I’ve been curious about this place ever since I saw svon’s macaron photos on instagram, so we finally made a trip out here after visiting the Seattle aquarium. The french pastries here are out of this world.
We had a really fantastic coffee eclair – look at the pretty glassy glaze! The choux pastry was not bad, and the eclair was generously filled with coffee custard. None of that slitting it in half for you, it was properly piped in through a hole at one end.
The croissant au beurre or butter croissant was really flaky and buttery, hands down the best croissant I’ve had in Seattle so far. (Fresh flours is second) I toasted this the next day and stuffed it with a creamy tuna salad and it was amazing.
We ate the chouquette hot out of the oven (they were restocking it when I was ordering, so of course I couldn’t resist). They were AMAZING warm. Chouquette are basically empty choux puffs (instead of cream puffs) that are studded with coarse sugar granules.
Even better was the dauphinois feuillete, a puff pastry square filled with a potato/bacon mash. I regret not ordering more of this. It doesn’t look like much since the pastry is so pale, but it was really mindblowing.
Their macarons (chocolate, noisette, passionfruit, cafe shown here) are slightly denser than I’m used to but with a nice crisp shell and a pretty sturdy cookie. I prefer them lighter, like the original macarons in Paris, but these are pretty good too.
We didn’t eat all of this at one go, of course. It was spread out of several meals and snacks :P But seeing how we’re so infrequently at Pike Place (parking issues, as usual), it was well worth it to make such a large purchase while we were there. The total came up to $39.05, which I think is pretty reasonable given the level of skill required to bake all of this!