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Nov 20, 2009 11:35 AM

New French Bakery Opens in Monterey Park

A new French bakery and coffee shop called Fleur De Lys Patisserie just recently opened in Monterey Park offering tarts, quiches, croissants, cupcakes, and more items soon to come. They have a few tables inside the bakery and outside there is a small patio. The owner/baker is a graduate of the Cordon Bleu in Pasadena. I enjoyed my red velvet cupcake, along with a walnut fudge pastry.

Fleur De Lys Patisserie
440 South Atlantic Blvd at Harding Ave (across from Chase Bank and just south of Mr Baguette). Open Tue-Fri from 7am to 4pm and Sat-Sun from 8am to 3pm.
Closed Mon

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  1. I tried them for the first time last weekend. They really do offer some good stuff. I enjoyed their expresso creme brule, flourless chocolate tarte, red velvet, cheese cake, and lemon bar. Of all the items I tried, the first two I listed were my favorites. The creme brule has no hard caramel topping on it - they'll perform that task after you order it. This is a nice touch not only for the visual effect, but the wonderful smell of caramelizing sugar from the torch burning the sugar.

    The place itself is aesthetically pleasing. The small building is very inviting, the interior is well-appointed, and the window offering a view into the kitchen is great for the kids (I like it too :)) I hope the locals patronize this place. It the white elephant in this general neighborhood, but their offerings are top notch. The only problem I personally had was that the selection in the case was somewhat light on my visit.

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    1. re: bulavinaka

      Went there today and it really is a nice place. Good Creme Brulee. Didn't try the coffee.

      The SGV really needs a place like that. A place with coffee and desserts where you can have a snack and chill out. Boba Bars just don't cut it all the time and I'll probably get lung cancer from drinking coffee at VN coffee bars since people smoke so much.

      I give them points for having the best pastries within walking distance to Elite Dim Sum.

      By the way, when I was there today, it was crowded.

      1. re: bsquared2

        This place needs help with customer service!! I do not recommend it for large party orders. you will not get what you asked for.

    2. This place reminds of Vanille de Patisserie in San Marino.

      1. The chocolate croissant was on par with those I've had from Europane and the bake your own from Nicoles. Two strips of high quality chocolate encased in a flaky yet supple pastry made for a perfect breakfast this morning.

        The Blue Berry scone was excellent with a nice balance of fruit and scone. Not too crumbly or dry. I should have gotten a coffee from there, but was in a rush.

        Picked up some pecan chocolate tarts and pecan pumpkin tarts for Thanksgiving dessert and will report back later on these.

        The selection is small, as of now, but the quality is there. Hopefully they broaden their product line to include items like macaroons or baguettes. I've grown weary of the local baguettes. I'm really glad they chose to be in Monterey Park. Now I don't have to trek to Europane to get my baked goods fix.

        1. Went today in the pouring rain for some coffee just to see that it was closed on mondays. As I was returning to my car the owner called to ask if I needed anything, which I thought was nice. They were decorating for christmas and only had the coffee for me. They use LA mill coffee which is better than anything you can find in monterey park. She stated that they specialize in croissants which got me kinda excited as it is so hard to find a real croissant in this area. I already know I will be getting coffee here everyday, a welcome relief from the nasty sour coffee at starbucks and coffee bean. I'm hoping for a europane and dreaming for a tartine, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

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          1. re: peppermonkey

            This is owned by a friend of mine. I am so happy to hear that other hounds thought it was really good.

            1. re: tavmark

              I've been stopping in just about every time I go to SGV. It's a nice place to stop in, have a excellent pastry and a nice cup of cafe au lait, and just relax. The creme brulee desserts really hit home particularly when she caramelizes the sugar after you order. Those savory croissants (especially with chorizo) make for a nice light lunch as well. I hope your friend keeps doing what she's doing. Some delicious things going on there!

              1. re: tavmark

                not europane or tartine but nice for monterey park. I like the nut squares, creme brulee. I ordered a cake which was not a good idea. Flavors were fine but the cake was really really dry which should not happen for a small $40 cake. I like the savory croissants for the fillings but the croissant itself is just ok. Caramels were really nice when they had them though I would like them with fleur de sel. Overall a great place for the area

                1. re: peppermonkey

                  We picked up a cake that was sort of dry inside as well. We did notice some simple syrup that was poured onto the top of two of the three layers, but the problem was in the cake itself. It was beautiful otherwise, and the actual flavor of everything was great.

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    Exhale! I was SO hoping this place wasn't good!
                    I haven't tried Bite Bar yet, and I don't need more calories on my "to go to" list.
                    (I do plan on going to Bite Bar next weekend, however.)

                    1. re: liu

                      Hey Liu, my guess is you've got the metabolism of a race horse and the waistline of a super model, but if your counting calories, IMHO, go to Bite first. Fleur de Lys isn't perfect yet, but I think the place is well on its way to being established in the neighborhood. It really stands out because it has such a European feel to it - something uncommon around there. I know it's just a dan tat's throw from Elite, but if you're going to be both efficient and effective in your calorie distribution, hit Bite first. :)

                      1. re: bulavinaka

                        Ooooh, bulavinaka...flattery melts me to a puddle...sweet!
                        And you are so funny!

                        (Recollecting myself)...and speaking of sweet, you know that I will check out BOTH -- but Bite Bar first.

            2. Went there for the first time -- the place is absolutely ADORABLE! We liked their landscaping, the high ceilings and colors inside, the Parisian touches, the music, the patio in the back; everything looked well thought out.

              Tried the:
              Red velvet cupcake: excellently moist.
              Earl grey cookie: couldn't really figure out the flavor cuz it's subtle and we had it right after the red velvet; should've tried this cookie first.
              Monkey bread: It's like a cinnamon roll/croissant: also excellent, very sophisticated flavor and texture.

              Would love to know why they chose Monterey Park for such an ooh-la-la place? Cheap rent, I assume? Anyway, I'm not complaining, can't wait to go back to try all the other goodies, everything looked very high quality! I know that Chowhounders will throw rocks at me for saying this, but I'll take this place ANY DAY over Europane! (I'd better duck!)

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              1. re: chowchow12345678

                >>Would love to know why they chose Monterey Park for such an ooh-la-la place? Cheap rent, I assume?<<

                I never asked, but this bakery does fill a sorely missing niche in an otherwise Chow-rich area. Bakeries are in no shortage around SGV - ones like this and so well-appointed with quaint European touches are.

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  Here here bulavinaka. We have some great bakeries and restaurants in Monterey Park. And thank goodness it is not Europane. I agree with chowchow.

                  1. re: Neta

                    >>We have some great bakeries and restaurants in Monterey Park.<<

                    If I ever read an understatement. That's like saying there's some great bakeries and restaurants in Paris. Okay, maybe that was an overstatement on an understatement.

                    I've only been to Euro Pane one time PC (Pre-Chow), so I can't comment on them either way. And after mega-Chower exilekiss's recent post and others' comments, I feel a need to try Euro Pane in the near future. But concerning Fleur de Lys, I like what they're doing. There's room for improvement in some of the things I've tried (the cake in particular), but the owner is off to a great start otherwise.