Lil' sis, our oldest nephew, and his childhood friend came into town recently to visit my brother's new baby. While I was having brunch at Mike and Anne's Restaurant | Bar - South Pasadena, lil' sis took them to Pho Filet Vietnamese Restaurant - South El Monte for breakfast, so they were still pretty full after our visit. Nephew's friend asked if I could take them out for dessert instead.
I finally noticed Fleur De Lys Patisserie had taken over the old hair salon or was it a realtor's office? The sign, cute awning, very French. And located in Monterey Park definitely made it a must-visit place for me.
The obligatory cute tarts.
We got a kahlua coffee creme brulee for $3.50, lemon poppyseed madeleines for 65 cents, and a red velvet cupcake for $2.95. Everything was divine! I normally don't think madeleines are anything special. Other versions I've tried tasted like cake to me and ya'll know I'm a pie person, but these were slightly crispy on the outside and were just so good.
I love the play of late afternoon light on our table. And the use of Spega yogurt jars as vases since I do that too. Yes, there are shadows in these pictures. With all the focus on well-lit food photos, I think people should appreciate shadows too. Forget light! Embrace shadows! Don't the shadows give the nicest ambiance?
We also ordered the weekend only special of beignets for $4.35. I had been warned. Cousin Q had tried them before and he said they were much too dense, and indeed they were. A little burnt too. Heck, my faux beignets are way better. Nephew's friend had wanted to place two orders, but I suggested just one to see whether we'd like them. This was the only thing I didn't like at Fleur De Lys.
Free refills on the $1.75 house blend coffee though!
The boys decided they wanted more food and got a cheese scone.
Gorilla bread for $3. Like monkey bread, but made with croissant dough and cream cheese. OMG! So decadent and so good. More madeleines! I told you these were not your ordinary madeleines.
Even the back entrance is cute.
A few days ago, I was back again. My third-cousins had come up from Orange County to visit their cousin's new baby (So many babies being born all at once in the family!). After dim sum at Lunasia Chinese Cuisine - Alhambra, I asked if they wanted dessert.
The pastries in the display case were different this time, but they always seem to have chocolate croissants and red velvet cupcakes on hand.
We ordered fresh-squeezed lemonades and a chocolate croissant, a German chocolate chip/pecan/coconut cookie, banana chocolate chip creme brulee, and more madeleines. This time, the madeleines weren't as good. :( They just tasted like cake, like other madeleines I've eaten before. But everything else was sooo divine again! Best chocolate croissant ever! So buttery with big chocolate chunks. The cookie was awesome! And the banana creme brulee had chocolate chunks on the bottom.
My cousin was so charmed by Fleur De Lys.
So cute! Great ambiance. Great pastries. And free Wi-Fi too!
Who else ate at Fleur De Lys Patisserie?
Tony of SinoSoul even ventured to try their red velvet cupcakes and liked it.
October 5, 2010 update:
Fleur de Lys Patisserie is now closed. :(
Fleur De Lys Patisserie
440 S. Atlantic Blvd.
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Tuesday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The pastry shop is located on a traffic island. Limited street parking spots in front of the shop, but there's plenty of street parking nearby. Just beware of the times posted on the signs.
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