Sunday, May 7, 2017

Monsieur Spoon Bali, My All-time-favorite French Patisserie

Call it a coincidence, or more correctly, lucky coincidence; the time when I had my short sweet escape to Bali was the same time as the grand opening of Monsieur Spoon's fifth outlet located at Petitenget. Monsieur Spoon has been one of my most favorite French Patisserie which has got me sold to it at the initial trial. So let's give it a big YEEAAAYYYY!

This outlet's a much spacious one compared to the existing four. Usually, I went to the one in Seminyak which was quite small and kinda hard to find parking space. The traffic around the area was also pretty challenging and thereby I was beyond excited finding that they now had another one with easier access. Hello there my beloved Madeline and Financier <3!!

Providing bigger space, they still maintained the signature design of Monsieur Spoon; always having both indoor and outdoor areas for which the outdoor area would generally have green scenery. This time, itu offered a big empty yard which was such healthy food for the eyes. Despite that this newest outlet could accommodate more people, the tables were still those petite ones so if you came in bigger group, you might have to have them combined or else you had to sit separately. 

Just like being in a typical European bakery, you could spot the pastries being displayed there at the showcases located right after the entrance. There were bread, pies, danish, croissants, macarons, tarts, and many others; mixing both savory and sweet ones. The aroma was so hypnotizing that made you wouldn't able to hold your hunger any longer. Yep, that fragrant scent of freshly-baked pastries which would surely turn everyone into a lame when trying to say no. Diet status: TOTAL FAILURE. OOPSSSS!

Just sharing a little bit about who's behind the amusing desserts, basically this French Bakery and Cafe was established 5 years back then by a Parisian pastry chef, Rafi Papazian, together with his cousin  Gregory Guerguerian. Having travelled around Asia for 4 months, he finally landed in Bali where he had his heart tethered and finlly decided to establish his own patisserie in this godly island. He started the very first outlet in Umalas from selling wedding and birthday cakes, which was then expanded into a giant family like now. 

OK, enough talking about the history, let's go to the best part as always, the foods and beverages! It's always a pleasure when knowing petite size was provided as that indicated that I could try more of the variants. When talking about this, Monsieur Spoon was surely not an exception, and another plus point, the price was pretty pocket-friendly! Yuhuuu <3

Small Croissant (IDR 7.5k)
Just like vintage which always became the never-ending trend, something classic like this Butter Croissant's also an all-time favorite. Especially, knowing that Monsieur Spoon's an expert in pastries, seemed like not trying the standard one was such big mistake. The indulging buttery smell didn't tell a single lie, delivering that tantalizing flaky pastry which was light for the tummy yet so spoiling for the palate. Gosh, you're such a perfect opening theme song of the show!

Mini Salted Caramel Tart (IDR 15k) & Mini Lemon Meringue Tart (IDR 15k)
After the massive opening, it's then the turn for the signature tartlets. The sweeter versions featured Mini Chocolate Tart (IDR 15k) and Mini Salted Caramel Tart (IDR 15k), while the fresh versions presented Mini Strawberry Tart (IDR 15k) and Mini Lemon Meringue Tart (IDR 15k). The tart base itself was an enchanting one with luscious vanilla flavor and crunchy texture. I guessed it's intentionally made not that sweet to allow the toppings later on became the spotlight. 

The chocolate one was nice with bold dark cacao flavor, serving a balance between sweet and bitter. The salted caramel was pretty sweet with a hint of salty taste from the sea salt. This might suit the taste bud that fancied sweets, yet for those who weren't that much into desserts, I suggested you to go for the next ones. 

Mini Strawberry Tart (IDR 15k)
The strawberry was perhaps quite generic and might suit the majority as it blended sweet cream with fresh strawberry slices. Serving fruits, it would be the best option to go when you're playing safe and avoiding getting nauseated by sweetness overload. However, when your palate was more into sugar intolerance, you might want more sour ingredient like what the lemon meringue offered. Though it might create that little shock on the palate that made you ended up in automatically closed eyes, it tasted delicious enough and actually addicting. 

Coffee Millefeuille (IDR 28k)
Thousand layers cake! Oohhh. This cake made me realized how I missed desserts in Japan, my dessert heaven for 7 months back then in 2015. It's such a reminder to Pierre Herme's 2000 Feuille, which for me definitely belonged to the group of best of the best cakes. Oops, again I was distracted so let's get back into the line. Though I had to admit that it's not as mind-blowing as that one, this combination of flaky pastry and smooth cream layers were certainly a cure to my craving. Moreover, the bold coffee flavor did exceed my expectation and impeccably got me spoiled as I previously hadn't estimated that it would go this strong and delicious.

Hot Cappuccino (IDR 30k)
Finally, the neutralizer to all the sweets, my hot cap with cute bear latte-art. Knowing Monsieur Spoon's not a coffee expert, this cup was not bad at all. Particularly, because most coffee I had priorly at the same day was acidic. Though this one was kinda milky, it still gave a nice closing to my little dessert party :)

Every time I come here, dining in merely is always incomplete. Going home will for sure require carrying a bag of vanilla and chocolate madeline in my hands :p. Just one important note, you will mostly get run out of some particular pastries, which are usually their favorite ones, if you come late in the afternoon. Thus, to secure you get what you want, you'd better make prior reservation through calls or make online order alternatively.

Taste: 8.5/10
Place: 7.5/10
Service: 8.5/10
Price: 8.5/10

Thanks for reading! :)

Address: Jl. Petitenget No. 112A (5th Outlet), Bali
Phone: (+62) 878 6280 8859
Operating Hours: Mon - Sun 7.30am - 6pm

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