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New bakery in Los Altos: Voyageur du Temps

ssfire | Apr 2, 201412:10 PM

A new bakery opened up in Los Altos: Voyageur du Temps, next to Draeger's. They offer high-end artisanal pastries. The owner and chefs are from Japan,

I tried the plain croissant:

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It's excellent: greasy, but in a way that amplifies the savory flavor; It's dense inside, but still nicely flaky; it's a drier style inside; no moist pull-apart interior. However, there is a tiny amount of mealy-ness to it; it partly disintegrates into what feels like synthetic sawdust. Also, the flavor could be more intense. Based on my previous croissant rankings:

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I would rank it at around 4.6/5, just below the plain croissant at Satura Cakes, which is down the street in Los Altos. However, the plain croissant at Voyageur du Temps is laughably small; It's really a mini-croissant - about 4 bites worth. It's not large enough to be above the critical mass needed to have a moist pull- apart interior. And it seems way overpriced at $4.50. They also sell a version of the plain croissant they call a "croissant d'Echiré", made with Echiré butter, for $5, which I did not try.

I also grabbed an almond croissant, which was nicely twice-baked:

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It's excellent; again, I would say that it falls just short of the version at Satura Cakes, which is my current gold standard. But it's small (maybe 6 bites worth), and totally overpriced at $5. And of course, it's so popular that they run out before 11 AM.

They serve coffee from Caffe Vita in Seattle.

Voyageur du Temps
http://www.voyageur.com/

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