Parisian Patisserie Boulangerie is a slice of French deliciousness wedged in an unlikely pocket of suburban Essendon.
The cosy two room shop is simply decked out in French provincial white with a few French artworks and fresh flowers. Today you won’t be able to miss it because the flags are out for Bastille Day! And the staff are decked out in cute Breton stripes and berets.
Given I have no personal or professional affiliation with France, for me celebrating Bastille Day is just an excuse to eat pastry. Parisian is more patisserie than boulangerie (I couldn’t see any loaves for sale other than brioche) which means there is lots to tempt a sweet tooth. All the pastries are baked fresh daily on site.
They have no hot menu so for savouries I chose a cheese brioche ($5.90). It was a cheese scroll fancied up with not one, not two, but three cheeses melted between layers of swirling soft brioche.
I also tried an almond croissant which was not as flaky as their plain croissants ($3.90) but they sandwich a large amount of sweet almond filling in its buttery, almost cakey centre. The heavier brioche base is apparently more authentic for almond croissants but personally I like my croissants as light as light can be.
The tricolore macarons ($2.50) are available today only and were excellent quality – no chewy bits, no air pockets, the right proportion of biscuit to ganache.
And if you have room don’t miss the chocolate eclair, a fat tube of choux pastry dissected by some silken vanilla creme patisserie and topped with chocolate and dried raspberries. Parfait!