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[Paris] Teatime at Plaza Athénée

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Plaza Athénée

Add: 25 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
Tel: 01 53 67 66 65
Hours: [tea time] 3-6:30pm
Website: www.dorchestercollection.com/en/paris/hotel-plaza-athenee
Price: [tea set] €48 [a la carte pastries] €18-20
Visited: Sep 2015

Having afternoon tea at Plaza Athénée has always been a dream. I remember talking about doing this with Ferrandi classmates when I first arrived in Paris three years ago, all of us in awe by what we’ve heard about chef Christophe Michalak and his fantastic pastry creations. As this luxury 5 star hotel soon went under renovation, I didn’t get to come until very recently…thanks to Carin who suggested that we spend an afternoon here. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get many photos of Le Galerie as there were too many guests around, so you will just have to visit and see this beautiful place for yourself.

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On this afternoon, we decided on Le Goûter by Michalak (€48 including a hot beverage) to try a selection of the chef’s creations. For tea, I chose the Mélange Plaza, a particularly fruity tea flavored with figs, grapes and quinces, while Carin went with Pouchkine vert, a green tea with bergamot from Calabria, citrus fruit, and peels  (included in the set, or €14 a la carte).

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On to the pastries. Le Goûter by Michalak, inspired by the reopening of Plaza Athénée, is composed of 11~12 sweet bites created by Christophe Michalak and Jean-Marie Hiblot. On the day of our visit, this included: two ice-cream bites (chocolate and lime), fig tart, tropezienne, strawberry macaron, caramel chou, mille feuille, chocolate mousse, lime verbena tiramisu, saffron panna cotta with peaches, and honey sesame financiers.

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And what delicious bites these are! Other than the saffron panna cotta which tasted too strong for me (generally not a fan of saffron flavors in desserts), everything else was a delight. Even something as simple as the tropezienne (vanilla cream sandwiched between orange blossom water-flavored brioche) was meticulously done. A gorgeous three-tier affair indeed.

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We also tried the “religieuse caramel au beurre de sel”, a signature dessert of Christophe Michalak. The caramel cream was surprisingly light, we easily polished this off despite all the sweet things that were already in our stomachs…

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A most lovely afternoon. We lingered for hours in our ultra-comfortable couches, enjoying the ensuing food coma while being pampered by the warm service. I hope it won’t be long till I come back again.

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September 14th, 2015 at 11:26 am