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Paris Snack Reviews - Pierre Herme, Patissier Boulanger, Hugo et Victor, Eric Kayser, Laduree, La Patisserie des Reves, Berthillon

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fatmanthinwallet Mar 11, 2012 10:22 PM

Although I did not post up my proposed itinerary, many thanks to everyone who contributes to this board for giving me ideas in planning my second trip to Paris in January. I hope these brief reviews can help other travellers in the future.

  1. John Talbott Sep 5, 2012 08:39 AM

    Interesting
    Figaroscope's Dossier today covers snack places:
    L'Epicerie Misicale
    Le Camion qui Fume
    L'Epicerie du Verre Vole
    Clasico Argentino
    Cuissons
    Daily syrien
    Mitsou
    L'Epicerie du Breizh Cafe
    Itacate
    Hot Dog House
    and - Aux Deux Amis, Le siffleur de Ballons & Boco.

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    1. re: John Talbott
      Parigi Sep 5, 2012 10:21 AM

      "Daily Syrien" Beautiful name. Forgettable falafel.
      "Hot Dog House" on rue Faubourg St Denis? Sucks even more.
      Those two hip eateries have in less than a year dragged down the street's food fengshui.

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        Ptipois Sep 6, 2012 12:25 AM

        I agree, these two places have put a deep dent in the Faubourg's food fengshui. As sang Madame Armfeldt, "Let's hope that this lunacy is just a trend." The hot dog is particularly dreadful. A classic Paris hot dog with baguette, full-size saucisse de Francfort and grated cheese is a tastier deal.

        1. re: Parigi
          Parnassien Sep 6, 2012 02:33 AM

          I actually like Daily Syrien ... but only for a late afternoon snack ... assembly line food at lunch and dinner.... and I ask for the falafel to be freshly fried

          and yes, Hot Dog House is laughable. Maybe the occasion for forming another of our therapy groups... like the counseling sessions for the wine-in-baby-bottles folks

          1. re: Parnassien
            Busk Sep 6, 2012 04:30 AM

            But US Dogs behind BHV is cool. Looks like the guy is making money hand over fist. Yes, some folks in Paris want a NYC style hotdog with kraut from time to time...

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        fatmanthinwallet Mar 11, 2012 10:26 PM

        Berthillon

        29-31 Rue Saint Louis En l'Ile
        75004 Paris, France

        www.berthillon.fr

        The Good
        Excellent desserts served in massive portions at reasonable prices.

        The Bad
        A little too out of the way to justify the journey considering options available elsewhere in Paris.

        Photos can be seen on the blog at http://fatmanthinwallet.wordpress.com...

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        1. re: fatmanthinwallet
          Parigi Mar 12, 2012 01:17 AM

          Very thorough report, thank you.

          "A little too out of the way to justify the journey considering options available elsewhere in Paris."

          Very strange comment on the Ile Saint Louis location, which is a mere 5-minute walk to Notre Dame de Paris which is considered the "official" geographic center of Paris.
          For example, when a road sign on the freeway indicates 148 km from Paris, it means it is 148 km from Notre Dame, not St Germain, not Sacré Coeur, not the Champs.
          To find Berthillon out of the way, were you hanging out in the Longchamp racecourse when you were not snacking? :-)

          Ceci dit, I agree Berthillon is nice but not a destination. I would not make a trip to the center of center for it.
          Come to think of it, locals actually rarely go to Ile St Louis.

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            fatmanthinwallet Mar 12, 2012 01:46 AM

            When I say "out of the way", perhaps I should instead say "out of the way in walking distance from where I started walking to Berthillon, with tired feet as a result of walking all day, at 4pm in the afternoon of the 16th day of a four week holiday, bearing in mind I then walked all the way back from there to my hotel near the Eiffel Tower" :-P

            1. re: fatmanthinwallet
              Parigi Mar 12, 2012 01:53 AM

              Indeed you were closer to the Longchamp racecourse than to Paris center. :-)

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                Piccolinaabroad Sep 5, 2012 07:02 AM

                Thanks good list! Very useful for my upcoming trip :-)

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              trueblu Sep 5, 2012 07:55 AM

              Out of interest: where would you go for a 'destination' ice-cream. I very much enjoy Berthillon, but wouldn't mind sampling some other good ice-creams next week.

