Who goes for a tea time in Paris just for the tea? We’re only interested in the pastries and the finger sandwiches. But don’t go for the old school palaces where the tea time is all about ripping off tourists. The Prince de Galles has undergone renovation for a few years and it has finally reopened recently. They hired a rising star for the pastries, Yann Couvreur is in his thirties and it’s a damn talented chef.
Tea time is served in the beautiful patio. The only downside of the setting? It seemed mostly occupied at that time of the day by Russian oligarchs doing business. We got the british tea time prix fixe (€47) and an extra hazelnut dessert (16€). Truly expensive but entirely worth it.
The finger sandwiches were to die for. The cumcuber and salmon one was very fresh. Then we got two modern versions of classic finger sandwiches: a great crab wrap and an excellent reinvention of the croque monsieur. The sweet cakes were impressive, I loved the texture, it litteraly melted in the mouth. We also had scones, macarons, a chocolate pudding and a lemon and lime tart. Now, that’s a real tea time, isn’t it?
The hazelnut dessert was delicious as well, a concentrate of nutty flavors. The chef masters the art of textures: the combination of the hazelnut cream with the meringue was breathtaking.
• HÔTEL PRINCE DE GALLES •
33 Avenue George V
(33)(0)1 53 23 77 77
Quartier : Champs-Elysées/George V/Iéna/Alma Marceau