A new French bakery from a real live French person has opened up behind the Dallas Galleria. Called Les Delices de France, it's at 5301 Alpha Rd., in the Village on the Green center, in a space previously occupied by BurgerIM.
Boasting a cute motto that says "Eat Frenchy," the bakery is from Jean Chrispin Djomo, who moved to Dallas in 2008 when his wife got a job here. He stepped away from a career in the IT industry to launch this bakery-cafe which he opened rather quietly on December 4.
"I have an MBA in finance, so this is a departure, but I didn't see anyone doing this kind of place," Djomo says. "Everything we're doing at Les Delices is French traditional pastry: macarons, madeleines, croissants, eclairs, and baguettes."
He also has an assortment of very pretty tarts, including berry tarts, strawberry-yuzu tarts, and amandine tart, which features almonds in a soft cake filling, inside a pastry crust. He doesn't put everything out on the shelves every day but he'll make anything to order, and has already built a following for his high-quality cakes.
"My original idea was to open a restaurant, but it was during the pandemic, and all of the protocols made it more complicated," he says. "A bakery seemed like a good place to start."
To that end, he's introducing some lunch items such as quiches in the next week.
The space does have a dining area with seating for 18 inside and eight outside.
Dallas' Francophile colony is small but tightly connected.
"The community is scattered but there is definitely a network," Djomo says. "There's a Facebook page where they exchange information about anything French in Dallas-Fort worth, and they were extremely supportive of what I was doing. When I was creating my menu, I used their input as my benchmark."