This week, one of my favourite Parisian patisseries opened in London. La Pâtisserie des Rêves (The Patisserie Of Dreams) opened in Marylebone High Street – and promptly sold out.
I popped along on Saturday morning to have a look around and indulge in some fantastic patisserie. The shop is small but beautiful with pastries protected under UFO-like glass domes. The service during my visit was slightly chaotic and un-French, but the staff were helpful, if a little hassled. Us Brits obviously still aren’t quite sure how to order pastries (several people in front of me asked staff how to buy, and one man accidentally bought over £200 of large pastries when he wanted small ones). As a consequence, the staff looked a little shell-shocked.
I tried the Gâteau St Honoré, Chocolate Gran Cru, Coffee Eclair and the Paris-Brest, and from what I’ve tasted so far, the patisserie is just as good as it is in Paris. I’m sure the buying experience will settle down over the next few weeks. It’s well worth a visit if you’re in the area, but it’s probably best to go early if you want something in particular, as they’re selling out quickly.
La Pâtisserie des Rêves,
43 Marylebone High Street,
London W1U 5HR
Tel: 020 3603 7333
Making Gâteau St Honoré at La Pâtisserie des Rêves
Watch Chef patissier Philippe Contini make La Pâtisserie des Rêves’ famous Gâteau St Honoré.