We were totally honored to be able to head out and take some shots and try the food at Le Marais Bakery at 498 Sanchez Street in San Francisco! They have all the bases covered from pastries to sweets to brunch. They have a bright, welcoming space decked out in white marble pattern tables, and a separate pastry counter if you just want to stop in for a quick bite-to-go. They’ve got both indoor and outdoor seating so I 100% recommend heading there on one of those rare nice days in SF to grab a table outside and enjoy the sun (just be prepared for a bit of a wait if you don’t show up early).
To start off we got a board full of their recommended pastries and it was mind blowing! We’ve had the typical things you can get at pretty much any bakery or brunch spot like croissants, etc., but the unique flavors Le Marais infuses in their pastries were incredible. We had a cream cheese and herbs pastry, peanut butter brittle (basically a cookie that tasted like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup), stone fruit cake (vanilla and fruits with pits in them), and our personal fave – the rosemary kouighn-amann. It was like a sweet rosemary croissant. Yes, yes, and more yes.
Next up, we got a board full of 5 bowls filled with items we chose off a list on the menu. We ordered homemade granola, yogurt, fresh seasonal fruit, avocado, and smoked salmon. The fresh fruit was awesome. Not even one remotely sour fruit in the bunch. The avocado was also a favorite. Soft and ripe, so it was just the right consistency.
The CR’Q Madame was off the chain, too! We cut all the way through the egg, melted cheese, and the rest of the sandwich and let the egg yolk drip all over everything. Holy cow. What made this one stick out compared to other similar dishes we’ve had elsewhere was that this one had a hint of horseradish, which added an amazing kick to each bite.
Finally, although we received them at the very beginning, we saved the macarons for last. We got to try 3 different flavors – Birthday Cake (pictured above), Orange Creamcicle, and S’more. Birthday Cake literally tasted like frosting on a cake and Orange Creamcicle really did taste like the ice cream bar. The S’more one was probably our least favorite, but it was still yummy.
Our verdict? This place is awesome! Definitely a bomb brunch place if you’re in SF, and some of the more unique pastries we’ve seen in awhile.
Till next time, Nomsters!