BJ Bakery – Polish Bakery and Deli
I have to tell you, I was surprised to find that I couldn’t locate an Urbanspoon listing for BJ Bakery when I came home today. Located in a little mini mall with a 7-11 and a vet clinic on Royal Oak, it’s only a few doors down from Elite Bakery, Makoto Japanese Restaurant and Georgio’s Cafe & Pizzeria.
It was just before 4pm on a Saturday and we were heading home when we felt the need to pick up a few bakery items. Originally, we headed towards Elite Bakery (we’ve never been there before) but when we didn’t see much pastries in the shop, we walked over to BJ Bakery to have a look. To our pleasant surprise, we found a wonderful little bakery/deli run by a Polish husband and wife team (Barbara and Jarostaw Broda).
The first thing to catch our eyes was this ginormous Salami and Cheese Sandwich… practically over-flowing with toppings. At $8.00, it’s not exactly cheap but it is big enough to serve two people. In addition to the salami and cheese, it comes with lettuce, tomato and onion on a wonderfully made ciabatta bun.
We quickly toasted our sandwich before we ate it at home which added a nice crunchy effect to the crust. This sandwich was soooo good! I think next time I’ll try their turkey sandwich.
In their display cases were some other savory items that caught our eyes. Their Sausage Rolls were pretty big and had a nice flaky crust and a tasty meat filling. When I was younger, I would always refer to a Cornish Pasty as a “Cornish Pastry”.
In addition to the savory bakery items, BJ also has a nice collection of European pastries including Black Forest and Tuxedo Truffle cake slices.
The Grandma’s Apple Cake (on the left in the picture below) is a tradtional Polish dessert (szarlotka) and was divine… the filling was not too sweet.
We were intrigued by the Polish Cheesecake (on the right) and what made it different than the NY Cheesecake that they also served. Barbara told us that she bakes the Polish items and that the Polish Cheesecake is a lot lighter than a traditional NY style cheesecake because it doesn’t contain cream cheese. The lighter farmer’s cheese makes Polish Cheesecake fluffier and not as sweet as the NY variety. I found it a bit dry but I liked the shortbread crust that it was prepared on.
We also picked up a Chocolate-Covered Ginger Cookie and a Raisin Oatmeal Cookie. While it may look like a pretzel, the ginger cookie is much softer than a regular pretzel and has a nice fragrant aroma encased with a velvety dark chocolate coating.
We couldn’t decide between getting the Grandma’s Apple Cake and the Polish Cheesecake but Barbara told us to get both and she’d only charge us for one since she was just about to close up for the day.
BJ Bakery uses no preservatives or additives and only uses unbleached flour in their breads – I know that I’ll be coming back to this little bakery in the future.
*Update: How much did we like their sandwich? We wanted to come back on Sunday to pick up some more but were disappointed to find out that they closed on Sundays… the horrors! Monday seemed to take forever to get here and I dropped by to pick up another Salami and Cheese in addition to a Turkey Ciabatta.
Doesn’t this look just as yummy as the Salami & Cheese?
They also serve freshly made egg, tuna, veggie & cheese, ham & cheese, mixed meat, chicken, and beef sandwiches on your choice of ciabatta, butter croissant and rye bread (see the menu below).
Ham and Cheese and Turkey Croissants.
Food: 4.5 / 5
Service: 5 / 5
7604 Royal Oak Avenue