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[Paris] Jean-Paul Hévin

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Jean-Paul Hévin

Add*: 231 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris
Tel: +33 1 55 35 35 96
Hours: 10am~7:30pm
Price: €4~7/pastry
Visited on: Jan 2013

Chocolate bonbons, chocolate truffles, chocolate cakes, chocolate ganache-filled macarons, hot chocolates…why yes, Jean-Paul Hévin must be the ultimate wonderland for chocolate lovers. I don’t claim to be a chocoholic myself, but the chocolate desserts here are indeed difficult to resist. Good news for those in Asia: JPH also operates several boutiques in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China!

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

A few acquisitions on my first visit to JPH.

Chocolat Framboise (€5.10), alternating layers of dark chocolate mousse and chocolate almond cake soaked in raspberry pulp, then glazed with raspberry jam. The acidity of raspberries smoothly rounded out by its chocolate counterpart. A texturally very tender piece.

Bergam (€5.80) : on top of a crispy base sits a dark chocolate ganache, chocolate cake, bergamot orange cream, and milk chocolate perfumed with Earl Grey, finished with a milk chocolate glaze. This one I loved as bergamot with Earl Grey is one of my favorite flavor combinations, and the variation in texture – smooth, crunchy, rich, light – makes it all the more appealing.

Tarte Chocolat (€4.50), an almond dark chocolate tart shell filled and baked with bitter chocolate ganache, then covered with a dark chocolate ganache-miroir. Classic.

Also couldn’t resist taking home a box of macarons (€7.70 for 5). JPH’s macarons are all filled with chocolate ganache, but the flavorings are far from monotonous – other than the classic chocolate, there’s caramel apple, mango coriander, raspberry, passionfruit, caramel, fig, pistachio…all five I sampled were delicious.

Upon hearing that JPH’s hot chocolate is also top of its trade, I dropped by his salon de thé on Rue Saint-Honoré for another chocolate-y morning. Voici le grand cru de chocolat chaud (€6.60) – Equateur, with notes of orange flower and jasmine. Thick, rich, smooth, not too sweet.

Tagged on a order of Choco Passion (€5.50), which has been highly recommended to me by a chocolatier friend. He once told me that the combination of chocolate with passionfruit is difficult to be perfectly executed, but he swore by JPH’s Choco Passion for harmoniously incorporating the two flavors. Crunchy praliné base, dark chocolate ganache lightly perfumed with rum, chocolate almond cake, black chocolate mousse flavored with passion fruit.

Also tasted Mont Blac Pistache (€6.60), available on Fridays and Saturdays only. The pistachio flavor was lighter than I had hoped, but otherwise a very fine mont blanc.

Chocoholics, you know what to do.


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March 3rd, 2013 at 4:56 pm