Monday, 29 March 2010

Choc du Chocolat

I was down in the Marais area today hoping for some falafels at Mi-Va-Mi but unfortunately they were closed... as was L'As du Falafel (until April 6 for L'As, I'm unsure about Mi-Va-Mi)! So I had to settle for the only one that was open, Chez Marianne. I'll do a separate comparison review on the three shops some other day, but in a nutshell I will not visit Chez Marianne again unless the falafel craving becomes desperation and that's the only shop open.

Then... I had a chocolate craving.

I decided to try a new shop and went up to Rambateau.

Pain de Sucre
Add: 14 Rue Rambuteau, 3rd
Metro: Rambuteau
Tel: 01 45 74 68 92
Thurs-Mon 8am-8:30pm (Closed Tues and Wed)

at de choc (state of shock) - 4.8Eur

This is the only dessert I tried, a chocolatey goodness that isn't very cheap. It's a chocolate cake/cookie crust layered with chocolate cream sandwiching crisp hazelnut wafer-like bits and topped with dark chocolate ganache. Oh, and don't forget the thin dark chocolate sitting proudly on top of this creation!

Taste: 8.5/10 Very chocolatey and not overly sweet. I admit I do like dark chocolate (72% and above) but I'm sure those who prefer milk chocolate will also enjoy this treat when the craving hits. The hazelnut layer prevents the dessert from being boring and complements well.

Texture: 9/10 I love how there are different textures to this seemingly bland chocolate "cake." The crunch of the hazelnut, smooth chocolate cream, dense chocolate ganache, slightly heavier cake/cookie layer and melt-in-your-mouth dark chocolate all add to the gastronomic experience.

Value: 7.5/10 I'm sorry, but almost 5 Eur for this humbly-sized chocolate cake didn't sit too well with my wallet. In the end, I still felt like something was missing - it's not that the treat wasn't satisfying, it just wasn't... spectacularly original or interesting. By all means it's a great dessert and I urge you to try it, but I probably won't go back - there are too many patisseries to try in Paris to dwell on this one!

Happy tasting :)


  1. HAHAHAHA oh nomi! i miss you and am still incredibly jealous that you get to go around paris and try all the patisseries!! =( take me back!!

    but by all means, do continue with all of this! by reading all of your food journals, it'll at least give me flashbacks of some fond memories of that amazing city <3

  2. naomi, you have so seriously gotta reply to your e-mails. YOU ARE LOSING CONTACT WITH YOUR FAMILY and oh if you don't reply, I get the big room in the house in HK. if you do, i still get the big room. sucks to be you. (: hahah. yeah but REPLY SOON!!!!! dad's asking where the heck you are and do i look like i know? I DON'T THINK SO. yeah. so update us and everything.