Tuesday, May 26, 2009

La Renaissance Patisserie, The Rocks

It was a surprisingly sunny Saturday afternoon and Asian Gaga and I had plans to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art. I have been dying to visit the Yayoi Kusama exhibit ever since it opened and Asian Gaga was more than happy to keep me company. Before heading to the MCA we decided to stop for brunch at La Renaissance. I had ham & cheese croissants on the brain!

We are overwhelmed by the myriad of cakes and pastries in the glass display cabinet. Everything looks so pretty and colourful! Eventually we settle on a couple sweet and savoury options.

Cappuccino & mocha
The coffees are pretty and very nice. But I am more interested in tucking into the food first!
Align CenterHam & Cheese Croissant with Creamy Bechamel Sauce
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh my. The ham and cheese croissant was just divine. Both Asian Gaga and I are surprised by how light and moreish the croissant is, we expected it to be so much heavier and richer by the looks of it. There is a perfect amount of creamy sauce, cheese and ham for the flaky and buttery pastry and I could have had a whole one to myself!

Vegetable Provençale Pie
We order this pie in an attempt to balance out the rich cheesiness of the croissant (even though it wasn't really needed in the end) and Asian Gaga also pays the extra 3 dollars for the side of salad. It's one of those instinctual choices that you make when you are trying to trick yourself into thinking you're being healthy ;) The pie is lovely though, the pastry is as light and crispy as the croissant pastry and the vegetable filling is rich and tomatoey with plenty of zucchini and eggplant. The perfect winter brunch pie!

Zulu - Chocolate mousse dome with chocolate sponge and chocolate sauce and chocolate chocolate chocolate!
We are sold on this cake before we even ask what is in it because it looks so darn pretty! The girl at the counter says there is a macaron inside it but all we find inside is chocolate mousse and a rather hard and rich piece of chocolate ganache (I think). There is probably a fair amount of almond meal in most of their cakes but I am starting to get the feeling my allergies are not so bad when it comes to almond meal. The mousse, sponge and sauce are all nice but in combination with the hard chocolate inside it becomes a bit heavy for us.

Larme de Gaugin - Tear-drop shaped cake; light creamy mixed berry mousse, encased in a decorative almond sponge, and topped with glazed mixed berries

I am so mad at myself that I didn't take the plastic wrap off this cake before taking photos of it! The cake was surrounded by the prettiest marbled sponge, which wrapped itself around the yummiest berry mousse. A true celebration of berries! I definitely prefer this light cake to the chocolate one. Interesting that the sponge was almond sponge (obviously I didn't know at the time)...this adds to my doubts about my almond allergies...*gasp* does this mean I might be able to eat macarons one day?!

After all that food we are happy to wander slowly around the MCA and enjoy the installations while burning off our yummy meal. The Yayoi Kusama exhibit was so fantastic, if you haven't seen it yet you must go before it finishes! I particularly enjoyed the Fireflies on the Water installation, even though there was a snarky gallery staff member who wouldn't let us close the door behind us and enjoy the full experience. I was a bit naughty and snuck a photo in the Infinity Mirror Room because we were able to go in there by ourselves :)

The exhibit ends on June 8, go check it out.

La Renaissance Patisserie Française
47 Argyle Street
The Rocks, Sydney
NSW 2000
(02)9241 4878
Seven days: 8am-6pm
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Museum of Contemporary Art
140 George Street

The Rocks
Sydney, Australia
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  1. i nearly photographed the Larme de Gaugin without taking off the plastic wrap as well hehe. the MCA exhibition is so cool isn't it. like a playground for grown ups.
    s :-)

  2. Oh no, now after being so good for so long, when I walk past the patisserie on my way to work I'm going to have to stop in and get a crossiant :P That exhibition looks amazing!

  3. That croissant sounds delicious. Really want one now! I love the last pic, I definitely need to check out the exhibit!

  4. Delicious! And that zulu dessert looks amazing!

  5. I adore that place =) Always try to get birthday cakes from there and it's absolutely spoilt me for "normal" cakes.

  6. Haha, I know what you mean about ordering a side salad to try to counterbalance something else. We're probably fooling ourselves, but it does make you feel better about it.

  7. hey dude whats your email address i cant find on ya blog! email me! susanATchocolatesuzeDOTcom

  8. Simon - Sigh, I guess this just gives me an excuse to go back and eat it again so I can get a better photo of it! It was so much fun!

    Lisa - Wow, I would not be able to walk past that place every day without resisting. I'm envious but also relieved!

    Betty - I really want one too! You should check it out, it's excellent.

    Forager - Mmm yes it's so pretty isn't it? :)

    squishies - Ohh I am so getting my birthday cake from there next time!

    Arwen - haha I know, like when you try to convince yourself that a dessert is good for you because it has fruit in it :D

    chocolatesuze - Oops! Emailing you now!

  9. La Renaissance is fantastic isn't it! And I loved the Yayoi Kusama exhibit. Pity they wouldn't let you close the door. Very strange as you need the door closed to fully appreciate it.

  10. I really enjoyed both of them, I am craving that croissant now! I thought it was strange too, some people can be so narky :(

  11. Oohh those cakes look quite divine! Must go back there sometimmmee ^^! Also that last photo is awesome! Mirror maze-like :)

  12. I wish I could go back there now! Hehe it was so cool, I wish I could have gotten a picture in the water room too, that was even more stunning.

  13. That Kusama lady has been staring me out everytime I go into the city... she's everywhere with der deathly stare.

  14. LOL tomred, the cold and flu tablets are making you more paranoid than usual :P

  15. I've been going backwards through your blog, and this is possibly the first photo I've seen of you! Hehe~

  16. Kelsey - haha I'm oh so mysterious ;) actually I think if you keep going back you might find more. LOL though if you look on Chocolate Suze's blog you will find plenty of embarrassing ones of me! xx

  17. I did come across another one~ Now I can picture you hunched over a computer writing up these posts, haha! The mystery is unfolding 8D


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