Maison Alyzee added yet another pastry shop to Castro Street in Mountain View, and is directly across the street from Alexander Patisserie. The starry credentials of its pastry chefs are mentioned extensively in the press. And the results showed. I found the pastries the best among all the shops on Castro (I didn’t find Alexander’s offering all that impressive, only expensive.)
The pièce de résistance at Maison Alyzee is the passiano, a passionfruit-lemon flavored work of art with a blackberry jelly core. It was a delicate, rich, aromatic and magnificent piece of pastry.
The chocolate tart was made with a variety of Valrhona. Most devoured by my kids, but the little pieces I ended up with was a very good piece of chocolate tart. But not as brilliant as the passiano. But then, that’s not a fair comparison
The fig tart looked fantastic, but the flavors was actually a bit muted. I think it relied a lot on the figs used on the tart to provide flavors, so it tasted like…a fig.
The croissants looked pretty darn good I have to say. Would have to come back to try more. What else is good here? From a very limited sample, it is at least on par with Mademoiselle Colette, which by the way is opening up another branch in RWC. The passiano is better than anything in Mademoiselle Colette though.
Head pastry chef Jean-Victor Bellaye really looked like Sergio Ramos the Spanish football player. I mentioned that to the owner and he said that the chef knew it too. LOL.
Baked goods. Look at the color of those croissants.
Sightings of Sergio Ramos in the picture. Good thing there isn’t a Egyptian community in Mountain View.