4.5 Stars – Get Up and Get Your Butt Down There!
Once a year Nadege puts on their Croissunday, where they offer unique croissant flavours for hungry spring patrons. This year did not disappoint with a whopping 16 different types!
Croissant flavours were a world wide representation including:
Seaweed Sesame (Korea)
Apple Crumble (Britain)
Fruit Taine (Morocco)
Red Bean Matcha (China)
Green Curry Coconut Mango (Thailand)
Irish Coffee (Ireland)
Camembert Red Wine (France)
Tomato Mozzarella Basil (Italy)
Sauerkraut Sausage (Germany)
Rocky Road (Canada)
After waking up extra early, I hoofed it to my closest location (Queen West) and ended up walking out with 6 croissants for $28.50. My choices included Seaweed Sesame, Red Bean Matcha, Green Curry Coconut Mango, Dolche Leche, Tomato Basil Mozzarella and Camembert Red Wine.
The Seaweed Sesame was probably my least favourite only because the flavour of the seaweed and sesame were pretty underwhelming. If you don’t get a few pieces of dried seaweed on top, you wouldn’t know the flavour. Croissant is great, but I wish it was a bit more impact.
The Green Curry Coconut Mango tasted strongly of the green curry (really taste the thai basil) and while it was an interesting concept for a croissant, I am not sure it worked for me. I think the strong thai flavours mixed with such a buttery pastry, threw me off a bit. It was good, but not something I would necessarily recommend. But they definitely get an A for bold flavour and creativity on this one!
I love me some dulce leche, but found myself wanting more from this. Perhaps I am being a bit over indulgent, but an outpouring of the yummy caramel was what I was expecting but not what I got. It was a good croissant and did have a subtle flavour of dulce leche, but this is one of those cases where more is not less…it would just be more!
The Red Bean Matcha promised what it delivered. Inside was a lovely red bean paste and the matcha was incorporated into the flaky pastry and on top with matcha chocolate squares. When I think of these flavours, I think of desserts and sweetness so it really lent itself nicely to a croissant. Definitely would recommend this, so long as you enjoy matcha as you are going to get a strong kick of that!
I could not not get the Camembert Red Wine as it was adorn with the cutest french man edible disc. And not only did it look great, but it tasted amazing too! You can’t go wrong with adding cheese to croissant (or almost anything) and this was no exception. While you really don’t get the red wine, it is clear it is incorporated into the pastry. If you go, this is a must purchase. You won’t be disappointed!
I think the Tomato Mozzarella Basil was my favourite (although I keep going back and forth between this and the Camembert Red Wine) as it had the biggest burst of flavour. It was like biting into a pizza…only it was a croissant. Tomato was incorporated into the pastry and the middle had a cheesy center. Please do yourself a favour and get this unique Italian take on a croissant.
Overall I am very impressed by the creativity, unique combination of flavours and volume of different types. Even though I enjoyed some more than others, all 6 were very well done croissants. Perfect buttery flakiness!
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