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Really good french macaroons at Au Couer De Paris in Westminster (OC)

adamclyde | Mar 17, 201108:35 PM     20

Has anyone been to this place on Edinger in Westminster? I first stopped not long after I moved here last year... The pastry chef is a young French guy, though the place is owned by Vietnamese. The owner made a point to making sure I understood it was a pure french bakery (eg pointing out his baguettes were NOT made with rice flour) and I did see the french pastry chef whipping a pate choux in the back quite vigorously.

All that said, he's near the heart of little saigon, so while the majority of their offerings are purely french, he did have a few of the standard Viet-French offerings too.

Overall, I liked it better than, say Boulangerie Pierre on Brookhurst.

I loved their pate chaud (pate choux filled with a viet meatball, (xui mai?). at only $1 a piece they are a great snack. I liked theirs better than the ones I've gotten at Banh Mi Che Cali, though I don't have many other local places to compare them to as I haven't tried many in town.

But the best thing I've tried there have been the french macaroons. Perfect and rich with almond sweetness. Creamy with a slight crunch to the exterior. I was really impressed. And they are beautiful too... green, pink, purple and brown... (pistachio, raspberry - I think, lavender and coffee).

I also liked the croissants the first time I went. Buttery and flaky. But the second time I went... they were terrible (both the regular and the chocolate croissant). Not even resembling the first. Not sure what the norm is... bad or quite good.

The baguettes were OK for what they are. (I'm still in search of a truly great bread bakery, and a baguette, in my opinion, is the hardest bread of all to get perfect, so I don't have unrealistic expectations.)

they do sell banh mi sandwiches at lunch time, as well as more traditional french sandwiches. However, I've only been there on Saturday mornings so I can't say whether they are any good or not. But those macaroons...

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