New Discovery. I came across this Japanese cake shop as I got out of La Muette metro station over the weekend. Yamazaki Parisserie – Salon Dégustation, with its red tent, beautiful white store and colourful creation caught my attention. The shop hosts wonderful, or I must confess, seducing displays from macaroons to tarts, to cream puff and cute mini-cakes… a haven for cake-a-holics! And before I know it, I was sitting at one of its alfresco tables getting ready to order. The French pastries and Japanese inspired cakes cost between €4.50 to €6.00 for individual shares and around €35-€40 for a big cake good for upto 6 people. Hot drink + cake menu is also available from €7.50 per person. I was really torn amongst the variety of choices but I decided to try the matcha flavoured cake with my green tea. It wasn’t as good as I expected (especially when I just received a package of matcha flavoured KitKat fresh from Japan and let me tell you, that was really good), in short, nothing special. However I think the other cakes would do justice. So it’s worth giving another visit when I’m around the area.
All-time Favourite. Since Mark and I discovered this Thai gem located in Place Marche du Saint Honore, there wasn’t a trip in Paris when I did not dine in Mme Shawn. Seriously, I think I’d been here over 20 times. I think I should get a loyalty card by now. There was also a day when I ate here twice! I so loved the interior – it’s very chic, very intimate (oh, real intimate when the house is full). Thailand is a special place for me as it was the first country outside the Philippines that I’d been to and had been in this beautiful country with amazing food a couple of times. Mme Shaw brings my taste buds back to those memories as I slowly detach myself from the Parisian breeze… I call it the ‘little Thai hideaway’.
My usual orders would be Tom Yam soup, Pad Thai, Sizzling Duck (it’s no.201 in the menu) and finishing these with a coconut juice. I also try different dishes each time and the one on the lower left was Stir-fry beef with Thai vegetables – that was a good choice! I only tried few of their desserts since I’m always left with no space for it after satisfying my cravings for Thai food.
I’ve also invited different groups of people here – my friends visiting Paris, some business partners and I even hosted a private lunch with ABS-CBN Chairman, Gabby Lopez and the rest of the TFC team after the marathon last year. The meal would cost roughly €20+ per person on a sharing basis (and a bit more if you are having your own starter and dessert). The nearest metro stations are Tuileries (Line 1) or Opera (Line 3,7,8). Aside from Mme Shawn, Place Marche du Saint Honore has other good restos too such as Fuxia, making this square my favourite dining spot in Paris.
Aftermath. After all those calories, why not complete your day with a walk by the river? This place looks familiar? It’s by the River Seine towards Notre Dame. It’s also seen in the film, Chinese Zodiac :-)
Bonne journée! xoxo