La brioche, Hamra opposite COOP
Ordered: chocolate croissant, chocolate éclair, lemon tarte, ????
Price: 16.000 LL
Cutesy verging on kitsch hole-in-the-wall French pastry shop in hamra. the la crepier of west Beirut. Scrumptious French pastries that taste way better than they look. La Brioche gets the butterbalance of the choco croissant right by serving up buttery chocolate filling in a non-buttery croissant. get there early for the chocolate éclair, which tends to run out by 2PM. also the little old lady (aka LOL) who owns this joint is shway mean and won’t humor my overeager attempts to speak arabic.
Me: badde wa7de éclair blease
LOL: voulez boulez moulez frenchfrenchfrench
Me: ma fii éclair alyoum?
LOL: imbécile américaine frenchfrenchfrench
Me: E-K-L-A-I-GHHH SEE VU PLAY?
Me: Tres, wtf is going on.
going to francophile places is one of my greatest joys in life…not particularly for the cuisine, but mostly just to hear calé’s attempt to speak french. this is one of those places that you’ve walked by at least 50 times and never really noticed. however, once you do walk in and get over the cheesy interior inspired by the sound of music, you’re in for a treat. la brioche offers very french pastries at very unfrench prices aka it’s delicious and cheap, simple as that. the patisserie offers a wide array of offerings baked fresh daily by previously mentioned “little old lady.” i’m not really a fan of chocolate, but i must say that this place gets it right. perfect balance between flakey goodness and sweet chocolate stuffing.