A few months ago, I discovered a newly-opened Japanese pâtisserie called mon K pâtisserie, located at Oxwell & O’Connor. I was ecstatic because they create French pastries with Japanese influences, which is similar to what I do :D It was pretty much out of the way for me, but that’s never going to stop me from indulging in delicious sweets – not the sunny hot weather, not the lack of air conditioning. Actually the lady told me the air conditioner broke down that day, which was unfortunate, but it was a small matter compared to the table full of sweets, right in front of me XD
Mon K pâtisserie is really simple, clean, and cute – just like many of the cafés and bakeries in Japan. It’s warm and inviting, with wooden tables and tiny plants placed on each one. Their menu includes many different types of bread, danishes, both sweet and savoury pastries, and cakes. They also have a shelf neatly stacked with house-made jam, adorably packaged. Beverages like tea and coffee are also on their menu, but they don’t mind if you purchase something cold and icy from the Starbucks next door.
There were quite a number of items I wanted to try which were on their Facebook page, but many were not available that day. Though of course, that never stopped me from ordering more than I had in mind (I had lunch right before :P). My friend only had a lemon meringue tart, and I ordered 5 items in total (heh). Because we were there half an hour before closing, they packaged all of the choux à la crème on display into a box before I could lay my hands on one (boo).
Anyway, let’s talk about what I enjoyed. To start, we have to begin with the mont blanc, which is an extremely, extremely popular dessert in Japan. It’s basically chestnut purée/cream piped on top of a tart, meringue, or cake. For their version, they used cute mini plastic cups and filled them with a very light chestnut cream, with sweet chestnut purée and sponge underneath, adorned with crisp, chocolate pearls. This dessert is super light and the taste of chestnut is mostly from the purée at the bottom.
The earl grey macaron did have a prominent flavour to it, and I would say mon K pâtisserie’s macarons are up to par with my favourite macaron places in the city. The green tea éclair was heavenly, and I will say that I was quite surprised by how strong the green tea flavour was. The pastry itself was just the right texture and the green tea pastry cream filling was generous and delicious.
Because I don’t really like chocolate cakes (just a preference thing), I decided to go with a lemon chocolate tart. Yes I know what you’re thinking, didn’t she just say she doesn’t like lemon desserts or chocolate cakes? It’s true to a certain extent (chuckles). I love anything chocolate except for chocolate cake, so lemon + chocolate is absolutely fine with me. The sweetness in chocolate helps to balance out the tangy lemon, so I do enjoy desserts that incorporate the two. I found the candied lemon peel on top especially delish too, haha.
I will certainly be visiting mon K pâtisserie again in the near future, hopefully in the Fall when new items will be introduced (I hope! ^^).
1040 Coxwell Avenue
Toronto ON M4C 3G5