The line up was out the door and down the street. We waited at least thirty minutes until we had ordered and snagged a table inside.
We had coffees and food to share:
- pastrami sandwich
- coconut cream pie
- chocolate and hazelnut tart
The pastrami sandwich was served on sourdough. This puppy was massive, it came sliced into three pieces, perfect for sharing. It was accompanied by baby carrot pickles, which when eaten in the same mouthful as the sandwich, really made it.
The coconut cream pie consisted of a white flaky crust, then working from the bottom up: a layer of hard chocolate, coconut cream custard, plain whipped cream and finally topped with flakes of toasted coconut. It was finger licking great. What I loved the most was that it wasn't too sweet, but instead super light and fluffy.
Chocolate and hazelnut is one of my favorite combinations and it was executed really well in this tart. With any chocolate that I had in San Fran (be it a hot chocolate drink or dessert), there was always a bitterness to the chocolate that dominated, instead of the sickly sweetness we normally get back home in Aus. The chocolate tasted good, it tasted the way it should, as opposed to an overload of sugar on your senses.
Tartine is hard work - you have to be willing to wait. At one point I was ready to throw in the towel but in the end, post tasty baked good consumption, I was glad we stayed. Thumbs up, keep on baking!