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Petite Thuet (King East)

Posted by Amanda DiPasquale / Posted on June 1, 2010

Petite ThuetPetite Thuet has a high-end, woodsy cottage feel with a Parisian inspired menu. With gold and red patterned dining room chairs, Manitoba maple wooden tables and a chandelier made of painted twigs; the beauty is in the natural details. Located on King East, the space was formerly operated as Zoulpy's Deli. This is the fourth Petite Thuet location, with the three others located in Forest Hill, Rosedale and the Financial District.

Everything on their extensive menu is made in house from the take home dinners, jams, terrines, sandwiches and salads, to the pastries and croissants. Of course, we wouldn't expect anything less from Toronto's most famous Alsatian chef.

While it would be highly unlikely to spot Marc Thuet himself behind the counter, his well trained minions offer hand made breads like pumpkin seed ($7) or dark rye ($6.50) or flaky croissants like the pain au chocolat ($2.75).

The lunch special is a side salad and grilled sandwich ($11) with options like the chicken club with provolone speck. They also offer specialty take home dinner items like the spicy Toulouse sausage ($14.54) or creamy mac and cheese ($8.95). Shelves are stocked full of homemade jams and sauces like wild ginger syrup ($11) or elderberry jam ($12.95).

Petite ThuetI ordered a single shot of espresso ($1.75) while Stefania ordered a latte ($2.50). The espresso is made from fair-trade organic Columbian beans from Mountain View Estates, while their regular coffee is an organic Peruvian blend. WiFi is free and there's a modest amount of comfy seating space. The staff was super friendly and accommodating during our entire visit.

Petite ThuetPetite Thuet has many hands to help with the creation of their diverse menu. I spoke to Jay Moore, one of the chefs who explained the baking schedules. With four food chefs, three pastry chefs, three bakers, and a one man croissant team, the kitchen runs strictly and smoothly with people coming in at different times to ensure that everything that hits the palate is fresh. They even have a special macaron team.

Petite ThuetOh those macarons. Stefania and I shared four of the colourful treats ($1.95 each) and that wasn't enough. Who knew three ingredients (egg whites, almond and sugar) could create something so eye appealing and delicious. My favourite was the rose water flavour while Stefania enjoyed the best seller, salted caramel.

Petite ThuetLooking to sample something savory we also tried the chef's vegetarian pizza ($5). The pizza was delicious with lots of grilled vegetables and chunks of creamy goat cheese. Interestingly, their pizza is made with croissant dough to add a little bit more decadence.

Petite Thuet also offers catering for hot and cold menus, brunch, breakfast, main course dinners and desserts. During the 9-5 grind in the sweaty summer months, I tend to daydream of cottages and Paris simultaneously. I now know where to escape and get a little fix.

Petite ThuetPetite ThuetPetite Thuet is open Monday to Friday 7a.m - 8p.m and Saturday- Sunday 8a.m- 5p.m.

Photos by Stefania Sgambelluri

Discussion

20 Comments

Yvonne / June 2, 2010 at 07:48 am
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I have to say their macarons look really ugly!! so uneven and so amateur!! I've also tried once in their other location.. taste bad!!! and of course expensive since it's all made by "celebrity" chef!!!
Kyle / June 2, 2010 at 11:38 am
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Sigh I miss Zoulpy's so much :(
Vic / June 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm
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I've met Marc and his wife a few times.. Marc is actually a cool dude... his wife on the other hand is the biggest bitch I've ever met!! When a customer walked through the door, she would give him a look from head to toes. Then smile fakely with attitude. Told her staff to serve him when her staff was serving other people and she's doing absolutely nothing herself.
Soren / June 2, 2010 at 04:08 pm
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Thuet makes a great baguette, but that doesn't forgive the couple's loathsome behaviour on their TV show.
James / June 2, 2010 at 04:21 pm
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Love the macarons! was in the other day and could see the guy in the kitchen hand making each one through the door. I don't think $1.95 is expensive, have you seen what the factory made biscottis sell for at Starbucks now THAT is insane...
seanm replying to a comment from Vic / June 2, 2010 at 05:32 pm
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Go cry about it on the Interne... oh, wait.
foodie / June 2, 2010 at 08:01 pm
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learn to spell dudes: MACAROON
omnom replying to a comment from foodie / June 2, 2010 at 09:04 pm
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foodie, you are too funny, macarons and macaroons are two different things.
omnomnom replying to a comment from foodie / June 2, 2010 at 09:05 pm
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foodie, you are silly, macarons and macaroons are two different things!
JR / June 4, 2010 at 12:12 am
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From the looks of that latte, I'm guessing barista training was not part of the opening process. Oh well, I'll remember to order drip if I'm ever in there.
justagirl / June 4, 2010 at 01:17 pm
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i just know i walked past there King St W location, and they had a spelling mistake on the sandwich board outside, stating they had:
'cookies & sand witches'.

