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Published April 14th 2016
Traditional French Pastries, Baked Fresh Daily
I first ventured into Cannelle due to word of mouth, I had been told (multiple times) that hands down Cannelle had the best croissants in town; as a lover of fine pastry, this was a reputation I had to test for myself.
I found it easily enough, it's located close to the intersection of Magill Rd and Osmond Tce - though the humble shop front is not what I was expecting. The ageing sign above the verandah read Cannelle and the front window read 'croissanterie'.
I have become so accustomed to these trendy cafés and their boast of 'artisan' that had I not been told about this place I would have made the mistake of overlooking it.
Second Shop in from the intersection of Magill Rd and Oxford Tce
Looking into the cabinet, the pastries actually looked amazing, even through the cabinet I could see these were going to taste great. The pastry looked golden and flaky and I could see the layers that made up the croissant so clearly.
I made my selection of two plain and two filled croissants, before I set off for brunch; it took a lot of self control not to bite into one on the way home.
My brunching companions and I shared the various croissants between us, we were quite pleased with how generously filled the custard and jam croissants were.
In regards to the pastry, my assumptions were confirmed, absolutely amazing; biting into the crisp outer shell of the croissant revealed layer upon layer of fine buttery pastry.
The jam and custard in the filled croissants, reminded me of the filling of a jam or custard berlina.
On my second visit. I went home with an apricot Danish, two Croissant aux Amandes (almond croissants) and a pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant).
I had spotted the various filled danishes on my previous visit and was hoping to find them on this occasion-I had some luck, there was only one left. The apricot danish consisted of their beautiful flaky pastry, filled with the stock custard, topped with apricots and glazed with apricot jam.
Apricot Danish, Almond Croissant, Pain Au Chocolat
The Croissant aux Amandes (almond croissants) were filled with an almond meal filling and also glazed with apricot jam. Finally the pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant), was just as you'd expect, a beautiful puff pastry rolled around solid dark chocolate.
My French is not totally up to scratch so I always order the pastries by their english names, the Frenchman behind the counter never minds and is always friendly and polite. On a side note, the pastry chef is French too.
Cannelle opens at around 5:30am, once the first batch of pastries are ready. If your there that early, you can spy the chef still cooking the rest of the day's pastries. They close at around 12pm or once they have sold out and they tend to sell out early, there's never a huge selection by the time I roll in there at around 10:30am- hence I haven't photographed their pastry cabinet.
If you can't wait to get home to devour your pastry, there is one table with chairs set up in the front of house. Cannelle also serve fresh coffee; I haven't tried the coffee but I have heard it's very good.
If your coming up Magill Rd from the CBD they are the second shop on your left at the Magill Rd, Osmond Tce lights. Across the road from the Shoe Shed.