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 Maman Toronto is a lovely bakery/cafe located on the mezzanine of First Canadian Place offering a taste of Southern France. It was a little tucked away in First Canadian Place (where the food court is), but it has a very rustic yet inviting ambiance. The entire cafe was adorned with cute bunny ceramics with flowers, wooden communal tables, and mosaic tile flooring, so it was very Instagram-friendly. There are already plenty of Instagram photos of their pretty coffee cups for your perusal online. Their menu also changes daily, and they offer an assortment of baked goods, coffee drinks, sandwiches, salads, and more.



Everything is baked fresh daily, and from locally-sourced ingredients. Maman recently launched tapas dishes on their menu, and I had the pleasure of attending the media preview of Maman's new tapas menu unveiling two weeks ago. The new menu was created by Michelin-starred chef, Armand Arnal, whose dishes are family-inspired recipes. Chef Armand Arnal is the head chef at the acclaimed La Chassagnette in Arles, France, and he has definitely added a lot of French flair to our city with the addition of Maman. As part of their cinq-as-sept bar program (5 pm to 7 pm); they also have a carefully curated wine and cocktail list that perfectly complements the tapas dishes served.

Herbes de Provence - calvados, lillet infused with herbes de
provence,lemon juice, sugar & egg whites
Le Vert - blanco tequilla, chartreuse, cucumber, lime & matcha

The new French inspired tapas menu features a selection of small and light sharing plates called "tartinettes" (the French version of tapas). Many of the tapas are served on toasted French baguette topped off with a variety of toppings. What I liked best was that customers are given the opportunity to customize their own tartinette board, and there are a few options available on the daily menu. Each tartinette costs $2.50, and the full menu can be view at http://mamantoronto.com/aperitifs/.

There were several tartinettes available that evening for tasting, and I was delighted that many of the combinations had flavors that worked rather well together. The kitchen produces contemporary French tartinettes dishes such as smoked ham with savora mustard & cornichon, roasted cauliflower with 2 year aged cheddar, smoked salmon with red onions, lemon & dill, and truffle "croque maman". Maman Toronto's new tapas menu caters very well to those who seek to partake in unwinding after work before dinner with their friends or colleagues. Maman Toronto is open Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch and cinq-á-sept, and Saturday for brunch (closed on Sunday). Check out their website for their daily menu, as it changes everyday.

 Sweets - chouquette, canelé, and cream puff with whipped cream and pineapple

** All photography taken by Joey Salmingo ** 

Address: 100 King St W, Toronto, ON M5X 2A2 (First Canadian Place)

Social Media

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mamantoronto/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_mamantoronto_/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mamantoronto
Website: http://mamantoronto.com/

Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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Maman Toronto

by on Tuesday, February 09, 2016
  Maman Toronto is a lovely bakery/cafe located on the mezzanine of First Canadian Place offering a taste of Southern France. It was a lit...
Located on King and Portland; Portland Variety is brought to you by Milton Nunes of bakery-cafe, Le Gourmand on Spadina. The 2,400-square-foot space features a standing-room cafe at the front which serves pastries, and coffee drinks during the day, and at night, it transforms to a cocktail bar. Portland Variety recently added brunch to their menu, and released their winter menu back in December. I have stopped by Portland Variety on a few occasions for their coffee and pastries in the early mornings. However, I was not aware that they expanded their café where it currently has the capacity to seat 82 guests in the back until I attended the winter menu launch. It was there where I got a taste of new head chef Matt Cowan's Euro-inspired bistro dishes with a mix of Canadian cuisine. All of the dishes served the night of the media menu launch were shareable, and there was plenty of food.




The menu at Portland Variety features a fusion of Canadian, French, and Spanish cuisine offering shareable plates for both lunch and dinner.  I was thoroughly impressed by the quality of the food, and there were a few highlights that I would recommend trying. One of the main highlights was the grilled octopus, which was juicy, and well-flavored. The octopus was charred, so there was a nice smokey taste to it. Normally, I find that the flavor of octopus tends to be rather mild, but the addition of the chorizo jam definitely added extra flavor to it. Another dish that I enjoyed was the Piri Piri fried hen flavored with hot honey glaze, which had a nice balance of sweet and spicy. 

Ceviche is a popular seafood dish in South America, and is available on the menu at Portland Variety. It's typically made from fresh raw fish, and marinated in citrus juices, which helps to cure the fish. Chef Matt Cowan's rendition is a beautifully presented and colorful dish. The Nikkei ceviche is filled with chunks of striped bass with a layer of aji de maracuya sauce making it a very refreshing and light main course. Additionally, Portland Variety also offers several small bites on the menu, and I enjoyed them all. However, if I had to choose, I would say that the cassava fries were the tastiest. It is definitely a healthier alternative as it was baked yet it still remains crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside. The cauliflower "popcorn" was a crowd favorite, and is such a creative way to prepare cauliflower.


Lastly, the bite sized beignets was the perfect end to a great dinner. The deep-fried choux pastry is lightly powdered with sugar, and filled with sweet vanilla custard. As for drinks - Portland Variety serves up plenty of classic and in-house cocktails. If you're not a cocktail drinker, then there are draught beers, bottled beers, and sangria on the drinks menu. Dinner at Portland Variety was a very nice surprise, and I really enjoyed it as I left satisfied and full. The cafe/restaurant is open 7 days a week, and they have upped their game by offering brunch as well.

