Restaurant Reviews

Le Marais

February 25, 2015

The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version: 

Good not great.
Everything was good, but I wouldn’t be dying to return and in comparison to other bakeries it just didn’t stand out.

The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

I was walking down Chestnut and craving some sweets, I noticed a cute bakery, Le Marais, and decided to give it a try. The guy behind the counter was very nice and gave me a description of all the baked goods. I would’ve appreciated names and some prices (the tart was the only one with a sign – and it was different than what they charged me). I don’t mind spending the money, especially when it comes to dessert, but I would like to know how much I’m spending.

Hours
Tues – Sat 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sun – Mon 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

What I ate:

  • Macaron ($2)
  • Apple tart ($4.50)
  • Kouign amann ($3.75)
Thoughts?

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The macaron was delicious! It was hazelnut with chocolate filling. It was a good size, but it wasn’t as flaky as others I’ve had. My favorite macarons in the city, so far, are from Chantal Guillon Macarons.

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The kouign amann would’ve been good if they didn’t call it a kouign amann, but since I knew that that’s what it was trying to be, it wasn’t so great. It was dense and didn’t have a gooey inside. It was caramelized on top, but it wasn’t flaky and there wasn’t enough butter and sugar. I compare all kouign amanns to the one at b. patisserie,  and this didn’t even come close!

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The apple tart was fresh and crispy with slivered almonds and a bit of powdered sugar. It tasted good, but the gelatin on top gave the whole dessert a funny flavor. It is topped with a dollop of cream that overpowered the delicate taste of the apples. The crust was the best part, flaky and shortbread-like. All in all I enjoyed it, but I’m not dying to have it again.

They did have, what looked like, a great selection of freshly baked bread, so if I went back I would try their croissant and a loaf of bread.

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