|This French-themed bakery & café knows all the moves: the décor, the French pop music, the French-accented staff. But while the baked items are good here, they don't live up to expectatations. Fortunately the coffee here is a bit of a positive surprise given typical French standards. Located in the Carmel Barnyard complex, it has a partial layout of what feels like a hexagon-shaped building with the baking facilities at the center and seating around the perimeter - and also under outdoor parasols in back. Macaroons, sweets, and baguettes are on display, surrounded by several tables and chairs. Using a single-group Nuova Simonelli, they pull shots with a medium brown, even crema of healthy size but light thickness. It's served in what seems like a gargantuan 8-oz glass cup, but the general quality is there of a decent espresso: not too thin, not overextracted and bitter (unlike the French stereotypes), and a simple blended flavor of mild spices. The cappuccino shows decent milk-frothing, but it is ridiculously thin and milky.