Monday, January 28, 2013
I had a long list of food I wanted to try in Paris and the sourdough bread of Poilâne was one of them. I thought we weren't able to try it anymore but luckily it was near the Metro stop where we got off to go to the Segway Tour's office.
I had this vision of having a picnic in one of Paris' many beautiful gardens like Jardin des Tuileries or even Champs de Mars. I would bring bread from Poilâne, foie gras pâté, duck rilette, French cheese and lots of pastries.
These huge round loaves with the iconic P stamped on them were what I was there for but there's no way for the two of us to even make a dent of such a big and heavy loaf of bread.
Thank goodness with some sign language they informed us we can buy just a few slices of bread. These three slices cost €1.23.
bread €4.58 per kilo
They also sold some pastries.
flan & chausson aux pommes
We bought a couple of apple tartelettes.
apple tartelette €2.35
punitions or butter cookies
Since we weren't prepared for the picnic of my dreams we just went to a small grocery nearby and bought a pack of jamon serrano and a bottle of water and looked for a place where we can eat our bread. We found ourselves at Secco Patisserie Boulangerie.
This is why I want to return to Paris. Every corner there's an abundance of yummy looking bread and pastries.
This is what our picnic looked like. Rochelle bought a Caprese salad from Secco while I bought the dessert. The bread from Poilâne was good but it didn't really blow me away. I suspect if I paired it with better toppings and if it were lightly toasted it would taste so much better.
With so many pastries to choose from I chose the tart chocolat and a small pastry similar to mille-feuille.
When I took my first bite of the tart chocolat the diners around me must have heard my loud moan. It was unbelievably delicious. Creamy bittersweet chocolate on a crisp crust was one one of the best pastries I've ever eaten.
tart chocolat €3.50
We wanted to take home the apple tartlette but it was very greasy and it seeped through the paper bag already.
Poilâne's apple tartelette
We both really liked the firm yet flaky crust of the apple tartellete. It was quite hearty and filling. It was a simple lunch but I really enjoyed all the lovely carbs.
49 bld de Grenelle, Paris 75015
telephone: +33 (0) 1 45 79 11 49
Opening hours : From Tuesday to Sunday, 7:15 am to 8:15 pm
Secco Patisserie Boulangerie
75 Boulevard de Grenelle, 75015 Paris
telephone: +33 01 45 67 17 40