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Ma Maison

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on July 23, 2011

Ma Maison TorontoMa Maison tries to give its customers that authentic French experience right from the moment they walk in the door.

"Bonjour!" I hear, as I step into the shop. You don't hear much of that greeting in Toronto, nevermind west of the Humber River. But Ma Maison seeks to create an environment that is French through and through. I pop by when the Tour de France is in its heat, and find the Etobicoke boulangerie/patisserie/traiteur decked out in yellow with a mountain bike suspended proudly by the front shop window.

Ma Maison Toronto"Obviously we want to create that French feel," says Tara Alléguède, wife of Ma Maison chef and owner Patrick Alléguède. "So we play French music, we're mindful of French décor, and Chef Patrick creates each dish from scratch on the premises using authentic French recipes.

Ma Maison TorontoChef Patrick's culinary pursuits began as a child growing up in the southwest of France. He worked in his uncles' charcuterie before going on to formal training, eventually landing culinary gigs in various cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, and Beijing.

Ma Maison TorontoChef Patrick's Ma Maison has now been operating for more than seven years, gaining a reputation for some of the best pâté and foie gras (about $13.95-$15.95/jar) around. His macarons, no surprise, are also quite revered, selling for $2 in traditional flavours such as vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and coconut.

Ma Maison TorontoMa Maison's salads, main dishes, sides and more are made with local ingredients when possible and always prepared from scratch. The shop also boasts daily lunch specials, which, when I drop by, is Rabbit "En Cabessal" for $10.50 a plate.

Ma Maison TorontoI figure if I'm going for French cuisine I might as well opt for the tried and true, and decide to indulge in one of Chef Patrick's celebrated croissants (which are popular during the lunch hour for sandwiches such as Smoked Salmon and Ham and Cheese).

Ma Maison TorontoMy chocolate croissant ($2.20) is a dark golden colour with a modest buttery flavour, which I can appreciate in its subtlety. The texture is just right--chewy without being heavy--and the chocolate inside is light and sweet. I can't say from personal experience how it would compare to croissants found in France, but I did get a "bonsoir" as I turned to the door to head home.

Ma Maison TorontoMa Maison TorontoPhotos by Jesse Milns

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dnr / July 24, 2011 at 08:08 pm
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Ma Maison opened near me 5 or 6 years ago and is a great but strange addition to the neighborhood. Try the ham and cheese croissants. It'll run you about 10 bucks but I bet you'll finish it before you get home.
MAUREEN / May 7, 2012 at 02:19 pm
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DOES MA MAISON HAVE GLUTEN FREE PRODUCTS? or must THEY BE A SPECIAL ORDER?
human / September 18, 2012 at 09:38 am
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I just bought a ham and cheese croissant, it was tinyt, stale, cold and salty...and I paid 5 dollars for it. Awful.
WBM / October 12, 2012 at 12:39 am
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That doesn't sound right at all. I've been going there since it opened and taking their pastries into work. Everyone has raved about the quality and several of my colleagues have driven considerable distances to check it out. We've also sampled some of the other stock (jams, dinners, etc) and have really enjoyed it. It's certainly not cheap, but I was just in San Francisco and I was paying more for croissants which don't even warrant being described as such. The store is consistently busy which I think is probably the best indicator that many others share my opinion.
Antonio / January 1, 2013 at 03:24 pm
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Ma Maison is a nice touch of France in a barren west-end area. The croissants and other breakfast treats are lovely especially when picked up pipping hot from the oven and the rest of the wide assortment of regional foods are tasty. I wish there was more room to sit as the seating area is small but a nice place to visit for a quick cafe au lait or cuppucino.
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Franca / May 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm
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This morning was our second visit to Ma Maison and it was as wonderful as the first. I had the light, flaky, and perfectly golden ham and cheese croissant with a perfect cappuccino. My hubby enjoyed a breakfast croissant (egg, bacon, and tomato). The service is fast and friendly. Cannot wait to go back for a taste of Paris!
Rick B / June 1, 2014 at 10:48 am
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While the croissants are delicious and the pastries divine the baguette is no longer worth the trip.

On Mother's Day of this year I picked up a couple baguettes as part of the special dinner we were making for my Mum. I noticed that they didn't have the same look about them as they normally did but being in a hurry I didn't question it. Had I known then what I know now I would have continued up the street a bit and gotten some Vienna Sticks from an Italian bakery that have been consistently good.

The bread had no crunch. For a good baguette, the crust is as important as the insides and this reminded me of something I could pick up at the local supermarket. The insides were flat and uninspiring and almost reminded me of Wonder Bread.

I'll go back for the croissants and the tartines but I'll go elsewhere for my baguettes.

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