I found myself on the market for some glamorous nibbles recently (as one does), and my photographer friend Jodi Pudge said I absolutely must stop in at Nadege — a hot new patisserie that opened on Queen Street West at Trinity-Bellwoods Park here in Toronto in early July.
Remind me to take Jodi’s advice more often.
Here’s a peek…
I don’t know what’s more staggering aboutÂ Nadege – pastry chef Nadege Nourian’s spectacular sweets, or the refreshingly spare space in which she works her magic. (I’m avoiding the use of the term “pastry shop” because “pastries” don’t even begin to describe her creations.)
The interior was conceived by Nelson Kwong Architect, who opted for a restrained approach throughout the long, narrow space. The lines running the length of the patisserie are designed to draw Nadege’s guests into the very heart of the kitchen!
Nadege herself comes from a long line of pastry chefs (the tradition runs back four generations), having studied at a pastry school in Normandy, then working in top kitchens across France, London and Sweden. Now, with Nadege Patisserie, we get to enjoy her sweet treats here in Canada! Yay!
These little cakes are so deliciously detailed, it seems a shame to eat them. But I will, anyway.
Nadege’s macarons… Highly recommended! I love the colours… They’re like little pastel hamburgers!
780 Queen St. W., Toronto