This fall, my friends popped into a new restaurant on Market St., tucked behind the old funeral home. They showed me pictures on their phones of the beautiful pastries and their meals. Both brought me a menu and made me promise to go there. They knew I would love it and I most certainly did.
But, I didn’t make it over there until a month ago. And since that first time, I’ve been once a week ever since for lunch. I took my entire family there straight from the airport at Thanksgiving. So, suffice it to say, I have sampled many many things on the menu.
It is Ghyslain on Market.
Don’t ask me to pronounce it, because I will butcher it every time. Some people call it Geez-a lane, some people call it Jeez-a-leen. I need to prank call the main number and see how they answer the phone. Whatever the name is, the food is great. But the sweets are better!
It is a cafe that serves breakfast and bistro food. You place your order with cases upon cases of desserts staring at you. You have to make the conscious decision to eat REAL food before you hit the sugar.
Lots of sandwiches, soups, salads and breakfast items here. Eleven of us ate here one time when my family came to town and we all had something different. I would have to say the winner that day was Molly who got the French Dip. We all kept sneaking over to “talk” to her about her meal and taking bites of her sandwich.
My favorite thing to eat here is the Beet and Goat Cheese salad with “mixed greens with goat cheese, roasted beets, carmelized pistachios, grapefruit segments, avocado and shaved fennel. ” Trying to get a little bit of everything on your fork for one bite should be an Olympic sport.
Also love the French Onion soup and Greek Quiche.
My family sampled all the salads and they are all great and huge. We also tried the New Orleans Gumbo (great roux–if a Houstonian is saying that, that is compliment), the Beef Chili and the Lobster Bisque. All good.
We really liked the kids grilled cheeses which were actually grilled cheddar and provolone cheese brioche sandwich (no American singles on WonderBread here) served with fruit.
I have to say that the thing I like the most are the extra touches that are all over the restaurant.
Salt selection on the table:
Great drink selection. They have Mexican cokes (my kryptonite) and Rooibee Red Tea, to name just a couple.
Okay, enough with the REAL Food. Let’s get down to business.
Here’s the scoop on Ghyslain that I learned from some light internet stalking. This is explains everything and is from his website:
An artist can express himself in many ways. For Ghyslain Maurais, it has been through chocolate and pastry.
Born in Québec, Canada, Ghyslain found his culinary passion while working in the field to fund his architectural education. Soon after, he changed career paths and entered the Institue du Tourisme et d’Hotelerie du Québec.
Certified in French pastry, chocolate décor, candy making, blown/pulled sugar and bread making, Ghyslain has served as the head chef for the Canadian Delegations in New York and London. His career includes experience as both a pastry and executive chef in first class restaurants and hotels.
He’s certified all right. Check this out:
Remember these from when you walked in. There is something for everyone here.
And if you are too full, you can always get a little to go treat.
Another satisfied customer:
Ghyslain on Market
721 E. Market Street
Louisville, KY, 40202
M-Sun 7 am to 9 pm
Breakfast and Bistro menu served daily.