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Delysees: New French Bakery on King St

A new French bakery is opening on King West.

Here are links to both their Facebook page and their Instagram page:

https://www.facebook.com/Delysees

http://instagram.com/delyseestoronto

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  1. Looks nice will give it a try next time I am in the area

    1. Hmm walked by today the place is far from open I would say end of this week or maybe next.
      Someone was putting up the sign and they had a lot of chair and tabled wrapped up. There were some people inside who looked happy that someone is showing interest. I hope its a good joint for desserts and coffee as there is a bit of void in this stretch for a decent place (one can go up to queen street as there are few options there.

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      1. re: elvisahmed

        hello :)

        oh yes, we were pushing to open last week, and we made it, we are all open, come in... we had a soft opening and all went great...looking forward to have you come in :)

        1. re: Delysees

          OK good to know. Will give it a try when I am in the area next time

      2. Went today. Third day officially open. They gave me a sample of their sweet sandwich and then didn't charge me for my salad (because it was the "last of the salad"). Very nice of them, though ymmv.

        Lovely space - clean lines and glossy whites everywhere.

        Their glass counter showcases neat rows of sandwiches: tuna, bocconcini and tomato, ham, salmon, chèvre, and procuitto. There were some options for a salad (I had the corn and red pepper - don't recall the other two) and it all makes for a nice for a light lunch - or a lunch with plenty of options. These are 2 for $6 or something like that.

        Their sandwiches are dainty little things that would please those looking for something less heavy to nibble on. Or if you're like me, someone who can't decide and likes to have options. So instead of one large sandwich, you'll get two (or three!) little ones. I tried their smoked salmon and their bocconcini sandwiches and found them as-expected. These are typical French sandwiches that are made from few ingredients, but usually of decent quality. The bread itself, I wish was a little chewier inside - a little more bounce to things.

        They also have extra snack-sized sandwiches on sweet bread: gruyere, ham, blue cheese, mortadella, and tuna. I'm told that these are currently the rage in Paris. Not having been recently (or often, sigh), I can't confirm this, but I did enjoy the sweet+savoury bite. I'd see this as a great option for those who aren't interested in sweets for an afternoon bite. These are 3 for $6 or something like that.

        Baked goods are fair - I tried the mini versions of the raisin roll, pain au chocolat, croissant, and the apple turnover. My favourite of the four was the apple turnover - a nice little not-too-sweet treat. Their croissant does not supplant my current pick of the city. I wonder if the larger versions would yield better results. I'd probably not get any of them again. Just not worths.

        If I overheard correctly, their coffee is a custom fine grind from Colorado(?). Cappuccinos may be ordered wet or dry, which is a nice option I'm not always given.

        What I was missing were cakes! I didn't see any on display. Maybe later on? Or they sold out? Forgot to ask on my way out the door.

        My overall thought is that I'd return for lunch. It's a nice neighbourhood shop and the atmosphere is a lot more serene than the Pain D'orée chain down the street.

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        1. re: jlunar

          Thanks for the report jlunar. Will definitely check it out :)

        2. Does anyone know if they have gluten-free options?

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          1. re: ukers

            Hello ukers, we are working on some new products which will be gluten-free. Currently, all of our macaroons are gluten-free. Have a fantastic weekend

            1. re: Delysees

              Thank you Delysees!!!

              I have tried your macarons and they are fantastic! Perfect texture and great intense flavours. I look forward to trying some of your other gluten-free items. And honestly, if I could have a beautiful wheat flour and buttery croissant, I absolutely would! But sadly, I discovered that wheat and various other things make me sick so I take what I can get. I appreciate very much that more and more places are having a broader range of food for us food lovers who have dietary issues.

            2. re: ukers

              Wheat flour, gluten and butter are what makes French pastry so delicious.

              1. re: prima

                pastry + gluten free or + vegan = food crime to me!

                1. re: JennaBean

                  Don't forget the crime of adding whole wheat flour and/or multigrain flour where it doesn't belong.

                  You know we live in a city that doesn't understand French pastry when there's a market for multigrain croissants.

            3. I went today, and while it was good, it wasn't spectacular, or a place I'd rush back to. I had the mini versions of the butter croissant, the apple turnover, and the pain au raisin.

              Butter Croissant: probably would have been better in the large version. It was really soft, with a crispy exterior, but simply average. Maybe could have been a bit more buttery.

              Apple Turnover: Really delicious!! It was the best what I bought today.

              Pain au raisin: Disappointing. Pain au raisin is one of my favourite things. But this one seemed to have had almond paste in it, which is weird. Definitely would not order this again.

