The bakery itself is rather small - you walk through - and there is only room for a single file line - with bakery cases on either side - both sides of the cases are the same. You'll have a lovely French person to take your order and then you'll pay at the end of the line. They do have a few main course items that are outstanding - quiche, a toasted ham and cheese (it's fabulous!) - and something else that I cannot recall.
But. We come for the desserts. Let me explain my philosophy on desserts. It's rather simple. Chocolate is dessert. Fruit is not dessert. No matter how much sugar you use to dress it up, fruit is not dessert. However. And this is a big however. My favorite dessert at the bakery is the Strawberry Tart. I know. I am a contradiction. But. There it is.
Isn't it gorgeous? Beautiful glazed strawberries. Over a pudding type filling. In a shortbread crust. You have to be uncouth and eat it with your hands. And then be sure to send me an email to thank me for sending you there.
Another fabulous thing about coming to the bakery is to make everyone in your group get a different pastry so that you can try them all (while continuing to take big bites of your strawberry tart):
There is creme brulee
Some sort of almond croissant
An apple tart
The absolutely amazing, coming in second place after the Strawberry Tart - the Napoleon
And tied with the Napoleon is the Sacristain (it's a pastry with a slim vanilla filling, chocolate chips and a sugar glaze - kinda like a souped up chocolate croissant and lots, lots better)
Seating for this restaurant is very limited. There are a few tables just outside, there are a few tables in the back of the (air conditioned!) gift shop right at the exit of the bakery. And there are a number of benches where you could take your pastries all around the France pavilion. But...there are some exciting changes coming - the bakery is going to have a massive expansion - including the addition of a second story (yippee for more seating!) and a 3000 square foot kitchen so that they can prepare fresh bread and sandwiches all day. The expansion does not have a date yet - but I am excited for it to happen.
So...what about you? Which pastry do you want to have?