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[Paris] La Maison du Chocolat

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La Maison du Chocolat

Add*: Carrousel du Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Tel: 01 42 97 13 50
Hours: 10am~8pm (open everyday)
Price: €4.70~5.20/pastry
Tasted on:  Mar 2013

La Maison du Chocolat, opened in 1977 by Robert Linxe (the “ganache magician”), is world-famous for its exquisite chocolate creations: ganaches, truffles, and mendiants in classic and not so classic flavors like basil, rosemary, and jasmine. I can’t claim to be a chocoholic, but am still very much attracted to its alluring assortment of chocolate pastries. These plain-looking éclairs, tarts, and cakes might not impress your eyes, but will absolutely wow your taste buds.

*Numerous locations available in Paris and around the world, check website for detail. 

Les chocolats.

Les macarons et les patisseries.

Start with a tartelette chocolat (€5.20), which is perfect in every way. The chocolate ganache is smooth, shiny, rich in flavor but not too sweet, while the tart shell is crumbly and crisp even until the second day. So simple, so good.

Follow with an éclair chocolat or an éclair caramel (€4.70 each), each a delicate puff shell filled with either chocolate or caramel cream. Both lovely, though I personally prefer the chocolate.

Lastly, Traviata (€5.80), a dome composed of chocolate mousse, vanilla sabayon, and almond hazelnut biscuit. A harmonious ensemble with varying textures.

I will have to go back to La Maison du Chocolat for its macarons and bonbons de chocolat, and most definitely a second serving of its tartelette and eclair chocolat…

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March 27th, 2013 at 4:10 am