SquareMeal Review of
French chef Eric Kayser knows his way around a bakery. After opening his first site in France back in 1996, there are now over 100 in 21 different countries. This first London outpost appropriately finds its home on Baker Street and is a minimalist, Scandi-style space with grey marble counters and beige banquettes. The multi-purpose site has room for an all-day bakery and deli, as well as a 60-cover restaurant, which is great for a casual meal. The menu covers light bites including soups, salads and sandwiches, while also catering for hungrier customers via loaded burgers and hearty casseroles. On our visit we loved the juicy and filling ‘classic’ burger, a cut above the average thanks to its candied tomato purée filling and a premium patty. Don’t skip the vast selection of homemade sweet pies, pastries and tarts either; we settled on a beautifully presented mandarin eclair with a white chocolate topping. To drink, there’s a pick of fresh fruit juices and a strong selection of French wines by the glass. The amiable staff, reasonable prices and buzzy atmosphere all contribute to Maison Kayser’s status as a little slice of baking heaven.