FOOD, Food reviews, Uncategorized LA RENAISSANCE PATISSERIE 9 April 2007


La Renaissance Patisserie
47 Argyle St
The Rocks, NSW 2000
$$$–

It seems I find myself at La Renaissance Patisserie every 2nd week, their food is just too good to resist for long 😉 It’s a little cosy French cafe at The Rocks, and looks seemingly tiny and uninteresting from the outside. But once you step you and view their display of cakes – you’ll be sold. Their desserts look so pretty they seem unreal, and one section is dedicated to their savory goodies.. with the likes of pies, sausage rolls and croissants.

Their savories are always, always divine. My colleague’s father is actually the chef there (he’s French!) and he says the meat in the pies are actually cooked/stewed like a proper meat dish at restaurants, then put into pie pastry and baked. We got the Beef, Leek and Tomato Pie and Dad declared it “very very good” – he normally hates regular meat pies cos of the dodgy “beef” mince inside.. but this one was just like a beef casserole/stew wrapped in pastry. It’s filling, delicious and very very good :)~

Also had a Sausage Roll – it’s a PROPER sausage roll, not like the crap frozen ones. Made fresh and with a delightfully buttery pastry, it totally explodes in your mouth with flavour. The best sausage roll you’ll ever find in Australia, by a long shot. Last was a Mushroom Quiche which was light, fluffy and buttery. It was delicious but nothing super-stand-out about it like their pies and sausage rolls.

Dessert was a Mille Feuilles. I CANNOT BELIEVE I’VE NEVER HAD THIS BEFORE. I guess it was because I’m not a huge fan of cream, so I’d always overlooked it. I’m glad I didn’t this time – the pastry layers were delicate and perfectly sweet but not overly-so. And the custard/cream was chilled, silky and out-of-this-world. One of the most delicate, delicious and non-filling desserts I’ve ever had. Most definitely going back for more!!

Be sure to sit outside in their courtyard if you visit, it’s tucked away down the back. The ambience is just great when the sun is out and the weather is warm. It’s great to just sit and have an (extended) lunch or tea with girl friends.


La Renaissance Patisserie

The busy counter

Savory pastries *smacks lips*

Sausage Roll with Salad

Mushroom Quiche with Salad

Delectable French desserts

Was so tempted to get the cheesecake and tiramisu as well

Petite Fours. Ooh la la!

Mille Feuilles

Mocha and Flat White


Previous reviews here and here.

50 Comments

  • starbucksweetie posted on April 9, 2007 at 12:52 am

    The cakes look delectable!

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    • beverly posted on April 11, 2007 at 7:55 am

      Their desserts are just so French and lovely, I wish there were more cafes like these around sydney

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  • khemany posted on April 9, 2007 at 5:35 am

    I love love love Le Rennaissance…and i love their pies and Mille Feuilles especially!

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    • beverly posted on April 11, 2007 at 7:55 am

      CANNOT BELIEVE it took me so long to discover the Mille Feuilles! I’m going back for more once I”m back from the States 😛

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  • starbucksweetie posted on April 9, 2007 at 12:52 am

    The cakes look delectable!

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    • beverly posted on April 11, 2007 at 7:55 am

      Their desserts are just so French and lovely, I wish there were more cafes like these around sydney

      Reply
  • somnistra posted on April 9, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Ooh everything looks delicious.. Must. Visit. 😀

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    • beverly posted on April 11, 2007 at 7:56 am

      Definitely, all their food is so good.. I reckon they should expand their menu to more cooked French food though :)~

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  • babyflite posted on April 9, 2007 at 9:37 am

    You’re making me crave their chocolate eclaires! And hey you live so close to the Rocks now, lucky you! 🙂

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    • beverly posted on April 11, 2007 at 7:56 am

      Next time you’re in the area and want to meet up for lunch/tea there let me know, I’m always up for more French pastries 😉

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  • khemany posted on April 9, 2007 at 5:35 am

    I love love love Le Rennaissance…and i love their pies and Mille Feuilles especially!

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    • beverly posted on April 11, 2007 at 7:55 am

      CANNOT BELIEVE it took me so long to discover the Mille Feuilles! I’m going back for more once I”m back from the States 😛

      Reply
  • princesszhing posted on April 9, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    yummy!!! and the chicks in the freezer look so fluffed up and cute!!

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    • beverly posted on April 11, 2007 at 7:56 am

      Hehe it was Easter-decorated for that week!

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  • angelnotes posted on April 9, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    Oooo, desserts!! Can never really get ’nuff of them. :P~

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    • beverly posted on April 11, 2007 at 7:57 am

      I’m actually not THAT much of a dessert person.. but if its’ good, I go crazy 😛

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  • somnistra posted on April 9, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Ooh everything looks delicious.. Must. Visit. 😀

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    • beverly posted on April 11, 2007 at 7:56 am

      Definitely, all their food is so good.. I reckon they should expand their menu to more cooked French food though :)~

      Reply
  • babyflite posted on April 9, 2007 at 9:37 am

    You’re making me crave their chocolate eclaires! And hey you live so close to the Rocks now, lucky you! 🙂

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    • beverly posted on April 11, 2007 at 7:56 am

      Next time you’re in the area and want to meet up for lunch/tea there let me know, I’m always up for more French pastries 😉

      Reply
  • princesszhing posted on April 9, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    yummy!!! and the chicks in the freezer look so fluffed up and cute!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 11, 2007 at 7:56 am

      Hehe it was Easter-decorated for that week!

