Nugateau: An All-Eclair Pastry Shop on Toronto’s Trendiest Street

Nugateau: An All-Eclair Pastry Shop on Toronto’s Trendiest Street

Before Nugateau, I never paid much attention to eclairs. Sure, they were available at my local grocery store, but I thought of them as standard. Predictable even.

That all changed on a recent trip to a Toronto when I was invited to visit the Nougateau boutique on Queen Street West. I had just finished a food tour of Kensington market and was within walking distance to the shop, so when I got the invitation I made a quick detour, and I’m so glad I did.

I entered the small bakery, rectangular in shape with an enticing array of eclairs on display to your right upon arrival. The shop was immaculate, mostly white with touches of gold to match the logo. It smelled sweet, like toasted honey bread.

I asked for Kadir, with whom I’d been corresponding via email, and a man in the back of the shop quickly approached with a smile. Upon introducing myself, he shook my hand and welcomed me to Nugateau, like Willy Wonka introducing Charlie the Chocolate Factory for the first time.

Just like Charlie, I was privy to a behind the scenes look at the work that goes into these deceptively complex eclairs. Here’s everything you need to know about Nugateau, a little shop of wonders on Toronto’s trendiest street!

What is Nugateau?

Nugateau is a high-end bakery offering sweet and savory eclair options. Their creations vary from smoked salmon (Pacific wild salmon, avocado and wasabi creme, fresh cucumber) to the fraisier (vanilla cake, fresh strawberry compote, white chocolate chantilly).

There are endless flavors to choose from, but what really makes these eclairs stand out is the attention to detail seen on each piece. Every one is delicately garnished and made to look more like a work of art than a meal. They’re almost too pretty to eat! Almost.

Nugateau Chef/Owner Atul Palghadmal

Nugateau Atul Palghadmal

I had the pleasure of meeting Le Cordon Bleu trained owner and pastry chef Atul Palghadmal, who greeted me at an impromptu moment in the day and didn’t hesitate to take a break in what he was doing to speak with me. The gleam in his eye isn’t just from my rushed photography (apologies, Atul!) but also the look of a man who derives genuine satisfaction from his work, and from sharing it with others.

Atul’s grin stretched from ear to ear as he fondly recalled the more than 100 flavors he experimented with before landing on some of his signature offerings, like raspberry rose lychee (red crusted eclair, whipped raspberry rose ganache, whipped lychee opalys ganache, fresh raspberries). When asked what spurred him to experiment with eclairs of all things, he indicated that the base, a puff pastry, was neutral enough to blend with all sorts of ingredients.

He even expanded the menu recently to include ice cream eclairs, Iceclairs, just in time for summer. I tried the pistachio one and was floored. Somehow, the eclair retained its consistency despite being stuffed with in delicious (and quickly melting) pistachio ice cream. This was no accident.

Atul explained that making the perfect eclair is more challenging than people think since the consistency of the dough can change with the weather and external conditions. He’s constantly adjusting his recipe to get it just right depending on the day. With that kind of commitment to quality, it’s easy to see why Nugateau is booming under his direction.

Nugateau Locations

Nugateau was opened two years ago and has taken off, with a second location open in Saks at the Eaton Centre. Located in downtown Toronto, it’s easily accessible by car or public transport and makes a great pit stop for those attending an event at the Rogers Centre.

The flagship location is at 717 Queen Street West. Queen Street is a trendy shopping area frequented by residents and tourists alike. It’s here that you’ll likely find Atul hard at work. Both locations offer the same menu, so you won’t miss out on your favorites.

Nugateau Prices

The eclairs go for between $5-$8 a piece. This is a bargain considering that each is at least 6 inches long, made with the highest quality ingredients and assembled with careful precision. For the cost of a sundae at literally any ice cream shop, opt to change your routine and try a culinary-inspired option instead.

You can also purchase a box of 6 for a small discount. The boxes make great gifts for a family or work event and come in a decorative box so you don’t need to worry about wrapping paper or gift bags, just grab and go.

What’s the Etcetera?

Nugateau offers a range of hot and cold drinks including expresso, iced lattes and tea. They also have seasonal drinks and flavor shots, depending on what’s available.

I am so grateful to Nugateau giving me a taste (literally!) of their unique creations. If you’re ever in Toronto, be sure to check them out and treat yourself to Toronto’s finest eclair.

Till next time, safe travels!

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*Nugateau graciously provided a complimentary box of eclairs to sample. All opinions are my own.

