This review is only for the takeout portion of the bakery.
Called them up first because I wasn’t able to find cake slices for pickup on their menu anywhere, and Jamie, was very informative and polite. Basically, the glass display has a wide array of croissants, frosted sugar cookies, quiches, brioches, cake slices, fruit tarts, palmiers, mousses, madeleines, creme brulee, etc. They also have meal prep sized entrees, salads, and quarts of soup ready in the refrigerated section.
The inventory was amazing, so it took me awhile to decide! Either way, they had 3 staff members readily available to help, but not pushy at all.
I have to say, one of my last-minute impulse decisions was probably my best… The spinach cheese mushroom croissant. The BEST croissant I’ve ever put in my mouth. On initial bite, you get this crunchy crustiness on the outside, from the baked cheese on top. Meanwhile, your mouth is slowly being seduced by the soft, buttery, luscious layers of croissant inside, that provide contrast to its exterior. And, of course, the middle is filled with the savory never-miss combo of spinach and cheese, balanced by the silky earthiness of those sliced mushrooms. Worth the $5.50.
The classic butter croissant was also excellent. A sugar brioche roll was yummy zapped in the micro for 15 seconds for breakfast the next day.
Raspberry Bagatelle – My favorite–tart, fresh, sweet, light yet creamy. I couldn’t stop eating this.
Lemon Buttercream – Also yum… I love lemon desserts!
Millennium – Not typically a chocolate person, but Josh recommended this, and it was great too! The perfect balance of richness/bitterness, great textures, and white and dark chocolates. Would get this one again.
Carrot Cake – This was good, but I’ve had better. I prefer mine a little more moist, and with a cream cheese frosting. My least favorite of the 5 slices.
Strawberry Bagatelle – Like a good strawberries n’ cream. This was delicious, but I’d probably pick the raspberry over this, bc I think the tartness from the raspberries makes the flavor profile more interesting. The strawberries are also whole, so the bites weren’t rationed out well, to cake. You either get the biggest chunk of strawberry, or none, per bite.
Note: I didn’t see a designated parking lot, so it’s La Jolla street parking you’ll have to find. I was just in and out, so the 2-3 spots of 15-min parking on the curb served me well!