I could have sworn I wrote a review of Maison Blanc ages ago as I've been coming here for my regular Sunday afternoon fix for several years now. If I remember correctly Maison Blanc was the first patisserie to open up along this stretch of Holland Park Avenue. It soon attracted competition from Paul's and Patisserie Valerie, as well as Starbucks and an independent Italian delicatessen around the corner.
I have tried them all, but Maison Blanc remains a firm favourite, both for their selection of breads as well as their cakes. Mind you, I have never been tempted to eat in and can't comment on their coffee making skills. The shop has been remodelled several times now, but the interior just isn't cosy or relaxing enough.
I'm not sure if Raymond Blanc still has a hand in the enterprise, but Maison Blanc just feels that little bit more handmade and less over-procesed than other mass produced chains in this price range. We thoroughly enjoyed one of their celebration cakes today the tentation tastes just as delicious as it looks, lovely and chocolate-y without being too sickening. Highly recommended for an office party efficiency went through the roof as we all felt a pleasant sugar rush!
Cute cafe down the street from Holland Park Tube Station. I much prefer Maison Blanc to Paul's which is also on the same street. Both the croissant and the baguette were heated which is a huge plus considering Paul's did not heat our food the last time we went. The artichoke soup was thin but very rich and flavorful. It was a generous portion as well. Haven't tried the other pastries but they looked delish!
Ham and Cheese Croissant, Lightly baked croissant, sliced ham and cheeseSaucisson and Brie Baguette, Served warm in our Baguette de Tradition with Dijonnaise.Artichoke soup with toasted baguette slices and butter
A cute little bakery in a rather nice part of London, Maison Blanc definitely found a good location to sell its baked goods. I really enjoyed their croissants (plain and chocolate) and pastries (napoleon). The shop inside is small but pretty and cozy. The service was nice and cordial.
Good proper patisserie cakes and bread, not as great as it used to though
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