Iberico Chorizo Croquettas ($11)


Biscuits


Salted Caramel Old Fashioned ($14) - bulleit bourbon, salted caramel liquor, orange essence,
angostura & a&p bitters



Cassava Fries ($8)


Cauliflower "Popcorn" ($8)


Champagne a la Fouqette ($27) - piper heidsieck champagne, st. remy vsop, eau de tea syrup, yellow chartuese, mint, blackberries



Black Kale ($11) - chevre noir, pickled grapes, hazelnuts, burnt honey dressing


Roasted Heirloom Roots ($15) - burrata, tarragon, walnut pesto, herbs


Whipped House-Made Ricotta ($14) - spice roasted plums, pistachios, grilled sourdough


Nikkei Ceviche ($21) - striped bass, aji de maracuya, persimmons, taro chips

Grilled Octopus ($21) - chorizo jam


Piri Piri Fried Hen ($18) - hot honey glaze


Sticky Lamb Ribs ($23) - harissa & maple glaze, spicy peanut brittle


Braised Shortribs ($32) - truffled semolina polenta, glazed roots


Gnocchi alla Romana ($18) - kabocha & burnt butter puree, pinenuts, sage


Beignets ($7) - bite sized vanilla custard doughnuts


Address: 587 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M5

Social Media

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PortlandVariety/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/PortlandVariety/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/portlandvariety
Website: http://www.portlandvariety.com/

Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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Portland Variety

by on Monday, February 01, 2016
Located on King and Portland; Portland Variety is brought to you by Milton Nunes of bakery-cafe, Le Gourmand on Spadina. The 2,400-square...
Bakery & Kaffee Haus (originally BakeryHaus) is an European bakery shop that originated in Vienna, Austria. The company started as a distribution business, supplying baked goods to many grocery stores and coffee shops before its expansion to a retail space. The shop itself is a small storefront located inside of the quiet Queen Live Market. Besides coffee, Bakery & Kaffee Haus also offers an assortment of baked goods from donuts, cronuts, cookies, macarons, and more. 


One of the coffees that they offer is the reasonably priced nitro coffee ($3.99). It's essentially iced coffee that is treated with an odorless nitrogen, and served on tap. The drink from Bakery & Kaffee Haus was rich, creamy, and goes down smooth. Definitely a coffee that will keep you energized all morning.


I also got to try one of their cronuts. There are three flavors to choose from; original, chocolate, and nutella. I opted for the chocolate cronut ($3.25), as it looked quite good to me on display. Personally, prior to my visit to Bakery & Kaffee Haus, I never tried a cronut before, so I didn't know what to expect. What is a cronut? It's a pastry hybrid of a croissant-doughnut created by Chef Dominique Ansel of NYC. The cronut from Bakery & Kaffee Haus had a nice crispy yet flaky texture of a croissant, and completely covered with delicious chocolate topped with nuts.


I also couldn't help, but tried one of the macarons available. I ended up choosing the pistachio macarons ($2.49), which was pretty steep for the size. However, the macaron was really good with a nice crunchy exterior, and creamy filling that wasn't overly sweet.


Address: 238 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1Z9

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Disclaimer:The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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Bakery & Kaffee Haus (Now Closed)

by on Thursday, November 12, 2015
Bakery & Kaffee Haus (originally BakeryHaus) is an European bakery shop that originated in Vienna, Austria. The company started as a di...
Delysees is a modern French bakery located on King St W. Prior to my visit, I have seen several people post pictures of their macarons online, but I never knew that it was within walking distance away. I didn't see the storefront until I walked by it; on my way to barre at Barre3. My other half, J, decided to take me to Delysees for a birthday treat, and I didn't hesitate to go. The space was rather contemporary, and clean looking with a lot of white (walls, decor, and chairs/tables).


To the right of the bakery was a long and narrow glass display case, carrying all sorts of delicious baked goods such as macarons, cheesecakes, eclairs, and croissants. I came here mainly to try out their macarons, so that was my main objective. Delysees offers an assortment of flavors of macarons, and it was rather difficult to select only 10. Each macaron is individually priced at $2.25, but you can also get 6 for $13.50, or 10 for $22. I absolutely adore the sturdiness of their box, as both the macarons, and cheesecake remained intact from the walk back. 



I opted to get the 10 macarons box for $22.00. The flavors that I got was praline crunch, red velvet, marrakesh mint tea, salted caramel, vanilla birthday cake, coconut raspberry, blueberry buttercream, roasted pistachio, strawberry cheesecake, and crème brûlée. The macarons had a slightly crunchy shell, but its generous filling was nicely chewy on the inside. 


I also got a raspberry cheesecake ($7.50), which looked rather appealing in the display case.The cheesecake was smooth in texture yet light and fluffy on the inside.




Address: 780 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1C9

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Delysees

by on Thursday, April 30, 2015
Delysees is a modern French bakery located on King St W. Prior to my visit, I have seen several people post pictures of their macarons onli...