Plaisir Sucre is a French bakery on Arbutus.
We happened to be in the neighbourhood looking for eats and this was touted to be kid friendly. Didn't know what to expect actually.
It's a very, very small place. We found out why it was kid friendly, it's a totally family run business, that comes with their 2 children (5 and 2, I believe). If you don't like kids, don't come. There's books and toys and a play mat here for any children that come.
When we were there, it was just like what I imagined it would be to sit in a little patisserie in France. To start with, everybody there was speaking French, including the kids. The hosts were very friendly and accomodating, it was sort of like dropping into their own personal abode in a way.
We picked up sandwich, soup of the day (potato bacon) and a croissant.
Let's start with the sandwich. Pretty standard prices I think, ranging from about $5-9. We went for the top.... and they came out with a SANDWICH. It was an entire baguette and it was stuffed full of fresh ingredients. I'd say it was about 2-3 feet long, so measure that cost against equivalent Subway. Easily enough to feed 2. Deal! We heard they make their own bread and I've no reason to doubt it. We fancy ourselves a bit of bread lovers (okay, food lovers!) so we've been to just about every bakery worth trying in town. This is really good bread. Nice crust, nice chew and just the bread by itself has a great flavour. I could munch plain bread like this every day.
The soup was a reasonable portion, exceptionally flavourful but not too salty, creamy, yet not too rich. The croissant was pretty good, it's more like a "hand-made" style, that has more chew and filling than the standard super-light variety. But again, excellent flavour and texture.
At the heart of it, it's just a soup, sandwich and pastry shop. However, they make their own great bread, it's good pastries. I would highly recommend. No better place in the area if I need to stop by for a good munch.
I live for the weekend visit to Plaisir Sucre. It's not very big, but the atmosphere could very well transport you to Europe. The owner is central to this place. He's very friendly and encouraging when you practice your high school french. When you walk in, you can smell the pastries being baked in the back. With eyes bigger than my belly, i inevitably order a couple of croissants, pain au chocolat and some palmiers to go - totalling approx $12. It's worth it though, to be able to eat lovingly made pastries with a pot of freshly brewed coffee. Bliss.
A must eat!
Went to try this French bakery after reading the review. Was hopeful that finally something better than the overhyped almond croissants of Thomas Haas will be available in Vancouver. Unfortunately, it's yet another disappointment for the generally poor quality of Vancouver's dessert / bakery places. The almond croissant has too little almond flavour and not enough butter. I guess Thomas Haas is still the best for that in town even though it's no where near Bakery Noveau in Seattle!
I work near by and stop in for take-out sandwiches. The owner of the bakery is a very friendly guy that always has time to chat with his customers. The sandwiches are delicious, great bread is the key. I would recommend you give this place a shot.