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Delysees

Posted by Laura Adams / Posted on October 7, 2013

Delysees TorontoDelysees opened early last week on King West, billing itself as an authentic modern French bakery. A tempting claim, for sure, which motivates me to endure biking through rush-hour traffic on King to pay a visit. After catching a glimpse of the sleek interior and the croissants on display, I'm cautiously optimistic that I'm in for the real goods.

My optimism grows as I chat with the owner, Fred Naggar, who grew up in Paris. Naggar studied baking in France and Toronto before then starting his career in fashion. After 10 years in the fashion industry, including six years working in LA as a brand manager for the denim line Rock & Republic, "I wanted to come home," he explains. He decided to return to his roots of baking and directly engaging with customers.

His background in fashion is reflected in the bakery's decor, which Naggar describes as "clean, modern, and contemporary." The spacious white interior is accented with stainless steel light fixtures, while sleek white tables and simple metal chairs provide ample seating. Soothing French music plays in the background, and paintings of Parisian street life add a hint of colour to the walls.

Delysees BakeryThe modern atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for the baked goods and sandwiches, all made on site and artfully displayed on simple white and slate platters. Delysees serves up pastries like croissants and raisin rolls, as well as mini-mousses and French macarons. They also offer gourmet mini-sandwiches for a quick savoury snack, and freshly baked breads and baguettes. A variety of beverages, including espresso-based drinks, brewed coffee, tea, and sodas, are available to accompany your treat.

Naggar explains that he wants to bring to the neighbourhood a "local French bakery that's exquisite," with a focus on high-quality service and fine food. He very diplomatically avoids critiquing Toronto's bakeries, but says he wants to offer "smaller portions with a finer quality." No margarine in these croissants, mes amis, only quality butter (read: creamy and calorie-laden).

Delysees BakeryNow, let's talk about the croissants ($2.45 for plain, $2.65 for chocolate). Served on a simple white plate, my golden brown and flaky croissant is almost too pretty to eat. Almost. The scent of rich butter hits my nose as I go in for a bite. The moist and airy dough melts in my mouth, and even though it's after 6pm, there's no hint of staleness. If the full size seems a bit too indulgent for you, mini varieties are also available ($1.25).

Delysees BakeryNext up, I have to try a couple macarons, neatly displayed in rows of soft hues and vibrant colours ($2.25 each). Naggar rotates the flavours for sale, offering both classic and more creative varieties like vanilla, pistachio, blueberry lavender, chocolate sesame, and orange blossom.

Delysees BakeryBased on his recommendation, I start with the intriguing lime basil flavour. The delicate cookie has a perfectly smooth, soft green coloured shell with a moist and slightly chewy interior. The sweet lime flavour from the fruit filling is subdued by a mild basil taste that comes through. I follow it up with their most popular macaron, the salted caramel, which delivers a rich flavour in a couple satisfying bites.

Naggar says they sold about 400 to 500 macarons daily in their first few days, and it's not hard to understand why. These dainty treats offer a hint of sweet flavour without being too heavy or sugary, and feel far more special than your typical cookie or vending machine snack. During my visit, several passersby pop in to grab a macaron (or two, or four) as a little weekday reward on the way home from work.

Delysees BakeryAfter finishing my nutritious dinner of multiple baked goods, I hang out to enjoy the free wi-fi and soothing sounds of Edith Piaf. It's obvious that Delysees has generated some neighbourhood buzz since it opened, as I watch locals stop in to check it out for the first time. With its sleek yet welcoming atmosphere and quality treats, King Westers are sure to enjoy escaping the sounds of traffic and construction, and indulging in a little taste of Paris at this new spot.

EDITOR'S NOTE: We regret that this post wasn't edited properly the first time through. The post has now been updated with the proper spelling of macarons.

Delysees BakeryDelysees is open Sundays to Wednesdays 7am to 8pm, and Thursdays to Saturdays 7am to 10pm.

Photos by Morris Lum

Discussion

44 Comments

Curious / October 7, 2013 at 01:20 pm
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Please note, those are macarons, not macaroons. Does anyone know why macarons are so expensive? $2.25-$2.50 for a small biscuit always seems excessive. The ingredients are nothing out of the ordinary.
Laura / October 7, 2013 at 01:30 pm
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Looks amazing! This will give Nadege a run for their money, although you can never have too many great bakeries.

