Macarons et Madeleines
Kouign-Amann at Macarons et Madeleines
Macarons et Madeleines
Macarons at Macarons et Madeleines
Macarons et Madeleines
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2013 Jun 13
I can't say enough good things about this place...I've been going for just over a year now and what I've noticed is that the quality is getting better. Had the cannele bordelais, a pain au chocolat and 3 macarons and they were all very well executed which says something as these are probably 3 of the more difficult viennoiseries to execute in the french pastry world.

I have tried macarons at other places and they just weren't that well executed (hollow/hard/dry shells, separated filling) but Stephan's are always on...moist chewy interior with some amazing filling combinations...perfect.

As for the cannele, I'm not sure I've seen another place in Ottawa do them. They are very technical and take some real skill. What I had today was great. Nice dark brown crust with a just sweet enough moist interior.

And the croissants are perfect for me...flaky with great layers, moist and buttery.

This is definitely one of my favourite places in Ottawa.

2013 May 31
This place is absolutely phenomenal. The chocolatines are the best I've ever had, made with with fine quality chocolate.

The macarons rotate on a weekly basis and there are always three different kinds to try. They range from traditional (vanilla) to more exotic creations, usually leaning towards the latter. They are made perfectly by Stephan, a master in his art. The price has recently gone up to $2 per cookie but well worth it!

The kouign amann are amazing and despite the larger size, you will not want to share. Comments I've heard about it is "this is the best pastry I've ever tasted."

My favourite treat, however, is the simple medeleine. It is a little salty (not sweet) and perfectly crumbly. It disappears on the tongue so easily. I cannot get enough of these.

One very pleasant departure about M&M compared to other bakeries in town is that the pastries aren't cloyignly sweet. In fact, they are hardly sweet and I enjoy that fact very much. Most macarons are just sugar - not these ones!

Try this place! You will not be disappointed!

2013 Mar 13
We got some delicious breakfast vittles from Macarons et Madeleines over the weekend.

I had my hopes up for Cannelés, but when I showed up Stephan said regretfully that they weren't out of the oven. I could have waited the twenty minutes, but instead I figured I'd get something else and try them again another time. Serves me right for trying to get there early. If I had just showed up at 8:00 or 8:30 like a reasonable human being...

The croissants were nice and flaky, but not the greatest I've ever had ever. I detected a nice hint of salt in the crust. Maybe they're finished with a light sprinkling? (That's a brilliant idea.)

The chocolatines were nice, with chocolate sticks that I really liked. They were quite moist.

We got the three types of macarons they had on offer, as well:

- Marzipan and kirsch-steeped cherry
- Milk chocolate, rosemary, and bhut jolokia (OMG)
- Bitter chocolate

They were all great, but the chocolate-rosemary-chili one was phenomenal.

They do kouign-amann, cake, and croissants aux amandes on the weekends, even though they're not on the web page.

We'll be back. Oh man, will we be back.

2013 Jan 12
I bought 4 kinds.
Croissant is very flaky, bit on the dry side.
Breads have so much butter flavour but I don't feel heavy and greasy at all. Their breads reminds me the ones I used to enjoy in Japan.
Great with cafe au lait.

2013 Jan 12
Had a craving since being introduced to Macarons a few weeks back, did a bit of searching and came up with Madeleines and dropped by on Friday (Jan 11th). It's a bit out-of-the-way, but easy enough to find, and as others have mentioned definitely an interesting space ... it literally does feel like walking into someone's kitchen

They had three flavours available; Maple Walnut, Chai Tea w Raisin, and Raspberry w Mint Chocolate. I grabbed 3 of each, went to pay and then mortified to realize that my wallet wasn't in my jacket. Stephan had offered to simply pay the next time I dropped by, but I had some running around still to do so I headed back to grab the money. Definite kudos for the customer service!

Of the three, I think my fiancee and I both agreed that the Maple Walnut was the hit of the bunch. Chai Tea was tasty, and the Raspberry didn't have much hint of chocolate or mint but was still excellent. Sadly didn't get any pics, as they were devoured before I had even thought of it, although I'll try to head back next week to grab whatever flavours he's devised for the week :)

2012 Sep 29
Excellent French pastries, done right! The location is surreal... kind of like a couple of baker's took over someone's home for a popup pastry shop. Staff are friendly and helpful.

Pictured (clockwise from top left): Almond croissant, Cannelé Bordelais, Chocolate croissant, Apple turnover, Pain au raisin.

Everything was as it should be.

2012 Jun 8
Had a hair cut scheduled downtown at my hairdresser's during lunch since I was getting into the shaggy dog look stage. When I tried to book an appointment a month ago before a trip, he did not have any slots available.

Been thinking about Macarons since about to visit friends in TO next weekend who used to live in Lyon and their daugther is just mad for macarons. She has nice palate and expansive taste for a young one since the time I bought a pound of belgium chocolate, she just about inhaled it and we only got to sample a few.

