First time here and it was very good! Absolutely loved the waffles! Wonderful flavor! They also have a variety of pastries that looked really good. Cute place in the midst of a lot of stores & restaurants in the UTC area.
This is definitely our new place for french pastries now. They did not only look gorgeous but tasted amazingly too! We really enjoyed our delicious lattes, almond croissant, decadent opus and even took a couple of plain croissants for tomorrow’s omelettes. Relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff. Can’t wait to try their croque Madame next!
Obviously, Florida doesn't scream French Bistro in the culinary world, so when I discovered this place, I was mildly excited at the possibility of some really excellent French Bistro Style grub today. I am very open minded when it comes to small places in busy shopping centers in Sarasota and at 1030am on a Sunday. We were prepared for a wait and that we got, about 15 minutes before anyone even asked us how many in our party, party of 2. With about 4-6 more standing behind us. Eventually we were seated and ordered in pretty quick fashion. It was only then that I had one of the staff informing others behind us that it would be more than an hour wait, even with open tables in the building. None open outside. Our beverages were served promptly and I had a nice Merlot, and she had a Peppermint hot Chocolate. We waited about half an hour more for our food to arrive. Again, not expecting fast food, if I wanted fast we would go to a fast food place. I could tell this was a one order at a time operation. I appreciate that. I ordered a Croque Monsieur with a truffle bechamel. She ordered a hot ham and swiss croissant. The Croque Monsieur was simply just ok. The amount of ham was a little on the light side and the bechamel had the very faintest essence of truffle. Clearly this was someones interpretation of the Croque Monsieur because the bread wasn't even toasty. I expected a crunchy Croque with a creamy truffly bechamel. It wasn't bad, but just wasn't as good as we had from our favorite bistro back in Ohio. The ham and cheese croissant was good. Again, no wow factor. I had high expectations of coming back for the evening menu since I saw Foie Gras and Smoked Duck on the online menu...but I honestly don't see that happening now. The pastry case looked good. Again no wow factor. This may be due to the latter part of the morning and I am sure there was an early rush on pastries when they opened. So, I can't say this is a bad review. But it just doesn't measure up to the standards we have set for higher scoring reviews.
One of my sisters liked her dessert, my other sister had the “love in Paris” dessert & said it was just okay - that it was bland and not one flavor stood out.
This place is a gem in Sarasota. I've been to France many times and love a good croissant or pain au chocolat. They have done everything just perfectly. The food is amazing. So fresh. Every pastry I've tried was exceptional. I haven't dined in yet but am excited to soon. Even their cappuccinos are great and they offer dairy free milk options. A must visit if you're bear UTC
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