Here we go to the Ritz Paris for a teatime untouched by time. After walking through the doors, head to the Salon Proust!
Every day from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. the staff of the Ritz awaits you in a decorum full of books written by master of the place, Marcel Proust, and cakes showcased under glass boxes and on a beautiful central table. We must say that we were very impressed to see all these cakes in these boxes, a true cabinet of curiosities for strangers!
If the Ritz Paris is that attached to Marcel Proust it is that the novelist was present for the official opening of the palace in 1898 and even chose to live there. He used to welcome friends for literary salons. It was obvious that Marcel Proust would be the protector of the French style teatime of the new Ritz, after its reopening in 2016.
For those who are only familiar with the “Proust’s madeleine” saying, it comes from the book “In Search of Lost Time” volume one “Swann’s Way”, he wrote:
“And soon, mechanically, weary after a dull day with the prospect of a depressing morrow, I raised to my lips a spoonful of the tea in which I had soaked a morsel of the cake. No sooner had the warm liquid, and the crumbs with it, touched my palate than a shudder ran through my whole body, and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary changes that were taking place. An exquisite pleasure had invaded my senses, but individual, detached, with no suggestion of its origin. And at once the vicissitudes of life had become indifferent to me, its disasters innocuous, its brevity illusory […]”
François Perret wants us to remember these childhood memories thanks to a teatime that will make us forget about our time and era.
The gourmet break starts with a book in which we discover François Perret and the travel to childhood he wants us to experience around a drink. Connoisseur’s teas, signature teas, semi-fermented teas, pu’er teas as well as chai tea latte, cappuccino or hot chocolates by François Perret. Do not hesitate to order the drink that will help you to unwind.
It all start with a morsel of madeleine at the bottom of a cup on which tea-flavored milk is poured as a nod to the master of the place, Marcel Proust, looking after the salon’s peace.
Then, here comes the time to go back to our childhood with a peach Melba: (still) in a cup, you will be served vanilla ice cream and several small jars featuring raspberry-infused peach, smashed raspberries, granola and whipped cream. We enjoy the explosion of flavors in our mouths, the sourness of the peach, the sweetness of the raspberries and the freshness of the ice cream.
Out of the blue, a three-deck dessert tray with biscuits and pastries: 16 childhood treats revisited by François Perret. If you can find some of these treats in bakeries such as the raspberry wafers, meringues and madeleines some of them are sometimes forgotten or industrialized.
We rediscover homemade sponge fingers, Russian cigarettes and tartlets cooked by a pastry chef and not a machine. We discover biscuits that have been forgotten such as the puff pastry tart – a puff pastry covered in royal icing – the medallion and the sugar pie a specialty from Bourg en Bresse (near Lyon) the chef’s birth region.
We advise you to leave your phone at the cloakroom to enjoy this charming break with your plus one. François Perret’s gamble paid off! We arrived at 2:30 p.m. and left at 5:30 p.m., 10 years younger (and 1 additional but accepted kilo), we did not touch our phones, not even once. François Perret’s biscuits truly are delicious, we forgot he likes sugar a lot and so do we… between these four walls, we are offered a part of French heritage and art de vivre… A beautiful experience to repeat again and again.
The Ritz Paris teatime
Address: 15 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris
Opening hours: every day from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Rates: €65 per person, €85 the teatime with champagne
15 place Vendôme
75001 Paris 1
tea time par pers: €65
tea-time au champagne: €85
Horaires : 14h30-18h tous les jours