Stephan is nice and chatted with him for a little bit. It is an interersting home based business rather than a traditional store. They been open since last June and Stephan said he spent a year in Paris.

Ended up buying 1 croissant, 1 pain au chocolate, 1 pain au raisin, 1 Cannelé Bordelais and 4 macarons, one for each perfume to sample.
They use Varlhona chocolates which are great. They are kind of expansive in Ottawa and when I see them they are usually 6 or 7$ for a small tablet. when I go to the US for business and go to Trader joes, I think I can get them for $3 or 4 each. Plan to drop off some for my parents.

Wolfed down pain au chocolate fairly quickly. Nice and flaky but a touch crunchier than I liked. It would be great fresh out of the oven with the chocolate still goey. Definitely a very decent pastry and one of the better ones in Ottawa.

Took the other 3 pastries to my parents when I dropped in to help my Mom with something. The croissant was nice too and so was the pain au raisin when I had a small sample but my mom got through the Cannelé Bordelais pretty quickly by herself. I think if I am just going for myself next time, i will just go for the pain au chocolate. I have been a bit spoiled from living in Paris a while back where nice bakeries like this are around most corners.

I ate one of the macarons right away although I had been told it would be better to bring it to room temperataure for a little bit before eating the cooking. Trying to remember the exact flavour but it was blue with a chocolate filling. Fairly tasty.

Someone had an order for 30 of those Macarons for pickup while I was checking out the store. A word of caution, those macarons do not survive well in heat since I stopped for another brief errand for 10 minutes and realized when i got back in the car that I left the Macarons out there and one of them (caramel and chocolate I think) filling had melted.. The rasberry held up much better. So if you are picking up some and running around town, bring a cooler bag.

Talked to Stephan and his wife about cakes since my niece Bday is coming up. One sounded really interesting, vanilla mousse, milk chocolate mousse and dark chocolate mousse with a flourless cake layer and a crust layer. They can do other stuff too on demand..


2012 May 26
OHMYGODSOGOOD! Fantastic bread products (croissants, pains de chocolate, apple tarts). The smell was amazing. It's a tiny 100-year-old house that has been converted to a bakery. It is run by a tiny little french man and his equally delightful wife (with help from another chef, I believe). It was perfectly Parisienne. A cat was walking around the place, there was room to sit down and enjoy yourself. It is in a quiet little house on a quiet little one-way street. Perfect.

I'll be back, and often. This might just be my new Saturday morning routine.

I asked him about whole wheat croissants, but he didn't think he could make that work. I talked with him a bit about the amazing ones that we get when we go to Moncton in the summer (at Croissant de Soleil) and he was very impressed with the operation that does that. I know it has to be a hard thing to do. Anyway, the seed has been planted. Maybe one day.

I will say that thought the croissants are delicious, they are a bit small for my liking.

2012 May 25
Having read a lot about this place I decided that I would try them out today for some croissants. I was a bit taken a back by the set-up but it is a home based business and I like the small feel and the intimacy.

Stephan informed me that he was just about to put a batch of croissants in the oven and that it would be a 10-15 minute wait. 10-15 minute wait for fresh croissants...no problems with that.

Having intended to only try the plain croissant I ended up buying a plain croissant, a chocolate and an apple. Couldn't resist them having come out right of the oven. This is one of the better offerings in the city. Not as "airy" than Art-Is-In in my opinion but Stephan did explain that this batch did not have the correct time to proof. It was still very good and I would definitely return. Nothing beats a chocolate croissant fresh out of the oven.

While waiting for the croissants to come out of the oven, I spoke to Stephan about his experience and it's easy to see he has a real passion for what he's doing and it's reflective in the product.

In terms of the pastry scene, Ottawa is still in it's infancy but it's refreshing to see places like this. In due time, I fully expect the pastry scene to evolve and match our culinary scene.

2012 May 12
They prepped a large order of small desserts for a birthday party I attended and did an absolutely stunning job. There must have been over a hundred delicious small pastries (mille-feuille, merangues and eclaires) as well as a two tiered birthday cake.

Well worth the cost (though it was surprisingly reasonable) and amazing.

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2014 Nov 1
Thoroughly enjoyed a perfect croissant from here this afternoon – buttery and flaky. Love the new storefront too.

2012 May 23
Based on one visit, I think this Croissant might deserve the crown of Ottawa's best croissant... very slightly edging out Art Is In Bakery and Bread & Sons Bakery. In fact, I'd describe it as kind of a cross between those two and the heavier The French Baker offering. Highly recommended!



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2014 Oct 15
Yay! They are opening this Saturday at 8:00A.M.

2014 Aug 27
Foodies detectives! It's like CSI, but you end up hungry. Coming soon to Food Network.

2014 Aug 27
Update...

I stopped by there this afternoon and they have NOT yet opened, so I do not know what New User 5965's rant was about. There were two people in the place, both workmen. I did ask if they knew it would be opening and they said they had no idea. I also wonder if the person New User was speaking to was actually the owner or one of the workers. Oh, and by the way, since they have not yet opened, there was, not surprisingly, nary a macaron or any other edible is sight.

