Saturday, March 12, 2011

Queen of Tarts

Today I had the chance to visit one of the newly opened establishments in Edmonton- The Queen of Tarts. After selling her tarts and pastries at various local farmers markets, the owner has decided to open up shop on Jasper and 104st in the beautifully restored warehouse district.

Tucked in the basement of a former warehouse, The Queen of Tarts is a chic little cafe with a Parisienne flair. Along with her lemon and lime tarts and custards that they specialize in, they also offer a verity of squares 3$ (lemon coconut, date, nectarine), flourless chocolate brownies, chocolate torts, and a handful of french pastries (2.75-4.75$). They also have an assortment of beautiful artisan breads (5-12$) neatly displayed in marble nooks against their back wall. While their selection of goodies is rather limited, they still offer many speciality delectables uncommon in Edmonton.

Unfortunately, I found many of their items a little over priced, at least for my budget. A rather small mini lemon tart ran for about 4.50$, while a large palm sized lemon tart at Duchess was 5$. While I have yet to try out Queen of Tarts lemon and lime tarts, I'd be interested to see if they are indeed worth the extra dollars. I guess I will have to find out.

In the mean time, The Queen of Tarts is a cute new spot in Edmonton featuring boutique bakery items and would be a nice little spot to grab a coffee and a treat with a friend or a date.

They also carry fine pressed oils, The Jam Lady perserves,
as well as some house made packaged treats