If you miss Jean-Paul Hévin’s tearooms, well, you can be happy again: his daughter Manon has decided to open Café Pavane, her first restaurant-tearoom where she makes her father’s dishes and desserts live again. Let’s go and discover this gourmet address where father and daughter are always working together. If you happen to find yourself near the superb Jardin du Luxembourg, this is the place to be to grab a bite.
A menu (partly) designed by Jean-Paul Hévin
The spot – inaugurated in October 2019 – provides for lunch the piroshki, blinis, koulibiak Jean-Paul Hévin used to serve at his tearoom set on rue Saint Honoré. Also available on the menu, Ravioles de Royans, quiches, croques monsieur and mixed salads. Dishes as good as in the former address: it makes sense since the chef running the kitchen is the former cook of the tearoom on rue Saint Honoré, working for the Maison Hévin for years!
But the stars at Café Pavane are Jean-Paul Hévin’s pastries, the chocolate maker who became Meilleur Ouvrier de France back in 1987. Among the large range of creations, a selection is on sale, thoroughly selected by Manon.
You can choose between the Tonka based on Tonka bean cream topping crispy praline mix and dark chocolate from Venezuela mousse, the Longchamp praline or the famous Pomme de Terre (or Patate), based on dark chocolate and covered in marzipan.
Even though he trained as a chocolate maker, the non-chocolatey pastries expect us, such as the Princesse Pistache, almond and pistachio meringue, the Mazaltov, this cheesecake as light as a cloud, or the Turin, chestnut cream and almond cream topping a shortbread. For Café Pavane, the pastry chef has come up with an exclusive creation, a mille-feuille, the Pavane, based on pistachio ice cream spiced up with yuzu and a fine layer of milk chocolate, the whole served with raspberry coulis.
A local tearoom
Café Pavane is open from Monday to Saturday, from noon to 7:30 p.m. for our greatest joy. We arrive after the lunch service – ending at 3 p.m. – and we have a seat in this tearoom. We order a mille-feuille, the house’s specialty, a Patate and a hot chocolate and a tea.
Manon leaves faster than she arrived and almost immediately returns with the pastries! Because we’re very curious people, she kindly cut the mille-feuille in two so that we can taste the novelty. Not too sweet, you can eat it very easily. The pistachio is very subtle, which is a quality token. As for the Pomme de Terre, it’s Jean-Paul Hévin’s signature pastry to reserve for marzipan fans!
The hot chocolate takes some time because it’s made to order and whipped… It’s impossible to find out how it’s made (family’s secret), but Manon tells us it’s made with whole milk and many spices. In the mouth, it’s a rather light beverage that expects us, far from the creamy hot chocolates. We love how strong and round the chocolate is and the fact it’s not too sweet.
The room featuring 16 seats promises tranquility even though the street is quite busy. With such a beautiful menu and delicious drinks – cappuccino, Laï T’cha teas and hot chocolates by Jean-Paul Hévin – no need to say this address will quickly become the hot spot for some students at the Sorbonne and passersby after a walk in the Luxembourg garden!
In other word, a beautiful address to add to your list of tearooms in Paris to try. Yet, please note that Café Pavane is no Jean-Paul Hévin store, don’t go if you’re looking for a chocolate box or pastries to take away. It’s time to have a seat and enjoy, friends!
22 Rue de Vaugirard
75006 Paris 6
le café: 2,5 €
le gâteau: 4-8 €
le cappuccino: 4,5 €
le thé: 5-13 €
le chocolat chaud: 6,8 €
Horaires : 12h-19h30 du lundi au samedi