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Great Croissant at Amandine

nosh Nov 13, 2008 08:12 AM

I have opined previously that the croissant at Amandine on Wilshire west of Bundy are the best I've tasted in Los Angeles. But yesterday they outdid even their own standards. It was a bit lighter than usual in weight, darker in color. Very buttery, delicately crisp, nicely layered. A truly gorgeous, tasty wonderful croissant. (Only $1.50 to take out.) This made up for my last visit, when I got there fairly early and the regular croissant were sold out, and I had to make do with a mini. Yesterday's was the best I've tasted in decades, since I ordered croissant at Kelly's bakery in Santa Cruz.

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    Outerspace Nov 13, 2008 09:12 AM

    Have you compared theirs to the croissants at Boule? I sent a friend to Amandine because I think their croissants are fantastic. He agreed, but said Boule's are better.

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      la tache burger Nov 13, 2008 10:15 AM

      I'm so with you nosh. And the chocolate and the almond also top notch, agreed? Oh wait, also the chocolate almond combo is decadently good, even if just plain wrong on every level.

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        nosh Nov 13, 2008 11:24 AM

        I'm with you on a lot of tastes, la tache, but I'm a purist when it comes to croissant. I don't really like nuts added, and the chocolate in the middle deadens (for me) the delicate rise and layering of the puff pastry. Also, the chocolate croissant are almost always uniformly shaped pastries, rather than the thin at the ends, thick in the middle curved horns of a plain croissant that give textural contrast as you bite from end to end.

        Oh my goodness, has my fixation come to this level of examination and detail?

        outerspace -- refresh me as to exactly where boule is -- WeHo or vicinity? How much are their croissant? City Bakery up in the 26th/San Vicente complex in north Santa Monica has the famous pretzel croissant, but SO expensive.

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          a_and_w Nov 14, 2008 08:48 AM

          I do love those pretzel croissants at City Bakery, but that's about the only thing there worth the exorbitant price you mention.

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            Queequeg Nov 23, 2008 11:06 PM

            I don't even think those pretzel croissants are worth nearly as much as they charge. Good, but not that great. I'd rather take the money and blow it all on Amandine croissants any day.

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        exilekiss Nov 15, 2008 09:05 AM

        Hi nosh,

        Thanks for the report. I'm currently enjoying the fresh-made croissants at Anisette, but I can't wait to try Amandine soon! :) Thanks.

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          graciousbug Nov 17, 2008 07:54 PM

          amandine is one of the best bakeries around!

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            liu Nov 17, 2008 08:43 PM

            And their pot of green tea is the perfect accompaniment for these wonderful croissants!

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              a_and_w Nov 18, 2008 06:46 AM

              Wow...I had no idea about the green tea - thanks for the tip!

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                exilekiss Nov 18, 2008 07:38 AM

                Hi liu,

                Very nice! :) Thanks for the tip on their pot of green tea (like a_and_w).

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                  liu Nov 19, 2008 06:16 PM

                  It's a Chinese green tea (Dragon Well/Lung Ching) the last time I had it.
                  I do hope that they still offer this same, high quality tea...ask!
                  It was served in a nice ceramic pot with a "real" cup.

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              lambrusche Nov 21, 2008 09:39 AM

              I have to admit that the croissant at Amandine didnt do it for me... the one I had was overproofed and did not have enough butter... I much prefer the breadbar's... I think they are much closer to what I used to eat in France

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              1. re: lambrusche
                liu Nov 21, 2008 05:05 PM

                I am also a Bread Bar fan!
                Everything I have tried there is delicious!

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