                1. re: ylsf

                  Maybe it's just the angle of the pic on BlogTO but I really don't like how the bakery looks from the outside. It looks like a car showroom or a designer lighting warehouse or something, not an authentic French bakery.

                  1. re: ramenramen

                    what does an authentic french bakery look like?

                    - khao san road

                    1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                      Generally speaking they are cozy, warm and inviting. Often more over crowded with product than sparse given the small spaces they often call home. I think you would be more likely to find this sort of French bakery in a well heeled part of Tokyo. Even an opulent place such as Laduree is far more warm in terms of the space.

                      Well I don't expect a traditional French look here in Toronto I understand what ramenramen is referring to in terms of look and feel. This space is rather cold and sterile IMO.

                      1. re: JennaBean

                        Hello JennaBean,
                        I think a lot of things have changed with the times. Nowadays, I find quite a few Patisseries in Paris for example, no longer warm and cozy but cold and high tech. Very often products are 'individually' displayed in their own little sanctuary rather than in one huge display. Patisserie des Reves on Rue De Bac is one of such store I have visited!

                        May be owner of Delysees is a Star Trek fan and would like to adopt a more high tech look?! Ha!!

                        Remember the old days when your typical traditional Chinese restaurants have Dragon pillars and Lanterns hanging from ceilings? Nowadays, a 'Chinese' restaurant like Yang's is modern and stark whilst one like Casa Victoria even uses 'French' Louis XV decor.

                        1. re: Charles Yu

                          I know what you mean and it is a shame IMO. That being said, I did say "traditional" not contemporary. :-)

                        2. re: JennaBean

                          A commenter on the BlogTO piece said that it's the re-purposed sales centre for the condo across the street, which explains why it looks the way it does (not comparing "authentic" vs. "inauthentic" -- the space doesn't look like it was designed as a place to enjoy food).

                          Anyway, despite that I am still looking forward to trying it.

                  2. The macarons at Delysees are absolutely fantastic. The best I've found so far in Toronto. Great texture -- very tender with just enough tooth and concentrated flavour to make eating just one a satisfying experience. Not too sweet either.

                    They offer some interesting flavours like Lime Basil and both milk and dark chocolate.

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                    1. re: kellyoyo

                      This is affiliated with Point G in Montreal...I loved the macaroons at Point G and they mentioned that their affiliate was opening up in Toronto...I have yet to visit delysee but I cant wait to see if they have all the offerings they had in Mtl: http://www.boutiquepointg.com/wp-cont...

                      1. re: akhorasanee

                        Are they shipping the macaron in from Montreal? If so, I hope they do a better job than the place that shipped Point G macaron to Mississauga.

                        1. re: Nevy

                          No, Delysees is making their macarons in-house.

                    2. Funny how Delysees just posted this pic on instagram:

                      http://instagram.com/p/fsPwwixkai/

                      I guess they want to show us that they're actually doing the baking...lol!!

                      1. I was there on the weekend -- I live nearby and was hoping this would be the answer to my French Croissant weekend breakfast dreams. No such luck.

                        The staff were extremely pleasant and efficient despite the crazy line-up. The decor is what I would term "generically appealing transitional".

                        As for the pastries, however, I found them to be... meh. I had a pain aux raisins and a croissant au beurre and felt that both were more pillowy than they were flaky. I'm no baking expert but it seems to me that the flour they are using is too soft and the butter does not have a high enough fat content? This was especially evident in the pain aux raisins, as the moisture from the raisins rendered the pastry mushy. I also wonder about temperature calibration and moisture levels in the ovens, as the crunch in the pastry just isn't there, nor is the deep golden colour you'd expect.

                        So my surprising verdict is that the pastries at Brioche Dorée a bit further east are more to my taste. Or, if you're coming in from the west, Nadège is a better option as long as you avoid the coffee.

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                        1. re: Juniper

                          If you're in that area I'd actually suggest going to Early Bird Espresso Bar and picking up the croissant there. They get theirs in from Jules - my favourite in the city.

                            1. re: jlunar

                              Jules is definitely one of the best in the city! I posted on another thread yesterday, that Patisserie 27, which I tried for the 1st time yesterday, is also up there with the best croissants in the city. A little out of the way (Jane and Annette), but definitely worth the trip!!

                              1. re: jlunar

                                Ah. Great tip. I've only ever had the coffee there and did not really have a good look at their nibblies selection. Thanks!

                              2. re: Juniper

                                I found Delysees croissants and pain aux raisins to be just meh as well.