5909 24th Ave NW, Seattle
A few weeks ago, I went down to the States for Russell Peters' show, and because it was on a Friday night, we decided to stay for the whole weekend. The question rest on where to go for breakfast the next morning, since all of us already tried Original Pancake House, G suggested a place where they make the best croissant. With a statement like that, I had to check it out.
After more than half an hour of driving, we finally arrived at a very quaint residential area with cute shops. The cafe is at no means eye catching, but after taking one whiff of the aroma in the shop, I was immediately drawn to it.
R went for a latte, while I ordered the hot chocolate. The latte art was pretty, and that's all I am going to say about it, since I didn't try it at all. The hot chocolate was very good, it was creamy and not too sweet. Sorry, I can't recall the exact price, but it's comparable with other coffee shops.
Being the egg lover, R of course went for the quiche. R chose the asparagus and bacon quiche for $4.50. This quiche was very soft, to a point of almost a bit runny. I happen to like undercooked eggs, so this was perfect.
Being that they are famous for their croissant, I just had to try one. There were regular and chocolate, and I went with the latter (~$2). The chocolate croissant was moist and soft with a slight sweet taste. Each layer was buttery and flaky. This was indeed the best croissant I have tried. However they used dark chocolate for the stuffing, which I wasn't a big fan of. Since I was so impressed with their food, I immediately got in line again to try their delicious looking blueberry danish. This time around the line got a whole lot longer,and I was only one person away from that last blueberry danish. Of course, with my luck, the guy in front of me decides to buy everything (he bought $40 worth of pastries), so there goes my danish. So in the end, I had to settle for the strawberry danish. This once again was very good, the pastry was crunchy but soft on the inside, and the fruit was fresh and tasty. The other item in the picture is a cheese brioche which A ordered. This was interesting, as it was a moist cake like bread with cheese, but it wasn't all that impressive.The whole time we were there, there was a constant line up. As we were leaving, they were just starting to make a new batch of the star product: croissant. All their goodies are made on premises, and they are all freshly made on a daily bases (they seem to sell faster than they can make). Because everything is made in house, the place smells heavenly. I really think somebody should invest into creating a perfume that smells like a bakery, I would consider buying it :D.
All in all, I definitely recommend Cafe Besalu, as they do have the best croissant for now. The only advice I have is go early, because they stop making new batches sometime in the afternoon, and these go fast (said the local).