Move over Tartine, hellooo Arsicault! A friend told me about this secret bakery with the best croissants, I was doubtful considering Tartine is my go to bakery. She was so secretive, would not even tell me the name of the bakery, afraid that more people would discover this establishment and buy out all the yummy pastries. So we arrived and the croissants looked amazing. I tried both the chocolate and ham/cheese croissant. The chocolate croissant is by far the winner! Liquid gooey chocolate made with varlhona on the inside, a super flaky croissant with nice crispiness on the outside. Not to mention one croissant is enough to make you want to workout for the next 2 hours. But surprisingly the croissants are lighter, less dense, and just as tasty and delicious as Tartine. The ham and cheese croissant is also good, the cheese and ham is on the lighter side which is nice. But I didn't like the balance of cheese and ham on the inside, felt it needed more cheese and a slightly stronger cheese. They make a true French style croissant, it looks very similarly made to Tartine bakery. The main different i noticed is that the Croissants here are a little more flaky, slightly less buttery, and less dense and heavy, as compared to Tartine. The chocolate croissant here tops Tartine for sure, there is no comparison. However i still do love Tartine's ham and gruyere croissant because they use a higher quality cheese and melt more of it inside. This place has ample seating, its more of a grab n go place, the owners are nice, there were no long lines or crowds at 11am on a Sunday. Definitely a step above Tartine, which has an avg 30min wait! So who takes the winner of croissants? Well I think its a tie right now, you can't really go wrong with either place! Tartine does offer much more variety compared to Arsicault, who only focuses on a few pastries (mainly croissants). Price wise, both Tartine and Arsicault are about the same. I would keep coming back to Arsicault for croissants, even though its comparable (if not better) than Tartine, only because I get indoor seating and there are no long lines for goodies! So if you are around town and want a nice flaky French style croissant, don't want to wait the long lines at Tartine, come to Arsicault! You won't be dissapointed!
Terence N. on Feb 2, 2016