Exactly a year ago, I wrote about the popularity of Italian bakeries or Fornos popping up around Toronto. Now, it seems like my sweet tooth is acting up again — and I blame it on the impending frosty weather — with a slight obsession with French pâtisseries that specialize in sweet and savoury pastries, sandwiches and sweets.
In my humble opinion, hands down the more delightful one is Nadège Pâtisserie located on Queen Street West across the Trinity Bellwoods Park (they also have a branch on Yonge Street in Rosedale and a soon-to-open by month’s end at the Concourse level of Richmond-Adelaide Centre). Owned by the fourth generation pastry chef Nadège Nourian of Lyon, France, this modern French bakery shop opened in 2009 with delectable petit chou (or cream puffs) and rows of multi-coloured macarons.
The other pâtisserie I tried is The Tempered Room located a little further west on Queen Street in Parkdale. This recently opened bakery is owned by Bertrand Alépée, with Tyler Lang as pastry chef, and features Sam James coffee to go with your croissant or nutella banana eclair.