Sunday, 18 May 2008

Food Review: La Cerise



Sex on a Plate!

La Cerise/199 Great Junction Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 5LQ 0131 555 6065

As owners Martin Wilson and Claire Coussmaker like to contend, Great Junction Street just got "even sexier!" With the recent unveiling of their baby, La Cerise patisserie, Leith gets a titillating taste of pure, sugar-coated pleasure.

The new bakery is wall-to-wall eye-candy from its beautiful refurbishings to the darling confectionary window displays. Lime green and red walls with funky lighting give it a trendy edge that invites you even before beholding the dainty art of the bakery itself. "We wanted to create more than a product but a place just as appealing to be in," Martin said.

La Cerise is a sweets boutique full of pretty things like passion fruit and lemon tarts, carrot cake, mousses and Fruits of the Forrest cheesecake. Fresh savouries including quiche, tortillas and soup are healthy alternatives to the ordinary sandwich. The shelves are full of other products they love such as Isabella's preserves from Aberdeen and croissants from The Breadwinner in Bruntsfield. And coming soon, homemade ice creams (think black currant, chocolate and strawberry flavours) will help us revel in every bit of Scottish sunshine we are lucky to get!

During my visit, I was amazed by a homemade scone topped with Isabella's strawberrry preserves and cream, the perfect afternoon treat. The cream itself was one of the best things I have ever tasted, just one of chef Claire's genius accomplishments. Martin gives her credit for everything from business ideas to the chocolate twirls that decorate their cakes!

It's obvious that they both take pride in everything La Cerise. Their commitment to quality is evident in their products being additive-free, organic and fair-trade. Here, you'll find no flavour enhancers, artifical colourings or preservatives. Even ingredients like yogurts and buttermilk are made in-house as an even greater sign of the craftmanship that can be found here.

La Cerise and its cherried logo sit sweetly on the corner of Bangor Road and Great Junction Street with an invitation for all to stop in and hang around for a bit of culinary seduction!

OPENING HOURS: Tues-Sat 8am-6pm

Also in Bite Magazine May 2008

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