French macarons in Redwood City - Pamplemousse Patisseries et Cafe
- RWCFoodie Mar 10, 2007 05:27 PM
If you're in the mid-Peninsula and have a hankering for French macarons, stop by Pamplemousse Patisseries et Cafe. I've been watching the build-out at the corner of Winslow and Broadway for what seems like months so when I was in the area last Monday I had to go in and see what they had to offer.
I was delighted to find 10 different flavors of macarons: Coffee, Cassis, Chestnut, Orange, Pistachio, Raspberry, Vanilla, Caramel, Chocolate and one I can't read... I tried a Cassis and was pleased. They are $1.95 each. They also have a lovely assortment of very beautiful pastries.
Pamplemousse Patisseries et Cafe
Redwood City CA 94063
The macarons are absolutely wonderful. The cassis is fantastic. All of them are tasty. If you enjoy eating rose-flavoured things, you will love the Rose one. The plain vanilla is great. The butter rum tastes like a butterscotch boiled sweet, and the mint chocolate tastes like a York peppermint pattie. I think I've tried about 17 or 18 flavours by now, and while some weren't as great as others, all of them were quite tasty. :)
(Oh, and BTW, they have over 20 flavours now, perhaps as many as 30).
I stopped by with a friend this morning around 10:30. We introduced ourselves to the young woman who is the chef/owner and "everything else", she said. She is from Quebec.
We orderedt two lattes (small and medium - both served in large porcelain cups), one almond croissant and one apple calvados muffin (total $12 and change). Kinda pricey but the space is very pleasant, the help friendly, and the pastries were decent. The croissant was more square than traditiona, but flakey and not too sweetl, but the "muffin" was more like a baked pudding, dense and heavy - not my favorite. There were a handful of people both inside and out. The sandwiches looked very decent (breads not made in house - she is using Bakers of Paris). The cakes looked great - both full and mini sizes. She plans to offer chocolates soon, made by a friend. It will be a nice stop after a movie or a meal on Broadway.
Thanks RWCFoodie for scouting it out!
DH and I were lucky enough to catch Pamplemousse before it closed today. With a long walk providing both appetite and excuse, we devoured a strawberry napoleon, an apple turnover, a pamplemousse tart, and an anise macaron. I think the anise macaron was the best of the lot, though a bit sweet for my taste: a very fine, delicate crust, moist interior, and just enoughf anise flavor. The thin slices of fresh strawberry in the layers of pastry cream were flavorful and refreshing, though the millefeuille was much too dense and tough. The apple turnover was hot out of the oven, and quite decent, though I would have liked more apple filling. The pamplemousse tart, a chocolate cookie crust with a thin circle of dry sponge cake under a grapefruit mousse enrobing a bit of white chocolate mousse covering of was not bad, but not very fresh and certainly not something I'd order again.
The chocolate desserts, mostly of the mousse variety, look like they might be worth trying. All told, the best thing was certainly the macaron, and I'd go back to try the other flavors.
Pilinut, Thanks for doing an in-depth sampling - my worry about the place is that it is on the expensive side and I'm concerned that they won't be able to turn product over fast enough to avoid having items like the pamplemousse tart that was not very fresh.... At the prices they are charging, things should be much better than that (IMHO). The main thing that I loved is that they have the macaron and that they have so many flavors!!!
Still haven't made it to Pamplemousse, but wanted to warn against the macarons at La Baguette in the Stanford Shopping Center. I tasted three different flavors on friday: lavender, strawberry, and pistachio. All bad. The strawberry had almost no flavor; the lavender was far too strong and woody/soapy tasting, and the pistachio was the least offensive of the trio. All were so sugary sweet, it was ridiculous. Very crispy and full of air with no substance or chew. And the filling was runny, too sweet, and grainy. Also some quality control problems, sizewise, as some of the cookie sandwiches were as much as a third larger than others.
La Baguette French Bakery
170 Stanford Shopping Ctr, Palo Alto, CA
Thanks for this post! I just bought some at lunch time. They are great.
I tried the passion fruit, hazlenut and amaretto. My favorite would be the passion fruit, because the tartness sets of the sweetness nicely.
At $1.95 they are a bit steep, but I think that's how much most place charges. They had so many flavors, I'd definitely go back and try more.
Five of us bought a dozen mixed flavors of the macarons and we threw half of them away because they were so vile - very strong, chemical aftertaste. The half we didn't throw away were devoured quickly. Regarding the vile ones: If I didn't have 4 witnesses, I would have thought my taste buds were shot. The other 3 pastries we tried were good, okay, and stale, in that order.