[HK] Le Salon Restaurant et Croissanterie

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Having visited Urban Bakery,we were adamant that we had probably found the best croissants in town. Located in the same building, at Hysan Place, is another contestant which we put to a test! With double-baked croissants to boast, Le Salon only make 300 croissants each day over 7 baking periods at 1100hrs, 1230hrs, 1400hrs, 1500hrs, 1600hrs, 1700hrs and final batch at 1800hrs.

Caramel Croissant

Seasoned with maldon sea salt and stuffed with caramel creme, the crisp crust was slightly crystallized and caramelized with an enriched buttery fragrance. The caramel creme was rich and viscous nestled within a relatively dense inside. The sweetness of the creme and the flaky pastry satiated our appetite quite a little, so it would be best to have some tea or coffee to go along.

Verdict: 7.5/10

(Alphonso) Mango Croissant

The usage of alphonso mango, which is a seasonal cultivation, is considered one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavour. With a considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe before being exported from Western India, it took us no hesitation to give the crusty croissant a large bite. It was pretty much similar to the caramel version, but there was some extra icing drizzled across the crust which was rather overwhelming in terms of sweetness.

Verdict: 7.5/10

Tiramisu Croissant

The name itself was enticing enough given its uniqueness. With cocoa powder sprinkled across the crust, it helped to enrich the flavour which was also the dominant taste. You could barely taste the marsala wine nor coffee aroma typically expected of a tiramisu dessert.

Verdict: 6.5/10

Chestnut Croissant

The candied chestnut pieces atop the crust was the highlight, giving it an added layer of texture to the crispness of the croissant. The filling was equally rich in flavour though on the plus side, it was not as sweet.

Verdict: 7.5/10

While we enjoyed the luxurious fillings in each of the croissants, the general feeling was that it might appeal more to those with a sweet tooth. It pretty much satiated our appetite for the rest of the day even though we had the croissants shared. 

Was it a worthy contestant for the best croissants in town? Well, all we can say is that we enjoy our croissants simple, honest and plain.

Le Salon Restaurant et Croissanterie
Shop 1302, 13/F, Hysan Place,
500 Hennessey Road, 
Causeway Bay
Tel: 2115 3328

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  1. You probably know that kids can be a tough nut to crack, they won't be happy with good wholesome food - they want Burgers, Chicken Nuggets, Ice cream and then a place where they can let their hair down and tear about in great abandon.

    1. Thanks for the info Joselyn! We'll definitely drop by if we get the chance to visit North Carolina :)