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French bakery Maison Alyzee to open in Mountain View

Uploaded: Jul 26, 2018
Three French pastry chefs with illustrious resumes have left careers in Paris to make croissants, canelé and quiche in downtown Mountain View.

They are the culinary force behind Maison Alyzee, which will open on Tuesday, July 31, at 212 Castro St.


The entrance to Maison Alyzee in Mountain View. Photo by Elena Kadvany.

Owner Laurent Pellet, a native of Lyon, France who moved to the Bay Area to start an intellectual property licensing company, convinced the three chefs to move here to start the bakery.

Maison Alyzee will be an all-day affair, serving bread, pastries, sandwiches, salads, wine and other traditional French fare.

Pellet found a head chef in Jean-Victor Bellaye, who studied pastry for three years in his native Dijon before moving to Paris. There, he worked at Le Bristol Palace, a five-star hotel with both a one- and three-Michelin star restaurant, under well-regarded pastry chef Laurent Jeannin. He also worked in Carl Marletti's pastry shop and at the two-Michelin star Le Grand Véfour.

One of two sous chefs, Xan Billiotte, arrived in the United States 10 days ago. He hails from Saint Jean de Luz and trained at a famous 16th century pastry shop there known for its macarons.

Sous chef Gerald Chahine attended The French School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management in Paris. He apprenticed at the famed Ladurée, whose macarons are recognizable worldwide, and went on to work at a restaurant with three Michelin stars.

The team is baking levain bread, baguette, croissants, brioche and other traditional viennoiserie. Sweets include mille feuille, choux, fraisier (strawberry cake), tartes and macarons.


A selection of pastry, including a chocolate eclair, fraisier, madeleine and canelé. Photo by Elena Kadvany.

There are also breakfast plates, a French omelette, club sandwiches (on their own pain de mie), quiches and soups. Foie gras, made in house, makes an appearance with toast and on a salad.

View the full menu here.

Pellet renovated what was seafood restaurant Drunken Lobster into a clean, bright patisserie with French bistro-style tables and chairs and a long, white marble bar. There is seating for 20 inside and 28 outside along Castro Street.


The inside of Maison Alyzee, opening July 31 in Mountain View. Photo by Elena Kadvany.

Pellet envisions customers sharing the savory dishes over wine outside, "like you would be in the South of France in the terrace of a cafe."

Maison Alyzee will serve French tea and coffee from Oakland's Mr. Espresso. Pellet said he and the team have done careful sourcing, from the tea to flour (from a fourth-generation miller in Petaluma) and honey (from a local farmers market vendor), choosing vendors they feel are closely aligned with their ambitions and values.

Maison Alyzee will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on weekends. The bakery is closed on Mondays.


A fresh levain loaf stamped in flour with the Maison Alyzee logo. Photo by Elena Kadvany.

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Posted by Kyle, a resident of Monta Loma,
on Jul 28, 2018 at 9:31 am

OMFG put an opening date in the paragraph. I just tried to go assuming they were open, since you said they "open at 8am" but left out a date.


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Posted by Elena Kadvany, education reporter of the Palo Alto Weekly,
on Jul 28, 2018 at 9:48 am

Elena Kadvany is a registered user.

Hi Kyle: I'm sorry to hear that. The opening date (July 31) is in the second paragraph.


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Posted by Jean-Luc Laminette, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis,
on Jul 28, 2018 at 11:22 am

Felicitations a toute l'equipe. Longue vie a Maison Alysee. Bon appetit!
Jean-Luc


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Posted by Laurent F., a resident of Waverly Park,
on Jul 28, 2018 at 11:54 am

Félicitations Laurent and the whole team!
We are looking forward to trying your bread and pastries and spending time sipping wine sitting outside like in the South of France!
Bonne chance! Et à bientôt !
Laurent


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Posted by Emiio G, a resident of another community,
on Jul 29, 2018 at 11:06 pm

I just got back from my 4th trip to Paris. I can't wait to enjoy a piece of France in Mountain View! Felicitacions!


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Posted by Balas from Lyon!, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Aug 5, 2018 at 11:43 am

Thank you Elena for the heads-up! Laurent, a real "gone" from Lyon, has just opened his bakery on Castro, Mountain View. His French accent and smile mean a lot, so French! He worked this last four years on his project and the result is "merveilleux". The decoration with the authentic Parisian marble and the bistro accent tables are wonderful, not to mention the two charming ladies at the counter. The warm wether this first week of August was just to god to be true to be able to stand outside on the terrace for 20 people and enjoy a nice "Paris-Brest" cake with a coffee, happy birthday Laurent (4th) :) An ideal place for morning brunch with families or for a one to one talk or for me to teach a French lesson... just ask Laurent!
Bravo !



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