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[Paris] Afternoon Tea at Le Bristol

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Le Bristol

Add: 112, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris
Tel: 01 53 43 43 00
Hours: [afternoon tea] 3-6pm
Website: www.lebristolparis.com
Price: [afternoon tea] €80/tea set for two
Visited: Sep 2015

Before leaving Paris, I wanted to have one last afternoon tea at a hotel. Crossing off the ones I’ve already been to – Le Meurice, Plaza Athénée, Shangri-la, The Peninsula, George V – I decided to try Le Bristol and the delicious creations from renowned pastry chef Laurent Jeannin.

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The Thé Complèt (€48/person, or 80/for two) includes two beverages and a three-tier stand of savories and sweets. Though it’s designed for two people, it can easily satisfy three people in terms of the amount of food that’s served. Details to follow.

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Very pretty tea ware.

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From the bottom: savory sandwiches, croissants, and cakes.

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Cream puff, lemon tart, raspberry tart, financier. The kitchen had forgotten to put macarons on the tray, and upon request, our waiter brought over some raspberry rose macarons later.

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Scones, madeleines, muffins.

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There are also a la carte options (€21/each), though to be honest I wasn’t too drawn to the presentation and decided to skip these.

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Instead, we decided to try the Pain Perdu (€26) which was featured in Laurent Jeannin’s recipe book, and also recommended to me by some friends. Served warm and fluffy with creme anglaise, fresh fruits, (even adorned with a gold leaf), this was indeed a very tasty French toast…but at €26 a piece? Wow.

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The surrounding is definitely luxurious – though I personally prefer settings with more natural light – and service was smooth and attentive throughout. In terms of the tea set itself, I wasn’t really disappointed, but not really wowed either. Among the few hotel afternoon tea services I have tried in Paris, I’m more drawn to the sets at Shangri-la (do note that the chef patissier has changed since my visit) and Plaza Athénée, though the a la carte options at Le Meurice were excellent as well.

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October 2nd, 2015 at 2:59 am