Delysées opened at the tail-end of September, much to my delight, and right in the centre of my ‘hood. It marries my passion of delectable desserts, flaky pastries and a chill atmosphere: offering up a moment of bliss amid the buzz of King West. Why the hesitation to stop in, or share comments on this new French Patisserie? (Until now, that is). Well, it’s hard not to compare newcomers to others, especially those a short jaunt down the road on King, or a few steps up on Queen. That said, with each successive visit I have grown more enamoured—I cannot get enough.
The croissants are buttery soft, so light that they flake with ease and the richness of the beurre literally melts in your mouth. The macaroons are lighter in texture than others I’ve tasted and the flavours are currently in the experimentation phase to pinpoint those palate pleasers. They recently installed in-counter refrigeration to present the petite cakes and tortes alongside the existing array of miniature sandwiches. The small bites are great for anyone who cannot decide which sandwich they want. I can sample two, or four, or even six—on a super ravenous day! The coffee on the other hand, needs some love. But I’m fine with that: I’m there for the French food. We can’t be all things to people, but I can have my cake and eat it, too. Speaking of people , the owner [Fred Naggar] and staff are über-attentive and curate a memorable experience for each and every patron. It’s nice to finally have a place that knows my name.