Last Saturday was a packed weekend for me and Joe. We wanted to go to the Edmonton Ski and Snowboard Show at the EXPO to check out some gear for the season and we had tickets to see Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Snow Patrol later that night. That’s a lot of food opportunities in between! I’m not a big breakfast eater but usually nosh on a pastry and have a hot beverage of sorts. Dauphine Bakery & Bistro is right across the street from where Joe lives and I had never actually been there to eat. With such a cute interior, I had high hopes for the food!
Walking into the basement shop, the smell of fresh breads and pastries fills your nose. I absolutely love French bakeries!
Previously known as Queen of Tarts, their lemon tarts are their specialty. It wasn’t exactly dessert time at 11am in the morning so I passed up on their tart display and their cake display for more breakfast appropriate items.
Although a slice of quiche would have been nice, we wanted something to take away to eat to get to the EXPO faster. They looked delish though!
Near the till, Halloween sugar cookies lined the display. So cute! I was tempted but reminded myself that I wanted a breakfast pastry!
With a French name, Dauphine, you would think that among the fresh breads, baguette, and brioche would be a basket of croissants. Nope. No croissant in sight. Was I missing something? Did they run out? I have no idea but it wasn’t available so I had to settle for a chocolate brioche instead.
The chocolate brioche was tiny! Both of us had one each and at that price, I’d expect it to be more filling or at least superb. It didn’t even really taste like brioche, just chocolate filled dough. I was very disappointed. I also ordered a hot chocolate which wasn’t to my taste either. Watered down and lacking in any real flavor, I think anybody could make a better hot chocolate! Joe ordered a cappuccino and didn’t like his drink either. With Credo across the street and Transcend a bit further down, Dauphine really can’t let afford to let their drinks slip.
A complete miss for us for the first time since I’ve started this blog! I realize what we ordered might not be what they specialized in, but you’d think everything they sell should be yummy with such a nice interior. I’ll have to come back to try the tart and the quiche or soups for lunch some time but otherwise, I’d rather go to Duchess on 124 St or Bon Ton Bakery on 149 St for my French pastries! I’m still baffled by the lack of croissants.Dauphine Bakery and Bistro
10129 – 104 St