To enjoy the Christmas spirit, we enjoy going for a walk and have a seat in a lovely setting to enjoy a Christmas teatime. Head to Paris 8th arrondissement, a stone’s throw from the Parc Monceau and discover the Christmas teatime created by young pastry chef Bryan Esposito for Le Collectionneur Paris for the end of the year celebrations.
Seat on one of the cozy armchairs or bench seats and order some festive delicacies. No traditional teatime here, we’re far from the conventional tea party served in palaces but enjoy a true Christmas break including a warm beverage of your choice along with 3 pastries for €29.
For this gourmet break, the chef got inspired by Strasbourg Christmas market and its smells of spices, citrus fruits and mulled wine. We discover an original trio likely to delight sweet-toothed foodies.
Let’s start with the super smooth madeleine soaked with lemon and filled with chestnut cream and lime zest for the final touch. A true delight we eat in one bite.
If flan and crumble had a baby it would be a Frumble! This is the name of the chef’s original creation mixing flan – based on thick mulled wine – and cinnamon crumble. When tasting it, we have a very creamy texture with mulled wine notes we love and the crunch of the crumble delicately flavored, it’s so good!
To finish our gourmet trio, we dig into mister gingerbread. We feel sorry but it has to go. We discover a very smooth pastry based on spice mousse (vanilla, cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg), clementine marmalade core and orange zests and cinnamon shortbread. We fell in love with mister gingerbread.
Not enough? Note that the chef also provides new pastries on Le Collectionneur restaurant menu. For instance, go for the magnificent Baba 100 cacao based on Tourbé Laphroaig whisky, fleur de sel caramel core and Inaya chocolate whipped cream.
If you’re not into alcohol but definitely into lemon, go for the lemon meringue pie revisited with lime cream, canistrellis chunks, pine nut praline, candied lemon zests and crispy meringue to break.
Well, it’s teatime or dessert time, now, isn’t it?
For more ideas to celebrate Christmas in Paris, check our guides out:
Dates and Opening Time
From 9 December 2019 to 6 January 2020
Hôtel du Collectionneur
57 Rue de Courcelles
75008 Paris 8
Le baba: €12
la tarte au citron: €14
gouter de Noël (boisson chaude et 3 pâtisseries): €29