September 27, 2017 Paris France Europe

Arnaud Lahrer: Picture Perfect Pastries in Paris

Tonight I was invited to have dinner at my friend's in Paris and planned to take a cake with me… Considered one of the capital’s best pastry shops, I passed by Arnaud Lahrer located on St. Germain street. Ice cream, chocolates and cakes, this guy does it all.

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Not as good as the internet would have you think, the cakes are average.

  • The dark chocolate cake with raspberries turned out to be stale and dry and the raspberry and pistachio tart didn’t leave me impressed.
  • The speculoos Mille Feuille: presented vertically, this three layered Mille Feuille has a dozen papers of puff pastry and cream. The multi layered puff pastry is covered with sticky caramel and inside is a thin sheet of speculoos biscuit. The cream on the other hand is special, full bodied and intense.
  • Tarte Diabolo: this one is really good! A bed of vanilla sablé topped with a chocolate ganache and a hint of salt with caramel. A crunch and gooeyness follows while the flavors appear delightfully one after another. A journey...

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Paris Pâtisseries (2010) “Almost every one of them is picture perfect or perfectly wild in its design… It seems the focus is more on creating a “food sculpture” someone would want to buy than it is on crafting an excellent patisserie.”

I also got myself several chocolates; being surprised by the gourmet collection of smoked dark chocolates. Not as good as I expected though, the chocolates lack strength, flavor and texture. 

 




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