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[Paris] Angelina

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Add: 226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris*
Tel: +33 1 42 60 82 00
Hours: [Mon-Fri] 7:30am~7pm [Sat-Sun] 8:30am~7pm
Price: €7~8.50/pastry (dine-in price)
Tasted on: Feb 2013

Angelina is one of those places which I know I probably wouldn’t like, but have to go at least once anyway just because it’s such a big name. And so I did. I went, I lined up (there is a perpetual line out its door), I had a jug of their famous hot chocolate and an equally famous mont blanc (plus a few other pastries), and I confirmed my pre-judgement. I won’t be back again.

*Multiple locations available in Paris, check website for detail.

That’s not to say that Angelina is a horrible, horrible place. Its pastry display, for example, is quite bright and lovely…

It certainly is difficult to ignore the imposing army of mont blanc that lines the window. I wonder how many of these they sell each day.

The salon de thé, grand and classic, filled with people.

Le chocolat chaud a l’ancienne dit “L’Africain” (€7.9 dine-in) – old-fashioned hot chocolate “L’Africain”. Too sweet, too sweet, too sweet. I’d go for Jacques Genin‘s over this any day.

Mont blanc (€8.40 dine-in), Angelina’s signature pastry, is composed of meringue, chantilly whipped cream, and chestnut cream vermicelli. Again, way too sweet for me, and I much prefer the lighter and less traditional versions at Carl Marletti or La Pâtisserie des Rêves.

Millefeuille à la vanille bourbon (€8.40 dine-in), layers of caramelized puff pastry sandwiching light bourbon vanilla cream. The puff pastry had taken humidity and was not so flaky but the time it reached our table, unfortunately.

Saori (€8.40 dine-in) the “Japanese cheesecake” is composed ot cream cheese mousse, strawberry sweet jelly, crunchy lie biscuit, white chocolate shell, and strawberry marshmallows. Honestly by this point I was so overloaded with sugar that I could not properly enjoy this pastry. It could’ve been good, but I really had no room for it.

If you so desire, you can buy these bottles and enjoy the famous “Angelina hot chocolate” at the comfort of your home. I don’t really see the point myself.

Happily crossing this off my list.

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March 27th, 2013 at 2:15 am