One sunny afternoon, I met up with Mrs A (she who shares an initial with both husband and son) and her Korean friend S for a tea time rendezvous at Le Loir dans La Théière, a popular teashop tucked on a picturesque side street in the Marais.
Quirkily named after the sleepy dormouse who gets its head dunked into a teapot by Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter, the teashop exudes a touch of calculated whimsy, from the mismatched flea-market chic furniture and deliberately cluttered wall art, to the pastries, carelessly displayed right out of their baking pans.
The desserts were laid in plain sight, buffet style, daring those who passed by to walk away. Rustic looking and unapologetically robust, they were the antithesis of the petite and delicate desserts (think airy macarons) one would expect of a French pastry.
We succumbed to the sugary delights naturally, and picked three that looked the most appealing, all fruits and nuts with oddly not a single chocolate pick. We ended up with a tropical flavored chiboust, a very crispy millefeuille filled with pistacho cream and a towering lemon meringue tart.
The meringue was an architectural wonder, so tall it measured at least 3 inches at the peak. We wasted at least half of the meringue in the end. As yummy as the combination of tart lemon curd and fluffy meringue was, there was only so much we could take of sugared egg whites. We did polish off the rest of the desserts, me most enamored with the chiboust, a thick layer of fresh mangos gently swaddled by pastry cream that had been flavored with citron and baked into a souffle-like state.
Sugar sated and sleepy like the dormouse, we nursed our drinks and chatted the afternoon away. Le Loir dans La Théière is an inviting place, be it for a quick refuel or to linger. That afternoon, we chose to while time away, and linger we did!
Le Loir dans La Théière
3 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris