Marche Bakery boasts freshly baked goods, pastries, desserts and more.
We went to have a bunch of things, tiramisu, some hazelnut chocolate cake and a trio of croissants (plain, chocolate and almond).
Let's start with the good:
Tiramisu - this one made a pretty decent dessert, but a lousy tiramisu. If you gave me a blind taste test, I would have never guessed it was supposed to be tiramisu. I am now guessing some "cheating" was involved using pudding based on my croissant experience.
The hazelnut chocolate cake was okay, but far too sweet.
Aaah, the croissants. Absolutely horrible. The "base" seemed pretty much all the same, so let's start with the plain one. Way too chewy, not enough flakiness and no flavour. It also left a powdery finish in the mouth. It was bad. Imagine a croissant from Safeway, but denser and less flavour. The chocolate croissant seemed to be filled with something like chocolate pudding or something, not "real" chocolate like anyone else has. And yes, it was pretty horrible too. Even a 4 year old rejected it and this one will normally eat anything with chocolate, especially chocolate croissants. The almond one was perhaps the least bad of the bunch, but suffered from the same problem with the base pastry and also left a strange aftertaste. One of the party thought it was curry flavour, I thought it smelled a bit like "old stale bakery".... regardless, it wasn't that pleasant.
Web site says Master Chef since 1981 or something like that. Really? Master Chef of what? From where?
Seem like decent people with good idea and they intend to do well, but they would be well advised to go back to school if they hope to survive.
I would rather eat stuff from Save-On or Safeway or whatever. Hey, Thrifty's stuff would beat them hands down. That's pretty bad, the first time I've ever said this about any independent baker.
We had a groupon for marche, but after one visit we were hooked on their GREAT croissants, friendly staff and comfy seating area. Their coffee is also really good. The man who has served us all the times we've been has been exceptionally kind and ready for conversation. Would recommend to anyone looking for a bite I eat and a coffee.
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