New French bakery and bistro opens in Mill Valley – Marin Impartial Journal

The respective proprietors of a San Francisco French bakery bistro and a Petaluma Peruvian “restobar” are expanding and bringing the cuisines of their homeland to Marin.

There’s really a little bit more than decadent French pastries at Le Marais Bakery, and it is almost functioning at complete swing in downtown Mill Valley.

This is the fourth location for owner Patrick Ascaso, who back in 2013 was moved to replicate the café experience from his childhood in Arpajon, France, when he opened his to start with San Francisco patisserie followed by a second in 2017 (Mission/Castro) and a commissary kitchen area and croissanterie on Sutter Road in 2018.

For the previous few of months, people and individuals in-the-know have been halting in on weekends for a tempting variety of croissants, Danishes, kouign-amann, scones, muffins and breads impressed by recipes from Ascaso’s maternal French lineage coffee and espresso beverages showcasing beans from Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters and a glimpse of the brand name-new ethereal place.

The café menu expands to complete kind later future 7 days as Ascaso introduces a new chef in town, longtime close friend Emmanuel Pradet. The French-experienced, extremely credentialed chef not long ago arrived from Southern California and provides an comprehensive culinary resume that contains two a long time in Los Angeles (Barneys New York in Beverly Hills, Rosé) and six years in Miami (Colony Bistro, Café Soleil).

Savory San Francisco favorites coming to Mill Valley include the make-your-have bistro boards and breakfast samplers and brunch products like eggs Benedict, French toast and quiche. Two omelets feature seasonal veggies. A Wagyu beef French onion burger, hen au jus, and a club layered with turkey, ham and bacon emphasize the sandwich list.

Lobster cobb, Asian rooster and Mediterranean salads also show up on the menu alongside salad Niçoise, basic Caesar and a vegan with mixed heirloom beans. A lot more expansive plates include a hanger steak with environmentally friendly peppercorn sauce, grilled wild salmon and rigatoni with roasted chicken, radicchio, inexperienced peas, bacon and parmesan cheese.

The eating space is surrounded by windows beneath a vaulted ceiling with skylights and is a contemporary consider on the Aged Globe boulangerie. Furnishing, umbrellas and warmth lamps are coming before long on the sizeable entrance patio to complete Ascaso’s vision of a neighborhood gathering location. The bakery is the solo eatery in the new East Blithedale business sophisticated where the beloved Tony Tutto Pizza stood for 9 yrs ahead of closing in 2017 when the home was razed to make way for the new construction. (Tony Tutto’s can be found at Ross Widespread.)

“We are all thrilled and pretty grateful to be below, and we will do our ideal to be sure to everyone and get pleasure from undertaking it,” says Pradet for the duration of our new discussion.

Starting off this weekend, the bakery will be open up from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. day-to-day at 250 East Blithedale, just shy of downtown. The bistro menu tentatively debuts the subsequent weekend and will be offered Wednesdays via Sundays with supper, beer and wine to abide by at a later on date. Uncover more info at

Peruvian eats

Kevin and Romina Dagnino, homeowners of the two-year-aged Petaluma Peruvian cafe Ayawaska Restobar, have just opened a next location. Ayawaska Hilltop is perched over the town of Novato, wherever the family members has resided for extra than 20 years.

Their lively notion provides new everyday living to the historic, landmark property and previous place estate that housed Hilltop 1892 restaurant till previous year. and has operated as a eating location considering the fact that the 1930s.

The Dagninos and the restaurant’s chef, Gustavo Arana Dagnino, convey the authentic spirit and flavors from their indigenous Peru to this newest endeavor. The chef was born and elevated in the town of Chincha and received his culinary training at D’Gallia Culinary Institute in Lima.

Photograph by Gia Torres

Ayawaska provides Peruvian delicacies to Novato.

Shared appetizers incorporate grilled octopus, quite a few kinds of contemporary seafood ceviche and crispy empanadas encasing beef tenderloin, crimson onion, tomato, potato and cilantro, or saucy shredded rooster. On the primary course menu, you are going to discover 3 beef dishes, which include the common lomo saltado, a Peruvian-fashion tenderloin with red onions, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, soy and oyster sauces, in addition to seafood paella and salmon in creamy leek sauce. Peruvian-style lentil stew with flambé mushrooms and kabocha squash, and quinoa stew with corn, inexperienced beans and yellow peppers provide vegan options.

For dessert, residence-created churros are served with chocolate and caramel sauces. Or check out the crispy meringue laced with soursop fruit and topped with strawberries and homemade caramel cheesecake with fruit sauce passion fruit pie on a chocolate cookie crust or caramel custard.

The bar has loads of vibrant, handcrafted Peruvian cocktails. Normally, Pisco brandy-dependent sours designed with contemporary fruit juices and topped with whipped egg whites are on the checklist. But there is also a number of exclusive concoctions this kind of as the Ritual with tequila, mezcal, espresso liquor, lime, mint and ginger beer, and the sweet, sour and spicy Waikiki with rum, fresh juices (tangerine, grapefruit and lemon), tiki bitters and spiced syrup.

Wines span the globe when the craft beer collection is primarily from California.

The Dagninos did a comprehensive transform and freshened the interior with muted tones and pastel accents. Thoroughly retractable glass partitions expose expansive views of the bordering hills from the outside seating areas.

“It appears like a total new cafe,” suggests Gia Torres, supervisor and daughter of the house owners. “It’s very stylish and hip emotion.”

Go to Novato’s new hilltop cafe for supper from 4 to 9 p.m. Sundays as a result of Thursdays and 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 850 Lamont Ave. Hrs will extend to include lunch in the future couple of weeks. Uncover further information or make reservations at

Market place returns

Agricultural Institute of Marin, the operator of 9 Bay Area farmers markets that consist of 4 in Marin, has taken around the management of the seasonal Saturday market in Issue Reyes. It commences this weekend soon after a pandemic hiatus very last summertime and operates through Oct. 30 in downtown Place Reyes Station.

Find fresh new fruits, greens, bouquets, eggs, cheese and much more from close by farmers, meals purveyors and artisans, which includes Wild West Ferments, Stemple Creek Ranch, Haraneco Café, Bivalve Dairy, Mami’s Crunch, Brickmaiden Breads, Tomales Farmstead Creamery, the Wild Pear Co. and Urban Organics.

The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. close to Toby’s Feed Barn at 11250 Highway 1. EBT/CalFresh is approved, and a $10 Market Match is available per working day for fruits and veggies. Discover far more at

Leanne Battelle is a freelance meals author. Be sure to e-mail her at [email protected] with regional food and restaurant news and comply with for updates on the expose of the Real Offer Marin cafe guidebook.

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