I go to Metrotown quite often, and each time, I’d pass by Mon Paris. They are a patisserie located just across the skytrain station that produces a pretty good assortment of chocolates, pastries, and pretty-looking cakes. I’ve visited the shop once before about a year ago and recently, decided to revisit the place. This time I had their Kouign-amann, Bacon and Cheese Bun, Double Baked Pistachio and Raspberry Croissant, Winter Special, Caramelia, Raspberry Caramel Tea Cake, and Almond Double Baked Croissant.
The pastry itself, while not melt-in-your-mouth, was still quite flaky and buttery, with a moist centre. The sugar outside the pastry was nicely caramelized and crispy.
Bacon and Cheese Bun ($3):
This wasn’t really a “bun”, but more of a croissant-like pastry dough that’s been rolled up into a spiral. It was a bit too hard/crisp, but did have a nice buttery flavour. It also had a good amount of bacon and cheddar.
Double Baked Pistachio and Raspberry Croissant ($4.70):
The croissant was well caramelized and had a great crispness on the edges, although the bottom was a bit soggy from the pistachio and raspberry filling. The pistachio flavour was quite forward: there was both paste inside the croissant and chopped pistachio on top. The raspberry jam had a great sweet fragrance and also tanginess that paired well with the pistachio.
Winter Special ($6):
This contained a thin layer of cake topped with mousse and a red current jelly. The cake was quite tender and moist while the mousse was light and fluffy. The red current jelly provided a great tanginess.
This contained a tart shell with apples and topped with caramel cream and mini cream puffs. The puffs were also filled with caramel cream, which was a bit stiff, bu thad a great fragrance and paired well with the apples, which were a little bland on their own, but provided a nice bit of crunch. I found the crust to be a little bland.
Raspberry Caramel Tea Cake ($5):
This consisted of a cake that’s surrounded by a layer of caramel/chocolate and topped with caramel cream and raspberries. The cake itself was quite moist. Again, the caramel cream on top was a tad bit stiff, but still tasty, while the raspberry provided a bit of tanginess that went well with the caramel. I really enjoyed the outer shell of caramel, which had a great crunch and fragrance, although it was a bit difficult to cut through.
Almond Double Baked Croissant ($4.90):
My mom had this, and raved about how good it was. Big thumbs up from her.
I’m glad to have had the chance to revisit Mon Paris: I quite enjoyed everything they made, in particular the double baked croissants and cakes. The prices are a tad on the higher side, but still reasonable given the quality of their food. This is a shop that’s definitely worth checking out in my books.