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mon K Patisserie

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / Posted on August 27, 2013

mon K Patisserie torontomon K Patisserie offers baked treats in a style not often found in Toronto. The bakery was inspired by French cuisine, but the goods have a Japanese flair added on by the husband and wife duo who create them. Ryosuke and Naomi Kita are making it a priority to bring Asian-style desserts to the city, and two months in, they say it's working.

mon K PatisserieInstead of making sickly sweet snacks, Ryosuke, who used to be the pastry chef at Thobors Boulangerie, is toning down the sugar and catering to an Asian palate. Naomi tells me it's common in Asian cuisine to avoid excessive sweetness, and she feeds me a cream puff as an example. The top of it is lightly dusted with salt, and while the pastry and cream both have a sweet edge, it's just a small taste. The cream is so light and fluffy that I'd think it was low-calorie if I didn't know any better.

mon K PatisserieRyosuke trained in Tokyo and Osaka, and he brings flavours he picked up there to his classic French treats. Read: green-tea flavoured eclairs. Macarons, another of Ryosuke's specialties, are available in passion fruit, cassis and pistachio, among others. There are six flavours available at any given time (a box of 6 is $13), and I sample the salted caramel one. It's incredibly rich, and definitely one of the sweeter items on the menu. But, again, the salt tempers the sweetness so it's not too overpowering.

mon K PatisserieThe bakery is located on a stretch of Coxwell, just north of Cosburn, that's dotted with pizza places which look like they've been around for eons (not to mention a Starbucks and an LCBO). The Kitas chose to open up shop there because they live in the area, and they wanted to avoid the astronomical rent that comes with a spot downtown.

mon K PatisserieI get the feeling that mon K would draw quite the crowd no matter where they opened, though, and Naomi confirms that for me. She says lots of their customer base is Asian, and they come from north of the city just to stock up on baked goods. As I sit and chat with the couple, people who live in the neighbourhood pop in to get their fill of danishes, almond croissants, and baguette. mon K is bringing a little new life to East York—so pop in, lounge on their little front patio, and enjoy.

mon K PatisseriePhotos by Jesse Milns

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Sarah / August 27, 2013 at 11:52 am
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Macaroons I bought were stale.
yup replying to a comment from Sarah / August 27, 2013 at 05:43 pm
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just like this part of town.
mike / August 27, 2013 at 08:46 pm
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sarah you haven't had a date in years so the staleness of the macaroons would suit your body.
Holly / August 28, 2013 at 09:00 am
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Really cute place! Had a great danish there.
Drew / August 31, 2013 at 02:20 pm
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Bought a cake, a croissant, and a macaroon. They were all delicious, fresh, and the not-so-sweet flavour was very reminiscent of the baked goods in Japan. なつかしい!
Ed / September 8, 2013 at 10:08 pm
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Macarons looks great but they have to watch out for how long they left them in the display case. I could actually 'smell' the fridge on the first bite.
We were there 30 mins before closing, but will definitely go there earlier to try their croissants and breads next! Store front and interior feels really cozy.
Emily / January 11, 2014 at 01:37 am
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I never had the cream puff like they have!!
Just I want to say "Awesome"
Ivey / June 11, 2014 at 06:42 pm
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i'm just wondering....is there seats in the store?

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