London Eats: Pierre Hermé Paris, Belgravia
Pierre Hermé is a legend in the macaron and French pâtisserie world for his wildly creative experimentation with flavours and insanely gorgeous pastry and cakes. And after seeing countless beautiful photographs of his work online, it has become a dream to step into a Pierre Hermé Paris boutique.
I had collated a list of Pierre Hermé creations that I really wanted to try during my trip to Paris. The Ispahan was first up, followed by the Plaisir Sucre and of course the macarons!
Unfortunately, we never made it to Paris due to some work scheduling changes and settled for the little boutique at Belgravia instead! I morphed into a crazy fan girl when we found the entrance of the shop and could not stop snapping photographs of the sign.
‘I AM FINALLY ENTERING A PIERRE HERME PARIS BOUTIQUE’ ran through my mind over and over again as I pushed through the glass door, preparing my eyes for a visual treat.
Alas to my dismay, this little boutique did not carry most of Pierre Hermé pastries. In fact, there were only truffles, macarons, jams and some specialty teas. That was definitely a mood dampener but no way was I going to let that affect such a pivotal moment in my life!
I settled for a box of 7 macarons and chose the classic flavours instead to play safe after hearing about Pierre Hermé’s out of the world pairings and yes I did see some pretty unusual ones on display such as Chocolate & Foie Gras or Olive Oil with Mandarin.
Creme Brûlée | Hazelnut Praline | White Chocolate Truffle | Salted Butter Caramel | Venezuela Dark Chocolate | Milk Chocolate Passionfruit | Violet Anise
General appearance wise, the macaron shells were perfectly formed and nicely thick with great sizable feet. The piped ganache too was generous. As for the flavours? I absolutely adored the White Chocolate Truffle- the perfect marriage of my two favourite ingredients and that lingering truffle taste had me wanting for more. The Creme Brûlée too deserves a special mention for mimicking that French classic dessert quite so well. How Pierre Hermé had incorporated the taste of caramelized burnt sugar into a macaron? I guess that will only remain a mystery.
Overall, the macarons were absolutely pleasurable and so worth the calories. And contrary to many online reviews, I did not find them overtly sweet.
And that is one item ticked off the Pierre Hermé list.
13 Lowndes Street
London SW1X 9EX, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7245 0317
Monday- Saturday 10:00am – 6:30pm
Sunday 12:00noon – 5:00pm