Andre's Confiserie Suisse and Rivaz Tearoom - Overland Park, Kansas
Andre and Elsbeth Bollier immigrated from Basel, Switzerland to Kansas City in June of 1955, and opened typical a Swiss Confiserie south of the Country Club Plaza at 5018 Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri in October of that year. Andre's quickly became a Kansas City tradition.
Over the years, a tea room serving a light Swiss style luncheon was added and franchises open in California, Colorado and Texas. Andre's daughter Brigitte and husband Kevin opened Andre's Confiserie Suisse in Overland Park, Kansas in 2002.
Andre's Rivaz Tearoom serves only Monday - Saturday lunch, and the menu is limited to a Quiche Lorraine, cheese pie and a couple of daily specials. Visit the Tearoom web site for the menu or see below for the selection from September 1, 2021. Andre's authentic Swiss lunches served 11AM - 2:30PM. Desserts and beverages are served from 11-4. Lunch including entree, coffee or tea, sides and dessert is $19.30 including sales tax.
At one time the servers brought a tray of about 6 desserts to the table for customers to choose from, but on my most recent visit, I ordered off the menu from a list of nine different pastries and several cookies, including 6 gluten free options. I went with Matterhorn, a blend of chocolate cake and chocolate butter cream with a butter cookie base. Although the dessert was small, it was was very rich with a really wonderful chocolate flavor. I took small bites to savor every bit of it and was quite satisfied.
Expect to wait for a table even if you arrive early. But during my recent visit the wait was short and the line never had more than a few people. Dining is available inside and out. Large windows make the inside bright and friendly.
But the Confiserie Suisse appeals to everyone: chocolate candies, French pastries and tortes, all made at the two Andre's locations. A video playing in the background shows the candy making process. Many of Andre's products can be purchased online.
Andre's Confiserie Suisse
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