Delysees: New French Bakery on King St
- kwass Sep 17, 2013 02:53 PM
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.
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.
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.
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.