The French Baker
The French Baker
Macarons at The French Baker
Croissants at The French Baker
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Jul 28
I went here last weekend while waiting for another shop on Bank St. to open, and had a croissant, a chocolatine and a latte. The coffee was quite good, but the pastries tasted like they were leftover from the day before. I can't imagine that's true, so it must have been something else. They were tough and just didn't taste fresh like some I'd had from other shops.

Also, there was one girl working behind the counter and in the time it took her to make my latte, a considerable line of grumbling patrons had grown. Lucky me, I guess, that I got there first.

2013 Jun 16
I've been to both locations. I thought the Bank Street one was exceptionally snooty. I decided to forgo the other treats that I wanted to look at/try. The girl seemed annoyed at my presence despite that I was the only person in the facility. I stuck to the baguette, there were 3 there. One was burnt. I asked for the other loaf. She sighed, rolled her eyes and reluctantly gave it to me. I paid and left.

The Byward Market location was a much more pleasant experience. The workers are friendly even though it took a few tries before they had some baguettes when I was able to go. I also tried a croissant but I did nto enjoy it. If I want fluffy I'll opt for the Costco kind. I prefer mine more crunchy than soft on the exterior and buttery.

I want to try the Macaron...however I have yet to spot them at this location and refuse to go back to the other. Perhaps when I go back on a different day/time

2013 Apr 17
I went there for the first time today to get coffee and a pain au chocolat. I was a little underwhelmed by the pastry however their selection of delicious looking items looked good enough that I would definitely return and try other items. Also the Illy coffee was fantastic.

Update - Visited it again today and tried yet another pastry only this time I went for the almond croissant. The coffee was still solidly good but the croissant was possibly the best pastry I've ever had in my life.

2012 Oct 5
I addition to the chocolate mousse cake, I make another purchase of 4 pastries/snacks (croissant, pain au chocolate and pain au raisin, chocolate macaroon) for about $11.

Had the chocolate macaroon myself since it is hard to split :D tasty enough but not as good as some I have had.

Split them with my parents over coffee and we tried a little bit of each.

The pain au chocolate was decent but not as good as those I have had in Paris or even Montreal. I prefer a lighter and flakier pastry. The pain au raisin is also doughier than my taste but have loads of raisins. the croissant is also denser then I liked.

Opinion, okay to grab if I in in the neighbourhood and wanted a snack but I would not go out of my way to get these pastry. I would go out of my way for some of their freshly baked cakes like the chocolate mousse cake.


2012 Oct 5
was downtown for some errands in advance of my trip. Went to the French Bakery to talk to the patisserie chef since I am looking for another source for sugar free or low sugar cake for my dad for special occassions now that I want to stop using the Cake Shop due to their frozen sugar free chocolate mousse cake and more.

Had a quick word with the pastry chef. They do not bake sugar free since those cakes are suppose to be rich and a tad sinful. But they do have a proper chocolate mousse cake made with real chocolate mousse from ganache and fresh whipped cream which is supposed to be 72% chocolate. The dark chocolate they use do have sugar but they do not add any regular sugar in the recipe.

Bought a little personal chocolate mousse cake for a bit of change over $5 to try them out.

The chocolate mousse cake was fantastic and as good as any I have had in Paris. Light but rich chocolate mousse where you can really taste the dark chocolate and the cocoa from those sprinkle on top. Definitely rich and sinful but did not seem that high in sugar.

Would definitely consider buying it for my parents for special occassion. If he is careful of his sugar and carb that day, it would even out with the sugar of this special treat. It is one of those desserts that would be worth the sugar/carb spent.


2011 Jun 27
Cinnamon Roll & Pain aux Raisins.
Un délice! I had never had such a light cinnamon roll. And the pain aux raisin was one of the best I have ever had -- and I've had quite a few. Well baked,right amount of cream and fruits.

2011 Mar 1
The French Baker makes these gorgeous Chocolate and Sea Salt Cookies - they are basically a chocolate chocolate chip cookie with a sprinkling of salt crystals across the top, and they are awesome. Really high quality, nice fine crumb, and the salt brings out the sweet so nicely. No longer must I decide between sweet and salty!! Glorious. Try me.

2010 Apr 15
I've had the macarons here. They are good. Nothing compared to those made in Europe which are heavenly but there aren't many places in Ottawa that make and sell them. They don't last very long and bruise so easily.

