Amélie's French Bakery & Café Carmel Commons
This bakery is good but not consistent... It's almost like the pastry quality depends on what chef made them that day. I use to go here every week and found it was hit or miss even buying the same tart. Some days they didn't get the crust to filling ratio correct etc. Some days it just didn't taste the same. Quite disappointing considering how pricey it is. If you're paying $5 for a small tart you expect perfection. I came in once and bought a new tart they had out and it was honestly terrible to the point of being offensive. They were fantastic about me coming back and exchanging it for another, but I stopped going after that. It's definitely worth trying but I wouldn't make it a regular thing. My experience is 3 stars because the staff is excellent and the food is good but they need to work on consistency.
I'm a little torn about docking 1 start because the latte was so darn good, but the mimosa really just didn't do it for me. I decided to try something new so opted for some type of Berry Basil Mimosa (can't recall the exact name) they had on the menu, which sounds good, right? It ended up tasting like bitter, gritty champagne (the grittiness was due to the black berry seeds I believe). If you're trying to get drunk at 9 am and don't care too much about flavor, then go for it, but personally I was expecting something smoother, fruitier, and with a twist of basil. At least they were great about replacing it for a latte at no additional cost, which was totally worth it, because the latte was delicious and creamy.
I am so glad I finally came here. The selection is great. The cake of the day was so good. I still can taste the filling now. Bunch of different macaroons. Coffee beer and wine available. I love the seating and dining room here
This place is literally huge and filled with quirky little decor oozing french vibe. Right at the corner in the uptown I found the place so interesting from outside I had to go in. Being a dessert connoisseur, felt like ordering everything in the menu, but controlled myself to order only three of them. The strawberry vanilla petite cake was out of the world, just the right amount of sweetness with fresh strawberry on top, it made my day. The lime pie and chocolate pastry were delicious as well.
Sooooo cute! It's spacious and fabulous by design. The food is AMAZING and reasonably priced! They have a great blend of different pastries, but I'd love to see what they could do with more cultural variety in their pastries. The French theme is obviously priceless, but it'd be cool to have pastries from other cultures too, maybe as specials? I'll be back to try more food!
Changing my review to a one star. Had curb pickup and tried calling for 20 straight minutes outside their door with a constant busy phone line. We walked up to the door and waved but the employees literally looked at us and IGNORED us. When we came in the, woman literally said "what are you doing in here" to us. Don't have curbside pickup if no one is paying attention. Good thing you don't want us in your store because we won't be back.
I love this place! It's huge on the inside, much bigger than I was expecting when I first visited. I like that they have lots of window seating, and the crazy decorations give the place a nice character. The prices are super reasonable and the coffee is good. The have gender neutral bathrooms! Lots of tasty desserts, as well.
Their pastires are really small for the price, and some of them like the eclairs are overcooked. They close to early, the should stay open on the weekday until at least 10. There's no where to hang out in Pineville where it's not a bar environment. But other thank that, the place is great. Love going there for our meetings, meet-ups. Occasional sweet tooth. Just to get out of the house and relax. I wish they would have installed some sound proof panels or something, it gets loud when it's packed. I like going there when it's quieter. Love their loose leaf tea options. Hard to find good tea around here if it's not a tea shop.
Boy boy boy do I love me some Amelie's. Whether it be tea, baked goods, or their wonderful quiches, I absolutely love this place. I've been to two birthday celebrations here and one of them was my own. The aesthetic is excellent and service is always good. It is a happy place.
Perfect whole day breakfast, chai creme is out of the world. My wife likes her cuppechino too. I have had best macaroon outside of France here. Their eclair is my favorite.