La Pâtisserie des Rêves
Add: 93 rue du Bac, 75007 Paris
Tel: 01 42 84 00 82
Hours: [Tue-Sat] 9am-8pm [Sun] 9am-4pm
Price: [individual desserts] €5.5~6.9
Visited on: Dec 2012
La Pâtisserie des Rêves, “the pastry shop of dreams”, is indeed a dreamy place. Colorful shelves, bell jar displays, and Christmas lights adorning the window year-round…cute, very cute. But what has been driving Parisians to La Pâtisserie des Rêves since its opening in 2009 is, but of course, the desserts themselves. The pastry shop is most famed for its Paris-Brest, but a few other of its deliciously crafted pastries are also worth getting fat for.
Mont Blanc (€5.70) at La Pâtisserie des Rêves is a seasonal dessert only available during winter. Rich chestnut cream, light vanilla chantilly, and chestnut puree flavored with rum nestled in a crumbly tart shell. My favorite mont blanc in Paris is still the one from Carl Marletti, but La Pâtisserie des Rêves’s version is a close second.
La Pâtisserie des Rêves’ Paris-Brest (€5.50) has be declaimed (or self-proclaimed?) to be the best in Paris, and it indeed is something special. The pâte à choux is topped with a layer of crumble, and the praline mousseline cream envelopes a praline coulant heart that oozes out at the bite – a pleasant surprise. Here’s a short video on Paris-Brest by Philippe Conticini, the patissier mastermind behind La Pâtisserie des Rêves.
Tarte Châtaigne (€5.70) is composed to miel de châtaigne (chestnut flower honey), chestnut cream, red fruits puree, and vanilla cream. I have to say that I’m really not a fan of the chestnut flower honey – it is exceedingly woody and leathery, something I’m not used to and don’t find very pleasant. I do know people who love this flavor though, perhaps it’s an acquired taste?
Each of La Pâtisserie des Rêves’ creation has a subtle twist – whether a unexpected flavor or a surprising texture – that will keep you on your toes. The wildly popular pastry shop has recently opened two locations in Kyoto and Osaka, and I have no doubts that it will be very well-received by the Japanese.