              I know some restaurants make great ice-cream, but my meal 'freedom' is fairly limited this trip. However, snacking is more flexible!

              tb

              1. re: trueblu
                Parigi Sep 5, 2012 08:00 AM

                My recent favorite is A La Mère de Famille (the one on rue Faubourg Montmartre), specifically the coffee flavor. DH is faithful to Caramel. It actually is close to my place, but if I lived across town, I'd schlep back to Rue Fbg Montmartre for it.
                In fact the ice cream kitchen is visible from the street. No cheating there, and great fun to watch.
                Come to think of it, it's good NOT to live too enar a good glacier.

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                  trueblu Sep 5, 2012 10:48 PM

                  Thanks...although I may not make it to Montmartre on this trip: will save it for a future occasion.

                  I disagree(ish). In Boston we lived very close to a 'decent' ice-cream place: not blow your mind cross town for, but very good, and the strawberry and pistachio in particular were excellent. It was a weekly treat (in summer or winter) but no more frequently than that. I really miss being close to (any) good ice-cream.

                  tb

                  1. re: trueblu
                    Parigi Sep 5, 2012 11:26 PM

                    Rue Faubourg Montmartre is not in Montmartre. It is right next to the entrance of Passage Verdeau, one of the beautiful "passages couverts" of Paris, abou a 10-minute walk from Opéra Garnier.

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                      trueblu Sep 6, 2012 04:03 AM

                      Good to know, thanks.

                      tb

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                  dietndesire Sep 5, 2012 08:47 AM

                  Christian Constant.

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                    trueblu Sep 5, 2012 10:47 PM

                    Thanks -- this happens to almost round the corner of where I'm staying, so will check it out.

                    tb

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                    Nancy S. Sep 5, 2012 10:12 AM

                    Martine Lambert

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                      Delucacheesemonger Sep 5, 2012 01:10 PM

                      Grom gelato on Rue Seine in the 6th. Their liquorice is my fav anywhere.

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                        dietndesire Sep 5, 2012 01:44 PM

                        Deluca, have you been to Grom in the US or Italy? Could you compare them all if so? Thanks

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                          Nancy S. Sep 5, 2012 02:07 PM

                          I've been to Grom in Paris, Rome, New York and San Remo. The taste is relatively the same. When I first had Grom a few years ago in Paris I thought it was quite good. Since then I have noticed a change in texture and flavor. Now it's oppressively "buttery" and a bit more "airy".

                          1. re: dietndesire
                            Delucacheesemonger Sep 5, 2012 02:23 PM

                            Have been to two in NY, one in Los Angeles, one in Tokyo, and the one in Paris. Sorry, none in Italy. Guess my taste buds may be going south, but the same at all of the shops visited. Remeber, only flavor eaten is liquorize, others are too sweet for me.
                            Constant has great passion fruit as does the house brand at Picard frozen food stores, and that one is half the price of the others.

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                            trueblu Sep 5, 2012 10:50 PM

                            I note you say only this flavour there: do you only eat liquorice ice-cream as a general rule, or is the liquorice here 'must have', and for other flavours you would go elsewhere? I like liquorice, have never had liquorice ice-cream, but am willing to try, but I can't imagine it becoming my favourite thing (but who knows...?).

                            tb

                            1. re: trueblu
                              Delucacheesemonger Sep 6, 2012 03:59 AM

                              Oh the other flavors are great as well, but a little too sweet for me. l also get reglisse (liquorice) at Berthillon. It is the with Passionfruit the flavor of choice with me. Oh yes, the house made vanilla from Auberge le Quincy is awesome as well, almost grey with vanilla bean flecks.

