Korean/Japanese - DFW - Dallas (Royal W. of 35)
On a recent trip to Chef Hsu (good for Black Bean Noodles), my wife an I decided to try out the Paris Bleu pastry shop after we stopped in the Ko-mart on Royal. We took a brief walk around the Ko-Mart and I presonally liked the one in Irving a bit better. That aside we decided to take a gander at the area and took a drive around to spot some new spots. Maybe we can get some feedback?
Maru - (this place was a bit busy on a Friday night...it is off Harry Hines south of Royal around the corner from a hidden Korean Market)
Mi Mi Yu - next to Paris Bleu in the newest shopping center close to Royal @ Emerald) said they have Shabu Shabu, Sushi, and Udon
Saru ? - in the Shopping center with Ko-Mart upstairs?
Namoo - on Goodnight this one was behind a "spa" and sure was packed Goodnight was almost impassable from the amount of cars
Mirak - next to Paris Bleu...saw most people going to Mi Mi Yu
La (had some Korean writing after the large LA) - guess they specialize in Beef Noodle soup since that was on the signage.
The places that looked most interesting are LA, Namoo and Mi Mi Yu....since they seemed to have a crowd there....plus I love different soups!
Paris Bleu is competent. I grabbed about $30 worth of pastries (mini mousse cake and a strawberry composition, as well as various sweet breads). Products are fresh (all are made on site, according to the young counter clerk who speaks perfect English without accent). There's a couple of Korean-style breads available for about $4 the loaf. It has a comfortable seating area, too, with coffee and tea services. Whole cakes are available for order. The day I was there, they had a brochure offering Holiday cakes of all types.
Well as far as Korean pastries go they are on par with New York Bakery in the same shopping center as KoMart. The cakes are usually sponge cake with little to no sugar and the fillings seem to make up for the lack of sugar, but if you are expecting French pastry with sweet fillings (like you are used to) then this is a bit different. We tried a cake like pastry right by the door with a cream filling (similar to a sweetened whipped cream) it was good and we also tried the sweet potato filled pastry similar to a flaky pastry, this was the best, and a green tea tiramisu, not so good. The green tea was distinguishable but I am just not a fan of the sponge type cakes and it was moist.....just not like the sweets I have eaten in Italy. They did have a mocha flavored tiramisu so might try that next time. I also would like to try the bread they had there but it was about 9 pm and I wouldn't think the loaves were at their freshest at that time. The service was great and the interior is imacculate set in a modern style and cozy warm. I wish they had some soft music playing though. It was real cold and late when we visited so there was no one else there and the counter help looked a bit bored but glad someone came in to talk to him (mid to late 20's).