Thursday, May 19, 2011

C'est Bon, Rozelle

A couple of Saturdays ago, Cheesecake Boy and I were definitely having a lazy Saturday.  The type where you don't wake up early, lounge around and end up eating breakfast in bed.  When you do manage to get up, half the day's gone.  However, when it's a glorious day there's nothing better than going for a stroll hand in hand, and having an awfully late lunch together.  We ended up at Rozelle Markets and it was so late that most of the food was gone.

We ended up walking to where Strudel Baron use to be, and discovered that it's now a place called C'est Bon.  However, I spied some Strudel Baron like strudel at the front and later discovered that it's still under the same owners of Strudel Baron, but they have just given the Rozelle shop a revamp with a new name, art decor interior and more French inspired goodies.

Even though the day was glorious, it was still a bit nippy so a hot chocolate and cappuccino were in order.  They're your standard hot beverages, but they're keeping us warm and awake, yes we just got up and we wanted more sleep.  It was the slothful weekend mode coming out of us.

Large hot chocolate, $4
Cappuccino, $4

I was thinking pancakes, but I think the lovely girl at the counter who had limited English did not understand my question, if the breakfast menu was all day, so I decided to make things easier and just point and ask for the sausage roll that I spy behind her.  Cheesecake Boy followed suit by ordering the meat pie.

They sold the last sausage roll while we were still ordering, but I didn't have to be worried as some piping hot new ones were coming out.  The sausage roll was a plain one, but I actually really enjoyed it.  The meat inside was incredibly lean, but the flaky pastry just shattered in my mouth and melted away.  Definitely one of the better plain sausage rolls that I have ate in a while.

Sausage roll, $6

Cheesecake Boy's pie had a pastry cut out cow on top.  It was a simple meat pie with lovely lean chunks of beef.  What I enjoyed most was that unlike other meat pies, this one was not saturated with gravy and the flavour and texture of the beef really came through.  The shortcrust pastry had a nice crispness to it, but Cheesecake Boy thought it was slightly too crisp.

Meat pie, $6

No trip to the bakery is complete for us without sweets.  The sweets would have to be pretty sad looking for us not to get any.  I didn't have to ask as Cheesecake Boy saw me eyeing the macarons.   Cheesecake Boy ordered the passion fruit macaron with the chocolate filling, it was a bit dry and forgettable.  Now, I had requested for a raspberry macaron, but realised as I was tucking in that it was blood orange.  Sometimes mistaken orders are the best, and the blood orange macaron was intense and bursting with the taste of blood orange.  The texture was crisp on the outside, but slightly chewy and soft inside.  It was blissfully good, and ended up with Cheesecake Boy and I bickering for the last bite.

Passion fruit with chocolate filling and blood orange macarons, $2,50 each

Cheesecake Boy loves a good chocolate cake.  He's especially loves flourless chocolate cake as he truly savours the moist and gooey chocolate centre.  They nicely heated this up for us.  However, Cheesecake Boy's face at first bite showed his disappointment.  It's very dry, but it's still chocolate, so Cheesecake Boy persevered.

Flourless chocolate cake, $5

I was still enjoying my sausage roll when I saw Cheesecake Boy looking at my untouched chocolate mousse tart.  I got the hint and took a bite, and then another bite.  Crumbling and delicate on top, soft chocolate filling inside and a tart base to finish off.  The chocolate filling was not overly rich, but did not have a silky mousse texture as expected, it was more of a velvety flourless chocolate cake filling, but softer.  Reluctantly, I passed my tart to Cheesecake Boy.  Even though I wouldn't refer to it as a  chocolate mousse tart, we both wanted the last bite.  I even wanted to take a couple home with me.

Chocolate mousse tart, $5

Ending on a good note, we left energised, but still lazy.  We enjoyed the intimate and quiet surroundings of C'est Bon and their simple offerings.  However, the sunshine was beckoning us to join it, and it's another stroll down the street, before we're home bound and couch potatoes for the rest of the weekend.

Munching away, Dumpling Girl.

C'est Bon
644 Darling Street
Rozelle NSW 2039

Ph: (02) 9555 4901

C'est Bon on Urbanspoon


chopinandmysaucepan said...

Sausage roll looks pretty good, how does it compare with Burke street? Looks like there more sweet than savoury pastries :( :(

joey@forkingaroundsydney said...

Love the cow image on the pie's crust! LOL. Oh my, that choc mousse tart looks delish!

Buggles and Squeak said...

Loving the look of that chocolate mousse tart..

Dumpling Girl said...

Hey chopinandmysaucepan,

I don't think the two sausage rolls are really comparable, as the lamb harissa is my all time favourite sausage roll. However, the Bourke Street rolls fillings are more much more moist and the pastry is flakier, whereas the one at Bon C'est is a plain filling and dryer and firm. The pastry at C'est Bon is more crisp. They are both good sausage rolls in their own right, but my heart lies with the lamb harrissa at Bourke Street.

Yes, sorry read in your Hawthorn post that you are a savoury guy, this place caters for the sweet tooths more.

Hello Joey, I loved the cow too, it was a nice touch. The tart was divine.

Hi Buggles and Squeak, the tart is unlike anything I've had before, so was definitely a nice surprise.

thang @ noodlies said...

Hum... I've been craving chocolate cake... how sad it was dry?!

Christina Kim said...

What a feast of pastries and cakes and sweet stuffs all rolled into one!!:)
The macaroons looked fabulous, and really sweet with their colors too! Aww, it's great that the wrong order turned out to be the right choice, eh? But I am sure you're going back for a raspberry mac too, right? :p

Dumpling Girl said...

Hello Thang, it definitely was disappointing, but it's fine we got some other nice goodies instead.

Hi Christy, normally I would have ordered the raspberry macaron straight away, but was trying to be not so naughty :)

chopinandmysaucepan said...

I would just have to remember the lamb harissa for the next visit :)

Dumpling Girl said...

Hi chopinand,

I forgot to mention that the harissa lamb is on the sweet side, as it has almonds and currants. Cheesecake Boy favours the pork and fennel at Bourke St, he prefers stronger flavours.

chopinandmysaucepan said...

shhhananigan! i'll get a plain croissant from Becasse bakery and slap on the butter then!

Dumpling Girl said...

Hello chopinand,

I like plain things too, but I like to think that the sausage rolls at Bourke Street use simple ingredients and put them together beautifully.

Which is why I said that the sausage rolls at C'est Bon and Bourke St aren't comparable, as they flavour ranges put them at two different ends of the spectrum.

susan said...

The chocolate mousse tart looks incredible. I love lazy weekends.

Dumpling Girl said...

Hello Susan, it was so good that tart. Thinking about it makes me want one right, lol.

Lazy weekends are great, just wish there was one soon :)