Run by husband and wife duo chef boulanger Nadav Gilad and chef patissier Or Gabi Dehter and mother and son team Vita Kaznlson and Eliran Kaznelson, Lumière Pâtisserie is a brand new French bakery and dessert shop that opened in Thornhill on Aug. 15.
“We wanted to bring Europe to Vaughan and in the future take over Ontario and other provinces,” says Eliran Kaznelson. “We’d love for our guests to take part in a journey to Southern Ontario’s culinary future: a multi sensual experience with novel and bold flavours, surprising textures, wild aromas and exciting colours, that make you feel something special.”
Chef patissier Or Dehter graduated with honours from the prestigious Bishulim — The Israeli Institute of Culinary Arts and furthered her studies at the Ecole Bellouet Conseil in Paris, France. Her husband, Nadav Gilad has spent more than a decade working in and managing cafes in Tel-Aviv, Israel, mastering the art of making the perfect cappuccino and creating the best cafe experience. Gilad has also worked in some of the top kitchens in Tel Aviv, Berlin and Toronto.
Specializing in bite-sized petit fours and cakes in bold flavour combinations, Lumière Pâtisserie will also introduce quiches, danishes, and croissants starting next month.
Some of the outstanding petit fours currently include velvety cheesecake squares topped with seasonal berries, refreshing malabi (Middle Eastern milk pudding) with raspberry, lychee and rose coulis topped with shredded coconut and pistachio, dainty fruit or chocolate tarts, decadent cakes, macarons, traditional mille feuille with layers of fresh cream and strawberries and much more.
The shop also sells plenty of traditional breads and artisanal sourdoughs, including a German baguette, which is a denser bread with an earthy flavour that’s quite distinct from a typical French baguette. Other breads include gougasse, a traditional Mediterranean flatbread that’s typically seasoned with herbs, olives, or sundried tomatoes, braided challah breads, and sesame Jerusalem bagels. Lumière Patisserie also makes sandwiches daily using fresh ingredients and their housemade breads.
A variety of hot, iced or blended beverages are available from Lumière’s Tel Aviv-style espresso bar—a nod to Gilad’s previous barista experience in Israel.
Lumière Pâtisserie is located at 1102 Centre St. Thornhill, Ont. and is open Wednesday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.