need i say more.
Jane / June 4, 2010 at 04:41 pm
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petit Thuet is French. Therefore they do not sell "Pizza" they sell "pissaladiere"
Kim / June 8, 2010 at 01:41 pm
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I had brunch here a few weeks ago and it was absolutely amazing. I had the eggs benedict with salmon and my friend had the french toast. We were both impressed. I'm going back to try their "sand witches" soon.
jess replying to a comment from omnom / September 11, 2010 at 11:54 pm
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Actually, macaron (french spelling) and macaroon (english spelling) are the same thing. To avoid confusion with coconut macaroons, some bakeries use the french spelling.
KellyDee / October 1, 2010 at 03:21 pm
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macaron

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macaroon

It can probably be debated. I like to think of them as separate.

I did noticed they were all different sizes which was a little disappointing, but the salted caramel one blew my mind. Raspberry was good but not as good as the caramel.

Hassan / October 26, 2010 at 10:25 pm
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Hello,
After a search for the best place to sell French Macaroons I was told to order it from Petite Thuet since the Chef is trained in France(instead of ordering them from Moroco Chocolat-Yorkville).
It was my birthday today and I thought I will make a surprise to everybody and prove to some guests Canada is very sophisticated and we have French Macaroons too!! As I was in Paris in October and loved the culture of Cafe’s and those heavenly sweets.
I made the order for 30 of the rosewater macaroons(very popular in Paris)..I have paid $96 and bought some croissants aux amandes, I was very disopintned as the rosewater macaroons did not taste anything close to rosewater, it was just plane not even vanilla flavour and he sprinkled it with rose coloured artificial sprinkle there is no flavour, I can’t imagine he called this rosewater macaroons or probably the girl who took the order made a mistake......I will definitely try to get in contact with the chef asap other wise the croissants were perfect.

Luke / March 30, 2012 at 11:50 am
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I bought their baguette a few days ago which was very good.

I went back and tried a macaron salted caramel while it was alright, di dnot compare to Paris Store FAUCHON macarons at all.

Was dissapointed at the more "american" flavours of cookies and cream macaron, I wish someone in Toronto did Praline or butter cream macaron like I jsut tried a week ago in paris, BEST EVER, and i'm not huge into macarons!
Gingerbread replying to a comment from foodie / June 9, 2012 at 09:33 pm
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Macaroon and Macaron are two different things. Macaroon is a uneven ball of coconut cake.

The one here is actually "Macaron". It also goes by the common name of "French Macaroon".
Tudval / November 29, 2012 at 07:42 pm
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Their breads are the best in Toronto, of course you still find the odd one who maybe a bit substandard. Not a huge fans of the macarons in general, but they were also the best I heve tried.
Vi / December 29, 2012 at 09:04 pm
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I've given their Macarons several chances, but they were always subpar; inferior to the other Macaraons I've had all over Toronto. The Rosewater one was definitely different, but it tasted very artificial to me. My friend loved it though.

I'm really confused as to why this place beat Bobbette & Belle in the Macaron rankings. B&B always looks and tastes clean, whereas this place looks dingy a lot of the time. I've never tried any of the other items on the menu because they never looked fresh when I went there.

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