After hearing about the new opening of Criss Cross Croissants, I could not wait to plan a “croissants-party” at home. As French people, croissants speak to our hearts and they are regular treats on our table.
Last week, I headed to Soho to discover this new place dedicated to croissants (with an original twist) and organised a little surprise at home. Bango, it was a full success. The kids now ask for the next order!
Today, DOYOUSPEAKLONDON presents you the scrumptious Criss Cross Croissants (beware they’ll make your mouth water!).
Criss Cross Croissants, Soho
This is a newcomer on the food scene in Soho (it opened on Saturday, September 25). A place dedicated to croissants, but not limiting it to its sweet version…
It seems that the Chef Roberto Guzzi (who also does patisserie at Novikov in Mayfair) and its creative director Boris Kofman (working at Mnky Hse, a Latin American bar & restaurant in Mayfair) had other ambitions: they created something more subtle, combining creativity and delicacy…
It’s totally up to you to linger a bit in the shop while tasting your croissant(s) or go for a takeaway. The place is tiny but if you come during off-peak hours as I did, you’ll have all the space just for you.
The music inside was too loud for me, but anyway I already had in mind to bring the croissants back home and share them with my family (I’m not sure I’ll be that generous next time…!).
NOW…What’s about Criss Cross Croissants?
Gorgeous looking savoury and sweet croissants
Surely you are familiar with croissants at breakfast, either plain or with almonds and chocolate on top. Forget about this very simplistic (and unfair) image.
Criss Cross Croissants offers a selection of delectable sweet AND savoury croissants (so exciting that some little hands could not resist opening the boxes for me…).
On the sweet side you’ll find 7 choices:
black yuzu meringue
I chose 2 sweet croissants:
The blue matcha with its matcha whipping ganache and blueberry centre, which was as beautiful to look at once cut into two pieces as it was incredibly flavoursome with its ganache inserted in between all flaky layers…Yummy! It was gone before we could realise it!
The chocolate and raspberry, with a raspberry and litchi jam and dipped in almonds and dark chocolate: a lovely duo of flavours, very enjoyable as you can feel all textures and tastes melting inside your mouth…a must-try!
On the savoury side:
Actually, in this category, we tried the first 3 (the avocado one was not ready – my favourite though, still gutted) and I also got a Ceasar Croissant, that does not yet appear online but was available that day.
I really appreciated the salmon one: very tasty (this salmon was delicious!) and generously filled. I enjoyed the veggie one but added a poached egg inside to make it more complete and because I love this mix of ingredients.
As for the Croque Monsieur croissant, it’s a staple at ours: we are used to regularly cooking “ham croissants” on a Sunday evening to cheer us up before the start of a new week. This one was my son’s personal treat and he devoured it with great satisfaction (undoubtedly proof of extreme quality!).
I still have a few assortments of croissants to try out, so I might come back soon when wandering near Piccadilly Circus. Want to join me? 🙂
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and found inspiration here. If you are about to visit Criss Cross Croissants soon, please share your experience and opinion on DOYOUSPEAKLONDON’s blog!
To go further:
Criss Cross Croissants: 49 Old Compton Street, London W1D 6HL (nearest stations are Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus).