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Oct 20, 2010 09:48 AM

Best patisserie in 6th ( I am staying close to la rotonde)

Have been to a few but nothing impressed me more than an onion tart I had in monrmatre. I like Julien but no onion tarts. I must have another before I leave and can't make the trek out to Montmartre before leaving:).

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  1. You won't find the same thing you liked somewhere, somewhere else. That's the whole idea behind craftmanship.

    That said, great patisseries close to La Rotonde include the master Christian Constant on rue d'Assas @ Fleurus, Des Gateaux et du Pain on bd Pasteur, Bon, rue Saint Jaques. Even Moisan on av. du Général Leclerc, by Denfert. All wonderful places, but I doubt they will have your onion tart, which is a very unusual thing, let alone the way you like it.

    The quiches at des Gateaux et du Pain rock significantly, that said, if you ask me.

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    1. re: souphie

      Soup's sage reply should be pinned. What most of us don't want to admit is that taste and passion are personal. What one of us holds dearest in his food memory will be indifferently passed over by another. "Best" is a fickle mistress.

      Trust your own taste, write down the address and hope for consistency.

      1. re: mangeur

        I think the OP is asking not for lessons in tasting but for recommendations.

        Had a lovely experience at Christian Constant this week (sweets) but can't remember whether there were onion tarts. Definitely second that recommendation.

      2. re: souphie

        Did you forget Gérard Mulot intentionally?

        1. re: Ptipois

          Nope. Gérard Mulot good. I might have forgotten Pierre Hermé intentionally, though. And I bet he doesn't do onion tart. And if it does, it has a lot of sugars.

          1. re: souphie

            "I might have forgotten Pierre Hermé intentionally, though."
            You noticed I didn't even ask.

      3. Carton on Rue de Buci should have onion tarts, if not there is another reasonably decent place a few doors down called Delice de Buci that will certainly have them, or at least a tart au poireau (leeks).

        1. Secco, though it's in the 7th on rue Jean Nicot, makes nice savory tarts, as well as lovely sweet ones. Also, I think their baguette "tradition" has improved over the years to make it a worthwhile detour.

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          1. re: Nancy S.

            I finally went to Secco the other morning, got a vegetable tart that they sold me as being a Lorraine. It was OK, but not great. The taste was bland and the texture was on the soggy, liquid side, which is better than overcooked but not the perfect "juicy" balance. Also got a tarte fine aux pommes that looked great but was meh. I may try again but I'm in no hurry. Those two items did not demonstrate a talented baker.

            1. re: souphie

              Since Poujauran sold them the space their canele used to be decent but was non crispy exterior last time through. Did you get any bread ? Obviously when Poujauran used the oven it was a wonderful loaf, was not too good for me last time.

              1. re: souphie

                So sorry about this -- my recommendation is clearly outdated.

                1. re: Nancy S.

                  Maybe it's just a taste difference, or the fact that you got the good things and I did not. In any case, rest assured I wasn't going on your recommendation and even if I had been, it really wouldn't be your fault.

                  1. re: souphie

                    "Maybe it's just a taste difference, or the fact that you got the good things and I did not."

                    Your experience is why I so dislike responding to requests for the "best" of anything. It's also why, Soup, I respect your way of reviewing: describing in detail without judgment so that the reader can make informed decisions about a place or product, so he can have a handle on whether what you describe is what he is looking for or would enjoy.

                    1. re: mangeur

                      2 years ago I had an assortment of delicious things from Secco, savory and sweet (including quiche.) This year, I was disappointed the 2 times we stopped there for baked goods. As Soup describes, the quiche was soggy this time. Something has changed, in my opinion.

                      1. re: plafield

                        This year I only had the bread, it was the year before that I had pastries, sweet and savory. I did think the bread was better than last year, at which time I was disappointed. However, I did not like the selection at Julien on rue St. Dominique, right down the block from Secco.

                        1. re: plafield

                          What plafield said.
                          Souphie, did you go at the Jean Nicot shop or the XVe one?
                          Only been to this one twice sine last year, and not to the original shop for a long time, but those two visits were very underwhelming. Don't know if quality slipped or if this shop is worse.
                          Yet Secco was one of my favorites... and it's not my taste that has changed.

              2. It occurs to me that Pâtisserie Stohrer is on rue Montorgueil, right next to rue Montmartre. It is an Alsatian pastry shop and thus it certainly has onion tarts. It is one of the great pâtisseries in Paris. Maybe that is what you are looking for? At any rate you should try: considering the quality of Stohrer pastry they must know something about onion tarts.