sitting with a cup of coffee and a blueberry custard bun between my teeth, a man rushed in and asked the owner about the soup this lady he saw was carrying out and that it smelled sooooo good and would like a serving of it. Sounded like it really made him very hungry that cold lunch hour. He sat at the table next to me and seemed completely satisfied.
They have an operating bakery and kitchen and bakes all these good stuff on site. Some people might remember this place as Queens Patisserie which franchises are located around the city. But last year, I think, they changed it to Palace Bakery & Cafe and Queens Patisserie became a bakery section in the next door Asian grocery, Bayview Foodmart. But setting that aside, they continue to bake and fill the shopping and dining strip with the aroma of freshly baked goods. The best time to go here would be in the morning. Usually by lunch time and afternoon the baskets on the shelves would be pretty empty already.