Srour said he wanted to celebrate his father, who opened a bakery in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1963, by continuing the craft. Growing up on the second floor above the pastry shop only strengthened the influence on him and his two brothers, Srour said.
“Our bedroom window was facing the street above the bakery. We were in and out; when we finished school, we’d go work in the bakery,” Srour said. “We were raised up between the chocolate, between the flour.”
From the oven
Some of Delices de Maurice’s most popular items are the croissants and its French bread.
“We use a nice quality of flour and butter; this is the secret to a good croissant,” Srour said.
Srour said he likes to prepare both sweet and savory pastries. Some of the savory options include ham and Swiss croissant sandwiches, lunch crepes, and sandwiches composed between sliced homemade baguettes. On the sweet side, delicate sables, fruit tarts, macarons and individual cakes decorate the shelves of the bakery’s displays.
In addition, Delices de Maurice offers omelets, soups, salads, ice cream and pizza. All of these items are housemade, Srour said.
Respecting the craft
Srour moved to Katy in 2016 and opened a new Delices de Maurice bakery at the Villagio Town Center in December 2017. He said he noticed the space while taking his daughter to ballet school within the retail plaza.
The first iteration of Delices de Maurice was established in 1996 in Srour’s hometown of Beirut, Lebanon. From there, Srour served as head bakery chef at hotels in Lagos, Nigeria.
He said he’s been an employee, a head chef and a business owner. Though the responsibilities for each role are different, he said upholding the quality of the restaurant is a duty at every level of the craft.
“When you're responsible [for the team], it's your product and your customers,” Srour said. “But you respect the table, respect the food and the people you are working with, whether [you] are the owner or the employee.”
Delices de Maurice
22764 Westheimer Parkway, Unit 670, Katy
Hours: Tue.-Sat. 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.