"so good".."we will never be satisfied eating any other pastry". Am I in a dream? We stopped by in Paris on the way back from the Alps, and as we were near Trocadero, I popped over to the Bd de Grenelle branch and got some croissant, pain chocolat and a 2kg miche. A telling sign that it can't be great local boulangerie - there wasn't a queue out the door. The pastry were okay, but I wouldn't trek across Paris for them. As one Parisian reviewer has written here - I too have had better elsewhere. France is a large country with many boulangeries. My biggest criticisms goes to their iconic miche. When I first read about it in Peter Reinhart's The Bread Baker's Apprentice, I said to myself I must try that one day. Well that day came and the miche was dry and pretty disappointing in flavour and texture. Maybe the baker had an off day. I know what it's like; I've baked sourdough myself and some days it just doesn't turn out right. Or maybe this branch of Poilane is not as good as the other one. Who knows? A big, big let down for this culinary mecca, but it rather cheered me up and made me think maybe my own bread isn't half bad!
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