Dim Sum in Paris can be a disappointingly limp and stodgy affair. Not so at this funky reinterpretation of the traditional Chinese tearoom – opened by two French friends following a stint in Hong Kong.
The freshly made steamed buns are firm and fragrant, with top marks going to a sweet version filled with lemon curd and Cointreau.
The humble madeleine gets an update at this stylish bakery.
Buy them sweet or savoury, garnished with a shell and fondant centre, topped with a creamy fluorescent dome, or in an elaborately decorated allée of four for a special occasion. The big question is what would Monsieur Proust have made of these pimped-up beauties?
On one side of the shop, there’s a portrait: King Felipe of Spain.
Spot-lit on the other, three magnificent beasts hang in custom-made niches: pasta negra, the king of hams. Ask the Spanish-speaking staff to cut same ultra-delicate slices paleta – style, or nab one of the succulent gift boxes for that special carnivore in your life.
The secret to Lise Bienaimé’s divine jams (available in 70 varieties)? Maximum fruit and minimum sugar content in every pretty jar.
Her seasonal recipes – including savoury ones to pair with cheese and exotic flavours like kumquat – were inspired by her great-grandfather’s conserves. Customized pots make for a nifty, tasty gift.
Bohemian Raspberry, Pussy Griottes, Black Sugar Sex Magic, Retox … even the names of Henri Guittet’s rock n’ roll ice creams and sorbets (2.50€ a scoop) are anything but forgettable.
Bored of the eternal strawberry and vanilla, he champions daring flavours and unexpected combinations, all made using high-quality handpicked produce.
The quickest way to get your omega-3 fix?
This fishmonger-with-a-difference, where you can pick from seven sumptuous and rare varieties of salmon – including a rather astonishing one from Iceland - as well as assorted deli delights. Handily they also deliver and cater for parties if you’re feeling a bit kitchen shy.