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[Paris] Cafe Pouchkine

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Cafe Pouchkine

Add: 64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris
Tel: 01 42 82 43 31
Hours: [Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat] 9:30am~8pm [Thu] 9:30am~10pm (Closed on Sun)
Price: [dessert] €5~8
Visited on: Nov 2012

The resplendent boutique of Cafe Pouchkine, located on the ground floor of Printemps,  is not at all overshadowed by the luxury fashion brands surrounding it. Its line-up of pastries, mostly French classics infused with a Russian flair, attracts passerby with their dramatic colors, sensual forms, and lavish use of gold leaves. Real jaw-dropping, I tell you.

But do they taste as stunning as they look? Not necessarily. Rose du Tsar (€7.50), a delicate rose-shaped petit gateau composed of chocolate brownie, blackberry jasmine tea jelly, and Black Gold chocolate mousse, tasted “just pretty good.” Not bad at all, but just didn’t measure up to its beautiful appearance.

Roulé Pistache Griotte (€7), spiced sponge biscuit rolled with cherry cream and pistachio mousseline cream, was likewise attractive to the eyes but less so to the taste buds.

As with Opéra Bolchoi (€7.10), stacked layers of chocolate coffee biscuit, Black Gold chocolate ganache, and sgouchonka (Russian confiture de lait) mousseline cream.

The best dessert out of all four we tried was Millefeuille Pouchkine (€8), good old caramelized puff pastry with vanilla cream.

The creations at Cafe Pouchkine didn’t impress. This was rather unexpected as I’ve heard some very positive reviews about this patisserie, even from connoisseurs like David Lebovitz. Maybe I was too full, too tired, or too loaded on sugar already after weeks of pastry lab work. Alright, will plan a second visit for another try…

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November 21st, 2012 at 5:58 am