I may have forgotten about 99% of the French that I’ve learned in highschool, but I do know that “batard” translates to “bastard” in English. Bastard Bakery? I’ve got to give props to the owners for going with such a bold, if not unusual, name (and I wonder if there’s any reason/story behind it). I’ve passed by the bakery a couple of times while traveling down Fraser St. but have never had the chance to visit until today. The place seems to be quite popular and there was a good lineup when I stepped in at around 10 o’clock in the morning. Service was reasonably efficient however, and I didn’t have to wait for too long to order. They don’t really have a big selection in terms of baked goods, although they do also offer various breakfast/lunch items such as toasts, sandwiches, and quiches. I’ve sampled their Financier, Salted Chocolate Rye Cookie and Cinnamon Orange Morning Bun.
This is the first time that I’ve had a financier cake. I guess the best way to describe this is something in between a muffin and a cupcake: it’s sweeter and richer than a muffin but firmer than a cupcake. It was very moist, sweet and had a nice fragance. There were a few cherries inside that lent a welcomed tartness. It was small however, and quite pricey at $4.
Salted Chocolate Rye Cookie ($2):
I loved the texture of the cookie: it had a nice crispy interior and a wonderful soft, chewy interior. It had a great rich and fudgy chocolate flavour that was well enahcned by the added salt. This is one of the better cookies that I’ve had. My only complaint is that it was very small and overpriced at $2.
Cinnamon Orange Morning Bun ($4):
This is essentially a croissant that has been covered in orange/cinnamon sugar and rolled up like a cinnamon bun. The pastry might have been sitting out for a while for I found it to be a little soggy. I liked the orange/cinnamon sugar, but found that there wasn’t enough of it present. The dough itself was actually salty, making the entire bun more salty than sweet. Although not quite the same thing, I really much prefer the croissant-style cinnnamon bun from Small Victory Bakery.
I quite enjoyed my visit to Batard. While nothing blew me away, I think that most of the offerings are pretty solid, and I’m glad to have finally checked this place out.