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What’s on the takeout menu of Barbershop Patisserie, Jill Barber’s new puff pastry palace

By Renée Suen| Photography by Renée Suen
What’s on the takeout menu of Barbershop Patisserie, Jill Barber’s new puff pastry palace

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Name: Barbershop Patisserie Contact: 859 College Street, barbershoppatisserie.com, @barbershoppatisserie
Neighbourhood: Dufferin Grove Previously: Bake Shoppe Owner: Jill Barber (Blackbird Baking Co., Chase Hospitality Group) Chefs: Jill Barber and sous chef Emma Bristo-O’Connor (Osteria Rialto, Alimentari, the Healthy Butcher) COVID-19 safety measures: Hand sanitizer station at entrance; three customers are permitted in the space at a time; contactless payment with touchpad sanitized between use; masks must be worn; six-foot distance markers for lineup Accessibility: Entrance is two steps up from street level

The food

An assortment of house-made puff pastries; some sweet, some savoury and all so very buttery. There will always be a few menu staples—like the popular sausage roll and lemon bichon—but customers can also expect a seasonal fruit turnover, a changing sausage roll (currently it’s a turkey dinner–inspired treat), a changing vegetable Danish. There will also be a rotating hand pie made with meat from neighbouring Vince Gasparro’s Meat Market (Bristo-O’Connor’s butchery background really comes into play with the pie fillings). While the pastries are available on a first-come, first-served basis, the shop also offers whole cakes for pre-order. The shop is currently open Friday-Sunday, but Barber plans to expand these hours—as well as her pastry lineup—in due time.

What’s on the takeout menu of Barbershop Patisserie, Jill Barber’s new puff pastry palace
The current seasonal danish tops puff pastry with butternut squash in a garlic-ginger and tamarind-spiced sticky glaze, and crumbled goat’s cheese. $4.75.

 

What’s on the takeout menu of Barbershop Patisserie, Jill Barber’s new puff pastry palace
Hand pie fillings frequently change. This one here is a classic chicken pot pie with green peas. $5.75.

 

What’s on the takeout menu of Barbershop Patisserie, Jill Barber’s new puff pastry palace
Here we have the popular sausage roll. For it, puff pastry surrounds a core of house-made breakfast sausage mildly spiced with mustard, maple and fennel. $5.75.

 

What’s on the takeout menu of Barbershop Patisserie, Jill Barber’s new puff pastry palace
The limited-time-only Turkey Dinner Roll features house-made turkey sausage seasoned with plenty of herbs (because stuffing), sautéed apples and a cranberry chutney. The puff pastry itself is topped with dried summer savory from Barber’s mother’s garden. $6.25.

 

What’s on the takeout menu of Barbershop Patisserie, Jill Barber’s new puff pastry palace
The current lineup. Clockwise from top left: seasonal squash danish, seasonal apple turnover, limited-time turkey dinner sausage roll, lemon bichon, chicken pot hand pie, sausage roll.

 

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What’s on the takeout menu of Barbershop Patisserie, Jill Barber’s new puff pastry palace
Okay, not everything is made with puff pastry here. Barber’s chocolate chip cookies are made with 70-percent single-origin chocolate and dusted with Maldon salt. $3.50 each.
What’s on the takeout menu of Barbershop Patisserie, Jill Barber’s new puff pastry palace
Barber’s chocolate fudge cake features alternating layers of buttermilk chocolate cake and chocolate pudding ganache. Available for pre-order only. $30. Courtesy of Barbershop Patisserie

 

What’s on the takeout menu of Barbershop Patisserie, Jill Barber’s new puff pastry palace
The lemon meringue cake features a moist vanilla chiffon cake and lemon curd mousse, plus a toasted meringue frosting. Available for pre-order only. $30. Courtesy of Barbershop Patisserie

 

What’s on the takeout menu of Barbershop Patisserie, Jill Barber’s new puff pastry palace
A selection of goods available in the pantry. Courtesy of Barbershop Patisserie

 

The drinks

The short beverage menu includes teas from Honest Tea and espresso-based beverages made using Propeller Coffee.

The space

“I had this lofty vision that I was going to paint murals,” Barber says of the simply designed room. “The pattern of the single brushstroke that I ended up doing is because that is the extent of my artistic abilities.” One section of the space houses a pantry shelf stocked with goods, including maple syrup made by Barber and her family.

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What’s on the takeout menu of Barbershop Patisserie, Jill Barber’s new puff pastry palace
And here’s the shop. Courtesy of Barbershop Patisserie

 

What’s on the takeout menu of Barbershop Patisserie, Jill Barber’s new puff pastry palace

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