Misfortunes suck about 99% of the time. On the rare occasion however, they can be a blessing in disguise. Case in point, I tried visiting the new Stuart’s Bakery that had opened on Kingsway in the place where French Made Baking used to be (I’m still utterly devastated that I’ve never had a chance to visit that bakery before they closed down). Unfortunately, I didn’t check their hours, and was horrified to find out that they apparently opened at 12 on Sundays (I arrived there at 10:30). Not wanting to wait outside for 1.5 hours, even if it was for cake, I headed down Broadway towards Main Street with the intention of taking the No 3 down to Trafiq, only to come across Bonchaz. Now, I’ve heard of this bakery before; apparently they make great buns. On a whim, I decided to step inside and give them a shot. They offered their buns in 3 flavours: original, banana walnut and chocolate truffle. Thinking that the original was going to be too plain, I got their Banana Walnut and Chocolate Truffle.
Banana Walnut Bonchaz ($1.75):
This was topped with a light sprinkling of walnuts and was filled with a sparing amount of paste that, in spite of its brownish colour, definitely had a strong banana flavour and contained pieces of banana inside. The texture of the bun was just fantastic; crispy on the outside, soft and light on the inside. I was pleased to find that the walnuts were toasted and did not taste stale. I also enjoyed the banana flavour in the filling, which as mildly sweet and very fragrant. I only wish that there was more of the filling and the nuts present, but hey, at just $1.75, I really shouldn’t complain.
Chocolate Truffle Bonchaz ($1.75):
This was similar to the Banana Walnut, except it came with a sprinkling of chocolate, and was filled with an actual piece of chocolate inside. Once again, the texture was fantastic. Being the chocoholic that I am, I really enjoyed the topping and the semi-melted piece of chocolate inside. I only wish that there was more of the chocolate inside (you can never have too much chocolate in my opinion).
I have to say, I really should be glad that I missed out on Stuart’s Bakery; I might have not visited Bonchaz and tried their soft, supple, squeezable buns (sorry, I couldn’t resist the bun joke, and no, don’t squeeze buns, edible or human). Seriously though, this is a great bakery, and I’d highly recommend people to check it out