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Posted by MOAF on 12/09/2011
A Parisian Experience at Miel Patisserie Although I wasn’t too impressed with Miel Patisserie’s bourgeois French inspired service the first time round, the sandwiches kept me coming back. When it is a frigid winter’s day and all you want is a hot crispy sandwich, this is a place to be. Hidden near Rittenhouse square at 204 South 17th Street, this cozy café was packed at 1pm and I barely managed to snag a seat near the window. It was also clearly a hit with the ladies, I mean I was the only guy there, I kid you not. Well, I in drag I could pass of as a girl too. If it is your first time to the corner café I absolutely must recommend the Le Miel sandwich ($7.95). This freshly prepared crispy pippin hot chicken fillet sandwich is served with delicious dripping melted brie and asparagus. Each crunchy bite is chocked full of tender flavor and sends me back to the chic sidewalks of the Champ Elysees. I also tried their Dijon sandwich ($6.75) and frankly I think after you have tried the best, the rest sort of trails behind. The combination of turkey, cheese and Dijon mustard was fine but then you get the sweet taste of the apricot jam mixed in with the savory and it just throws me off. Thankfully, a gulp of their freshly brewed ice tea solved that problem in a jiffy. No meal at Miel Patisserie is complete without at least trying one of their many decadence pastries. Their chocolate cakes can be a little heavy at lunch and can put you into a food coma at that after lunch staff meeting (By the way, I think staff meetings after lunch should be outlawed in favor of an afternoon nap, productivity would soar.) I recommend the fruit tart, light, petite, and with just the right amount of custard sweetness, it is the perfect way to get your daily dose of vitamin C! Overall rating: 4/5
Posted by Chocoholic on 08/31/2010
I just finished reading the review before mine and either this person works for another cafe, or they are purely idiotic (I am guessing the latter). Not only has the staff been more than helpful for everything from my daughter's wedding to my daily coffee stop, but the atmosphere is something no one else in this city offers. Honestly, check it out for yourself and you will see exactly what I mean.
Posted by sweet tooth on 07/15/2010
I have tried to embrace the changes at Miel but have finally given up! Although the pastries are quite good the service is intolerable. There never seems to be enough staff and what staff there is can't even answer basic questions about the product. When I asked about the chef, nobody even knew the name of the person. By the way, the one thing that they did know was that the baguettes are bought at wegman's and repackaged.
Posted by anonymous on 05/15/2010
tartes, croissants and sandwiches made with fresh baguette. My favorite french patisserie in the neighborhood...