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Oil vey: A greasy croissant and strong coffee from new cafe in the Circle

Pandor Artisan Boulangerie and Cafe opened in the Orange Placa in July. Photo by Jackie Cohen

Croissants are not supposed to ooze oil, are they?

I asked myself this question as I tasted an almond chocolate croissant from Pandor Artisan Boulangerie and Cafe, which recently opened in the Orange Plaza.

This croissant had a crunchy, fresh appearance and looked delicious, and I had heard wonders about it from my dad, who had tried it a few weeks ago, but I was disappointed.

As I bit into a piece of the croissant, I felt oil gush out. It was that oily feeling you get in your mouth when you eat a fresh doughnut that you know is clogging up your arteries and makes you want to run five miles.

Finally, I made it to the best part: the chocolate. The croissant had an authentic chocolate filling, not one made with Hershey’s chocolate syrup. The chocolate was textured like a thick, creamy, melted chocolate, rather than a liquidy chocolate. The combination of flavors in the croissant were perfect and matched well with the crunchy almonds on the outside, but the oily texture was out of place and ruined the croissant’s harmony.

While at Pandor, I also tried an iced latte. Before I continue, I should mention that I am not a big coffee drinker. Caffeine makes me jittery and hyper, so I don’t drink it very often. With the crazy heat we’ve been experiencing and the lack of sleep since I’ve been back at Chapman, I was really craving a cold drink. Unlike normal iced lattes, this one looked ombre when it was handed to me, as if the milk and coffee hadn’t been mixed, giving it a very aesthetically pleasing look.

The iced latte was refreshing, but a bit strong for my taste. Remember though, I don’t drink coffee often, and when I do, it’s at least 50 percent milk, so some people wouldn’t even call it coffee. While it was stronger than the coffee I usually drink, I still enjoyed its flavor.

The iced latte was served with a small cube of coffee cake on top. This was a nice surprise when I received my order and it tasted delicious. Its sweet, cinnamony flavor really complemented the iced latte.

The iced latte and croissant cost $8.25, which is not bad when compared to a similar order at Starbucks, especially since this was fresher. An iced latte from Starbucks is $3.95 and an almond croissant is $3.25.

Pandor is a very cute cafe. The shop’s vast displays of pastries and ice cream and its menu reminded me of the small cafes I visited in Paris. Whenever a crepe was made, a sweet scent spread through the shop. This cafe is great for a middle-of-the-week de-stressing session with friends.

Although I did not like the croissant, I would definitely go back to Pandor to try something else. Its menu also includes salads and sandwiches, and its array of ice cream and other pastries looks amazing. With such a cute setup and yummy-looking menu, I don’t want to be too quick to judge. Maybe I’m naive and have to make this mistake twice, but hopefully I will find what I was expecting on my second trip to Pandor.

Pandor Artisan Boulangerie and Cafe is located in the Orange Plaza at 106 N. Glassell St.

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