Food, Paris

KL pâtisserie

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you KL pâtisserie, one of the best pastry stores in Paris. France is known for its dessert, so many people come to Paris to study pastry. One of my friends also studied pastry in Paris and worked here for about year. Before she go back to her homeland, she wanted to visit all famous pastry shops in Paris, and I was lucky to accompany with her.

Atmosphere

The atmosphere of the salon was quiet. Since I am used to a coffee shop like Starbucks where everyone chats and full of energy and noise, this place seemed quite calm and tranquil. I saw other people having a coffee break , and everything was so organized. It looks like a high-end patisserie, but also a very comfy place to chill out.

It’s grey-based store with golden color highlights. The store looks bigger than it is thanks to its open kitchen. You might able to see the chef and his team baking there. When you get into the store the server will come and introduce you a table. It was my first time (and the last time so far) to visit here, thus I didn’t know what was famous and which dessert I should try. So I went to the vitrine to look at some desserts and I decided what to order.

Menu and Service

The server was very kind. If you’re not sure what to have, s.he will suggest something based on your taste. This place is known for its fig tart(Fichi viola) , so we ordered one. We also ordered a mirabelle tart (tarte mirabelle) because it’s the seasonal fruit. For coffees, we ordered allongé, a french style americano with less water.

The coffee was nothing special. You could find the better one in other coffee shops, but this is not a place specialized in coffee. Thus, it was okay. The tower of sugar caught my eyes. It was fun and unique way to offer sugar for your coffee. It was fun but less practical because if you want bigger or smaller sugar (or even white or brown one) than the one on the top, it was hassle to get it.

The tarts were successful. You can feel the generosity of the chef by looking at the amount of the fruit. Thanks to the massive amount of the fruit, the tarts were not that sweet and I loved them. Personally, I preferred the mirabelle tart because it had a bit more crunchy texture than fig tart.

Both tarts were not super pricey ( € 6) considering the quality of the food. I think it’s because the pastry store is located in the 17th arrondissement, which is little bit away from the touristic area (about 20 mins by foot from the Arc de Triomphe). With one allongé, I paid less than €10 which is reasonable price in a decent cafe here.

Overall, it’s worth visiting here if you’d like to experience a great dessert. Especially, the chef Kevin Lacote seems like one of the best pastry chefs in Paris. After seeing his experiences, now I know why my friend wanted to come here. The chef has an impressive career that all patissier would dream of. My point is, if you’re studying or interested in pastry world, it’s a must-visit place in Paris.

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Practical Info.

Address : 78 avenue de Villiers 75017 Paris

Hours :  9 a.m. – 7 : 30 p.m. (Tue.-Fri.) / 9:30 a.m. – 7 : 30 p.m. (Sat.) / 9 : 30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Sun.)

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Food, Paris

Salon de Thé de la Mosquée de Paris

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

La Mosquée de Paris
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Today, I’d like to introduce you an unique cafe in the heart of Paris, the Salon de thé de la mosquée de Paris. Located in front of the Jardin des Plantes, this white building with green roof is catching eyes. It’s a mosque where you can pray or do religious activities but also you can enjoy some tea and hammam (turkish bath and sauna) here. This time I only went to Salon de thé to get to know this place. After visiting the tea salon, I can’t wait to experience hammam as soon as possible!!

Atmosphere

When you enter the main door on the picture above, you would see a picturesque garden. There are plenty of outdoor seats, but it’s smoking section. Thus, my friends and I decided to get an indoor table. Inside of the tea salon was more colorful and splendid. On the walls, there are some pictures of people wearing traditional clothing. A cat wandering around the cafe makes this place more exotic. Thus, don’t be surprised if you feel something furry. The cat seemed a bit shy, but cat is a cat. It did whatever it wanted. Visited this table and the other table, looking at people or lying on the floor, it had a real free soul. But don’t get me wrong, the cat didn’t jumping around the table nor act wild.

Menu and Service

Some food are available but it seemed quite expensive(i.g. couscous for 17), while the tea and the oriental patisseries are offered reasonable price(2 each). We tried mint tea and sweets with an espresso. OMG, it was one of the best teas I’ve ever tried in my life. The server brought us a plate which is full of the desert. Two euros sounded cheap but the portion of the tea was very small. The pastries were also good, they really went well with the tea. My favorite was the top on the left (below the sunglasses). It has many layers like millefeuille but very crispy. In the end, I had to order one more of it. More pastries are available at the patisserie corner where you pay when you buy. But if you choose your snacks from the plate, you pay before you leave the cafe at your table.

Service was also very nice. Staffs were warmly welcome and served tea and food. It took some time to bring us the tea, though. They were super nice to us offered us a plate, so we didn’t have to line up to get the dessert and showed us a video of hammam telling us about it. Maybe one of my friends spoke a basic Arabic to them, that’s why they were more friendly to my table.

Overall, it was a satisfying visit. I will definitely come back to have a tea soon. Plus, I’d like to try hammam next time.

Hope you liked my review of the Tea Salon in the Paris’ Mosque. See you again 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 39 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, Paris

Hours : 10:00 a.m. – midnight

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Food, Paris

Plus 82

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a Korean dessert cafe in Paris <Plus 82>. It’s really hot these days, thus I thought it would be nice if you can try some cold pause during the day.

Atmosphere

There are many Korean restaurants and dessert cafes in Paris, but I found this is more authentic and contemporary one than other stores. The interior of the store seems a bit fusion because Korean-style props and modern simple style props were harmonized in this cafe. The chairs were pretty but somewhat uncomfortable to stay for some time to talk with friends and to relax.

Menu and Price

Bingsu, a typical summer dessert in Korea will give you a cool pause and refresh you. Originally, it is made of crushed ice with some sweets on top such as pat(sweet red bean paste), ddeok(rice cake) and jelly with some drips of condensed milk. Instead of the sweet red bean paste, these days more options are available such as fruits, coffee, green tea powder, etc. Normally, it’s considered as a snack that you share with your friend or family. It’s not common to have the whole bowl by oneself.

Here, you can also try from the basic bingsu (padd bingsu) to fruit ones. You can also find other beverages such as coffee, juice, or tea. I went there three times, but the best one was the basic one.

Consist of many layers of ingredients, Bingsu will give you a icy breeze in your mouth. You can pour more or less the condensed milk depending on your taste.

Green Tea (matcha) cookie is also served with some condensed milk which made the cookie too sweet. It’s recommendable only if you drink black coffee such as americano.

You may feel it’s expensive that paying  €7~8 per menu after the meal. As I mentioned above, however, it’s very common to share the dessert with your friends in Korea. If you share it with your friend, it won’t be that high price. Though, I found the snacks like the green tea cookie( around €2) above or other bakeries are pretty expensive. Teas and coffees cost around €4~5, which is similar price in other cafes in Paris.

Hope this review help you to choose a cafe in Paris. See you soon 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 11bis Rue Vauquelin, 75005 Paris

Hours : 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (Mon-Sat)