The ham and Cheese croissant at Maison Giraud is $4 and it is phenomenal. I've had Amandine's croissant but I really prefer the one at Maison Giraud. If you're not there by Noon there won't be any. The pastry chef can't make enough in the morning to meet the demand.
I'm a travel, food and wine writer and I travel the world in search of great eats.
Well I've found the best croissant in the world and it's not in France, it's at Maison Giraud bakery in Pacific Palisades. The croissant genius is baker /pastry chef Noubar Yessayan, who's been with Alain Giraud since his days at Bastide and through his time at Anisette in Santa Monica.
Noubar makes great breads and pastries, but the croissants are a tour de force. I'm addicted to the ham and cheese and usually get two with my coffee. The butter literally oozes out of the pastry. Get a big napkin.
You need to be there early if you want the greatest croissant in the world. He's usually sold out by noon.
The restaurant opened late last year and is doing a bang up business in Pacific Palisades, which sorely needed a high end restaurant. Prices are decent, there's a nice wine list, inventive menu which bows towards Provence, and in parking space challenged Pacific Palisades the restaurant has its own lot in the back, and it's FREE!
They recently installed some acoustic materials which lessen the ambient noise inside the restaurant and the spring menu is just being implemented. Alain gets much of his produce at the local Farmers Markets and has special items grown for him.
Alain's wife Catherine runs the shop next door which has linens and other products from Provence.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the weekend brunch includes Bellinis and Mimosas.
Maison Giraud, 1032 Swarthmore Avenue, at Monument Street off Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades (310-459-7562 or maison-giraud.com.