Ever since I moved into the Leaside / East York area mid last year, there has been a lot of exciting developments; new condos, light rail construction, Wal-Mart, etc.  At times traffic could be unbearable, however I am looking forward to light at the end of the tunnel which helps to ease all these growing pains.

I discovered Wiseys a few days before their grand opening, during one of my early morning jogs.  A breakfast/brunch place within walking distance from home, how convenient!  Upon my first visit a couple of weeks later, the establishment was fully set-up.  However, due to the huge kitchen/baking area, there weren’t enough seats so I was forced to sit on a bench.  Despite the uncomfortable seating arrangement, one thing that stuck with me was the positive energy of the owner and the staff.  Although it was busy and hectic, everyone had a big warm smile on their face, which made my visit memorable and enjoyable.

Their signature item is a ‘kiwi’ pie (named as such because the owner is originally from New Zealand), which included lots of different fillings, from the more traditional minced meat, steak and mushroom, vegetable to the unusual butter chicken and green curry filling.  The crust of the pies is baked from a fluffy dough, similar to phyllo pastry.  Pies come in both personal and family size.  During my first visit and feeling adventurous, I chose the green curry pie and loved the flavour and the kick.  In addition, Wiseys sells a variety of other baked goods such as croissants, scones, cookies, and donuts, etc.  Coffee are made with beans from Pilot Coffee Roasters, in a state-of-the-art La Marzocco espresso machine.

Since then I have been back for a take-out vegetable pie, which was equally as good.  On my third visit, I ordered a bacon and egg pie for breakfast.  Judging from the fact that I have been there three times during their first couple of months in business, they sure have a way of capturing customers’ heart.

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Wood panel back wall and ceiling beams add to its rustic charm.

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A big communal table and a wooden bench.  In my opinion, the bench is uncomfortable and nonfunctional, as there is nowhere for customers to put their plates or coffee down.

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A variety of delicious baked goods.

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The table on the side to hold spoons, sugar and cream is thoughtfully labelled.

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My bacon and egg pie and an almond croissant.  The pie was fresh out of the oven, and the croissant was filled with delectable crushed almond paste.  For sure they were not skimping out on ingredients as the croissant was quite heavy.  But to me it was a bit too dense, after being left in room temperature for a while.

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The inside of the pie with a good proportion of filling vs. crust.

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Flat white (left) and Americano (right).  A small flat white is $3.25 whereas a big one is $3.75.  As both of them are made with double shots espresso, I ordered the smaller size as I preferred a more concentrated morning coffee.  Flat white is similar to a latte and a cappuccino, but with least foamy milk.  The espresso based drinks here all came with a delicious bite-size house-made cookie.

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Room for more?  Get some to go!

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Most recommended: Obviously their PIES!

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Suggestions for improvements:

1. Replace the wooden bench with a small table, and perhaps with 2-3 chairs.

2. Croissants turned hard after sitting in room temperature for too long.  Perhaps an offer to heat it up before eating would make a difference to the taste and texture.

Wisey's Pies and Bakehouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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