La Pâtisserie des Rêves – the cake shop of your dreams

La Pâtisserie des Rêves - now in the London! Yippeeeeee :-)

La Pâtisserie des Rêves – now in the London!

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.

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Petit fours delights including coffee biscuits

Petit fours delights including coffee biscuits

The lovely bright and airy shop

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

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?

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

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

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!

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!

They survived the journey home intact. Now lets tuck in!

Twitter:@LPDR_London @Bacchus_PR @Conticini_Team

Instagram: @LPDR_London

Facebook: Philippe Conticini

http://www.lapatisseriedesreves.com/uk/

http://www.conticini.fr/

Service privé - la patisserie des rêves43 MARYLEBONE HIGH STREET,
LONDON W1U 4PU
Telephone 020 3603 7333
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International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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