The Vie De France located within JR Kobe Station is part of a chain of cafes in Japan that specialises in offering French-style pastries. Pastries are displayed in a fashion typical of bakeries, with customers getting to choose their desired items by themselves. If you desire, you can have the staff warm up your pastry prior to eating them.
The piece of fried fish in the Tartar Fish Sandwich we bought was cooked just right and well complemented by the egg salad mixture. Freshness was provided by some lettuce and barbeque sauce tied everything together. The bun that the fish was served in had a fluffy texture.
Tartar Fish Sandwich (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The filling of their Bacon Quiche did not taste too creamy, with the bacon providing a hint of smokiness. Herbs provided an extra element of flavour and the pastry had the flaky texture we desired. The quiche is at its best when warmed slightly before it is consumed.
Bacon Quiche (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
As its name suggests, the Tea Scones is notable for using tea leaves to impart its distinctive flavour to the scones. Chunks of milk chocolate were also included to add a touch of sweetness.
Tea Scones (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A bun that is similar to the Hot Dog Buns we enjoyed from Asian bakeries in Adelaide, the hot dog in the Danish Weiner Bun had a delectable smoky flavour and Danish pastry it was encased in was delicious. A drizzling of tomato sauce over the top added a touch of sweetness.
Danish Weiner Bun (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of the more unique sweet pastries that were available, their Honey Buns had a crisp exterior that contrasted well with the soft interior. The best part of the bun was the honey filling which gave it a characteristic sweet flavour that was not too sweet.
Honey Buns (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For something that is a bit more familiar, there is the Vanilla Custard Tart. The pastry had a delightful flaky texture that set off the custard filling beautifully. The custard filling also had a delightful vanilla flavour. A dusting of icing sugar around the edge prevented it from looking too plain.
Vanilla Custard Tart (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Coming in a serving of three, the Okinawa Brown Sugar Doughnuts had a wonderful crisp exterior that contrasted well with the fluffy interior. The use of Okinawa's black sugar gave the doughnuts a flavour that tasted similar to palm sugar.
Okinawa Brown Sugar Doughnuts (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Customers who choose to dine-in during breakfast can enjoy a combo set consisting of a hard-boiled egg or banana and coffee along with their choice of pastry. Vie De France's location within JR Kobe Station makes it an ideal place for commuters to grab a meal before or after catching a train.