Maman is a warm and inviting bakery and cafe that brings familial recipes to life from Southern France and North America using locally sourced ingredients. Every little detail – from the exterior to the tables and plates – is beautifully set up as if one is in a quaint Parisian boutique.
After creating buzz in New York, here and beyond with their beverages, sandwiches, and baked treats for the past year, Armand Arnal (a Michelin Star restaurant head chef), Benjamin Sormonte (restaurateur), and Elisa Marshall (designer & baker) have taken the next step with the launch of their new tapas menu.
The tapas scene is big in Toronto and Maman unveils their very own sharing plate menu – crostinis with a French touch. There are over 10 different topping variations to choose from in creating a customized tartinette board. A few of my favourites include anchovies with sundried tomato spread, smoked salmon with red onions, lemon & dill, and roasted cauliflower with 2 year aged cheddar. These scrumptious snacks are served on charcuterie boards, which will be splendid alongside their cheese tray selection that is coming soon.
Their happy hour (5-7pm) “cinq à sept” features their cocktail menu with delicately crafted drinks such as Foie Gras $17 (cognac, demerara sugar, and foie gras bitters) and Le Vert $14 (blanco tequila, chartreuse, cucumber, lime & matcha). The alcoholic taste and sugar contents are balanced, and are perfect to cheers to after work.
Maman’s identity is unique to the Financial District; having a charming, old-fashioned, and calming atmosphere with a menu that reflects that. Whether it be unwinding with their French wines & beers or nibbling on their savoury canapés, including their sweet lemon canelés and pineaple cream puffs, the refreshing vibes and pleasant French fare options from this picturesque bakery will take your mind off a stressful day.
Pictures by James Shay and Nick Lee
Also check out photos from the opening of Maman.