Regarding Cruious' question above: Have you every tried making these macarons? They are time intensive and difficult to get right, the price reflects the art form.
twinsies / October 7, 2013 at 01:31 pm
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Nedege?
Dave / October 7, 2013 at 01:51 pm
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They are a little more expensive because of the labor that goes into it. We've tried making them several times and are easily 3X the amount of work compared to a regular cookie or baked treat
J / October 7, 2013 at 02:05 pm
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It's a slightly uglier version of Nadège.
khc / October 7, 2013 at 02:09 pm
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Did they really have to make the place look just like nadege? Come on ...
bakergirl replying to a comment from Curious / October 7, 2013 at 02:12 pm
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They are time consuming and temperamental to make. Almond flour isn't that cheap either. It seems like a lot for one small cookie but after baking them for friends, weddings and other occasions I understand the prices now.
Roxanne / October 7, 2013 at 03:07 pm
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Looks beautiful and the pastries seem delicious. Can't wait to try it! :)
Joel / October 7, 2013 at 03:20 pm
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AMAZING!!!! I am so INCREDIBLY excited to try this place out! Honestly, it is just so nice to see such a beautiful and polished venue open up in Toronto... a welcome addition!!! :)
mmmmm / October 7, 2013 at 03:25 pm
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"His background in fashion is reflected in the bakery's décor". I suppose he was not very successful or creative in the fashion business , because the interior looks just like _ _ _ _ _ _ .
New Toronto Condos / October 7, 2013 at 03:34 pm
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I have passed by this place a few times while under construction and was waiting for it to open it's doors! I kind of feel like taking a break to head over there now, everything looks and sounds so good! Excited to try it.
Andy / October 7, 2013 at 03:44 pm
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I have to agree with mmmmm,I never seen an all white bakery in Paris,and they look like they are replicating Nedege.
VadimM / October 7, 2013 at 03:45 pm
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Great place with freshly baked goods. Tried their small sandwiches - they were really good. So were the croissants and macarons (salted caramel). I am a big admirer of French pastries and must admit that Delycees makes some good pastries. Decor is refreshing- combines the modern look with some classic Parisian paintings. A definite thumbs up!
Macaron_curious / October 7, 2013 at 03:45 pm
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Answering "CURIOUS":

My mom told me that another reason macarons are expensive is one of its ingredients, almond powder ($10/lb).
Bob / October 7, 2013 at 04:01 pm
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Great to have it open at 7am! Has become my new favourite latte stop. Pastries are exceptional. I live by Nadege and work by Deleseeys. Life is sweet!
bobo / October 7, 2013 at 04:13 pm
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Looks like a nice addition to the neighbourhood.

By the way, I'm all for freedom of expression, but I actually think the BlogTo comments should be moderated due to the volume of nasty, rude comments. It's one thing if someone offers constructive feedback, but the verbal vomit of the emotionally insecure adds nothing to the discourse.
Hazel replying to a comment from mmmmm / October 7, 2013 at 04:16 pm
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N A D E G E
Phil Treymont / October 7, 2013 at 06:32 pm
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Toronto is filled with a bunch of arseholes who criticise in order to feel better about themselves. Instead of happiness for other people, all they can feel is the sadness of their own anguish.

Macarons are great! Place is not cold and sterile. It is very comfortable and it smells awesome!

The hidden treat is the rye bread. Delicious!
Nadege / October 7, 2013 at 06:51 pm
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Copying is the greatest for of flattery!
Wally / October 7, 2013 at 07:13 pm
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It looks like I could spend some time there enjoying all the amazing treats. I am a croissant-a-holic and can't wait to try. In all its forms. Not a huge fan of all white, but I don't worry about that if the ambience and service help make it a wonderful experience, and I think it will here. And the coffee is good? Just checking.
Marie / October 7, 2013 at 07:40 pm
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Looks great - can't wait to support a new local business. Congratulations!
toronto dude / October 7, 2013 at 08:16 pm
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am definitely popping in for my macaron fix this weekend and what a great re-use of the former Minto 775 King West presentation centre
G / October 7, 2013 at 09:12 pm
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Looks like they use the wrong 'macaroons' even on their website: http://delysees.com/delysees_Macaroons.html
Gray / October 7, 2013 at 09:18 pm
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Best macaroons in the city. Just went and they are TOP NOTCH! Very pleasant and warm staff too. Will definitely be going back!
Roger / October 8, 2013 at 05:45 pm
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What, no almond croissants? You've lost me already.
Queen St. West Gal / October 9, 2013 at 02:25 pm
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RIP OFF of Nadege!
Manuel / October 9, 2013 at 09:14 pm
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Authentic?
How is it that this bakery had photo's of their products on their web site before the actual bakery was even built?

One of the girls who works there told me that they have a food supplier and just decorate everything on site.

