Mozart (Harry Hines)

Mozart Bakery and Cafe is a cute little cafe serving “Korean” pastries. Since most of the Mozarts are located near dense Korean populations and their employees are Korean, I only assume that this is a Korean-owned bakery. From what I’ve researched, most Korean bakeries serve french pastries with a Korean flair vs. Korean pastries with a Western flair. I don’t know much about the Korean culture but if anyone out there does, please educate me!

From what I sampled, their pastries are pretty tasty and like most Asian sweets, they’re not masked with sugar. They don’t bake their pastries in-house at this location but from what I gather, their pastries are baked and distributed from their main Plano location. (I had a very hard time getting more information about Mozart because the girls who work there speak very little English but they’re very nice.)

The ambiance is pretty posh for a Harry Hines establishment. There’s lots of little booths so it’s no wonder study groups frequent here. Their menu consists of a variety of sweet pastries, chiffon cakes, tarts, cheesecakes, mousses, breads, teas, and Asian shaved ice (shaved ice with fruit toppings and other sorts in lieu of flavored syrups). If you pass a Mozart, I’d encourage you to stop in because their pastries are pretty tasty and I don’t know of another bakery that’s similar.  

There’s five total locations. They don’t have a website, so if you’re interested, just comment below and I’ll give you the 411. For the Harry Hines location, the street may be difficult to find so I suggest you use your googlemap skills to track it down before you go, or you can look for the Jack in the Box off of I-35 and turn into that little street.  (For all you Austinites: there’s no connection between this Dallas Mozart and the Austin Mozart‘s.)

I’m definitely going to stop by here often and I will report back on everything I try. So far, my favorite is the hot dog pastry.

 Tuna pastry ($1.79)
– There’s small dots of mustards all along the pastry with a thin circle of ketchup encompassed between the “crust” and the tuna. The large yellow bits you see are pieces of corn.  
– The tuna salad is creamy and made from eggs, mayo, and corn (in lieu of celery).  I’m assuming they use Asian mayonnaise because the tuna salad doesn’t have a strong  American mayo flavor. (Asian mayo is much milder tasting). 
– There’s a generous amount of mayo and corn.
– It’s about 5 inches across.
– The pastry has a really puffy and flaky crust but a soft center (where the tuna salad lies).
– I find it pretty tasty but I’m not sure if it’s suitable for all palates since it’s more sweet than savory. You get a lot of sweetness from the sugar glaze on the crust, ketchup, corn, and mayo.

Hot dog in puff pastry ($1.99)
{C for Cuisine favorite}
– Whoever thought of putting a hot dog in a puff pastry is my hero.  What a fancy twist on a regular hot dog!
– The sausage itself is a regular frank (pun intended) and nothing special but paired with a puff pastry, it’s pretty delicious.
– It’s a good meat to pastry ratio of about 2:1.
– There’s a strip of mustard as well as ketchup like your traditional hot dog but there’s parsley sprinkled on top (another “elegant” twist to the hot dog).
– Again, the pastry here is covered with a glaze making for a nice sweet + savory combo.
– I’d say this is a pretty kid-friendly food and is worth a try.

Pizza pastry ($1.99)
– Another fabulous idea… putting pizza on a puff pastry.
– It’s about 7 inches long
– It’s heavier on the mozzarella cheese than the tomato sauce, the tomato sauce is just drizzled on.
– The cheese is nice and caramelized while the pastry is browned and the “crust” is bubbly.
– The angle of the pizza doesn’t do it justice because the pizza pastry definitely has thick slices of hot dogs (in lieu of pepperoni).
– There’s finely chopped parsley sprinkled on top and perhaps a bit of green onion.
– Again, this is another nice combination of sweet+savory.
– Kid friendly pastry.

  

  

  

  

  

Macarons ($1.30 each)
– They serve 9 different macaron flavors: vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, mango, raspberry, coffee, green tea, orange, blueberry. I tried the strawberry, chocolate, mango, and green tea.
– The shell is really gritty and the macarons aren’t overly sweet.
– After you break the crunchy shell with your teeth, the inside is soft and chewy. It’s a bit sticky too, similar to a cakeball texture.
– It’s quite often that the cookie part of the macaron is not flavored so it’s preferred that the cookie-to-filling ratio is between a 1:1 and 2:1. (If you want to learn more about macarons, visit my post here.) But at Mozart, the filling is sparing and very thin which means the flavor of each macaron isn’t very detectable(with the exception of chocolate). The almond taste is stronger than any other taste.
– Out of the four macarons I tried, the green tea and chocolate ones had the most intense flavors. Strawberry’s flavor is barely noticeable. 
– The chocolate macaron here is not as rich and sweet as the Central Market chocolate macaron here.

Mochi and Read bean
This Japanese dessert is more commonly known as daifuku.
– Mochi (the white part of the dessert) is chewy and gummy, similar in texture (but not in taste ) to a marshmallow. Mochi itself usually isn’t too sweet and somewhat flavorless.
– Mochi is a very popular Asian dessert. If you’re a Westerner, it’s probably more familiar to you as a topping in frozen yogurt shops in the form tiny little white balls. 
 – Red beans, a.k.a. mung beans, are commonly formed in a thick paste and sweetened. It’s also a popular flavor used in icecreams and popsicles.
– Red beans taste like… well… you guessed it! beans, very similar to lentils.
– I’m not a huge fan of mochi+red bean but I do like them separately on its own (I know, that sounds really strange.)
 

Japanese Red Bean Candy
– This typical Japanese candy, formerly known as yokan, is made of red bean paste, agar, and sugar. The texture is a bit gelatinous but firm.
– There’s bits of chestnuts in it with a strong red bean flavor. Again, it’s not too sweet.
– I’m pretty indifferent about this candy.

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One Response to “Mozart (Harry Hines)”
  1. Oh my gosh, I totally did not enjoy the macs there. It is a really nice place, though.

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