Corrected/updated on March 14, 2011.
Le Rêve Bakery & Café: A sweet spot in Queen Anne
At Le Rêve Bakery and Café in the heart of Queen Anne, sweet stuffs are the stars, but locals are also dropping in for lunch and breakfast, espresso drinks and tea.
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Le Rêve Bakery & CaféFrench
1805 Queen Anne Ave. N., Suite 100, Seattle
Hours: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Monday.
Etc: Major credit cards accepted; street parking; takeout and custom orders available; no obstacles to access (ramp at the back of the building); beer and wine.
There are some things that seem like sure bets. One of them is opening a charming French bakery/cafe in the heart of Queen Anne.
Co-owners Andrea Nakata and Sharon Fillingim opened Le Rêve Bakery and Café about four months ago, in a cozy spot next door to Queen Anne Books. And they enlisted some of the best bakers in town: cake master Honor Amourall and bread baker Jason Gere.
Sweet stuffs are the stars here, but locals are also dropping in for lunch and breakfast, espresso drinks and tea. (Note: This is not a place to diet, so don't torture yourself. And it's pricier than a standard bakery — understandably.)
The menu: The savory menu is petite: half a dozen baguette and croissant sandwiches ($5.75-$6.75), and daily soup, salad, mini-pizza, quiche and other specials ($3.25-$5.50). But the pastry case! It's a phantasmagoria of tarts, puffs, cakes, macaroons, brioche, eclairs and other sinful treats that don't stint on the butter, eggs and cream.
What to write home about: The soups are delish, especially a recent peppery, creamy ginger-carrot bisque ($3.25/cup, $5.95/bowl); and the croque monsieur sandwich ($5.95) — with ham, Gruyère and a spot of Dijon mustard on a fresh, crunchy mini-baguette — is a simple pleasure.
The divine chocolate croissant ($3.75)? With the exquisite little melted slab of dark French chocolate tucked within? It's dreamy (befitting the cafe name — "rêve" is French for dream).
What to skip: A macaroni, ham and cheese dish, with a heavy cream sauce that's just too rich.
The setting: Simple, pleasant but cramped at lunch peak time. Counter service only.
Summing up: Two croque monsieurs, a cup of ginger-carrot soup, a house salad ($4.95) and two fruit tarts ($3.95) came to $35.69, with tax and tip.
Misha Berson: email@example.com
Sarah Mullins has left the bakery. Le Reve Bakery & Cafe serves beer and wine.
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