Note: Le Croissant is closed Monday and Tuesday. Open 8-1 weekdays, til 2pm Saturdays, and 12 noon on Sunday.
As I’ve mentioned, I start a new job at the beginning of February. I am now the priest at St. Philip’s Anglican Church on Taché Avenue. New jobs bring lots of new learning experiences, a long with the chance to get to meet many new people. It also brings you close to new food haunts. One of these for me is Le Croissant, a French Patisserie just down from the church on Taché.
It’s been a few years since I have been at St. Philip’s with any regularity. As a result, it’s been awhile since I was last at Le Crooissant. I would have visited a couple of weeks ago, but the start of my tenure coincided with the owners being away. So I waited, somewhat patiently, for my chance to visit. The visits have definitely been worth the wait.
As odd as you may think me, I haven’t tried Le Croissant’s eponymous pastry.
However, I have tried the Pain de Chocolate, which was buttery and flaky with plenty of chocolate inside. Plenty of filling and topping seems to be a characteristic of the products available here.
Among the dessert options is a raspberry filled cookie. This cookie could easily make a nice tea snack shared between two. Just as good is the little chocolate cake I had. This cake has a proper name I’m sure, but I’m just in the habit of pointing and saying, I’ll have one of those chocolate things. I find this method gets the food efficiently from counter, to register, to stomach.
Le Croissant Breads:
While I enjoy the sweets, the bench mark for measuring any bakery should be in the bread they sell. Bread is that most basic of baked goods, the “staff of life” as the saying goes. The breads at Le Croissant are indeed life giving. Not just in the sense of nutrition, but also in being the kind of bread that make life more pleasant.
The baguette that I picked up was still warm, as it was just at opening time when I bought it. It the kind of bread that requires self-restraint not to just tear it apart as you are walking. Well, self-restraint and the fact that I would have dropped my briefcase on the ground. The bread has a crust that snaps apart, and an chewy inside.
The multi-grain bread is a good, crispy crusty on the outside, studded with sesame seeds. The colour is of a light pumpernickel, but with a chewy rye flavour on the inside. The chew on this bread is a little less intense than in the baguette.
They also have some savoury items. I picked up a cheese and tomato pie which makes for a wonderful breakfast choice. You can also pick up some packages of processed products at Le Croissant. I picked up some OKA cheese the other day, but there are about 8-12 different varieties available. Along with the cheeses there are some packaged chocolate and sweets and a few containers of what looked to be beverages, but I didn’t check them out all that closely.
Le Croissant is definitely going to be providing me with some of my breakfast and lunch materials over the coming months. If you want to get there, go closer to opening rather than the closing time, otherwise you may miss out on some of what is on offer. Baked goods this great don’t last long.