Monday, October 12, 2009

Maison Baillon @ Rue Louise Michel, Levallois-Perret, Paris

My first food related post from my trip: Carbs are so yummy *sigh*.....

How lucky I was - found this really yummy bakery just a stone's throw away from my hotel in Levaillois-Perret (an area about 15 minutes away from the main Paris city center).
From the outside, in the early morning....

The great thing about it is that it opens really early (from around 7am, although not the full range of products is ready at that time) so I could always grab something yummy while on my way out to go sightseeing.

Sadly, they don't have many savoury items there, but the Pizza bread (haha, it's not very French, I know) was quite good:
The pizza bread....

The pizza base was deceptive! At first I wasn't expecting much as it looked quite thick but it turned out to be perfectly crunchy yet slightly fluffy, topped by a yummy piquant tomato sauce, cheese and mushrooms.

Their specialty though is more to sweet pastries, I suppose, as that was the majority of their offering at this small neighbourhood patisserie.
The apple pastry....

The apple pastry (pictured above) was delicious! - perfectly crisp and flaky layers of puff pastry enveloping a juicy centre of chunky apple filling... What I especially liked is that the filling tasted natural and not too sweet (in fact it was a bit sour). :)

I also tried the Pain Au Chocolat and it was just as good:
*CHOMP* A bite out of my Pain Au Chocolat while on the go....

Oh, but the pièce de résistance was definitely the mini macaroons! :) I know it's not exactly normal breakfast food but I couldn't resist:
A selection of cute macaroons - Which one to eat first?? :)....

And how weak I was too! - I ended up buying one of each flavour: Vanilla, chocolate, pistachio, hazelnut and raspberry. :D

Save for the pistachio flavoured macaroon (which I found a bit too synthetic, both in flavour and colour), they were the bomb - the meringue-ish macaroon biscuit was moist yet crispy on the outside and had a generous layer of dense, flavourful and creamy ganache sandwiched in between.
(I could not ask for more - it really knocked my socks off)

Overall, it wasn't too expensive, as most of the items cost between 1 to 3 Euros (I guess it is slightly cheaper as it's not in the city center). I just wish I had more time (, stomach space & cash) to try out all the other things there. *sigh*

So, it's: Unpretentious neighbourhood bakery with a fairly good range of yummy baked goodies BUT no seating here at all (I saw people take-away in large amounts though) and not much in terms of savoury pastries....

Summary Information:
Maison Baillon @ Levallois-Perret, France

Opening Hours: 7.30am till late.
Phone: +33 147577617
Address: 57, rue Louise Michel, Levallois-Perret 92300, France


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  1. it's really cheap by Euro standard.. but most of the times, I can't help it but to convert into RM which I think expensive then... hahhah!! so typical Malaysian!

    back to reality :)

  2. to soccer fanatic:

    to thule a.k.a leo:
    I know what you mean. I felt so painful to use any cash there too because of the exchange rate. :(
    (1 Euro = 5+ Ringgit!!! Boooo....)

  3. Ahh yes!! THIS is what I need in my neighbourhood! A quaint lil French bakery! To make the property hunt even the more impossible, I shall add this to my checklist, teehee!

  4. to 550ml jar of faith @minchow:
    I wonder how long your checklist of requirements is getting, my dear girl? :)

  5. to CUMI & CIKI:
    :) :) :)
    Lucky, and broke! Haha....


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