Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Ganache Patisserie & Cafe By Nicol
141 N Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754
For almost about a year now that I've always just drove passed this place. Finally had the chance to experience this place. At first, I thought it was just a cafe that mainly served coffee. Then I saw the food menu, then the beautiful pastries and dessert, then the coffee and tea in the back! When we showed up, a couple was just leaving the restaurant. It was pretty much empty for about 20 or so minutes. Right around 9pm, 2 or 3 groups came in about the same time. All of a sudden, the place seem packed. Not sure if it's normally like this.
The contemporary design with a mixture of simple colors and fixtures and it easy on the eyes. I appreciate the little decors that was paced on the wall, but it's only on one side of the wall. The lamps or chandeliers that hung on the ceiling made a nice effect on the wall that was decorated. I like how the place is designed. Looks modern, its clean, and very efficient for a small space like this.
We ordered 2 lattes, large(It was $3.50 for small, $.50 more for large IIRC). One original, one decaf. Both came out fairly quick and tasted good. I really enjoyed the wavy Coaster they used for the mugs. It is a nice touch. To accompany our coffee, I ordered the Ganache Crispy Apple Tile. On the menu, it definitely did not look as interesting as the cakes. However, I figured it's the signature dish, I figured I would take a chance and try it. Seems like I've made the right decision. It was great with the latte. The tiles were nice and crispy. Vanilla sauce and ice cream really brings it together. Just like how the restaurant made me felt when I first walked in, it was clean and simple. That was $10 for the regular size. Both drinks were reasonably priced. I am sure the pastry was too, if it was in LA. But we're not in LA, so I think it was a bit over priced for the portion. It's probably $1 or $2 too much.
Service was pretty good. Our server was very helpful and courteous. She did make a mistake on the decaf latte, but it was no big deal. Was a little disappointed that there was no internet that night.
If given the chance, the cute aesthetics and award winning pastries would easily win you over. Just keep in mind that it's not really a bakery, and it's not a coffee shop. It's a place to indulge your sweet tooth. A nice little place for some dessert and drinks. Check out the video that my friend and I have made. It's a better visual presentation for the restaurant. If you like our video, please give us and thumbs up. Subscribe on youtube to see more!