Bread Lounge – Kouign Amann for Hipsters

10 Dec

20121207-171943.jpg
A newly open to the public operation, Bread Lounge brings serious pastry and breads to the Arts District. They’ve been supplying bread to the likes of Church and State and underground supper club Wolvesmouth for a while but have just opened the front to the public and introduced pastries, coffee, and sandwiches.

Here’s the Kouign Amann and the pain au chocolate.

20121207-172000.jpg
The KA is delicate and very croissant-like. Flaky, buttery, and much less sweet than Allen Bakery’s version. No caramelization, but airy. Delicious.

20121207-172014.jpg
This chocolate croissant is classic. You can see how light and airy it is, with seemingly thousands of layers birthed from butter. I give you the side view because it is a bit disappointing with two very small streaks of dark chocolate. Many chocolate croissants, including the ones in Paris, are like this, so maybe this is an unfair criticism. But I think it would be improved by more chocolate.

20121207-172027.jpg
You can see they are a full-service patisserie and boulangerie. I’m looking forward to eating through their array of offerings.

20121207-172056.jpg

20121207-172121.jpg
Here’s the bakery visible through a window.

20121207-172142.jpg
The space is a bit narrow and doesn’t have much room to hang out inside.

20121207-172207.jpg
Here’s the lovely little garden seating area out back.

20121207-172224.jpg
Here’s the non-descript storefront. Go around the corner for the secret parking lot out back.

20121207-172303.jpg
One funny thing is that when I asked them what kind of coffee they serve the clerk said, “it’s a secret.” Hmm . . . I didn’t try it this time, but maybe I’ll report back if it’s worthwhile.

20121207-172326.jpg

Bread Lounge
700 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA
tel:213-327-0782

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: