Celine Patisserie

Written by on August 20, 2017 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(celinepatisserie.com) – Phinneywood neighborhood, Seattle, Washington

How I heard of this place: Walking by on a lovely summer morning, I noticed that the once-(always closed, never open) wine store located in this space had become a beautiful, inviting, warm coffee shop and bakery. I knew I had to return. And stat.

Type of cuisine: French, buttery baked goods for breakfast, brunch and any time. “Our pastries are baked daily on site. Using original recipes, European butter and artisan flour, our pastries bring back the taste of the traditional viennosserie, rich in flavor, moderate in sweetness, flaky and soft.

French macarons, tarts and cakes to take to a party or home for a special evening grace the enticing, glass displays surrounding the kitchen area, where owner/baker extraordinaire creates her beautifully delectable pastries. A grand selection of Illy espresso beverages, as well as refrigerated juices, sodas and the like.

Ambiance: Open, inviting, spacious and clean, a modern and welcoming European cafe awaits patrons to enter its glass doors, just beyond the small outdoor patio. Indoors, a floor-to-ceiling shelving unit is built into the wall, where ornaments are sparingly displayed.

Tables with chairs for small and large parties are available for seating immediately ahead, and to the right, complete with banquette at the windows for street-facing, people watching seats. Lights are dim and the floor-to-ceiling windows facing Greenwood Avenue add natural lighting to round out the ambient nature of the patisserie.

Order at the corner of the display counter, and await your beverages and warmed pastries to the right. For drip coffee and accoutrements, continue to the right, past the tavolata, where you can dress your beverage and return to find your seats.

What I ordered: On my second visit in, I sampled the Cheese & Onion “Croissant” ($3.80) with a small (8oz) mocha.

On a return visit, Thursday, 11 January 2018: After returning a number of times, I remembered to take photos of a subsequent visit’s loot. For my husband, Quiche Lorraine ($6.80), for me a broccoli-cheddar quiche, and for our little one, the Breakfast Gallette.

We must have grabbed our beverages too soon,

as we were graced with shot glasses of whipped cream on the side of our 12-ounce Mocha, 12-ounce Hot Chocolate, and 20-ounce Caramello!

What I loved: Everything. The butter, flaky, golden pastry to the flavorful and abundant filling satisfied with each bite. The mocha, creamy and dark.

Why I loved it: The friendliest, most hard-working owners to have graced a Seattle bakery, remembering me each time I visit, asking about my family, friends (who live in the condos above), and thanking me for returning. Well, of course! With pastries and service this good, I’ll be back. Again and again.

Cost: Average ($3 – $6 per pastry; $3 – $6 per espresso beverage)

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