La Voie Française is a badly kept secret. This wonderful French patisserie in the most unlikely of location (the quiet end of Dominion Road), has queues lining up for baker Tetsuya Namekawa’s breads, pastries, sandwiches and all manner of delectable baked treats. Tetsuya trained in Paris under the famed Pierre Herme (the undisputed king of macaron).
The team of bakers bake throughout the day as well, so there are fresh, warm baked goods coming out of the oven at different times of the day. These breads and pastries are served at some of the top restaurants (e.g. Meredith’s, The Grove, Clooney) and cafes (e.g. The Grassy Knoll) in Auckland.
Their baguette is justifiably the best in Auckland (and probably New Zealand). I am addicted to their baguette rolls (5 for $3), which are a perfect portion for one. They are brilliant for dinner parties, and I buy them in lots of twenties for when guests come over. They reheat beautifully, and have the perfect crust with a fragrant chewy centre. I have converted several people; or rather I have ruined several guests’ ability to eat mediocre bread. Continue reading