2010 Apr 15
Went there today for croissants and macarons and I am very, very happy.

As the people here have said, the croissants are light, fluffy, flaky, and not the least bit greasy. Divine.

And the macarons! I don't even need all the information I've found reading up on them to know they're miles better than the ones at the place on Preston. Soft middles, crisp exterior, divine filling...and they actually taste like what they say they taste like (raspberry, hazelnut, chocolate), instead of having a fairly-uniform "sweet" taste! I have a new source for this tasty cookies.

2009 Aug 6
Really like their florentines... Just the right balance of well-caramelized sugar and good dark chocolate. Consistently crispy.

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2009 Apr 5
Very, very good. I think these and the Farm Boy croissants are the nicest to be found in Ottawa. I had high hopes that TFB croissants would rival those I've had in Montreal but alas...for a truly mind-blowing croissant experience I still feel as though I need to drive a couple hundred clicks.

2009 Mar 30
I have had a couple of these excellent croissents and have recommended them to others. The one pleasant thing is that they did not use too much butter; enough to be delightfully rich but not enough to become greasy.

Two thumbs up.

2009 Feb 28
Am absolutely in love with this, and I'm very fortunate to know someone that works there who makes the croissants (and the bread, and the chocolatine, etc). I know all about their buttery goodness!

They are absolutely delicious. If you love almond, I would suggest an almond croissant. They are to DIE for! Highly, highly recommended!

2008 Aug 26
It appears as though Bridgehead is still selling French Baker croissants, or if they are not, they have found something just as good.

This was the most wonderful way to kickstart (if you can call it "kickstarting" with that much butter) my Tuesday morning. I am still drooling, it was that delicious.


2007 Dec 21
In front, two delicious croissants from the French Baker. In behind, one of their baguettes.

2007 Nov 16
No debate...the French Baker has the best croissants in Ottawa. Light, buttery - flaky on the outside and tender on the inside. For those of us too tired to trump down to the Byward Market early in the morning (they often sell out), the croissants are also for sale at Bridgehead.

2007 Nov 5
Went to the French Baker twice last week. First time they were sold out of croissants so I just bought a baguette (perfect - thick crust on the outside, soft and tasty inside). Second time I struck gold - lots of croissants available. Bought two - one for my husband and one for me along with two baguettes, pleasantly surprised to have a third baguette thrown in for free.

Yum. I'm drooling just thinking back on the croissant. Flaky, buttery - perfect! Now that I think about it, I think I'll swing by tonight.

2007 Sep 8
We heat the oven to 400 F and stick the croissants in for a few minutes, and they end up almost as good as fresh.

2007 Jan 17
There used to be a cafe up the street from The French Baker that I used to frequent (Sips?) run by a lovely blonde woman named Lina (I think). You know you spend too much time at your cafe when you get invited to the staff holiday party! On the weekends, I used to buy 3 or 4 croissants from The French Baker, and carry them up to the cafe, and have the cook there make me an 'eggs hollandaise', draped over the open croissant. As a bribe for this favour of preparing food that I brought with me I always brought extra croissants for Lina and the cook. Mmmm... good times...

2006 Dec 22
I found too much amount of butter (or I should say overdose of butter). It seems that that is what they are famous for. But I personally like to eat croissants with the right amount of butter.

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2010 May 28
I got a baguette the other day and was quite disappointed. The crust was fine, but the inside was too fluffy and soft, and reminiscent of Wonder Bread. I usually buy their larger oval loaves, which I love, as they are flavourful, but this baguette was just the opposite.

2010 May 17
I purchase a baguette at Herb and Spice today.

The baguette gets top marks from me. After living in France for almost a year, I was so disappointed with bread back in Canada(Manitoba, specifically).

Here in Ottawa, I have been testing out the baguettes at various bakeries.

This baguette had excellent texture and a nice crust which was not too thick.


2009 Jun 24
Their multigrain bread is also delicious. Light and flavourful with a fantastic crust. I bought a couple loaves after being served it in the bread basket at Benny's Bistro.








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2010 Mar 19
The folks at the French Baker have been making Hot Cross buns during the Easter season. They are a little different, but delicious! And mine was actually hot today... amazing! They have a (perfect) pastry cross instead of icing, and currants and candied citron inside, and the dough has some whole wheat flour. These guys know their baked goods. Why oh why must I work near the French Baker?!



