Vegan croissants, cronuts, and desserts to go!
Posted on 11 / 03 / 2013
Ok, so who doesn't want to know what a cronut is like in the vegan version? With no comparison, I was excited to try one here at BDJ. Unfortunately, they had no more! They did have pain au chocolat, though, so I was happy to try that. For those who don't know - it's like a croissant in rectangular form with chocolate in the center. Now, yes, I did eat the entire thing in less than 10 minutes, but, it wasn't what I'd hoped to be eating. It had some good flakiness, but it was heavy and a bit too bread-like. I give BDJ kudos for the effort and having them, as I don't know of another restaurant that offers them in vegan form. This is probably because it's just so hard to make them vegan and have good form or flavor. Usually, it ends up with one at the sacrifice of the other.
Anyhow, more on sweets…. they also had some refrigerated options like a tart and pumpkin pie, but they looked a bit sad, as though there for a long time.
The chocolate cake is rich and dense, but the frosting is lacking. Still, for this style of take-out ready-to-go, I was happy with it. The chocolate gluten-free cookie cream sandwich, however, was not as satisfying. Sure, gluten-free is challenging to keep vegan and together without crumbling, but maybe they could experiment with their recipe? The cookie was all in crumbles! The flavor was chocolatey enough and I appreciated the gluten-free aspect, but it was hard to eat it with so many small pieces after first breaking into it.
The prices are alright, and if I were in this area, I might return just to get another pain au chocolat (beggars can't be choosers) and hope to find a cronut!
Pain au chocolat, Gluten-free options, Ready to go
Short supply of some dessert, Price a tiny bit high for the quality