It’s been a while since Polly and I had a real cake meet. I meant cake and dessert. We had been exploring other options lately like ramen lunch at Ramen Sanpachi on Broadway and English breakfast at The Diner at West Point Grey.
For this cake meet, we decided to go to Faubourg, a French bistro. We attempted to visit Faubourg some time ago without the proper address and ended up at Simply French. This time we make sure we have the address. Faubourg is located on West 41st, west of West Bvld. Meter parking is available along W 41st.
The front of Faubourg has a display of some of their cakes, pastries and Viennoiserie. Viennoiserie is sweet pastries like croisssant, pain au chocolat, brioche, small roll, etc. The name Viennoiserie evolved from the long-held myth that they originated in Vienna rather than France. I had an eye on the chocolate cake but unfortunately, it’s not available at the time we were there.
Faubourg is divided into 2 sections, the coffee shop and the bistro. We sat at the coffee shop area. From where I sat, I had a direct view of the bistro area. The bistro is a segregated area with high-ceilinged space, bedecked in hardwood floors, marble-topped tables and fanciful chairs imported from France. I guess if we were seated at the bistro area, we’ll have to pay for the table service with a big tip. I’m very impressed at the way they prep the bistro area because I saw them actually wiping down the legs of chairs and tables.
The coffee shop area is self service i.e. you order your drink and pastries and pay at the counter and bring your food to a table. The coffee shop area seats about 25.
When we were to place our orders at the counter, the waiter asked us if we want … each of everything. How I wish I can try all the them. No, we did not order one of everything.
Polly and I had a petite Cafe Latte ($3.25) and Cafe Mocha ($3.65) respectively. I did not have latte for a while as I would like to cut down on fats.
We ordered 3 items to share. The one above is the Chocolate Twist for $2.90. It has lightly crusty on the outside and top with pearl sugar. A nice start.
The Almond Croissant is also $2.90. The almond slices give it a lot of crunch and the croissant is light and flaky. You have to keep wiping your mouth after each bite because the powder sugar will be sticking to your lips.
Our last indulgence is the Chocolate and Raspberry Tart which is $5. A butter-rich shortbread pastry shell filled with a smooth, creamy dark chocolate ganache on top of raspberry filling. The nuts on the rim of the tart gives it a crunchy texture.
Faubourg also has baguettes and loaf bread which are baked five times daily at 8:00,10:00,11:00, 14:00 and 17:00 to ensure freshness through out the day.
The bill came to $20 and Faubourg accepts credit cards.