I was just given a big old gift card to here.
WHat should I go for?
I'll second the Berry Cream Cake and the Italian Cookies. While a bit more mundane, their croissants and other pastries are first class as well. Good thing I live in the Valley, otherwise I'd go more often and have to spend all my money expanding the doorways in my home. Aughhh!
I completely disagree. I love the food at Susina. The croissants are (IMO) the best in the city, esp. the one with baked tomato, carmelized onion, and cheese. I love love love their quiche, the sandwiches are great (and come with a side of cornichons, which I love). Good fruit salad (lots of berries and kiwi, not just "filler fruit" like melon and cantaloup), and their fresh made soups always rock. The desserts go without saying-I picked up a pear tart last month, heated it in the oven, and it was amazing!! They also have great candy (like the sea salt caramels), but the only thing that kind of sucks is the lemonade. And BTW, $50 won't really go that far at Susina.
I''m a big fan of Susina in general, but it's very hit or miss. And while I've never tried their quiche or soups, I've found all their sandwiches and salads to be huge disappointments. I also haven't tried the savory croissant you described, but I have had the plain, chocolate and almond, and I wouldn't even put them in the city's top ten. At Susina, the cakes, cookies, pies and bread pudding are where it's at. And I love their scones (especially apricot ginger, raspberry polenta and chocolate cherry).
chocolate molten lava... mmm. the tarts are not great. i go here a lot, especially for lattes. the croissants and muffins are really good.
Don't believe the haters. Susina is the best place for sweets in town.
Molten chocolate cakes
Pies (cherry or apple)
Cakes (particularly the chocolate varieties, but carrot and berry are good too)
Unusually strong peppermint tea
Stay away from:
Soups and sandwiches
The cute things on the walls
Like at any bakery, ask how fresh the cake is before they cut it. I've had a few pieces that weren't as moist as they should be, but they always point to the fresher stuff when I remember to ask.
If you're buying whole cakes, $50 won't last long.
Grouch that I am, those sweets makes me smile every time I go.