Monday, July 22, 2013

Eric Kayser - (Paris)

 I have been made aware of baker Eric Kayser for a while due to reading David Lebovitz’s website over the years.    One can also purchase his iPhone app (Paris Pastry) which is fairly useful to navigate around Paris desserts and boulangerie shops,  although the latest update seems to need data connection.    Having strolled past Eric Kayser and taken a quick scan over a few times as they tend to be located in popular suburbs,   this time around I was finally lured in to see if there is any discrepancy between the French Eric Kayser standard vs the version we get in Hong Kong!



Many of the Sweet Items are available on Hong Kong side too -
Although over here they do look a bit neater and without any irregular patterns or extra-muscle growths out from nowhere.  



Baguette Sandwich Options -
Not overly artisanal in style to me,  but they do look clean and presentable.   The take-away savory department is where Paris Eric Kayser excels over the HK version,  although HK has a café side to compensate.   The items in Paris look neater.


Boulangerie and Viennoiserie bakery side -
These look neat again,  much better than the HK outlet by visual alone.
I guess I will just have to taste some below to come to any meaningful conclusion!



Salads, Quiches, and Madeleines -
Looking like they were made with precision enough.



Fig Bread -
The bread was both crusty & chewy,  it entertained my five senses 1stly with a nice aroma from both wheat and the fig.  Very likeable,  apart from the slightly too soft wet interior.  Could eat this everyday and was baked so evenly as you can see.   8/10



Award Winning Croissant by Eric Kayser -
I won’t label this as mediocre but it was definitely sparse and soft inside,  it took some teeth tearing action.  Whether this ended up being buttery enough is relegated to becoming a secondary issue.   The Hong Kong version in fact is very close to here,  just less even in the baking appearance and even more sparse within.   ~  6.9/10




Financier -
Paris Eric Kayser’s  financier version was amazingly addictive.   Despite the lack of surface shine,  this had highly caramelized top and edges which were almost crunchy to the lips.  Also eggy inside and scented with baking aroma.  Financier alone was well worth a re-visit and this was much better than the wet muffin like version we get in Hong Kong side. A big surprise! ~  9/10




Price:   Euro $5
Ease of Access:   4/5
Food:   ♕♕♕♕ to ♕♕♕♕ 1/2

Opening Hours:
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Address: 18 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris, France
Ph: +33 1 42 61 27 63

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