Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Pâtisserie Sébastien Gaudard - Salon de Thé des Tuileries (Paris, FRANCE) ★★★☆☆

We walked and walked in the freezing weather from Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde to Jardin des Tuileries and finally, Place Vendôme. Time to take a quick break.

I quickly remembered that there's a Sébastien Gaudard Pâtisserie - Salon de Thé des Tuileries right around the corner.

Pastry chef and author Sébastien Gaudard is a very popular name in the business. After 8 years at Fauchon Paris, he moved onto Bon Marché and quickly earned the nickname "petit prince de la pâtisserie" (little prince of pastry). In December 2011, he opened his first solo venture on rue des Martyrs in the 9th arrondissement earning critical acclaim for his work. Salon de Thé des Tuileries across the street from Jardin des Tuileries is his second boutique which also consists of a small tea salon on the second floor.

While the croissant here is considered one of the best in Paris, Sébastien Gaudard Pâtisserie also offers some of the best traditional pastries in town including their tarte aux fruits, saint-honoré and mont blanc.

Black tea with vanilla veloute. Vanilla veloute, really!? No wonder it was so sweet!

Montmorency griotte-pistache (€5.3) - Unfortunately most of their pastries were already sold out except for a couple of their eclairs and montmorency griotte-pistache. I quickly took a flyer on one of their montmorency griotte-pistache which came with almond biscuit soaked with cherry, pistachio cream and montmorency cherries.

Without knowing much about the montmorency sour cherries, I thought this would be something really sweet and nutty (pistachio cream and crushed nuts on the side) but boy was it wrong!!! In fact, it was the exact opposite with a fair amount of acidity coming from the cherry flavored almond biscuit and montorency cherries. The pistachio cream was kind of there to balance things out a bit. This was pretty tasty although I have to admit, I was caught a little surprised by the sour cherries.

Food Rating: 6.5/10
Price: €€€
Address: 1 Rue des Pyramides, 75001 Paris, France
Closest Metro Station: Tuileries
Tel: +33 (0)1 7118-2470
Website: www.sebastiengaudard.com

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