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  • angelnotes posted on April 9, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    Oooo, desserts!! Can never really get ’nuff of them. :P~

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    • beverly posted on April 11, 2007 at 7:57 am

      I’m actually not THAT much of a dessert person.. but if its’ good, I go crazy 😛

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  • blasphemy posted on April 10, 2007 at 2:46 am

    I was down there a few weeks ago. The coffee was okay and cakes were scrumptious. All in all, quite pricey as it’s part of the Rocks tourist district. I wish they’d open a store in Newtown or Glebe. 🙂

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    • beverly posted on April 11, 2007 at 7:58 am

      Yeah the coffee’s just normal, but the pastries and desserts are to die for. I reckon they should do a French duck confit or a French stew or something.. just more cooked French-style food!

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      • blasphemy posted on April 23, 2007 at 3:39 pm

        I’ve experienced the french as a people and all I can say is I’ll settle for their cakes.

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        • beverly posted on April 23, 2007 at 3:42 pm

          That’s a shame 🙁 The French place I went to last night was really brilliant, and they were all French!

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          • blasphemy posted on April 23, 2007 at 3:47 pm

            I’ve dated the french. Let me just say it didn’t work out so well. I’m glad you enjoy their food.

            It’s 1:47am, go to sleep. 😉

          • beverly posted on April 23, 2007 at 3:52 pm

            Hehe ok you have more, erm, upclose experience than me 😉

            It’s 8:52am in San Fran!

          • blasphemy posted on April 23, 2007 at 3:56 pm

            You crazy executives and your jetsetting. Working over timezones is annoying. And posting over timezones is silly. Now I look like an insomniac when I’m clearly a drunk.

            Best wished from Sydney. Now I sleep.

  • Anonymous posted on April 10, 2007 at 7:31 am

    Yum!

    Your blog makes me hungry. Where are the ferrets and fashion?

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    • beverly posted on April 11, 2007 at 7:58 am

      Re: Yum!

      Hehe ferrets and fashion posts are around but less frequently than the food, and often on Friends-only mode!

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  • blasphemy posted on April 10, 2007 at 2:46 am

    I was down there a few weeks ago. The coffee was okay and cakes were scrumptious. All in all, quite pricey as it’s part of the Rocks tourist district. I wish they’d open a store in Newtown or Glebe. 🙂

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    • beverly posted on April 11, 2007 at 7:58 am

      Yeah the coffee’s just normal, but the pastries and desserts are to die for. I reckon they should do a French duck confit or a French stew or something.. just more cooked French-style food!

      Reply
      • blasphemy posted on April 23, 2007 at 3:39 pm

        I’ve experienced the french as a people and all I can say is I’ll settle for their cakes.

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        • beverly posted on April 23, 2007 at 3:42 pm

          That’s a shame 🙁 The French place I went to last night was really brilliant, and they were all French!

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          • blasphemy posted on April 23, 2007 at 3:47 pm

            I’ve dated the french. Let me just say it didn’t work out so well. I’m glad you enjoy their food.

            It’s 1:47am, go to sleep. 😉

          • beverly posted on April 23, 2007 at 3:52 pm

            Hehe ok you have more, erm, upclose experience than me 😉

            It’s 8:52am in San Fran!

          • blasphemy posted on April 23, 2007 at 3:56 pm

            You crazy executives and your jetsetting. Working over timezones is annoying. And posting over timezones is silly. Now I look like an insomniac when I’m clearly a drunk.

            Best wished from Sydney. Now I sleep.

  • Anonymous posted on April 10, 2007 at 7:31 am

    Yum!

    Your blog makes me hungry. Where are the ferrets and fashion?

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 11, 2007 at 7:58 am

      Re: Yum!

      Hehe ferrets and fashion posts are around but less frequently than the food, and often on Friends-only mode!

      Reply
  • blueeyezz posted on April 11, 2007 at 11:15 am

    omg! tiramisu! and lots of it!

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    • beverly posted on April 11, 2007 at 9:21 pm

      I haven’t tried their tiramisu yet.. I bet it’ll be brilliant!

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  • blueeyezz posted on April 11, 2007 at 11:15 am

    omg! tiramisu! and lots of it!

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    • beverly posted on April 11, 2007 at 9:21 pm

      I haven’t tried their tiramisu yet.. I bet it’ll be brilliant!

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  • red_hue posted on April 12, 2007 at 10:22 am

    drool drool drool… wish I had your budget both in cash and in waistline!!

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    • beverly posted on April 12, 2007 at 11:16 am

      They’re not actually that $, which is cool! Otherwise I would go broke.. hehehehe

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  • red_hue posted on April 12, 2007 at 10:22 am

    drool drool drool… wish I had your budget both in cash and in waistline!!

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    • beverly posted on April 12, 2007 at 11:16 am

      They’re not actually that $, which is cool! Otherwise I would go broke.. hehehehe

      Reply

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