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Aug 25, 2013
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Maison Mathis: European-Style Breads, Pastries, Belgian-Accented Cafe in New Haven

Maison Mathis: European-Style Breads, Pastries, Belgian-Accented Cafe in New Haven

Breads from Maison Mathis.

Just when you thought New Haven’s galaxy of multi-ethnic eateries couldn’t get any better, along comes scintillating newcomer Maison Mathis at 304 Elm Street.

The sleek white-on-white storefront—set to open by the end of the month—will at once be a bakery purveying a variety of European-style breads, pistolets (crisp-crusted rolls), quiches and pastries, and a full-service Belgian-accented café serving interesting salads, sandwiches, soups and yummy desserts.

“The Maison Mathis menu is an honest reflection of the Belgian food culture we grew up with,” says owner Skel Islamaj. “You can taste the passion for pure, traditional baking and cooking.” Islamaj and co-owner Omer Ipek both live locally.

Belgian food is mostly influenced by French cuisine, but as the website points out, the tiny country was invaded by practically all of its neighboring countries, which gives Belgian cuisine its unique character. A look at the menu reveals interesting-sounding dishes like mixed marinated seafood salad with lemon dressing, toast with steak tartare, melted Brie and cranberry sandwich, tomato soup with mini meatballs and broccoli, bacon and blue cheese quiche. For dessert there’s Callebaut chocolate sundae, apple tart and waffles and pancakes with chocolate sauce—along with a selection of coffee drinks (coffee beans are roasted on-site), smoothies and milkshakes.

Or you may want to stock up on goodies like Black Forest Cake, strawberry tart, tiramisu, pralines and brownies to enjoy at home.

They’ll be serving Belgian beer, too. We can hardly wait!

Maison Mathis is located at 304 Elm St. in New Haven. The website is maison-mathis.com.

Maison Mathis: European-Style Breads, Pastries, Belgian-Accented Cafe in New Haven

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