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Feb 21, 2008 08:42 AM

Tatte Bakery

The bakery replacing the old Savoy Bakery near St. Mary's T-stop in Brookline is open. I stopped by this morning after dropping off some dry cleaning and got myself a "chocolate rose" (chocolate swirls in brioche). It was a delicious if not exceptionally nutritious breakfast. The brioche was tender and the filling was nice, although perhaps it was fairly sweet so in the future I would be more likely to eat this for dessert than breakfast. It was pretty big and was $3 which I thought was reasonable for the quality. I also got some little meringue cookies that were $0.25 each, but I have not tried these yet. They had a bunch of other stuff - all of which looked good, some of was more expensive than I would buy (pear almond tart, etc - I know the ingredients are expensive, but I might rather try to make something like that myself than pay $25-30 for a tart). The space is nice and it is a definite improvement over the most recent incarnation of the Savoy bakery (which the last time I went served me weak, "hazelnut" coffee when I order a small coffee to go). They serve coffee and tea here, but I did not try any so I cannot yet say if it is better - but they did have some Illy espresso beans so I would imagine they are not going to serve weak, fake flavored stuff. :-) I am definitely planning to stop in and try something else when I pick up the dry cleaning.

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  1. Mmmmmm I'm enjoying a really delicious and unique biscotti from Tatte right now -the mile long biscotti or something like that. I wish the nuts were toasted but other than that it's got great flavah! The brownie covered in hazelnuts is also really good - fudgey and rich and made with good chocolate and real butter (it seems) but again the hazelnuts are sort of chewy because they are not toasted.

    I don't like their brioche - the one I had was small and dense and pretty pricey for $2. I look forward to going back and trying a few more items. The Savoy used to be pretty good many years ago if I remember correctly and it's nice that a local business person has taken the reigns and freshened up this space. Best of luck to them!

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    1. re: tumbledrylow

      I am glad to hear that the brownies are good - they looked tempting when I was there. I have now eaten the meringue cookies - it turns out they were actually swirls of sugar cookie dough (although not very sweet cookie dough) with meringue in between the layers. They were tasty and not too sweet, but the texture was slightly weird at first with the mixture of the meringue and the cookie - it grew on me and I found it interesting, but I think I like meringue by itself better or cookies by themselves better. Certainly worth trying though for a quarter each.

      I used to like the Savoy (even though it seemed like they were never open or out of almost everything), but the last time I was there right before they closed it was better stocked, but the quality did not seem as good (especially that awful coffee).

      1. re: tumbledrylow

        Finally got there last night and agree about the brioche - $4.20 for 2 small and not very fresh brioche. Will probably try the biscotti but they are pricey also. I was hoping for an good Sunday morning bakery like the old Savoy but this looks like it will only be a special occasion place. The nut cakes do look divine.

      2. Yesterday morning I stopped in. I got a plain brioche which was very good. I also got a small tube of sliced almonds clumped together by a sugary type binder. It was $5. I thought that was a bit high, but it looked like something I had enjoyed years ago in Fla., and I was curious to see if it was. It wasn't. They had small bags of the same confection for $8. I finished the tube in no time. It was good, but not for $5. I also got a small decaf coffee. They said they had just made it. I always ask, because decaf isn't requested as often as caffeinated and can sit for a while sometimes. The half and half canister was empty so they refilled it. As I put my normal amount in, the coffee barely changed color. I asked it they had accidently put skim milk in it and they double checked and said it was half and half. Well, after putting about 1/4 cup of "half and half" in, it looked like dark mud and was luke warm from putting so much in. It was a small coffee. I was perplexed as to why it wasn't getting lighter. They then told me that it was an Italian kind of half and half. All I know is that I walked out of there with a cup of undrinkable lukewarm mud. I made a friendly suggestion that they also get regular half and half because I wanted to be honest with them and told them I wouldn't buy coffee there again if this was the only creamer they were going to use. I'm sure I'm not the only one that would feel this way. Being a new business, I'm sure they appreciate feedback from customers. I was the only one in the shop and they were very friendly. I hope they add American half and half. If I'm going to stop for something on the way to work, I would go elsewhere simply because of the coffee issue. The brioche was delicious, butI don't have time to stop at 2 places in the morning. They also said that eventually they planned to have sandwiches, etc.

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        1. re: catsmeow

          Italian half and half? That's a new one on me....

          1. re: galleygirl

            Yeah, to me too.. I would have said "Well, your coffee is mezzz-mezza, so that makes sense"

            1. re: galleygirl

              It was a new one on me too but they acted like there is actually an Italian half and half......maybe it's watered down skim milk :-) because that's how little an effect this stuff had on the color of my coffee.

              1. re: catsmeow

                I wonder if they meant it was Italian (dark roast) decaf? i.e., maybe the problem was the coffee, not the half and half.

                1. re: Allstonian

                  They clearly said it was Italian half and half and didn't correct me when I mentioned that they might wnt to get regular half and half found in most coffee shops. There were 2 people working there and both were involved in the conversation about the "Italian" half and half." .

                  1. re: catsmeow

                    Oh, well - it was just a thought. I've never heard of Italian half and half either. But I'll have to get over there to try the baked goods soon!

          2. I went just today. The brioche with mushrooms and onions was probably pretty good, but I made the mistakee of heating it in a microwave. Bad idea. It turned to a doughy mess, so I will retry soon.

            The butter cookies, I have to say, are heaven. Just heaven. I had pecans on mine, which tasted homemade, only better than mine. Coffee was good too, though weaker than I make it.

            All the cakes and pastries looked dazzling. The place isn't cheap, but if everything tastes as good as it looks I will definitely become a regular here.

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            1. re: SSqwerty

              I discovered those butter cookies at Copley last year. It you have some of those in the freezer, you always have an amazing bit of goodness to offer a friend who drops in for coffee. They also make a dish of ice cream a dessert.

              Growing up, I was frequently at an Aunt's Italian table and to her "Italian Half and Half" was the wine/water combo they gave to us kids. Maybe they cut the cream with milk and called it "Italian half and half." Someone may have put the wrong mix together.

              1. re: BostonZest

                I sampled the halvah brioche roll/rose last week. A felicitous combination--one I had not encountered before. The light sweet sesame notes with the rich brioche pleased me. It cost $5 which I think is steep, especially since the brioche was dense and dry, and the filling was mostly extruded (some tinkering with the recipe might bring this up to its potential). On the plus side of the visit is a pleasantly renovated space with a large rustic table upon which were placed nut tarts of various shapes and sizes. A feast for the eyes and imagination. The two young women at the counter were sweet, helpful and beautiful (a very pleasant change from the counter dragons of yore).

                The bakery business is a tough one, and I hope they succeed in finding their audience.

            2. I have returned to Tatte and had some mixed results. I liked the brownie (even though I did not get to eat it until the next day - it was rich and had a good chocolate flavor, but was balanced by the pecans. I also liked the pecan butter cookies and the plain butter cookies. I did not like the savory brioche very much - the brioche was too dry on the outside, but made slightly doughy by the filling on the inside and the filling of sun dried tomatoes needed more salt and spices. To make it worse, they did not have prices by it and it turned out to be $5. I think in general their prices have gone up since I was there the first week - the meringue cookies are now $0.50, the halvah brioche mentioned above was $4 and I swear there was a sign saying $3 for the savory brioche when I was there right after they opened. :-(

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              1. re: LauraB

                The nut boxes sounded so good I made it a point to go to try one. I was quite disappointed. I thought the cookie part was very dry. The small chocolate tart was okay but I loved the halvah brioche and would go back again to get one.

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