Cuisine: French, Patisserie
Location: Kalamunda, Haynes St
At our weekly Monday morning meeting, one of my colleagues was telling us about a patisserie she visited in Subiaco – La Galette de France. I’m always keen to visit patisseries given my love of pastries and so was excited to visit. There are several locations with one in Kalamunda. Given they are open on Sundays and also serve breakfast, I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone and make a trip to the Kalamunda Farmers Markets and drop by for breakfast at La Galette de France. The patisserie takes it’s name from galette, a general French term that refers to a variety of flat round cakes that may be topped with fruit. Having a quick look at the website and the gallery, had my mouth watering.
So, on a cold and raining Sunday morning I dragged myself out of bed and headed into the hills with my parents as company. Entering the main shopping district in Kalamunda transports you to a different era. Having an old English village feel, the light rain seemed to make the farmers market a farmers market. There wasn’t too many stalls but it’s interesting to see what’s on offer given it was my first time to a farmers market. I did spot a few stalls which I’ve previously tried at the Twilight Hawkers markets in Forrest Chase in the city. There were a few bakery type stalls so I picked up a loaf of bread, a custard horn (which was yum), and a profiterole with toffee (OMG!). There was also the lovely smell of German sausages sizzling away so I picked up a few packets of different sausages and enjoyed them for dinner. Pretty good experience but not too many stalls. I’m told the first Saturday of the month is the big event so I should probably drop by then.
After that, headed to La Galette de France which used to be Paris Brest, formerly run by Emmanuel Mollois, as too Choux Cafe. Walked in and drooled over the various pastries on display before heading to the main counter to order breakfast. I was torn between a savoury and sweet crepe but opted for the latter – raspberry dream: raspberry coulis with chocolate sauce, covered in roasted almonds with a side of cream (or ice cream). My parents went for savoury crepes choosing the complete (which has egg in it) and chicken and mushroom. The wrought iron seats have comfy cushions which made the experience enjoyable. Our coffees were brought out and I sipped on a chai late which was nice. I also received a small palmier which was covered in toffee and was delicious.
After a reasonable wait, our breakfast meals were presented. The savoury crepes looked very coarse and made of wholemeal. I guess the savoury crepes are made with a different set of ingredient while my sweet crepe was soft and smooth and didn’t contain wholemeal flour. I did have a small taste of the chicken and mushroom cerpe which was tasty but I prefer Pancakes At The Carillon’s version better. My crepe was very tasty and I’m glad it wasn’t sickeningly sweet as can be the case with raspberry type dishes. A lovely blend of flavours with the slight bitterness of the chocolate contrasting against the slight sweetness of the raspberry coulis. The dusted icing sugar adds to the colour of the dish, with the flaked almonds providing crunch. The slightly yellowish cream added a nice indulgence factor along with the chocolate. Quite an enjoyable meal but my parents didn’t particularly enjoy their crepes as much as I did. It wasn’t wow like some of the crepes I’ve had at other establishments, yes, I’m thinking about ‘The Sexy’ at Choix in Melbourne, but it was solid.
Before I left, I did take home a nice selection of patisseries:
- (Above picture, clockwise from top) Opera Cake – didn’t like it. It seems like one layer was made out of licorice which I hate and the other cake layers were OK
- Choux Creme – delicious choux pastry with excellent coffee cream filling
- Frasier – absolutely delicious, light and melt in your mouth
- Paris Brest – lovely soft cream filling surrounded by lovely pastry
- Chocolate Eclair – excellent choux pastry with lovely chocolate cream custard filling which wasn’t sweet
- (Below picture) Spinach & Ricotta Quiche – delicious
- Almond Croissant – pretty good
La Galette de France Food Review Summary
Verdict: Visited here for breakfast and enjoyed the raspberry dream, a sweet crepe, which was enjoyable but didn’t wow. I also took home a selection of various pastries which were delicious. I particularly enjoyed the Frasier and the choux cream but didn’t like the Opera Cake. There is a large range of pastries to choose from and a nice array of breakfast items apart from other savoury items like quiches and baguettes. I think the patisserie is very good but ranks behind the other patisseries I’ve visited thus far.
La Galette de France Restaurant Details
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