First Look: The Thobors open their second bakery and café on Eglinton West
The Sweet Tess is part of the dessert menu at Thobors.
Image: Libby Roach
Driven by their success on Mount Pleasant, the Thobor family have opened a second location of their eponymous bakery, this time, on Eglinton West near Allen Road. Kitchen space played the biggest part in the selection of their new shop, because the Eglinton bakery will add a lot more production space for their chocolate making and (best of Toronto) baguettes and breads.
A true family business, Sylvie Thobor and husband Marc are the artisan bakers behind all that production, with Sylvie acting as pastry chef and chocolatier, and Marc’s hands deftly making all the award winning breads. Daughter Marcsy assists her mom with the chocolatier-ing and their other daughter Shanice manages both stores.
Marc Thobor’s are some of the most well-regarded in the city, especially with the north-of-Bloor crowd.
Originally from Paris, the family brings a wealth of culture and experience into their bakeries, nods to their French roots go beyond the quiches and croques that make up their lunch menu, the overall aesthetic and design evoke their home country, right down to the Parisian style bistro chairs that flank each table.
Eat-in lunches-to-linger-over are a key component to their business. Sylive maintains a downtown address was never on their radar, “We like the pace of family life,” she says. Bucking the grab-and-go coffee trend is an important part of their day-to-day business. They want their guests to relax and take time to enjoy their meals, and their loyal customers certainly appreciate that focus.
From left: Marc, Marcsy, Sylvie and Shanice Thobor make up the family team behind all facets of the operation.
Marc’s breads are all available (the menu is the same at each location) with baguettes being a popular pick. Colourful macarons make for a posh hostess gift, or tote along some of their showstopper desserts, like the shiny L’Or Noir ($6.50) with a milk chocolate croquant, the Sweet Tess ($6.00) a sensual take on a Tahitian mousse, or the Flandrin ($5.95) an upscale equivalent to a black and white cookie, with dark and white chocolate shavings garnishing a dark chocolate mousse.
The new Thobors is at 1116 Eglinton Ave. W.
Formerly a sushi shop, the new space will feature a patio come summer months, and hopefully by then Eglinton construction will also be less disruptive.
Hours will be similar to their Mount Pleasant address: 8 - 6 p.m. weekdays and Sunday closing earlier at 5 p.m. For now, the shop is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, but in a few weeks they plan on opening Tuesdays as well.
Thobors, 1116 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-256-1718
The Flandrin is an elevated take on the black-and-white cookie theme.
As has become the norm these days, the macaron selection covers a rainbow of options.
L'Or Noir is a chocolate lover's highlight.