So once again Yelp has helped me find a shop. Without the aid of the Internet, I’d never have been able to find Le Marche St. George. The place is located several blocks away from King Edward Street and Sir Charles Tupper Elementary School, in a residential area. It’s a small French cafe with a rotating menu of soups, sandwiches, quiches and crepes, a small selection of baked goods, and various groceries and other items, most of them locally sourced. I had a Croque Monsieur (with Ham, Gruyere, & Bechamel) and a Nutella Crepe, and also took an Croissant aux Amandes and Butter Tart to go.
Croque Monsieur (with Ham, Gruyere, & Bechamel, $11.95):
This consisted of two slices of toasted sourdough bread sandwiching ham and bechamel and topped with melted cheese, and was served with a small side of salad. The bread was thick and crispy around the edges and softer and chewier in the interior, and has a nice bit of tang. The bechamel was rich and creamy while the cheese provided a great gooiness. I also quite enjoyed the side of greens, which had a tangy but creamy dressing.
Nutella Crepe ($7.95):
The crepe was soft and slightly chewy, and was filled with a good amount of nutella. I did find it to be a bit plain however; I do wish that they could have offered some varieties containing banana or other fruit.
Butter Tart (around $3):
This may look simple, but it was by far my favourite of all the things that I’ve tried. Although the crust looked a bit blond, it was very tender, rich and buttery. The filling was sweet and had a wonderful toffe/caramelized flavour. Easily one of the best butter tarts that I’ve had.
Croissant aux Amandes ($4.10):
I gave this to my mom. She quite enjoyed it.
I’m quite glad to have found Le Marche St. George. Their butter tarts alone make them worth checking out. This also appears to be quite a popular local hangout, and while I don’t really understand the appeal of sitting at a cafe reading books/working on your laptop, if you happen to be one of these types of people, you might like this place. Be warne though, the cafe does get full, so you may need a bit of luck to get a seat.