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                                Nancy S. Sep 6, 2012 06:24 AM

                                Martine Labert's vanilla is excellent as is her vanilla with chocolate shavings. The vanilla is not good at Grom.

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                                  trueblu Sep 6, 2012 08:38 AM

                                  vanilla with chocolate shavings sounds yummy.

                                  tb

                            2. re: Delucacheesemonger
                              mangeur Sep 6, 2012 09:46 AM

                              Not a fan on Grom (too sweet for me but so is almost everyone else), I just tried their fior de latte/menthe granita. Superb! Not too sweet, milky but not icy. When served, I blurted, "I can't possibly finish all that!". I did in a few very short minutes. They listed it under 'summer flavors; I'm hoping for endless summer.

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                                Ptipois Sep 6, 2012 01:35 PM

                                The only flavor I like at Grom is fiordilatte, and I do like it very, very much.

                                Otherwise when it comes to ice cream and sorbets, I still think Berthillon and Christian Constant (for sorbets) remain unmatched.
                                Berthillon is not equally successful in every flavor but they are still the best for depth and concentration of taste.
                                Raimo is watery. I don't understand the excitement about it.

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                        fatmanthinwallet Mar 11, 2012 10:26 PM

                        La Patisserie des Reves

                        93 Rue du Bac
                        75007 Paris, France

                        www.lapatisseriedesreves.com/

                        The Good
                        Excellent pastries, especially the Sugared brioche and Chausson aux Pommes.

                        The Bad
                        None.

                        Photos can be seen on the blog at http://fatmanthinwallet.wordpress.com...

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                          fatmanthinwallet Mar 11, 2012 10:25 PM

                          Laduree

                          21 Rue Bonaparte
                          75006 Paris, France

                          www.laduree.fr

                          The Good
                          Decent macarons and an excellent Divin available at a convenient location near Galleries Lafayette.

                          The Bad
                          The macarons do not hold up well compared to those at Pierre Herme or, especially, Hugo et Victor.

                          Photos can be seen on the blog at http://fatmanthinwallet.wordpress.com...

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                            fatmanthinwallet Mar 11, 2012 10:24 PM

                            Eric Kayser

                            33 Rue Danielle Casanova
                            75001 Paris, France

                            www.maison-kayser.com

                            The Good
                            Excellent chocolate-filled brioche available directly across from our hotel.

                            The Bad
                            A rather bland sugared brioche and terrible coffee.

                            Photos can be seen on the blog at http://fatmanthinwallet.wordpress.com...

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                              fatmanthinwallet Mar 11, 2012 10:24 PM

                              Hugo et Victor

                              40 Boulevard Raspail
                              75007 Paris, France

                              www.hugovictor.com

                              The Good
                              Excellent macarons and chocolates; absolutely stunning pastries and specialty items.

                              The Bad
                              Nothing.

                              Photos can be seen on the blog at http://fatmanthinwallet.wordpress.com...

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                                fatmanthinwallet Mar 11, 2012 10:23 PM

                                Patissier Boulanger

                                203 Rue Saint-Honoré
                                75001 Paris, France

                                The Good
                                The most amazing beignets I have ever had in the world, available in plain or apple, chocolate or raspberry-filled flavours.

                                The Bad
                                The fact that all other beignets pale in comparison.

                                Photos can be seen on the blog at http://fatmanthinwallet.wordpress.com...

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                                  fatmanthinwallet Mar 11, 2012 10:23 PM

                                  Pierre Herme

                                  185 Rue de Vaugirard
                                  75015 Paris, France

                                  www.pierreherme.com

                                  The Good
                                  Excellent macarons and pastries, noting in particular the strawberry filled-and-topped Ispahan.

                                  The Bad
                                  The specialty macarons with foie gras had lost their texture and flavour when we tried them several hours after buying them.

                                  Photos can be seen on the blog at http://fatmanthinwallet.wordpress.com...

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