A few months back, we mentioned that a new pastry shop was opening on Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda. It looks like we didn’t have to wait too long as Tout de Sweet officially opened for business this past weekend.
We had heard that the grand opening was this Saturday, but as we walked by their shop on Friday and noticed the open door, it had turned out they were running a soft opening.
At first glance, Tout de Sweet is very minimalist but also inviting at the same time. The shop is decorated in green pastel colors, and the display case shows their strengths of French macarons, cupcakes, mini pastries, and muffins. Although not everything was out because of the trial run, we were very excited by what we saw.
Tout de Sweet is the brainchild of husband and wife team Jerome and Sofia Colin. Chef Jerome comes from an extensive French pastry background, and his resume includes working at the historic Willard Room, Alain Ducasse’s restaurants in Europe, and most recently, at Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons hotel.
Sofia manages the shop, and was very friendly and apologetic of the fact that their display case was not yet full, even though we completely understood that they technically were not opening till the following day.
After bringing home a chocolate and pistachio macaron as well as a vanilla cupcake and devouring both, we just couldn’t help ourselves and found our way back to the shop on Saturday. Sure enough, they already had several mousses and cakes on display, each one looking more decadent than the next.
The shop also offers an extensive coffee and tea selection to complement the pastries. The only disappointment is that there are only two small stools to sit in the front of the store, as this is a place you could see yourself lingering in rather than picking up some pastries as part of an errand run.
It appears their biggest competition would be Cacao on Bethesda Lane, as they also offer delicious macarons and intricate desserts, but their emphasis is more on chocolate than anything.
Clearly there is plenty of cupcake competition in Bethesda, let alone the DC area, but it seems that Tout de Sweet may be up to the challenge. It looks like I may need to take some frequent walks to Woodmont Triangle once Spring is finally is here to stay.
Tout de Sweet is located on 7831 Woodmont Avenue in downtown Bethesda.