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Weekend Tasting

By on 25.02.14

The day started at Sébastien Gaudard. Here we bought:

  • La tarte au citron
  • Le Paris-Brest
  • Le Mussipontain
  • Chocolate orange pastry, don’t know the name anymore… I think it was something like polonaise 

Out of all, the tarte au citron was a winner! Yum yum yum. The Mussipontain is a speciality of the pastry shop. It was nice, but not my new favorite pastry. The Paris-Brest was good, the choux was not soggy (unlike the one from La pâtisserie des Rêves last time) and the hazelnut cream was delicious.

The chocolate orange pastry was nice, but from all chocolate pastry I had that day.. the least memorable one. The whole box above costed ~ €33.

After Sébastien Gaudard we walked towards Printemps where we stopped at Café Pouchkine. Here, my classmate bought Rose Pouchkine (~€8) Everything at this shop contains gold. The shop display is also gold.

We were not sure what we were eating when we tried this.. It tasted like candy. (not so positive) It had pistache cake, quark mousse, fruit compote but I’m unsure what kind of fruit lol.

Pastry!

After Café Pouchkine we made our way to the Mandarin Oriental hotel. We made a quick stop at Fauchon too, but didn’t purchase anything.

Pastry!

The hotel is super nice (well, it’s 5* so it better be). Here we bought two pastries to emporter. I love their packaging! I bet that’s €1 euro of the price you pay.

The restaurant of Mandarin Oriental serves the pastries in their modern restaurant Camélia. The executive chef of Camélia is Thierry Marx. The cool thing is that they have Le Cake Shop where you can buy the same pastries without having dinner there! So that’s what we did.

We bought Horizon: Sweet crust, banana biscuit, passion fruit cream and milk chocolate mousse. From all components I found the passion fruit cream the most present. Cost: €8.

Pastry!

We also bought the Mandarin, one of the specialities. This is a intense chocolate pastry! I love chocolate so this was great. It consists of 62% chocolate mousse, vanilla cream and some different textures of chocolate. Cost: €8

Pastry!

I really liked the Mandarin. The Saint-Honoré is also a speciality there, I will have to go back to try that one.

Pastry!

Before even staring our pastry tour, one of my classmates already went to Jean-Paul Hévin! He shared the goods with us. These were the Tonka and the Chocolat Framboise. Both were yummy, but the chocolate framboise was really good. I want to go to Jean-Paul Hévin to try more!

Pastry!

After this whole pastry tour, we went to the Japanese/Korean area which I didn’t even know existed. There is actually quite a lot! Next time I’ll eat some savory food there. We spotted takoyaki but it wasn’t open yet.

Sunday I went biking for the first time. I took the Velib and biked to Vandermeersch to discover that it was closed!!  I don’t know why they were closed, the site said Monday and Tuesday closed.. I’ll try that kouglof some other time I guess.

The addresses:

Sébastien Gaudard – 22 Rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris
Café Pouchkine – 64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris (Inside Printemps)
Le Cake Shop of Mandarin Oriental Paris – 251 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris

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  • Géraldine Martens

    All these pictures, they are beautiful ! The pâtisseries look amazingly delicious !! I look forward to go back to Paris asap !

  • john

    …..Act of Racism at Mandarin Oriental Paris

    I was sitting in a
    common area (lobby)of the Mandarin Oriental Paris hotel on he phone with my Nigerian
    family ( may be a little loud) and was confronted by a hotel Chinese employee
    named Arina Phouthakhanty
    who said, “This place is for guests of the hotel. You must leave.” Room was
    registered under my assistant name.

    The worker would hear none of my explanation that i was a
    guest. she insisted that i must leave immediately.

    After it was established that indeed i was a distinguished
    guest of the Mandarin Oriental Paris Hotel and good friend of GM Philipe
    Leboeuf. She apologized by offering some complimentary drink and a later and
    try to explain hat she was part of the management team.

    I asked for Mister Leboeuf and was told that he left few
    minutes ago. Not true , and i am sure he didn’t have any report of this
    incident.

    This incident needs to be publicized as much as possible
    because i cannot believe it is an isolated incident. Let it be a warning to
    others that we are not going to allow people to get away with this kind of behavior
    in 2014. It is not simply a matter of sacking the employee Arina Phouthakhanty – it is about changing attitudes and training
    staff appropriately. And if that is not being done then the apology is
    worthless.

    I think i
    can’t stay anywhere better than the famous George V in Paris. Also staying in a Four Seasons Hotel
    is a guarantee of quality and excellent service. I still consider that Mandarin
    Oriental Paris is a good hotel.

Gail Ho
Mahé, Seychelles

Hello! My name is Gail, I'm a pastry chef currently working in Seychelles. I've studied industrial design engineering and the french art of pâtisserie in Paris. I've been working in Amsterdam, Paris, Biarritz and now in Seychelles.

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