Duo Patisserie

Duo Patisserie

Duo Patisserie is a unique concept for the Richmond Hill/Markham area. While traditional Chinese bakeries are rampant here, one may have a hard time finding French-inspired desserts. Duo fills this void.

Good friends Eric Chan, Rocky Yuen, and Debra Kwan realized their dream of opening a bakery in November 2014. Eric is the head pastry chef, using his 10+ years experience in the industry to construct the menu. Rocky takes care of the coffee, using his extensive knowledge as a barista and Debra runs the front of house.

Duo Patisserie

The decor here is minimalist, eschewing the 'less is more' philosophy of the owners. The white and grey tones give the space a bright and clean look, with a modern, Japanese feel.

Duo Patisserie

The menu is concise with a selection of croissants (sweet and savoury), a few flavours of macrons, and a handful of pastries. For a hot beverage to pair with your dessert they offer a good selection of espresso drinks, with beans sourced from local favourite Pilot Coffee Roasters .

Duo Patisserie

I start with a plain croissant ($2.50), presented beautifully on a wooden cutting board. The croissant is quite buttery, with fluffy, rich layers. The outer part was unexpectedly crunchy, and not as flaky as I would have liked.

Duo Patisserie

The lemon tart ($4.50) is my favourite sampling of the day. It consists of a light lemon filling that has a silky smooth texture, atop an almond shortbread crust. The filling is a real winner; it has the perfect amount of tartness, and it is not overly sweet. The shortbread provides a nice cookie texture to balance the filling.

Duo Patisserie

The Mont Blanc ($7.00) is a top seller. This mountain shaped pastry consists of chestnut puree, and whipped cream over a shortbread crust. The filling is light, and airy with subtle chestnut flavours. This pastry shows some strong Chinese influence and should be a hit for those who prefer their desserts less sweet.

Duo Patisserie

To accompany my pastries, I try their Flat White ($3.50), prepared using Mod Bar equipment and presented with beautiful latte art. The Flat White is quite strong which complements my desserts nicely; although it lacked the smooth, creamy consistency I was hoping for.

Duo Patisserie

With their attention to detail, friendly customer service, and ever-growing menu Duo Patisserie should mature into a local favourite, and hopefully prove that there is room for this kind of concept in the Markham area.

Duo Patisserie

Photos by Javin Lau


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