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Dec 7, 2013 06:40 AM

Fountain of youth? Pascal Legac chocolatier in St. Germain en Laye

I just got back from visiting the small shop of the award-winning chocolatier Pascal Legac. He was the right hand man to Robert Linxe at la Maison du Chocolat for years before opening his own shop. His chocolates are truly superb. Take a trip to St. Germain en Laye and stop in the shop.

A new flavor: I was skeptical about a dark chocolate with a raspberry-basil-pepper ganache filling. It surprised me how good it was. The tastes are well understated and perfectly balanced.

My subject line "fountain of youth" is because Legac continues to look incredibly young. That has to be due to his chocolate.

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  1. Thanks for the info Randy :-) Based on your 2011 message i found about Pascal and visited the shop and wonderful area on a day that the nearby market was operating (don't remeber, maybe it's open every day). Was great taking this half day very short trip, eating some stuff from the market and nearby shop and then taking several small boxes as presents from Legac, the chocolate is great and the packages were really nice, better then Roger's. I mentioned then, that when we did AB of Roger and Legac, we decided on a very close draw with a very slight advantage to Patric with his more interesting flavors.. Well sounds like Legac is working out some interesting combination, the one you mention is exacly the direction i love in chocolate, even if it may sound a bit weird at first :-)
    Hope to visit there again soon ! Thanks,,

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    1. re: oferl

      Are you sure it wasn't me that mentioned pascal LeGac ? I always pipe up when 'the best chocolate in Paris' is mentioned. I think he is sublime. I never fail to visit St.Germain en Laye when I go to Paris. Sunday morning is the time to go. There is a long street that goes from the RER station to LeGac 's shop and in between there are many wonderful food shops manned by MOF winners! Gontran Cherrier has a wonderful bakery so stop off for a morning pastry. Once you fill up on his goodies,head for the market in the center of the town. A most pleasant few hours...

      1. re: pammi

        I'm glad you agree about Legac, pammi, regardless of whose post offerl saw. My first post was in 2009, the year after he opened I think.
        There were followups for a few years after that, through 2011.

        Meanwhile, if you go to St. Germain en Laye, do not confuse Gontran Cherrier, which unfortunately I did not know about until just now, with Patisserie Grandin. Crondin looked beautiful However, a croissant from them went straight to the poubelle after two bites.

        I also bought a Bostock for tomorrow's breakfast. I have a feeling it will follow in the croissant's footsteps. It looks nothing like the fabulous Bostock I had a few days ago at Pierre Hermé near pl. St. Sulpice in Paris, who also has great croissants.

        1. re: RandyB

          YES, P Herme Bostock is the bomb. Ladurees and others are a waste of time. If there are other good ones please advise.

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            Ok, since you asked for other good ones, I'll interpret that as including things not Bostock: the mini-kugelhopf at P. Hermé. I was never a fan of kugelhopf - too sweet and doughy. Hermé's version is crispy like no other I've ever found, so I actually like it.

            The café around the corner facing the church is a good place to eat the viennoiseries. They don't mind as long as you are ordering something, like a coffee. As a courtesy, I always ask anyway. Or in warmer weather and when there are no noël chalets, you can just sit by the fountain.

            1. re: RandyB

              That cafe was in the final seen of the first 'No Reservations' when Bourdaine started with Chez Denise and ended at that cafe.

                1. re: Ptipois

                  Nope, on NW corner of Rue St Sulpice and Rue Canettes.

                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                    If it were one super-short block east on rue St Suplice, it would be the très see-and-be-seen café de la Mairie.

                        1. re: Ptipois

                          The coffee is passable, given French café standards, Their allongée is actually an Americano, which is less bitter than an allongée for the same amount of grinds. People watching is excellent, too. Those are all I need, and have ever experienced, at café de la Mairie, when savoring something from Pierre Hermé.

                          I have read uniformly bad reviews consistent with the always erudite comments from Ptitpois.

      2. Staying totally on topic, If you have any interest in the Nabi school of art, there is a superb museum not far off the main street. The short walk is a good way to rationalize tasting a few more chocolates before making your final decisions.