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Batard Boulangerie and Cafe Moderne

Batard Boulangerie and Cafe Moderne Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoA cafe with a ‘French’ charm. It ‘sectioned’ into three sections. The first area by the entrance is a little shop with organic goods and a take out deli. The next is the cashier, ordering station. There were a couple of muffins. The beverage menu is on a letter-sized paper by the cashier.

The staff were very friendly, and patient as we wandered around and looked at the menu board like lost children. It wasn’t that we couldn’t read, it was that one of us wanted to get pizza, while the two of us were ok in trying out this place. We couldn’t decide for while, but since the two of us didn’t want pizza, majority wins :) idearabbit_batard1

idearabbit_batard3 idearabbit_batard2I ordered the French Beef Dip $9.95. There were a couple of big loafs of bread on the back shelf, but only a few muffins on the counter. idearabbit_batard6

After we ordered, we moved onto the third section – the seating area with artwork on the wall with nice booth seats. Although the food was brought to our table, water and cutlery was self serve.

I know everyone loves French bread, but I’m not a super fan of hard crusted bread. Although I usually like hard food to chew on, like beef jerky, trying to eat a sandwich where it’s a bit hard to chew off gets a bit messy. However, the bread and beef went really well with the Au Jus. The small salad on the side was fresh and tasty.

idearabbit_batard4 idearabbit_batard5My friend who originally wanted the pizza ordered the OceanWise Shrimp Sandwich $9.95 and latte.

Clean up is again self-serve, or rather, self-cleanup into the gray bins. Very nice staff, charming interior and good food.

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Tartine Bread & Pies

Tartine Bread and Pies on UrbanspoonMon – Sat 7:00 am – 8 pm
Sun 7:00 am – 6 pm

A friend of mine had seen this cafe as he did his daily jogging route and wanted to check out the place. It was nestled in the quiet neighbourhood of Yaletown-ish area away from the busy streets and crowd of pedestrians (though I guess that’s not a good location then for a cafe…) It was close to empty, but it did have an on going flow of customers coming in and taking something out.

We ordered the coconut cream pie $3.75, a cookie $1.50 and iced latte $3.25.

Not sure if the staff wanted to treat us since it was already in the evening,
so perhaps they wanted to get rid of the pie since it was going to go bad anyways. Well, the piece we got was huge!! Never seen a cafe serve such gigantic piece of pie! Even with both of us, we couldn’t finish it. Well, that was perfectly fine, because I had more from it later in the night..kekeke…I couldn’t resist! It was SO good! Yes, I know, 90% was just cream…so unless you’re a cream person like me, you might hate it.

The crunchy texture of the coconut shreds inside and the sweet flavour of coconut went so well with the cream…I’m haven’t been a cake person since going on a healthier diet a 2 years ago, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to go back for some more…it’d be interesting to see if that is the ‘normal’ size, or if it was just a ‘bonus’ that day.





Out on patio/sidewalk



HUGE pie piece!!! YUM!

As the name suggest, their specialty is in pies. They have a wide range of selections from Bumbleberry, New York Maple Cream Apple, Sour Cherry, Raspberry Sour Cream, Raspberry Rhubarb, Pumpkin Pecan, Double Crust Lemon, Peach Praline, Chocolate Pecan, Strawberry Rhubarb, and the list goes on. You can get most of them for $3.75 a slice or $18 whole.

The iced latte wasn’t sweetened – so that was really good. I don’t like when drinks come already loaded with sugar (like with Timmy’s or McDonald’s)

The two staff that was there was very friendly and welcoming. It’s got a nice patio up in front where we sat. I’d love to go back and try their sandwiches and stuff…and of course more pie! :D

2nd Time

I’ve been back here twice to get the coconut cream pie, both times with disappointment that they didn’t have it made that day. On the fourth time, they didn’t have coconut cream pie again, so went with the lemon pie and coffee.

Not sure what happened since the first time we were there. Perhaps that day was great? Or was this time just terrible? The pie fell apart, and looked gross. The taste was nothing spectacular. Coffee was terrible, so watered down and Sheepie complained it smelled like an ash tray with water. There were bits of coffee floating around.

It was in February and they didn’t seem to have any heat on, so we were freezing.

However, none of this seem to bother anyone else as it was packed and busy at 6pm on a Tuesday. The staff were friendly, but if it was the first time coming here, I would never return again. I am reluctant to go back again with the constant disappointment that the coconut cream pie isn’t there (yeah, a bit obsessed? lol). But this experience just killed their image. I will give them one more chance. If they want the carrot I docked off, they better live up to the first impression! :P

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