We had a hankering for some hot chocolate the last week and luckily for us we are spoiled for choice when it comes to chocolate. This time, instead of going to our usual place, we headed over to a new chocolate place over at the sixth arrondissement called Un Dimanche a Paris. If only for its poetic name, its worth a look. Pierre Cluizel (who comes from a chocolate making family) is the brains behind what he calls a “concept store for chocolate”. His concept store includes a salon du the, restaurant, lounge, atelier and a boutique. It is a beautiful place, well-lit and luminous thanks to its big windows. It is also sophisticatedly decorated with an inviting lounge above the restaurant. And the chocolate boutique looks almost like a museum store, with the house specialty arranged artistically.
|This is how the hot chocolate was served complete with its own wooden whisk|
With such an aesthetically pleasing presentation, we wondered whether the chocolat chaud a’l ancienne would live up to its surroundings. And I’m pleased to say that it is quite wonderful. As concocted, it is thick, almost viscous, with a robust taste of chocolate and just the tiniest hint of cinnamon. This is the kind of hot chocolate you need time to savor and so we lingered at the table. We also thoroughly enjoyed the little cake a’l orange we ordered which went wonderfully with the chocolate. If one is not concerned with weight, you could also order the hot chocolate gourmand which means that it comes with 4 tiny pastries created in house. I was content with my orange cake but I think the next time I need a treat, I’m going to go for the version gourmand!
|The salon du the that doubles as a restaurant|
|Some special orange covered chocolates|
|How enticing are these different chocolate squares?|
|A look at the lounge area|
Un Dimanche a Paris
4-6-8 Cour du Commerce Saint Andre