Camille Le Caer and his band of bakers opened Pastry by Camille on June 21, providing Hertel Avenue with an assortment of French flavors.
The bakery-cafe at 1416 Hertel Ave., the former Globe Market space, kicked off its menu of pastries, crepes, coffee and bread to a waiting coterie of customers.
Baguettes ($2.90) and seasonal fruit tarts ($6.50) can be had elsewhere in Buffalo, though customers can decide how others stack up against those made by the Brittany-born patissier and his crew.
Among the new arrivals: eclair Paris-Brest ($6.50). It's a ring of puff pastry topped with toasted almonds filled with praline cream, which tastes of caramel and toasted hazelnuts and almonds.
Croissants ($3.50) are shaggier than some versions but get the crunchy-flaky-tender balance right, with layers of laminated dough.
Another type of pastry not seen around here is the St. Honore ($6.50), which is his favorite, Le Caer told a line of first-day customers. It's named after the French patron saint of bakers, St. Honoratus.
In his version, two puffs of pastry are filled with sea-salt-caramel cream, separated by a white chocolate disc, and topped with strawberry.
Sweet crepes and savory galettes ($5.50-$9.50) are made on a two-griddle crepe station. A sweet crepe with strawberry-basil or rhubarb jam is $6.50. The savory options are made with buckwheat flour from Brittany.
A classic French combination of Gruyere cheese, ham and egg is $8.50. Baguette sandwiches and French toasted-cheese-and-ham sandwiches with cheese sauce, called croque monsieurs and madames (which include a fried egg) are also available ($7.50).
A single-serving lemon meringue tart ($6.50), on buttery biscuit and topped with toasted meringue, makes a bright finish.
Pastry by Camille also offers macarons large and small ($3/$5.90) in a variety of flavors, and creme brulee subtly scented with lavender ($6.50). Coffee, from Overwinter Coffee, tea and soft drinks are also available.
Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday (except closed June 24) . Phone: (646) 239-8992.
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