Christmas at Le Royal Monceau

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It was a very speedy visit, but Paris Breakfasts and I visited Le Royal Monceau last week for their Christmas press day. Once there, we made a bee-line for the Bonpoint stand, but more on that later.

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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.

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However, the real revelation was for Hermé’s bûche omelette norvegienne (below), a new variation on his famous Ispahan flavour.

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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.

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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!

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Bonpoint had a stand to promote the new furry Christmas kitty made for little guests at Le Royal Monceau.

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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.

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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

www.leroyalmonceau.com

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One thought on “Christmas at Le Royal Monceau

  1. I was surprised to see an ‘Omelette Norvegien’ at Picard yesterday!
    AKA as Baked Alaska. Baked Alaska (also known as glace au four, omelette à la norvégienne, Norwegian omelette and omelette surprise.
    Thanks for a super delicious tasting.
    Love your shot of the citron buche…

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