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Feb 10, 2009 05:18 AM

Chocolat Eclairs

I know we'll be stopping at Gerard Mulot for croissants and Pierre Herme for macarons...but where do I get my absolute favorite....the choclate eclair. Please share the place that you thought was fantastic. Thank you. (And now I will get on the treadmill for an hour)

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  1. Jacques Genin - 133 Rue Turenne

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    1. re: f2dat06

      Absolutely second Jacques Génin, magical. I just wrote a blog post and took a few pics:

      That said, éclairs are like croissants: there's no best one, just different types, and your favourite depends not only on your taste but on your mood and the circumstances. For instance, there's the question of whether the chocolate cream is very cocoa-intense or more sweet, also how much creamy it is. And then there's the dough, that can be very mushy or firmer, more or less cooked. And the top glaze -- Génin does it with intense caramel, but there are other options, including having it crispy.

      There's a simple bakery on rue Mouton Duvernet, at the corner of rue Boulard, that has a very remarkable éclair for instance. I also like Pichard (rue Cambronne) a lot, in a very traditional style, and Avril in Le Vésinet. Hédiard and Lenôtre are also very nice.

      By the way, for macarons, why not try Grégory Renard for a change?

      1. re: souphie

        OMG....those photos!!! I'm so there....

        1. re: DaisyM

          Thanks. You should also get some bread there, if you ask me:

          And here are Renard's macarons:

        2. re: souphie

          They were really nice at Jacques Genin too, took me upstairs for a tour of the atelier without me even asking.

        3. re: f2dat06

          Definitely get some of his mango caramels while you are there. They are to-die-for!!!

        4. You may find this article interesting to read:

          Stohrer is worth a visit for almost whatever.

          1. Don't limit yourself to the croissants at Gerard Mulot; his tarte au citron(along with that of his protege, Arnaud Delmontel) leave my palate singing.

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            1. re: Laidback

              I LOVE tarte au citron. Thank you for tellng me try Gerard Mulot's. I feel like we're going to be so overwhelmed by the beauty of the pastries that we will want one of everything!

              1. re: DaisyM

                Now that's a more reasonable and realistic attitude. Génin's tarte au citron is also a wonder. Like everything he does, really.

                1. re: souphie

                  Re. tartes au citron: next to Mulot, Jean Millet, 103, Rue Saint-Dominique, 7th arr., does a most wonderful oldfashioned one as well.

                  1. re: Dodo

                    Millet also does world class puff pastry. But he's next to Mulot?

                    1. re: souphie

                      Hm... I should have written 'besides Mulot' (= à part Mulot).

                      English pas si facile que ça! ;o)

                        1. re: Dodo

                          Certes, mais on le dit comme ça aussi: "next to" for "besides."