Petite Thuet is open for takeout and delivery. There are social distancing markers on the floor and hand sanitizer. Masks are mandatory.
Petite Thuet serves up fresh bread, croissants, pastries and sandwiches, offering all who enter a little taste of Paris without ever leaving Toronto.
Marc Thuet, who owns the bakery along with his wife Bianna Zorich, was born and raised in Alsace, France where the fourth-generation chef began his apprenticeship in his uncle's restaurant at the age of 12.
With another location in Rosedale that's been open for 15 years, the latest Leslieville location is located just across the street from the wholesale facility where they make their bread fresh every day.
They bake about 20 different types of artisan breads including baguettes and croissants, and Thuet's famed Alsatian sourdough.
Following the traditional way of breadmaking and what's been done in his family for more than two centuries, Thuet makes all of the dough without yeast.
The signature flavour and robust crust is a product of slow fermentation, hand shaping and a three-night natural leavening process.
All of the baked goods sold over at the cafe are also hand shaped and rolled with flour from Baker's Pantry. The Blueberry Tarte en Bande ($6.25) is a pastry with sweet jam and a mix of oats and nuts that comes topped with powdered sugar.
Thuet even makes homemade English muffins from scratch for the sandwiches with most of the fresh meat sourced from the farm-to-table family-owned business Beverly Creek.
The Egg, Ham and Bacon English Muffin ($8) is one of their tasty breakfast sandwiches.
Or you can enjoy a slice of their fresh bread with a generous spread of avocado, feta cheese and tomatoes ($9).
They also do salads if you'd like one on the side of your sandwich. The Garden Salad ($7) comes packed full of fresh lettuce, cucumbers, onions and a boiled egg on top.
Besides the quick grab-and-go items, the cafe also offers a selection of homemade frozen meals that can be cooked at home like the cheesy and well-layered Vegetarian Lasagna ($25), as well as some other typical comfort foods including Chicken Pot Pie, Shepherd's Pie and Mac and Cheese.
If you're in need of a nice add-on to your pastry, they serve up a selection of caffeinated beverages.
The Iced Americano ($3), along with the rest of their coffees, is made with beans sourced from Global Coffee Roasters and a Fiamma espresso machine.
Also sold in-store are homemade sauces including Chef Thuet's Puttanesca Sauce ($14), Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce ($14.50) and Chef Thuet's Arrabbiata Sauce ($14) as well as jams of various flavours like Very Berry Vanilla ($12.50).
They've made the cafe their own with help from Toronto artist and friend, Jacqueline Poirier who painted the mural inside, which has already been coined the "Selfie Wall."
The storefront on Carlaw Avenue that used to be First Break Coffee has certainly transformed into something reminiscent of a French patisserie.