The bûches de noël from Pierre Hermé also caught our eye. This chocolate one above that I didn’t try was very pretty. But the bûche Infiniment Citron (below) was divine, made with a pâte sablée au citron and a crème légère au citron — not what you would expect at Christmas, but it would make the perfect “light” finish to a heavy holiday meal.
However, the real revelation was for Hermé’s bûche omelette norvegienne (below), a new variation on his famous Ispahan flavour.
It’s sold with a small bottle of eau-de-vie, with which you douse the bûche and set a-light at dessert time for the perfect flambée show. Inside is a raspberry and rose ice cream surrounding by a light sponge cake. Note: It’s only sold at the Pierre Hermé at the Royal Monceau, so don’t look for it in Pierre Hermé boutiques.
We also tried some of the Le Royal Monceau Christmas menu that was absolutely delicious, but I didn’t take pictures as I was already late to leave. Let me just tell you that they had a tuna carpaccio mixed with foie gras that was a surprisingly mouth-watering combination!
Bonpoint had a stand to promote the new furry Christmas kitty made for little guests at Le Royal Monceau.
As well as some items from their Christmas collection, but I will share more next week as Little Miss and I will be at their Paris press day on Thursday.
Le Royal Monceau will have children’s art ateliers coinciding with some of the major exhibitions of the moment, like: Lichtenstein at the Centre Pompidou and Braque at the Grand Palais. They will also have a Japanese artist teaching origami so that children came make their own holiday origami garland!
I was very sad to have to leave so soon. Isn’t Christmas at Le Royal Monceau lovely?
Hotel Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris, 37 avenue Hoche, 75008, Paris. Tél: 01 42 99 88 00