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Nov 12, 2010 02:28 PM

Patisserie Tholoniat

I have already mentioned it a couple of times within other posts, but I 've just come back from Tholoniat on the rue du Chateau d'Eau and urge those of you with sweet teeth to try it. Everything's delicious, especially the mille feuille, the praline, the macarons, the tarte au citron. What's especially good is the judicious use of sugar - just enough. Rich things taste richer when they're not overladen with sugar.

And they're friendly and nice.

Even their bread's good.

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  1. This article says it is closing !
    OK, am going tomorrow. Merci Anglaise.

    7 Replies
    1. re: Parigi

      They are...they're going to be... they have, but they've been taken over by a nice new guy with the benediction of the old guy, and who's still making the signature cake. It's like Pixar, but in the middle of hair salon central.

      1. re: vielleanglaise

        Don't want to harp on about it, but I want to support it and will. Just consumed the millefeuille, which again is very very good.

        1. re: vielleanglaise

          THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, Anglaise, for recommending Tholoniat. If not for you and Barbra Austin

          I would not have looked for this patisserie while in Paris.

          In the mornings, their offerings include great croissants, brioche, kouigh amann, and pain au chocolat. When I asked Madame whether the croissants were butter or margarine ("nature"), she responded proudly that everything is made with butter. (At least that's what I think she said.)

          In the afternoons, their offerings include great financiers, sables, and tartlettes (all in various flavors). Also available in the afternoon is the mille feuille -- which, as Anglaise reported, is excellent.

          And to top it all off, Madame is extremely gracious and extremely kind. After a busy day of sightseeing/shopping, the twinkle in her eye as she throws in an extra goodie in your take-out box lifts the spirit.

          It is kind of strange that this estabishment is surrounded by hair salons, but it is easily accessible by Metro. It's less than a block away from the Chateau d'Eau station on Line 4.

          1. re: nl06

            Well thank you for your thanks!

            The lady - the baker's wife - is very generous with he freebies. I think she feels guilty for making people pay.

            Did you try the 'Tholoniat', the bakery's signature semifreddo type pastry? It's very good.

            1. re: vielleanglaise

              Unfortunately, I did not get to try the "Tholoniat" pastry. I had seen (your?) earlier posts recommending this signature pastry. However, whenever I arrived at the shop, I tended to get "side-tracked" by other gems that were on display. And, as I quickly found out, I could eat only so much in one day.

              Is the "Tholoniat" pastry displayed out in the open, or is it kept in one of the closed cases?

              And, the Madame is Madame Guerreau??

              1. re: nl06

                what is the exact address of this place?