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Le Matin Bakery

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on December 27, 2011

Le Matin TorontoLe Matin Bakery is the newest venture by French chef Jean-Pierre Challet. Those in the foodie scene know Jean-Pierre (or J.P.) as the culinary master behind Ici Bistro, though he's previously worked at the Windsor Arms, Rosewood Grill, Bouchon, and other venerable spots that have allowed him to show off his kitchen talents.

At Le Matin though, his new bakery on Coady Ave. just north of Queen in Leslieville, J.P. has returned to the basics with classic French breads and pastries. The baked goods enticed the community during the Leslieville Farmers Market this past summer, so much so that people began asking where they could get them throughout the year. "At one point," says Lili Presti, whose husband, Arnaud, has partnered with J.P. to open Le Matin, "there was a line about 30-people long. We couldn't believe it."

Le Matin TorontoThough many of the pastries have been made available at coffee shops throughout the city, Lili says it made sense to open one central location. "We really like this spot," she tells me, "because there's such a sense of community. And beyond that, people are very food conscious; they know good, quality products and aren't afraid to ask about ingredients."

Needless to say, everything at Le Matin is prepared the traditional French way with real butter, eggs, and other quality ingredients. The offerings include classic croissants ($2.00), brioches ($2.00), and pain au chocolat ($2.50), sourdough boule ($5.00), quiches big and small, clatouti ($5.00), and baguettes, obviously (regular $2.75, multigrain $3.00).

Le Matin TorontoThere are lots of fruit-based options as well, including a lemon tart that Lili has cut up into sample sizes and invited me to try. I oblige, of course, and take a piece of the tender, crumbly crust (you do good work, butter) and tangy filling that's both tart and sweet. Still, I know I have to try the croissants, having once been told that the mark of a good French baker begins and ends with his croissants.

Le Matin TorontoThe croissants at Le Matin are piled neatly behind glass, each baked to a perfect golden brown. Lili retrieves one off the top for me to take home, but the ride, alas, is just too long. I start pulling it apart, devouring it piece by piece, and the croissant proves the perfect combination of flakey, chewy, and buttery. While Ici Bistro might be J.P's answer to classic lobster bisque and duck magret, Le Matin is certainly it for the exceptional French croissant.

Le Matin TorontoPhotos by Morris Lum

Discussion

12 Comments

char / December 27, 2011 at 11:00 am
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the address is wrong. i work there. it's 5 coady street.
French Baker / December 27, 2011 at 02:52 pm
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I can't wait to visit... It looks great and is close to my place. Also, it's Clafouti.
Paul / December 27, 2011 at 03:35 pm
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I hear it's yummy, yummy, yummy!
Can't wait to try.
Sandman / December 27, 2011 at 07:06 pm
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Dammit east-enders! Jealous!
We need more options in the westend!
Carol / December 27, 2011 at 07:58 pm
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I am actually eating Le Matin sourdough bread and butter as I read this. It's perfect.
c'est what?? / December 28, 2011 at 01:58 am
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Do they carry the tarte au praline rose and bugnes??
James / December 28, 2011 at 10:05 am
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try Pain Perdu on St.Clair. Simply the best!
sarah / January 5, 2012 at 11:06 am
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I go here all of the time! We are lucky to have them in the east end! Ordered some of the quiche's and they were divine!!

kelly / January 10, 2012 at 11:51 am
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The sourdough loaf made my Saturday! Delicious! Very friendly service. I'm looking forward to visiting again to try the quiche.
Patricia / January 16, 2012 at 02:37 pm
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I look forward to trying le Matin bakery as I've heard that the pain au chocolat is just like in France.

Does anyone know if Le Matin makes ficelle? It's like a baguette, but much thinner and in my opinion more tasty too.
c'est what?? / March 6, 2012 at 12:02 am
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I think you mean 'claFouti' and not 'clatouti'...there is no mention of tarte au praline rose, though I think I see bugnes in the display case above. I wish SOMEONE out there carried the dang tarte I'm looking for!
Wendy Gray / July 21, 2013 at 06:02 pm
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We just visited le matin for the first time for ice cream (gelato) and while the actual product was good the portion they gave my 9 year old (who ordered the kid's scoop) was the equivalent of 2 teaspoons - and I'm not exaggerating. When I asked "if that was it" the women just said very passively "sorry, that's all". If she had said "oh sorry and added even a tablespoon - I'd have been ok with that. But she didn't. As a result we did not buy the quiche we'd intended to, nor will we be back or recommend it to my foody friends (who have been talking about going). That's a lot of negative PR because of 2 teaspoons of ice cream.

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