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!
Mocha and Flat White
Previous reviews here and here.