On a day where most French businesses, shops, museums and restaurants in France were closed for the Labour Day public holiday, I was excited to find out that the pastry shop “La Pâtisserie des Rêves“ (The “Patisserie of Dreams” in English and is helmed by renowned French pastry chef Philippe Conticini) was actually opened for business!
We frequent La Patisserie often as it’s (thankfully!) conveniently located near to where we live. Unlike the dreary but oh-so-chic black-lacquered look favoured by some well-known patisseries in Paris, La Patisserie is literally a breath of fresh air as the interior of the boutique is flushed with light and cheerful colours.
When I first entered the shop, I wasn’t too sure how to go about laying my hands on the pastries as the pastries were displayed on a table in the centre of the boutique under a clear glass bell suspended from the ceiling. What I subsequently learnt was that the glass bells were temperature-controlled and the pastries were meant for display, i.e. do not attempt to lift the bell to pick out a pastry.
What you need to do is to queue up at the cashier and order your items and the orders will be prepared and delivered to you from the kitchen (through a rather sleek-looking pulley system as seen below).
Conticini has re-invented classic French pastry items such as Paris Brest (a baked ring of choux pastry that is cut in half and filled with hazelnut praline cream), eclairs and Le Saint Honoré and the result, both visually and more importantly taste-wise, have wowed us. For instance, while the conventional eclairs are pastries filled with cream, at La Patisserie, the eclair is turned inside and the pastry is wrapped with a layer of chocolate.
Our favourite item at La Patisserie has to be the Grand Cru. Savouring the Grand Cru is in and of itself an epicurean treat… Imagine sinking your teeth in a chocolate cake/bar that’s made up of five different layers of Dominican chocolate. The rich and silky chocolate frosting outer layer gives way to a luscious chocolate mousse followed by a soft chocolate ganache, an indulgent biscuit fudge and underlying it all is a delicate touch of crisp chocolate biscuit….dazzling, decadent, delightful, wonderful…you get the idea! 🙂
Paris Breast that has apparently been selected as the best in Paris.
The featured fruit in the seasonal tart is rhubarb.
Everything looks so tantalising that we end up taking a long time to decide what we would like to have each time we are there. This time round, we left with the simple pain au chocolat for breakfast and the rhubarb tart for afternoon tea. Mmmmmmmm!
Left Bank store – 93 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris
Right Bank store – 111 Rue de Longchamp, 75016 Paris