Restaurant Reviews

Vive la Tarte

September 22, 2015

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

Orgasmic.
This place is great on all levels: service, look and feel and desserts. All desserts were amazing, I particularly LOVED the cheesecake and hazelnut tart.

Hours
Tues – Sat  8 am – 4pm

Closed Monday and Sunday

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

Up until a few months ago, Vive la Tarte only did catering. Now, they are a storefront offering baked goods and lunch specials. Honestly, who do I have to thank because this little shop is a blessing. Well, not so little, the space is quite large and I immediately fell in love with the layout. They are still in the process of getting in all their furniture, but everything you need is already in place. The baked goods are all displayed out in the open: beautiful, easy to see and very tempting. If I was being nitpicky I would harp on the fact that while it’s nice that I can peek over the glass and be face to face with my new obsession (any of their desserts), it also means that flies and such can also be that close. Honestly, after tasting everything, I’m not sure I care.

The service here was also super nice, both the owner and the girl behind the counter were informative and very kind.

PSA: They have a lunch menu on the wall, one I didn’t see because I was so dazzled and distracted by all the stuff in front of me. So make sure you take a look around before settling on your savory selection.

Funny side story (skip if you don’t care to read my ramblings): I have been wanting to check this place out for a while now so I knew that I wasn’t going to get there and just order 1 thing. By the way, I walked 25 minutes to get there and 25 minutes back (read: DEDICATION!). I went in fully expecting to over order and then share my desserts later that day. However, it was funny because clearly that wasn’t conveyed to the people around me when I ordered a pizza/flatbread and 4 desserts. The lady sitting next to me, sat down and said “wow I’m impressed”, not to mention the group of people sitting in front that kept staring back waiting to see if I finished everything. I didn’t, but see the things I do to make sure I comprehensively review a place #hardlife.

What I ate:

  • Burrata Pizza ($8)
  • Earl Gray Donut ($3.75)
  • Carrot Cake ($6)
  • Cheesecake ($6)
  • Hazelnut tart ($6)

Thoughts?

 

The pizza/flatbread was tasty – it didn’t wow, but it was an easy and yummy lunch. The bread isn’t too thin so it’s very filling. They warm it up for you on the spot so I suggest eating it there and enjoying it fresh. I love anything with burrata so this was good, but it definitely wasn’t the best thing I tried.

THE CHEESECAKE!!!! Wow, for being a plain styled cheesecake this has to be one of the best I’ve had. It was smooth, velvety and not super sweet. The crust was flavorful and delicious. Perfection in its entirety. I know it’s called Vive la Tarte, but they should consider adding cheesecake in there. Simple and heavenly.

These round adorable doughnuts were very tasty – I opted for one filled with earl grey cream (I thought I was being different in choosing something other than vanilla) and while it was good I think I will be back to try the vanilla. The bread is dense and it is filled with A LOT of cream, which is nice because you know they aren’t skimping out. However, it also means it’s very filling! I enjoyed this, but wouldn’t choose it over the others.

The carrot cake was delicious! I wish the frosting wasn’t hard and I would prefer for it to be a tad less sweet, but the flavors were great. The cake was moist and super rich – it made for a perfect treat!

The tart was definitely another of my favorites (along with the cheesecake). I love that this hazelnut tart didn’t have chocolate – I love a great chocolate treat, but this let the hazelnuts shine in a way that most desserts don’t. There’s a layer of cream (like the type inside of eclairs) and then a layer of whipped cream topped with the toasted hazelnuts. The flavors were delicious and everything was so light and airy. I LOVED it!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed everything and will definitely be back to try more!

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