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25 Comments

  1. August 11, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    All eclairs??? I think I started drooling as soon as I read those words. They look AMAZING!!! I can’t wait to try one. I’m visiting a friend in Ontario next Spring and will definitely pop in to Nugateau on my way. Maybe I’ll even buy her one, though there’s no guarantee it will make it all the way to her house. 🙂

  2. August 12, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    Oh my, you had me at eclair! Everything looks so pretty and delicious! Def bookmarking this if I’m ever back in Toronto! Thank you for sharing!

  3. August 12, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    I have to admit – I’m in the same boat you were – I’ve never thought much about eclairs. But these look and sound amazing! I’m really interested to try the savory versions like the smoked salmon. Will definitely stop whenever I go to Toronto!

  4. Anisa
    August 12, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a savory eclair. That sounds really interesting, wish there was a place like this closer to me!

  5. August 12, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    This place looks amazing! I’m originally from Toronto, so I go home to visit family and friends at least once a year. I can’t wait to visit this place next time I go! Also, how did you like Kensington Market? I love the nightlife there.

  6. August 12, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    Wow! Those are like edible artwork! I never thought you could put so much creativity into eclairs. I’ve got to go google what all their flavors are now…

  7. August 12, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    I am getting hungry after reading this 😛 Wow it looks so beautiful and I guess it tastes even better… I will definitely try this if I make it to Toronto!

  8. August 12, 2017 / 11:52 pm

    How is it that I always read food posts when I’m hungry?! The eclairs look wonderful — perfectly beautiful, really. I’m amazed that he adjusts the dough recipe depending on humidity. It would make a huge difference. No wonder they’re so good!

  9. August 13, 2017 / 6:10 am

    My first international trip was to Toronto, back when I was four. About the only thing I remember from the trip is how incredible Canadian pastries are. Perhaps it’s the French influence that makes the difference. Every time we would go to Canada, we would make a point to go to a local pastry shop and (over) indulge.

  10. August 13, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    Those eclairs are so pretty! Savoury options looks great and I wanna try it too if i get the chance!

  11. August 13, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    First of all, I think I saved every Pinterest I’ve seen for this place, and that was before I read the post. I am a huge francophile who hates macarons, but I LOVE eclairs! We go to Paris once a year and I can’t get enough of them with pistachio being my favorite. I love Toronto, but my last visit was 2011 so I need to get back there ASAP!

  12. August 14, 2017 / 12:21 am

    Iceclairs!? Sounds amazing !

  13. Kelly
    August 14, 2017 / 1:45 am

    Omg this looks amazing. I love eclairs and would love to try the assortment of flavors here. Wish I had this near me.

  14. August 14, 2017 / 1:52 am

    I was there last summer! It is such a cute shop and I loved all the different flavours. I will need to go back to try the Iceclairs!

  15. August 14, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    OM-freaking-G – are these a real thing?! I have to go here when I visit. Like, gimme gimme right now. I would die and go to heaven. These are my JAM!

  16. August 14, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    These treats look so delicious and unique! I have a really bad sweet tooth so these are just yummmmm! Lol great post thanks for sharing xx

  17. Julianne
    August 14, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    Raspberry rose ganache sounds heavenly!! I would totally order the raspberry rose lychee eclair. You’re making me so hungry! I had no idea that Toronto had such yummy desserts!! 🙂

    • August 17, 2017 / 1:51 am

      I had no idea Toronto had so much of everything, I’ve been seriously underestimating this city!

  18. Ivy
    August 14, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    Oh my lord… Im obsessed with pastries so Im definitely adding this place to my bucketlist! To be honest I was never a big fan of eclairs, but thats probably because ive never tried Nugateau. CanNt wait to go back to Toronto just for this!

    • August 17, 2017 / 1:51 am

      Ditto! But these were eclairs on a whole other level haha, thanks Ivy!

  19. Steph @ The Pink Backpack
    August 15, 2017 / 12:29 am

    Uhmmm this looks amazing! I’m going to be in Toronto next month so def will have to make a stop here. Love queen st W neighborhood too, def one of the trendiest 🙂 the pastries look divine, almost too pretty to eat.

    • August 17, 2017 / 1:50 am

      That was what I thought too, they were amazing though! It was my first on Queen Street, loved Toronto and can’t wait to return!

  20. Globejamun
    August 22, 2017 / 8:59 am

    Wow … a bakery only dedicated only to eclairs. Yummylicious. The salmon one sounds fabulous and the purple berry one looks divine 🙂

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