La Pâtisserie des Rêves looks almost more like an art gallery than a cake shop, individual cakes presented on plinths under glass teardrops. This is oddly apposite as these cakes are works of art. Everything is designed by Philippe Conticini (chef patron) to put a slight twist on the classic cakes of his childhood and, if you think perfection can’t be improved upon, I would urge you to try his creations.
Beautiful glass bells to keep the pastries and gateaux fresh and looking perfection.
Petit fours delights including coffee biscuits
The lovely bright and airy shop
We tried the Paris brest (£5.90), choux pastry filled with praline and a melting heart of chocolate. Sometimes I can find praline too dense and heavy but it was light and airy, I could see why this is Aurélia’s (the manager) personal favourite!
Aurélia’s favourite – the Paris brest
My favourite was the coffee éclair (£5.90). I loved the intensity of the coffee flavour, this is a pure hit of dark coffee, perfectly balanced by being encased in a sheet of smooth chocolate.
Choices, choices – shall I have the Coffee Eclair, Chocolate Eclair or the Mille Feuille?
Definitely the Coffee Eclair – perfection encased in a blanket of chocolate
The last cake we tried was the dark chocolate gran cru (£5.90). This cake has the addition of fleur de sel to lengthen the time its flavours linger in your mouth and is velvety ganache with a hidden croquante (crunchy) middle.
The lovely smaller version of the Dark Chocolate Gran Cru – sitting regally aloft over the Saint Honore and the Vanilla Gran Cru
La Pâtisserie des Rêves, I will have to learn from the masters. My Kouign Amann (a Breton speciality made with bread dough containing layers of butter and sugar) never turn out so perfectly – must practice more!
My Kouign Amann never turn out so perfectly – must practice more.
My favourite accompaniment to coffee – Sables Breton
It’s an old saying that you eat with your eyes before you eat with your mouth and La Patisseries des Reves stimulates all your senses.
They survived the journey home intact. Now lets tuck in!