72 Rue Bonaparte
75006 Paris, France
According to guardian.co.uk, Pierre Hermé is the best place in the world to have chocolate cake. So with such a strong endorsement, we had to check it out.
The shop is extremely small, with no seating room at all. The queues can be quite incredible, as from some online reviews, but we were there rather late, so we didn’t have to wait too long for it to be our turn.
Naturally, we bought the chocolate cake. We didn’t eat it on the spot, but brought it back with us to London to eat. We bought as well 6 macaroons: pistachio, rose, praline, passion fruit (2 of this) and raspberry. These we ate while waiting for the train back to London.
The verdict: we like Laduree’s much better. The star of Laduree’s macaroons is the macaroons, which were crispy yet soft. The macaroons at Pierre Hermé focused much more on the cream fillings and not on the macaroons themselves, so we felt like they were too heavy. In fact, we hardly tasted any macaroon at all. Also, not all the cream fillings were pleasant – in particular, the pistachio tasted very artificial, almost like marzipan. However, the rose filling was surprisingly good. We didn’t mind that at all.
As with the chocolate cake, K found it a huge disappointment. I’ve to add that he likes his cakes creamy and soft, while the cake we bought from Pierre Hermé was a lot more ‘meaty’, if that is an appropriate word to use at all. I certainly didn’t mind it. Best chocolate cake in the world? Nah, not a chance, but it was definitely not bad. We wouldn’t bother going for another round though – once is good enough.