Brioche Dorée, a self-proclaimed "Parisian bakery" that started out in the Fashion District, has recently opened shop underneath Metro Centre.
While they oddly prevented the photo-taking of their products (it's free advertising though?), this attitude did not earn them any fewer customers than other businesses that opened at the same time.
Catering to the working morning crowd, the bakery begins their operations at 7:00 AM, as with McDonald's, Burger King, and trusty ol' Timmy's. The only difference is that there isn't a lineup, at least not yet anyway.
Savoury options are found in one display case: quiches, ham-and-cheese croissants, pre-made crepes, etc. Another smaller case houses neatly-placed glimmering danishes, flaky croissants, and other varieties of glistening pastries. Above the cashier, a minimalistic drink menu makes customers aware of their basic selection of caffeinated hot beverages (Americano, cappuccino, and lattes), in addition to a few iced alternatives.
I'm not the biggest fan of butter, nor do I enjoy extraneous amounts of grease on my fingers. With that in mind, I approached the counter hoping that Brioche Dorée would be able to provide me with an item that was somewhat filling, but not excessively rich.
As I handed over my $2.50 plus tax, the croissant was warmed up and placed into a paper bag. There was also a combo option that included a small coffee, though it wasn't necessary for my particular level of mental alertness.
Clumsy as I am, a bite of the croissant immediately resulted in an unappealing mess of crumbs. Momentarily setting it back into the bag allowed me to catch sight of my now-greasy fingertips. Thank goodness for napkins!
For my post-lunch walk, I engaged myself in hunting down Halloween clearance items from Michaels and picking up a Panini and Juice combo from Union Juice on my return trip.
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Union Juice is a great option for those looking to get back on track after a season of constant indulgence, or simply for maintaining a healthy diet while on-the-go. The only downside would be that their menu is profoundly pricey, where the most budget-friendly juices and salads ring in at around $7 each before tax.
I cannot guarantee that I will re-visiting if Union Juice ever discontinues their promotional deal, though I would suggest regular lunch-buyers to purchase here instead of other establishments simply due to the greater health value. (The Burger's Priest is priced relatively the same no?)
And for the rare occasion in which you wish to treat yourself, don't forget that there's always Sweet Jesus's insane soft-serve creations next door. (Aha!)