My appreciation for French pastry goes just as far as my heartburn. I enjoy the mille-feuille fluff but boy oh boy is it bad for my reflux. Since I used to live in Paris and tried the city’s best pains au chocolat the high horse I am sitting on is quite impressive. I will never forget the one I had at Du Pain et des idées, it changed my approach to mille-feuille which I used to not like. Now I remember this moment as a buttery chocolate dream of my past.
As I was walking down King Street West I noticed Delysées – a bakery that claims to be authentic French. Well, if you want to be authentic you have to know how to make the following : a baguette, a croissant and a pain au chocolat. In the hope to relive at least a fraction of my romantic Parisian moments I went in and purchased a chocolatine. For $3,25 it is quite a pricey piece of pastry, but you can’t put a price on nostalgia, so – off we eat. And having the bar set very high but my expectations rather low, this pain was quite a phenomenon. Less buttery but very soft and airy the chocolatine was delicately crinkling, dissolving and melting together with the chocolate. Although I was expecting a slightly bigger chocolate bars, this was a delicious “chocolate croissant” at Delysées. Next time I will try their eclairs, they looked like tiny work of arts – comme à Paris.
780 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1C9
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
34 rue Yves-Toudic, Xe. http://dupainetdesidees.com