Mmmm, Marcel Bakery and Kitchen
By Michele Silver
Executive Chef Meny Vaknin, owner of Mishmish Café, https://mishmishcafe.com, has brought his love of Moroccan food and local, seasonal ingredients to new Upper Montclair eatery, https://marcelbakeryandkitchen.com/.
A variety of egg dishes and other breakfast fare such as waffles and pancakes, sandwiches, salads and pizzas all have Vaknin’s unique Mediterranean flavors in a completely renovated space that had been home to the Cozy End. The list of hot and cold beverages includes Jim’s Organic Coffee, chai tea and healthy juices and smoothies that will reduce the guilt of indulging in the homemade chocolate halva or rugulach. The location will entice NYC commuters and honestly, anyone passing by. While there is one large family-style table and a handful of other seats, and the setting is delightfully relaxing and inviting, Marcel Bakery and Kitchen has mostly been designed for takeout (they also deliver and cater).
I indulged in the “Yeminite Vine” breakfast, which was a baked malawach with boiled eggs, grated tomatoes, green salad with harissa while my companion had the oatmeal, which was a hearty bowl of steel cut oats with just the right amount of raisins, almonds and bananas. After we ate, I went right back on line to patiently wait for pastries to take home. I plan to be back there regularly!
Michele Silver has lived in Montclair for more than nine years and is a professional writer and editor.
Marcel Bakery and Kitchen
631 ½ Valley Road
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
Mark Slade Keller Williams 917.797.5059 Good Homes
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