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'Bistro Normandie' - Long drive from way up north for some disappointing French pastries! :(

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'Bistro Normandie' - Long drive from way up north for some disappointing French pastries! :(

Charles Yu | Jul 6, 2017 05:57 PM

Based on a foodie friend's recommendation, I made a special 45 minutes one-way trip from Richmond Hill to give this place a try. Unfortunately, IMHO, it was quite a disappointment.

I bought a Kouign Amann, a couple of Flan Normande ( Apple ) and a Flan of Black Currant and Almond. Comparing to what I was used to, from my neighborhood pastry shop in Paris. On a scale of 1 to 10 on a 'satisfactory scale', I would, at most give these products a 6 ( The Parisian Tarte Normande, I would give a 9! )

The Kouign Amann selected by the friendly lady staff, though tasted quite buttery and aromatic, was too dense, flat and not fluffy enough for my liking. Acceptable, if one just wanted to satisfy one's very sweet tooth!
Both Flans have a very doughy and grainy crust. Sweet but not buttery enough. Definitely NOT the crunchy and buttery sweet short-bread crust one usually associates with these products. ( In fact, the crust of Rahier's Tarte Bretonne was more superior and enjoyable ). The constituents that made up the rest of the tarts were also very different and inferior. Worst of all, some form of a custard y filling as well as almonds were noticeably absent! A waste of my precious time and $$!
Lastly, the Baked Normandy Custard Flan which I was also planning to get was only available on the weekend.....may be a blessing?!

To make up for this pseudo disaster, thank goodness I also bought from them a pretty decent Baguette. This I heat it up at home and ate with a jar of ' Crostino "alla Toscana", which my daughter got for me from Rome recently. Man! Was that good with the crusty, piping hot bread!

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