First Look: The Thobors open their second bakery and café on Eglinton West


Published:

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.

Edit Module

Join the conversation and have your say by commenting below. Our comment system uses a Facebook plugin. Please note that you'll have to turn off some ad-blockers in order to see the comments.

Edit Module

Libby Roach is a born and raised Toronto girl. When she's not gallivanting around eating, shooting and writing about food you'll find her running around the city in an attempt to stave off type one diabetes. Follow her on Twitter @libbyroach1 and Instagram @cookiespi. Her website is LibbyRoach.ca

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

Eat this Minute: Chicago-style pizza from Double D’s

Eat this Minute: Chicago-style pizza from Double D’s

Ever since opening Double D’s in early 2017, Yaworski’s Chicago-style deep-dish pizza has been the hot ticket item in the city, with oh-so-eager locals breathing down his neck to get a piece of the pie.
Posted 16 hours ago
Treating canine pain with medical cannabis

Treating canine pain with medical cannabis

Like Ralph’s mom, pet owners throughout the city are turning to both hemp- and cannabis-derived CBD oils to help ease the health symptoms of their loved ones.
Posted 6 days ago
Powerhouse restaurateur Janet Zuccarini dishes on T.O. food scene

Powerhouse restaurateur Janet Zuccarini dishes on T.O. food scene

Since opening Trattoria Nervosa in 1996, Zuccarini has refused to let her Yorkville stalwart go stale.
Posted 1 week ago
First Look: Jen Agg moves into Kensington with Grey Gardens

First Look: Jen Agg moves into Kensington with Grey Gardens

Jen Agg, the well-known restaurateur who won Toronto diners over with the Black Hoof, has added Grey Gardens in Kensington Market to her restaurant empire.
Posted 1 week ago
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit Module