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[Paris] Sebastien Gaudard

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Sebastien Gaudard

Add: 22 rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris
Tel: 01 71 18 24 70
Hours: [Tue-Fri] 10am~8pm [Sat] 9am~8pm [Sun] 9am~7pm
Price: €4~5/pastry
Tasted on: Apr 2013

Sebastien Gaudard revisits the classics and keeps them classy. The second-generation pâtissier previously worked under (and subsequently succeeded) Pierre Hermé at Fauchon before launching Délicabar at Le Bon Marché and eventually his own boutique on Rue des Martyrs. The shop is super cute, but unfortunately photos are not allowed inside…you will have to go see it for yourself.

And here’s what I went home with.

Sebastien Gaudard’s tarte au citron (approx. €4.50) is lighter than most lemon tarts you can find in this city, and I absolutely love it. Smooth tender cream, crispy crumbly tart shell, adorned with a slice of lemon confit that is not bitter in the least bit. I think I still prefer Jacques Genin‘s, but I’m not too sure…

Mussipontain (approx. €4.50) – interchanging layers of almond succès biscuit (an egg white-based pastry) and vanilla cream, then coated with layer of caramelized almond bits. I bought this at the recommendation of a friend who works at Sebastien Gaudard, but alas I found this to be too sweet and rich for my palate.

Papillote praliné (approx. €4.50) is similar to Mussipontain, but almonds are replaced by hazelnuts – hazelnut succès biscuit, hazelnut cream, crushed hazelnuts, wrapped in milk chocolate. Same comment as above.

Tarte au chocolat (approx. €4.50), dark chocolate ganache, bits of caramelized cocoa beans, shortcrust pastry shell. Rich and heavy in chocolate flavor, but not too sweet at all.

I also sampled a croissant, which won 2nd place in the 2013 croissant ranking by Firago. It was good, but not the best I’ve had in Paris – some of my favorites include Des Gateaux et du Pain, Blé Sucré, Pierre Hermé, and Mori Yoshida. The tarte au citron alone, however, is enough to lure me back, and there are a few other items that waved at me from the display case: caramelized choux, mont blanc, pear almond tart…all look too good to pass up.

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April 21st, 2013 at 4:32 pm