• Nightingale Patisserie, Clapham (there's also another branch on Balham High Road, I think)
An amazing pain de amande, a twice basked croissant filled with almond paste. Brilliantly crispy and flakey, a lovely combination of air and flour and butter.
• Patisserie Ann Marie, Balham
A comfortable cafe, down-to-earth and sweetly French in ambiance. The pain au chocolat is reasonably good -- puffy, lightly and crisp, even if it wasn't warm. Pretty good chocolate. I don't know if they bake these themselves, I can't seem to distinguish them from the ones at Trinity Stores and Cafe Méliès. The pateis de natas (Portuguese egg tarts) are ok, could be yolkier and the crust more delicate.
• Trinity Stores, Balham
Above average muffins with nice moisture. The chorizo in their sandwich has a delicious soury undercurrent that flows beneath the savoury spicy meat. I liked that a lot. Served in a soft and crusty baguette, with a generous pile of judiciously dressed greens.
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