Last week I made the trek to Petite Patisserie on 18th St. in Potrero Hill. I tried the almond croissant and the carmelized walnut tartlet.
Prices here are breathtaking (expensive). The almond croissant (of small to average size)was $3.75, and the tartlet (less than 3" diameter) was $5.00.
In a word, both items were leaden. The almond croissant was only crisp on the outside tips; the rest was just that - leaden, not flaky - as though not allowed to rise sufficiently. The taste is overwhelmingly of BUTTER. Only a very faint almond flavor - almost not sweet enough, but definitely heavy and dense with BUTTER.
The carmelized walnut tart had a very thick (in proportion to it's circumference) crust; very short (the same overwhelming BUTTER flavor), not the flaky variety. The filling tasted mostly of carmelized sugar and BUTTER - very little walnut flavor. What walnuts there were were in tiny crumbs.
They had samples of their flourless chocolate cake on the counter - nothing special.
I won't be going back. Too expensive to risk trying more things.
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