Restaurant: Duo Pâtisserie & Café
Location: 4, 230 Commerce Valley Drive East, Markham, ON L3T 7Y3
Price Range: $$
As you can see it was snowing that day, yet I still stood outside to take this pic for you guys, LOVE ME.
From the outside Duo looks quite plain, I wish they had some decorations or design to give the place a bit more of a Pâtisserie feel. However, since they’re located in a plaza, I guess they couldn’t do something different with the exterior.
I’m really sorry if I got any of you guys in this shot! This place was packed during my stay (which is a good thing!) so it was extremely hard to take a picture. This place is very clean and modern looking. Unfortunately seating was a bit tight, I wish they would take a table out to give the place a bit more space, but then the place is quite small in the first place. At most it can seat around 15 customers.
They have many pastries available, from Croissant to Pain Au Chocolate. I was really interested in trying this pastry called “8”, which had a lightly brûlée vanilla custard. In addition, they offer macarons and pretty little cakes – like Mont Blanc, lemon tart.
My friend and I got 3 macarons flavors, the 8, lemon tart and pistache to share.
The Lemon Tart was very refreshing and the acidity level was just right :)!. The ratio of the shortbread crust to lemon curd was perfect. In my opinion, if you are looking for something that is not as sweet as the Pistache, the lemon tart is a great option!
The Pistache was a little too sweet for my likings. The crust was flaky and adds a great crunchy texture to the pistachio filling. In my opinion the pistachio filling was a bit too creamy and the pistachio flavor was very subtle, I wish the flavor was a bit stronger. That being said, there are some layers of hidden raspberry jam between the pistachio cream and it really helps cut down the creaminess of the pistachio.
The texture of these macarons was good. The Matcha and Oolong flavors really came through, except for the Earl Grey. They were a tad too sweet in my opinion, it was too much that I had to drink water or tea to wash down the sweetness in my throat..
The 8 was my favourite! It’s like eating those Asian egg tart, except this one shaped like number 8. The texture was lovely and not too sweet at all :). Super light and flaky on the outside, the egg tart was soft and creamy.
In general, I enjoyed Duo and I would love to come back when I’m around the area to try other pastries, and their drinks as well! The prices are fair (and slightly cheaper) than other French Pâtisserie in downtown Toronto.