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2011 Sep 4
I never realized that I eat so many different scones, but apparently they are my breakfast of choice. I stopped in to Herb and Spice to buy groceries this morning and brought home a berry scone to try. The berries weren't all the way through the scone (it looked like they were in the centre of the round of dough from which the scone was cut), but the scone was an excellent size and the flavour was incredible. I would put this up there as one of the best scones that I've ever had. Definitely worth a try the next time you're looking for breakfast.


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2012 Dec 16
Just a suggestion to New User 5206 - If you want to complain to a business about their product or service, then you should complain to them. I can almost guarantee that they want to make you happy. You say you understand how these websites can harm a business (although I think the French Baker is safe), and yet you post a complaint on the site without giving the French Baker a chance to make it right.

2012 Dec 12
Disappointing

I would find myself to be Macaron obsessed!
I try to make it out to Paris yearly and when I get back I have major macaron cravings. Every city that I travel to I have to try one, I have been to nearly every reputable bakery in Toronto. While visiting Ottawa last week I took it upon myself to find a bakery, I came across The French Baker. The macarons them self didn't look that appealing so I only purchased 3 (raspberry), I did feel that I was ripped off $9 for 3. However I didn't become upset until I got back to the hotel to eat one, I do not lie I couldn't even bite into it! After numerous attempts to snap it I finally did and it was foul, I feel I was sold Macarons that had been sat there for over a week.

I own my own small business and know how websites like this can harm someone, so I don't mean to write this in bad taste (pardon my pun) but I think it is important for a company to take customer complaints in.

I apologize if this upsets people but I do want to issue my complaint

2011 Mar 24
I picked up a raspberry one yesterday at lunch and it was incredible: Full of delicious bright raspberry flavour and the perfect crunch. My mouth is watering just thinking about. It was pretty much the best springtime cookie I have ever had. Ever.

2010 Apr 30
I had some macarons from The French Baker today and I was incredibly impressed. They were amazing! I had pistachio, strawberry, and chocolate and I can't wait to go back and get more.

2009 Apr 25
Somehow at 2pm on a beautiful Saturday afternoon there were macarons left. Pistachio, strawberry and chocolate.

I've never had a macaron before so I have nothing to compare them to, but OMG - these were like little cookie/candy/cake (I can't decide what they are) sandwiches of heaven. I thought they were perfect and will be back for more.

I thought my favourite would be the chocolate, and it was very, very good - but actually I preferred the delicate nut flavour of the pistachio variety; and amazing strawberry-ness of the strawberry (they must use real strawberries in these).

2009 Mar 18
I recently tried a macaron from The French Baker, and sadly, I wasn't impressed. The found the outer crust not delicate enough, and the meringue on the inside not chewy enough. There wasn't a fine balance between the two, and the one I had frankly did not have a lot of taste. I also bought one for a friend who had never tried macarons before (I rave about macarons to him all the time), and actually ended up eating it myself because I didn't want his first experience to be a mediocre one.

2008 Dec 1
I went in Monday after lunch for a little pick me up alongside the baguette for dinner.
I picked up a hazelnut macrons, not entirely sure what I was getting into, also not entirely sure when "hazelnut" came out of my mouth why I hadn't said "Chocolate".

Turns out, I was in the mood for hazelnut, I just didn't know it at the time. As cinderella said, the outside is crisp, but not crunchy--more flaky, and the filling is sweet and creamy, with lots of moist, nutty flavour :) They were definitely delicious, and I will be back for more!

2008 Sep 27
i had the hazelnut; i'm sorry to say that i wasn't that impressed. too chewy, and the visual texture was rather lumpy. lots of sweet creme filling.

since this was on a thursday evening, i will go back on sunday morning for a retry. they only had four flavours when i went (lemon, orange, hazelnut, and a pink one which i don't remember); i was told the bakers are there on sunday mornings so i'll pounce them then...

2008 May 28
I went out and bought some two weeks ago after seeing this post. Wow, I'm no macaron expert, but these were exquisite! The exterior is crispy, and the filling is just sweet enough, with lots of flavor! I had one hazelnut, one lemon, one raspberry and one pistachio.

Went back this morning, and they also had chocolate and orange. Picked up one of each. They are absolutely delicious!

2008 Apr 27
Well they were amazing! I ended up sharing them at a dinner party. I tried one of each and vote them all super great!

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