Following our brilliant trip to Caorunn Distillery last week, in which we enjoyed a deconstructed nosing and tasting session, we took a drive east along the A95 to Aberlour for lunch and patisserie at Le Petit Gourmand.
This little cafe and patisserie has been open for just over a year, and certainly seems a popular place within the town which is crammed full of cute shops. We had been told about the amazing section of patisserie items available so I had it mentally bookmarked for when we would be in the area!
The menu has the usual soup and sandwich options, as well as some specials and traditional french choices. I chose a traditional Tarte flambée which is a French dish from the Alsace region, comprising bread dough rolled out thinly and topped with crème fraîche, fromage blanc, lardons and onion then baked in the oven. Le Petit Gourmand had also added a couple of other varieties to give a scottish twist to the options available. The tarte was really excellent but I would have liked a side salad just to give the dish a bit more variety in the presentation.
Mr B couldn’t resist the croque madame; Ham, Emmental cheese and Gruyère Bechamel topped with yet more cheese and a runny fried egg. I was able to try some and it was a mouthful of incredible cheesy goodness.
After a breather, we chose our patisserie from a large selection of choices. Mr B chose a caramel choux bun to accompany his espresso, while I couldn’t resist a raspberry and white chocolate dome, which was filled with a delicate and light raspberry mousse. Both were good but the standout for us was the dome.
After all that, we were stuffed, so had a brief walk to the park nearby to look at the trees in the autumnal light. We didn’t head along the high street as I really want to come back in the spring, so we’ll make a day of it sometime in the new year to explore more!
I did not receive any incentive for this review – we were already planning to head here for a day out. All opinions are my own.