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Ardmore’s Newest Additions: Venezuelan Patacones and French Pastries

Pala’a and Delice et Chocolat are open 

Croissants filled with bechamel sauce and topped with shredded gruyere at Delice et Chocolat

Main Liners just got two new daytime options in Ardmore. French bakery Delice et Chocolat, which has been getting settled into 7 Station Street, is now open with full hours. It already has plans to expand, with the owners taking over the former Radio Shack next door. A block away at 18 W. Lancaster Avenue, quick-serve Latin American seafood spot Pala’a opened last week.

Chocolate first. Delice et Chocolat’s team includes pastry chef Antoine Amrani, a Le Bec-Fin alum originally from France, and his brother, Joseph, whose restaurant experience is on the operations side. Their bakery and café has a lineup of pastries, cakes, chocolates, quiche, panini, salads, smoothies, and coffee, with plans to add crepes and gelato when Delice expands. It’s open early — from 7 a.m. Tuesday to Friday and from 8 a.m. weekends — so those craving a morning caramel sea salt macaron or a pre-work bechamel-filled, gruyere-topped croissant are covered. It closes at 6 p.m. except on Sunday, when closing time is 2 p.m. Delice isn’t open Mondays.

Delice et Chocolat

Just up Lancaster, Venezuelans Cira Ferreira, Levi Hernandez, and Ivan Brcek run Pala’a Latin American Seafood , which serves ceviche, tartares, arepas, and patacones. (Philly folk might have already discovered patacones — sandwiches made with fried plantain slices instead of bread — at the city’s new Venezuelan eatery, Puyero.)

Pala’a is open until 8:30 p.m., so it’s a viable lunch or dinner spot, with seats for 23 diners plus some outdoor tables. Thursday to Sunday it opens at 11:30 a.m. but on Tuesday and Wednesday service starts at 9 a.m. with a breakfast menu of empanadas, arepas, hallaquitas (made with corn flour like arepas, but boiled), and juices. Like Delice, Pala’a isn’t open on Monday. There is, however, an IHOP just up the street.

UPDATE: Pala’a extended its hours, adding breakfast service every day. The hours are now 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The restaurant is closed on Monday.

Patacone at Pala’a

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