Maison Kayser

Restaurants, Bakeries Marylebone
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The first UK branch of Eric Kayser’s posh Parisian bakery.

Baker Street. There couldn’t be a more apt location for the first UK branch of Eric Kayser’s posh Parisian bakery. On the Sunday morning I visited, it was quiet. A few couples sipping coffee over the papers, a baby in the corner determinedly turning a chocolate grand financier into a pyramid of crumbs on top of a laminated menu. Unwisely, I might add. That signature cake is an absolute triumph.

Maison Kayser is a schlep from Oxford Street, but there is still something of the frenetic touristy rush about it. It feels very much like the latest branch of a global chain – slick but lacking a bit of character.

But the food? The oeufs brouilles a la crème were perfection. Soft, buttery and bright yellow scrambled eggs piled onto sourdough toast with a generous heap of rich, salty smoked salmon on the side. The boiled eggs disappointed, so soft they must have barely touched boiling water. Thankfully, though, they too were served with slices of heavenly sourdough: crisp and crunchy at the edges, a chewy, tangy centre punctured with bubbles. A must for carb-lovers.

Service-wise, staff were slightly distracted, forgetful and hard to attract. We had to ask twice for butter and waited an age to pay our bill – no hardship on a lazy weekend morning, but less than ideal if you’re popping in for a swift snack. It’s worth the risk for that bread, though.

By: Ellie Walker-Arnott

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Venue name: Maison Kayser
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Address: 8 Baker St
London
W1H 6AZ
Transport: Tube: Marble Arch
Price: Brunch for two with service: £60.
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When someone mentions somewhere they think you'd like and two days later you find yourself unintentionally passing by said place with half an hour to spare and breakfast to be had, you know it's fate. Such was my experience with Maison Kayser, the first UK location of an empire that boasts more than 150 bakeries worldwide with baking legend Eric Kayser steering the way and bringing the most beautiful baked goods to people across the globe.


Running a similar menu to Dominique Ansel's capital city flagship store in Victoria, the menu is 80% Kayser tradition and 20% Kayser London which makes it the perfect blend of internationally renowned and locally loved. Ducking inside at 9am on a chilly Thursday morning, it was blissfully quiet. Every table was empty and, save for the quiet murmur of a couple of members of staff and the gentle steam puffs from the coffee machine, there was nothing to disturb the peace of a bakery stirring to life.


The fabled croissant aux amandes - or almond croissant to those of us whose French never tiptoed beyond GCSE level - was on my mind and, although this place isn't cheap at nearly £8 for a pastry and a matcha latte, it was worth every single, slightly eye-watering penny. Quite simply, it's one of the most delicious baked goods I have ever had the unadulterated pleasure of eating. Crispy and squidgy, heavy and satisfying yet light and moreish, there was a sinful amount of almond and the rich butter notes were everything you could ever want from something this lovely. 


If you're a fan of baking, of France, of breakfast, of baked goods and pastry and exquisite care being taken over the viennoiserie you're about to indulge in, take a detour down Baker St and take a break from the world outside to let a little bit of Paris into your soul and your stomach. 

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