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Delysees: New French Bakery on King St

kwass Sep 17, 2013 02:53 PM

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. elvisahmed RE: kwass Sep 17, 2013 09:36 PM

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

    1. elvisahmed RE: kwass Sep 24, 2013 02:40 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.

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        Delysees RE: elvisahmed Oct 1, 2013 05:56 AM

        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 :)

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          elvisahmed RE: Delysees Oct 1, 2013 11:34 AM

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

      2. jlunar RE: kwass Oct 2, 2013 02:01 PM

        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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          kwass RE: jlunar Oct 2, 2013 04:47 PM

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

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          ukers RE: kwass Oct 2, 2013 10:30 PM

          Does anyone know if they have gluten-free options?

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            Delysees RE: ukers Oct 6, 2013 11:43 AM

            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

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              ukers RE: Delysees Oct 18, 2013 09:48 AM

              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.

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              prima RE: ukers Oct 7, 2013 12:21 PM

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

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                JennaBean RE: prima Oct 7, 2013 12:25 PM

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

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                  prima RE: JennaBean Oct 7, 2013 12:29 PM

                  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. kwass RE: kwass Oct 6, 2013 11:33 AM

              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.

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                ylsf RE: kwass Oct 7, 2013 10:42 AM

                Photos and write up. Just glanced at the pics so far.

                http://www.blogto.com/bakery/delysees...

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                  ramenramen RE: ylsf Oct 7, 2013 11:06 AM

                  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.

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                    KhaoSanRoad RE: ramenramen Oct 7, 2013 11:40 AM

                    what does an authentic french bakery look like?

                    - khao san road

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                      JennaBean RE: KhaoSanRoad Oct 7, 2013 11:50 AM

                      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.

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                        Charles Yu RE: JennaBean Oct 7, 2013 12:41 PM

                        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.

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                          JennaBean RE: Charles Yu Oct 7, 2013 01:00 PM

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

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                          ramenramen RE: JennaBean Oct 16, 2013 10:23 AM

                          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.

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                    kellyoyo RE: kwass Oct 16, 2013 06:33 AM

                    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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                      akhorasanee RE: kellyoyo Oct 23, 2013 09:38 AM

                      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...

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                        Nevy RE: akhorasanee Oct 23, 2013 09:46 AM

                        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.

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                          kellyoyo RE: Nevy Oct 30, 2013 12:39 PM

                          No, Delysees is making their macarons in-house.

                    2. kwass RE: kwass Oct 20, 2013 09:27 AM

                      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. Juniper RE: kwass Oct 21, 2013 08:15 AM

                        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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                          jlunar RE: Juniper Oct 21, 2013 08:29 AM

                          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.

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                            Charles Yu RE: jlunar Oct 21, 2013 09:39 AM

                            Yup!! I love Jules too!

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                              kwass RE: jlunar Oct 21, 2013 10:50 AM

                              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!!

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                                Juniper RE: jlunar Oct 22, 2013 09:10 PM

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

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                                kwass RE: Juniper Oct 21, 2013 10:50 AM

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

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