2014 Aug 26
New User 5965,

I had not realized that they had opened. I will say that "the baker" as you call him, has always been very pleasant to deal with and will go out of his way to accommodate special requests. I find your experience completely the opposite of what I and I daresay many others, have experienced. I also see that it is your first post and look forward to reading about your more positive reviews.

2014 Aug 26
Terrible service, the baker acted like he was better than you, and mediocre macarons.

2013 Jan 12
After reading the WooKstah's review, I decided to try some macarons and bread.
This place is home based business, so it looks like someone's private house, but just open the door and get inside!
Maple Walnut (brown), Chai Tea w RaisinGreen), and Raspberry w Mint Chocolate(red).

It is easy to make macaron shells which look perfect from the outside, but I know it is very difficult to make macaron shells without hollow air bubbles inside.
All three macaron shells were perfect. Outside is shiny egg shell and inside is moist, dense and chewy. My favourite is Maple walnut most simple one, you can taste almond very well. Chai macaron tasted like nothing but real chai tea, raspberry one is sweet and sour raspberry with bitter ganache with hint of mint.

$1.75 per macaron is very reasonable for this quality.

2012 Feb 16
It's funny that so many of the previous reviews also mention that it was M&M that first turned them towards the possibility of macarons being so delicious; that was exactly the case for me as well. My first macarons (not by M&M) were had at a charity event at the Museum of Civilization which confirmed my suspicious - they looked like plastic and tasted quite similar to plastic :P I then had some while I was in France, and they were definitely better, but I wasn't converted. Then, earlier this year I had Stephan's lavendar and vanilla macarons and I was blown away! They were incredible! I have since had I few flavours of macarons that I didn't enjoy as much (ie. rosewater) but I've also discovered their canelles and madeleines which I have to get whenever I'm in the store.

I'll admit, I've now developed an incredible biased towards Stephan's bakery because (a) most of everything I've tried has been delicious and (b) Stephan and his wife are just so friendly and undeniably likeable. I realize this is a food reviewing site, but sometimes you have to agree that the service itself makes a huge difference! Macarons and madeleines is truly a hidden gem in Ottawa :)

2011 Oct 31
Tried the macarons last week, on Saturday. Got 2-3 flavours, one of which was vanilla, which I tried, and loved. Never a big fan before of macarons, but these were great.

Oddly enough, the owners, who are very nice and proud of their establishments (as they should be, a beautiful shop on the main floor of what appears to be an old brick house, nice granite counters, wood cabinets, etc), they talked to us about all their creations, except madeleines. Perhaps they had run out.

Anyway, we got about 10 macarons and 2 almond croissants, which were also knockouts. Looking forward to visiting for more treats. Interesting neighbourhood too, nice old houses, and pretty peaceful and cozy once you walk a decent distance from Albert.




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2013 Jun 17
I picked up a few pastries on Sunday morning for Father's Day brunch. As usual, everything was top-notch.

Clockwise from top left of the photo: Kouign-Amann, Madeleine, Canelé, macarons: balsamic white chocolate, coconut something, basil and lime.

The madeleine and the canelé were the best I've had. The balsamic white chocolate macaron was amazing (the light tang of balsamic made it taste like good cheesecake!) while the other two were less to my taste. My taste in macarons is boring though -- favourites are always hazelnut and pistachio. :)

This post is really about the Kouign-Amann. It is only available on weekends and it costs $8. But wow, this is like the envied love child of a torrid romance between an eager croissant and a coquettishly coy sticky bun! I was told to heat it in a 350F oven "until it smells really good" (turned out to be about 10 minutes). This crisps it a little and melts the butter throughout. I shared this one amongst 4 people but I am easily able to imagine sitting down with a good coffee and devouring the entire thing as a meal, bite by sinful, enchanting bite. My new favourite pastry.

BTW, to pronounce it, just think of a cross-dressing Jamaican: "Queen Ya Man" :D




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2013 Jun 3
We like to chat each other up when I'm there on the weekends to pick up some chocolatines and/or croissants and/or almond croissants and/or etc.

I brought him a couple of bottles of MY vanilla as a gift one time, not realizing that he makes and sells his own! Faux pas. Anyway, he accepted the gift and complimented me on mine some time later. Such a classy guy. I love him to pieces.

I haven't tried theirs, but his list of ingredients is similar to mine, so only the highest quality.





2014 Oct 26
I went in to Macarons et Madeleines today and picked up a slice of flan. It was delicious--very creamy, tender, rich custard with the crunch of vanilla seeds. Even the crust that was touching the custard was good. I was advised to eat it cold or warm but not room temperature. I chose cold, with a cup of hot tea and it was perfection. Too bad I scarfed it all before even thinking of taking a picture!