First Macaron Day stop on Ate by Ate: Patachou Patisserie! Technically, my first stop for the day was La Bamboche but I wanted to show you all the beautiful spring and Easter decorations and delicious baked goods from Patachou first. I’ve passed by and even been inside Patachou a few times but I’ve never stopped to sit down for a meal. Coming here yesterday for macarons only strengthened my resolve to come back for a relaxing brunch and lunch sometime in the future because the food and decorations are completely up my alley! Everything looked so bright, happy, and colourful with vibrant Easter eggs sitting in meringue shells on the counter, beautifully wrapped robin’s egg chocolates sitting on the shelves, and flowers and Easter eggs suspended in the air. If I can swing it, I definitely want to return for an Easter springtime lunch, complete with more macarons and maybe a sandwich and a pastry or two! I dream big.
Patachou is a bustling French bakery and patisserie with everything from cakes, pastries, croissants, quiches, salads, grilled sandwiches, and hot cross buns. They have a number of baskets by the front where you can pick up some baked goods to go and they have plenty of dine-in seating for that mid-morning coffee drink, noon hour lunch date, and afternoon tea date. Their macarons are some of the most affordable in the city at $1.50 a piece and they normally have about 6 flavours on hand every day. Flavours include raspberry, chocolate, vanilla, lemon, and pistachio among others. You won’t find anything wild and wacky, but what you will find is rock solid flavour and fabulous texture.
Lemon and pistachio macarons are two of my favourites in terms of classics. I love lemon desserts in general and I fell in love with pistachio after having my giant hockey puck of a macaron from Metro over a year ago! I love how the macaron shells are nice and thick and so full of flavour here. The thickness of the macaron shells lends a richness to it that makes every bite and mouthful melt in your mouth and because of the thickness, the macaron stays intact after you bite into and it doesn’t cave in or collapse. I know macarons are pretty and dainty, but a little durability goes a long way – the last thing you want is the filling to spill out or the macaron shell to fall apart!
The lemon and pistachio macarons that I had yesterday are two very solid flavours and I’m excited to have their vanilla one sometime. If you can believe it, I’ve never had a vanilla macaron before, the simplest of all flavours! I’m always drawn to the really unique combinations and colours and because of that, I never get around to having any of the simple classics, so the vanilla is definitely the next on my list. I’m really happy that I stopped by yesterday on my macaron tour and hopefully within the next few months I’ll have more food reports from Patachou to share with you all!
Patachou is located at 1120 Yonge Street between Summerhill and Rosedale subway stations in the Rosedale neighbourhood at the corner of Yonge and Macpherson Ave.