Great service, great coffee and great food. The chorizo is amazing and the bread is so good that it can be eaten with nothing else. Also, the breakfast sandwich (toasted bread with ham, gruyère and an egg) is a must eat. Lastly, the place is very clean, and it has a cozy environment.
It's a cute little patisserie. I had lunch there with my husband and had the roast beef sandwich and dip. I loved the chocolate hazelnut praline eclair. They also had a small area where they sell tea, coffee and honey. I'm looking into trying the East Van Honey that has a bit of spice in it.
I've finally had a chance to pop into this bakery/cafe after passing by it a number of times. The place seems to be quite popular and there was a good lineup when I visited at around 10 o'clock in the morning. Service seemed to be reasonably efficient however, and I didn't have to wait for too long to order. They don't have a large selection in terms of baked goods. I've sampled their Financier, Salted Chocolate Rye Cookie and Cinnamon Orange Morning Bun.Financier ($4): 4/5This is the first time that I've had a financier cake. I guess the best way to describe this is something in between a muffin and a cupcake: it's sweeter and richer than a muffin but firmer than a cupcake. It was very moist, sweet and had a nice fragance. There were a few cherrie sinside that lent a nice tartness. Salted Chocolate Rye Cookie ($2): 4.5/5I loved the texture of the cookie: it had a nice crispy interior and a wonderful soft, chewy interior. It had a great rich and fudgy chocolate flavour that was well enahcned by the added salt. This is one of the better cookies that I've had. My only complaint is that it was very small and overpriced at $2.Cinnamon Orange Morning Bun ($4): 3/5This is essentially a croissant that has been covered in orange/cinnamon sugar and rolled up like a cinnamon bun. The pastry might have been sitting out for a while for I found it to be a little soggy. I liked the orange/cinnamon sugar, but found that there wasn't enough of it present. The dough itself was actually salty, making the entire bun more salty than sweet. Although not quite the same thing, I really much prefer the croissant-style cinnnamon bun from Small Victory Bakery.I quite enjoyed my visit to Batard. While nothing blew me away, I think that most of the offerings are pretty solid, and I'm glad to have finally checked this place out.
If you want to disappear for a little while and feel like you are in Paris, visit Batard. On the right is the "market place" where you can find specialty foods like freeze dried strawberries or copper molds. At the counter there are beautiful breads to choose from and stunning baked goods. I can vouch for the lemon Earl Grey Shortbread cookies. Delicious! On the left is the seating area where you can sit with your coffee and enjoy a treat. Hanging out at Batard's is a warm yet elegant experience. I can not wait to go back. To get a real tour of the place check out the post on my site Suzie the Foodie.