Croissant Competition: Part Nine
As well as croissants, they have an amazing selection for lunch - lots of fresh sandwiches and salads - and their baguette tradition I think is arguably the best I've had in Paris (and at 1 euro, it's also the cheapest!) You can obviously buy the food to take away, but they also have a very modern, clean seating area that would be great to meet a friend or shelter from the rain.
One of the criteria for this croissant competition is that I have to eat the croissant before 11am, otherwise, because buttery baked goods go stale very quickly, I run the risk of finding a stale pastry and/or not being able to judge the croissants fairly.
And as you can see, I made it back to my desk just in the nick of time!
As for the texture and taste of the croissant, well that also took me aback. It had a couple of lines of chocolate in it, as well as the almond, and it wasn't made of flaky pastry as croissants should be either. This made the texture of the so-called 'croissant' very heavy and in fact, it reminded me (not in a bad way) of one of those slightly questionable desserts I used to have when I was a kid at primary school. I realise that's a very obscure reference that probably no-one else will get so, rather, imagine a Turkish baklava. That wasn't what was served at my very prim and proper English primary school, but it is similar in terms of texture and nuttiness of the dessert. Having said that, I did enjoy it. The weightiness of the croissant is possibly the Corsican influences coming through and although I'm not going to knock it, I am going to question the use of the word 'croissant'...
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