New Openings: The Baklawa King
Published December 14, 2015 at 10:41 pm
Chadi El-Kheir is the pastry chef, sole proprietor and founder of The Baklawa King with sixteen years of hands-on experience from two well known patisserie’s in Canada.
El-Kheir immigrated to Canada in 1999 from Lebanon and trained at Patisserie Royale in Scarborough for eight years then another year at Pâtisserie Mahrouse in Montreal before opening up his first Baklawa King located on Dundas St. near Dixie Rd. in Mississauga in 2007.
He’s since outgrown the first location which is set up predominantly for take-out and opened a lounge-style patisserie and cafe – his second Baklawa King location in the city centre area.
El-Kheir’s piercing blue-grey eyes, height and style could make the cover of next month’s men’s magazine and quite the opposite of what you’d envision any pastry chef to look like – creating sweets and consistently surrounded by decadent pastries at both of his Mississauga locations.
As the both the pastry chef and owner, he’s constantly bouncing back and forth between his two locations. If you don’t see him in the front of the house greeting his loyal customers, you will likely find in arm deep in honey and kataef (batter used in pastries).
The space features a 25 foot display of beautiful Middle Eastern pastries, tall ceilings, plush seats and couches with numerous chandeliers. You will find everything from baklawa (dessert made with phyllo pastry, chopped nuts and honey), cookies, petits fours, borma (shredded kataef, nuts and syrup), knefeh with cheese (a typical savory-sweet Lebanese breakfast made of kataef, cheese and nuts), balaurieh (shredded kataef filled with pistachios), espresso, coffee, tea, freshly squeezed juice and Arabic coffee.
Signature Dish: Baklawa, of course.
Signature Drink: Arabic coffee and freshly squeezed juice.
What’s Up and Coming? Grand opening to be announced. Possibly a wrap-around patio in the summertime. Franchise model in the near future.
Patio: No but it’s in the works.
Type of Restaurant: Quick-service