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Aux Merveilleux de Fred, 15e and 16e Paris

mangeur Mar 15, 2011 10:50 AM

Does anyone have experience with these fantasy meringues? Dipped in whipped cream, then covered with chocolate and on and on, these are either going to be fabulous or "what were they thinking?"


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    YaelW Nov 11, 2012 08:32 AM

    Absolutely go. Haven't tried the coffee yet, but I doubt I'd like it as much as I LOVED the speculoos (chocolate was good too, but speculoos blew my mind). They are not too sweet, and the textural contrast of the croquant meringue with the thick cream is just heavenly. It's a must.

    1. Jarnac Nov 9, 2012 01:14 AM

      Only one of the flavors is not gluten free, so that's a plus in our books. They do taste very very good. The coffee one is my favorite

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        Ptipois May 17, 2012 03:38 AM

        Yes, they're great. Modern versions of the old tête-de-nègre classic. Lovely old-fashioned treats.

        They may be sweet but they're not cloying and heavy with gelatins, colorings and texture agents like today's trendy fashion pâtisseries. It's a sweetness that makes sense because there's taste with it. It would be a shame that the current trends make people increasingly unable to appreciate the delicateness and balance of more traditional-style sweets.

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          Rio Yeti May 17, 2012 05:30 AM

          Actually I didn't find them all that sweet. The meringue itself is sweet, but so light, and there's only a thin layer of it (unlike the tête de nègre which is usually one huge ball of hard meringue with a thin chocolate ganache around it). But the whipped cream part which is most of the pastry was nicely balanced I thought.

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            mangeur May 17, 2012 05:58 AM

            I agree. I loathe "sweet" and have not found Fred's product overly so. As pastry goes, I like them a lot.

            Please go back for L'Incroyable. It is!

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              Rio Yeti May 17, 2012 06:55 AM

              I will... the 15th is just so far away... (I'm in the 19th)...

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                Parigi May 17, 2012 07:01 AM

                The 15th is the burbs !

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                  Parnassien May 17, 2012 04:29 PM

                  Isn't there an Aux Merveilleux shop on the rue Lévis or rue Tocqueville near Villiers métro in the 17th. Ligne 2 do-able from Jaurès in about 15 mins. And the Villiers area and rue Lévis market street are quite explorable in any case.

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                    mangeur May 17, 2012 04:46 PM

                    Heaven forbid you go without your Fred fix: http://www.auxmerveilleux.com/aux-mer...

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                      Rio Yeti May 18, 2012 04:08 AM

                      Well... hum... yes. :)

            2. Rio Yeti May 17, 2012 02:41 AM

              Well, it seems that I don't agree at all with mbcraw4d and chicagoparis' comments.


              One often describes gnocchi like little air pillows, or small clouds... An omelet can be light and fluffy (although I prefer mine melting and gooey)... But let's get back to Earth, shall we ? No (legal) food will make you takeoff.


              I found a pastry made of egg whites, sugar and whipped cream that can make you lighter ; your stomach falls asleep, your throat spreads its wings, and your zygomaticus muscles try to reach the sun.

              If Fred was a guru (and he probably is), I would become an unconditional disciple of his church.
              In his 15th arrondissement shop, he does three types of whipped cream covered meringues.

              Le Merveilleux (The Wonderful)
              A delicate meringue "tartelette" topped with a cloud (hackneyed expression but absolutely on the spot) of chocolate whipped cream, sprinkled with chocolate shavings and a little hat of chantilly cream.

              L'Incroyable (The Incredible)
              Same thing but with white chocolate and spéculoos instead of the dark chocolate.

              L'Impensable (The Unthinkable)
              This time the nice cream scoop is coffee flavored... I didn't taste it... I'm kicking myself... but it gives me a good excuse to go back on the other side of Paris.

              The flavors are subtle, mild, there are no thundering contrasts, no chocolate dark as the earth or spéculoos cringing with spices. The textures twirl with finesse as well, a meringue which vanishes in an instant, chocolate shavings that won't do any better, and a cream whipped with helium.

              A cloud in your mouth really does exist. And now I summon you to all join hands and follow me in the quest for a light stomach and a light soul. Ommmmm...


              For a few (not so crappy as usual but still not top-notch) pictures and the review in french : http://www.chezfood.com/2012/05/13/au...

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                mbcraw4d Mar 16, 2011 10:42 AM

                I went to the one in Passy--looked in the window, saw the pastries, bought immediately, much to my friends' amusement. I think we tried the merveilleux (chocolate) and a coffee-flavored one. They were good, but not oh-my-God-I-have-to-go-back good. Kind of sweet--but light and fluffy. If you're going to go, the coffee one is definitely the one to go for.

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                  chicagoparis Apr 21, 2011 06:48 AM

                  way too sweet- another much ado about nothing special "in desert" . file it with the macarons.

                2. sunshine842 Mar 16, 2011 02:05 AM

                  I so didn't need to know that those exist.

                  I think they qualify as a religeuse under my son's definition-- as he ate the little puff on top, he told me that he knows why they're called religeuse...because the first thing that goes through your head when you eat one is "oh my God".

                  1. mangeur Mar 15, 2011 04:47 PM

                    Well, this is certainly not what I wanted to hear! Like DCM, I can walk by the best patisserie and not feel the slightest lust, but, for some reason, these somehow sounded an alarm. If you good tasters find them worthwhile, I guess I'll have to make a raid.

                    Rats, indeed! Meeeeeeerde, aussi.

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                      Ptipois Mar 16, 2011 12:07 AM

                      Merde en branche, I should add. We're all doomed.

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                      Ptipois Mar 15, 2011 03:33 PM

                      I was introduced to them last Summer by a friend who lives rue Saint-Charles, what can I say? They're more than fabulous, the next thing closest to damnation. I know about them but I had almost managed to forget about them. Rats.

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                        Parigi Mar 15, 2011 03:54 PM


                      2. Delucacheesemonger Mar 15, 2011 12:16 PM

                        Thank God l eat very little sweets, or you would get me in my grave even earlier than anticipated,
                        they look wonderful or even merveilleux

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