Weekly Lunch Pick: a perfectly elegant sandwich at a perfectly elegant Summerhill pastry shop

Weekly Lunch Pick: a perfectly elegant sandwich at a perfectly elegant Summerhill pastry shop

The daily sandwich and a flaky banana-coconut croissant at Nadège (Image: Renée Suen) 

Sandwiched between Summerhill’s five thieves, Nadège Nourian’s second outlet is a jewel box of pretty confections and carefully constructed pastries. The midday crowds, however, line up for the freshly made and affordable gourmet sandwiches stacked in the shop’s glass display cases. Seasonal fruits and vegetables, along with fine meats and cheeses, spill out from halved homemade croissants or slices of spongy, loose-crumbed bread. The day’s special ($8) features translucent sheets of aromatic Serrano ham from France, thin tomato slices and loose ruffles of mixed greens on a rosemary bun with a crackly golden crust. Since it’s pretty much impossible to enter Nadège without buying a dessert, we opt for a flaky croissant that’s layered with fresh banana and shredded coconut ($3).

The time: two minutes from gaping at the selection in the display case to getting the receipt.

The cost: $12.43 including tax.

Nadège Patisserie, 1099 Yonge St., 416-968-2011, nadege-patisserie.com