Authentic?
Laura / October 10, 2013 at 11:32 pm
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I went tonight and was disappointed, mostly by the decor which felt cold and sterile in the evening. Pain au chocolate was good but the macarons were all disappointing. I felt like I was cheating on Nadege by going there tonight, but there is really no comparison and I won't cheat again!
king bee / October 11, 2013 at 06:28 pm
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Why the people here at blog to are soo nasty?! You should give credit to small business that helps create job and help the economy thrive, but you people choose to be useless! Im a business owner and you put in so much hours in your business and some loser would post something cause their bored? wow.. well i work in the area and ive been coming by herr for my morning coffee and raisin croisants and i love it! its so tasty and service is amazing!! Kudos to the people that actually post a real review :) ooverall i very much enjoy this place! :)
Roger / October 11, 2013 at 07:36 pm
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Congratulations, it looks good and yummy! I cant wait to pop by and try it.
Susan / October 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm
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Trying to ignore the nasty naysayers, as everyone should make their own mind up with the taste of the delicious proof to the positive. It would be a perfect world to have everyone copy the original Paris where I'd sampled and sought out these same delights.. so bring on the copycats ...though my vote for most flavourful lies here!
Veronika / October 18, 2013 at 07:50 pm
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Beautiful place, great music and pastries. I was surprised that when I asked for a little jam for my croissant, the young lady said I had to buy a jar, and she couldn't give me a little to try with my croissant. In Quebec, everywhere I went it was not a problem to get a little jam or honey to go with the croissant. I think Toronto must be different; maybe they'll go into bankruptcy if they open a jar and give a customer a little bit to try?
Michelle / October 21, 2013 at 03:40 am
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Delysees does not make their macarons at their bakery...
Which means they probably don't make their croissants either. Their kitchen is bigger than Nadege and if Nadege can make all their products on site so can they.

I think this guy is a fraud.
Michelle / October 25, 2013 at 08:33 pm
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Delysees get their Macarons from Boutique Point G in Montreal.
BK / October 26, 2013 at 02:29 pm
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Point G? which means these are all frozen macarons.....ewww
Josh / October 29, 2013 at 01:14 am
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Went into Delysees this past weekend with my girlfriend and was very impressed with the place. The guy behind the counter (presumed the owner) was extremely friendly and even gave us a chocolate croissant to try. I don't even like chocolate croissants usually but it was extremely good!!

Will definitely be going back!

Ps. Get working on those Palmier's, can't wait to try them!
Christine / November 1, 2013 at 09:09 am
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The hours are wrong... They don't have their hours on their website but every time I went thinking that it would close at 10pm they were long gone!
Tartine replying to a comment from BK / November 2, 2013 at 07:07 am
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just so you know, freezing macarons is actually part of the process of making them. so ewww you.
Jim B / November 10, 2013 at 02:00 am
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Some great pastries in this bakery. Definitely on the pricey side so we won't become regulars but it's good to go in for a treat every now and then. We think that if they lowered their prices a little, they would gain more regulars. It's never good when customers leave the store with that feeling that they paid too much.
Audrey / November 17, 2013 at 07:57 pm
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'Macaroon' is not wrong. Technically, macaroon is the English translation of the French word macaron. It's just much more common/generally accepted nowadays to use the original French term macaron in order to avoid confusion with the coconut macaroon. http://www.foodpr0n.com/2010/02/26/macaron-vs-macaroon/

Laduree, the inventor of the macaron, uses both the terms macaron and macaroon on their English site. If anyone should know the right spelling, it would be them!
Amanda / November 18, 2013 at 06:48 pm
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I will be coming back again and again. I Love this place !! Keep on working hard everyone and let this haters be haters. Just keep serving us amazing food. Thank you for opening !!
MONET / November 18, 2013 at 07:57 pm
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I like the place very bright and clean I feel like Iam in Paris.Food are amazing I love it so much that guaranteed I will recommended the staff is great especially the owner are very friendly,very accommodating and kind hearted.For the price of their cappuccino or either the tea or the beverages you try are reasonably priced and the taste is unique .Im from Etobicoke and I support them alot and I can spread the news !!!!!! GOOD LUCK !!!!!AND CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!
David / November 18, 2013 at 08:05 pm
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I love the place inside and out great design! the treats are tasty! the coffe is fresh! a great addition to king street I recommend this café for everyone to try it out! and to try there macarons when you do!!!!

a great place to sit and chat and enjoy the atmosphere aswell
Naz / December 14, 2013 at 08:09 pm
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Looks great and probably tastes even better. Forget all the negative comments. They're probably all jealous you did a great job. Simple is always the best. I'm very proud of you guys and I think you did a wonderful job.

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