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What's Behind The Counter At Mandarin Oriental Paris's Cake Shop

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May 23, 2012 at 12:22 PM | by | ()

After lunch on the patio at Camelia, the casual fine-dining restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Paris, we stopped by the sweet little patisserie by the restaurant’s entrance called the Cake Shop to talk to executive pastry chef Pierre Matthieu about his special confections and the mix of old-school pastries and avant-garde flavors he creates.

As you can see in the video, the Cake Shop provides the desserts for Camelia, but it’s also like a typical Parisian patisserie where anyone can basically walk in off the street and purchase their choice of treat. Chef Matthieu bakes up a mix of French classics like the St. Honoré pastry that was named after the famous street in which the hotel is located and includes puff pastry, cream, caramel and vanilla; and the hotel’s signature Le Mandarin (see below) with 62% dark chocolate mousse, vanilla crème, spongy chocolate cake and a chocolate ganache crust; plus a bright yellow lemon tart with hazelnut paste and a sweet crust.

As for what’s new, chef Matthieu points out a springtime confection he’s been working on called Le Soleil, or The Sun, with coconut dacquoise, lime jelly, almond crust, mango and passion-fruit Bavarian scream all encased in a white chocolate sphere.

Perhaps the macaron selection encapsulates it best, though, with a mix of traditional flavors like chocolate, pistachio and strawberry alongside newer-fangled tastes like maple syrup. We’d say oui to them all, merci!

Thanks to the fact that you can just walk in and buy what you like, you don’t even have to shell out the 895 euros a night rooms are going for in June!

We went for the signature Le Mandarin with lunch (we’re suckers for dark chocolate), but which of these desserts would you have chosen yourself?

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