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Maison Danel Swings Open with a Sparkling Array of French Pastries

The new patisserie and tea salon opens next week with croissants, macarons, afternoon tea, and more

Maison Danel, the new Parisian-inspired patisserie and tea salon, will finally open doors on Tuesday, February 18, unveiling a sparkling space and fully loaded pastry case. The salon de thé is the latest project from husbands Danel and David de Betelu, the owners of the cozy neighborhood Baker Street Bistro. Taking over three storefronts in the Tenderloin (including a former sex shop and a former smoke shop), they’ve transformed the location with oceanic blues and gleaming silvers. An oversize chandelier hangs over the pastry cases, which are currently getting filled with croissants, macarons, and more.

Maison Danel has an ambitious opening menu, covering breakfast, weekday lunch, weekend brunch, afternoon tea, and lots of snacks between. Pastry chef Adrien Chabot, who just moved out from Paris, specializes in Viennoiserie, meaning croissants, in all their iterations, from ham and cheese to hazelnut and chocolate. Macarons, canelés, éclairs, petite tarts, and mille-feuilles fill out the case. Afternoon tea is a sit-down affair with mini croissants, finger sandwiches, and pastries. Lunch has more savory options, with croques layered with ham and smothered in gruyere and tartines topped with smoked salmon or avocado. Heartier appetites can also dig into steak tartare, duck confit, wagyu burgers, and vol-au-vent, that delightful puff of pastry that’s often stuffed with chicken salad. Any of those go great with a glass of sparkling crémant.

Croissants from Maison Danel
Croissant, torsade au chocolat (chocolate twist), chausson aux pommes (apple turnover)
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Macarons at Maison Danel
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The tea service at Maison Danel
Afternoon tea
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Duck confit at Maison Danel
Duck confit
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Caviar at Maison Danel
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Steak tartare at Maison Danel
Steak tartare
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The space is 3,000 sweeping square feet. Walking through the doors, the patisserie and long glass pastry cases are to the left, and the tea salon and seating are to the right. Danel is the chef, and he’s originally from Biarritz, so David, who’s worked in marketing for brands like Sephora and Williams-Sonoma, brought those beach memories to the color palette, which is filled with oceanic blues and trimmed in silver. Another sweet detail: The couple’s monogram, a double D, is inlaid into the floor, in the same script they used for their wedding. “It’s our lifelong dream to open a patisserie,” David told Eater SF in December. “We’re inspired by the grand tea salons of Paris, where dessert is the big event, and you get to sit down and relax in a beautiful space.”

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The pastry display at Maison Danel Patricia Chang
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Owners Danel and David Betelu of Maison Danel
Owners Danel and David de Betelu
Maison Danel

Maison Danel opens Tuesday, February 18. It will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. See a preview of the menu below:

Maison Danel

1030 Polk Street, , CA 94109 (415) 685-5900 Visit Website

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