La Pâtisserie des Rêves is the kind of pastry shop that we’ll never find in Singapore. Oops, I’ve got nothing against patisseries here; it’s just that they are so
boring safe. It’s always French-inspired this or Japanese-style that; where’s the creativity and Uniquely Singapore?
Rêves by Philippe Conticini is a one-of-a-kind boutique. It’s fancy without that annoying intimidating vibe, a little whimsical, and so futuristic-looking!
93 rue du Bac, Paris
Even from the outside, the cute-ish window display beckons!
Stepping in, you will be greeted by glass domes hanging from the ceiling, under which are art-gallery-worthy pastries and cakes!
How neat is that?
Walking around, one of the first things you will see is a giant brioche feuillete!
This is also the logo of Rêves if you notice.
Don’t worry, there’s manageable “petite” versions if the giant brioche is too much.
Now let’s take a closer look at the main attraction.. I see tarte citron, chocolate éclair, Saint-Honoré, Mont Blanc…
I always say that research is important. Otherwise, I’ll never be able to choose anything since I’ll want EVERYTHING, lol.
My never-fail policy is to always get the signature stuff first, the rest can wait. And that has to be the Paris-Brest this time, which is (according to Le Figaro) the best Paris-Brest in Paris!
As its name implies, Paris-Brest was created to celebrate the Paris–Brest–Paris bicycle race more than 100 years ago. Traditionally, the “wheel” is a ring of choux pastry with a praline-flavored cream filling.
Yes, it’s a very calorie-laden “snack” cuz the race is 1200km! Those poor racers need the energy, people.
Rêves’ Paris-Brest is an old-fashioned French classic with a new twist.. Instead of one “wheel”, there’s 6 mini “wheels”, which I think is a brilliant idea since it makes eating/sharing so much easier and less messy. And hidden within each ball of cream is a semi-liquid chocolate-hazelnut core.
Initially, I thought this will be a cream overkill type of cream puff (which is basically what a Paris-Brest is) but this is quite irresistible. Granted, the choux pastry is rather underwhelming (kind of chewy and flat-tasting), but the rich smooth cream (I’m guessing it contains roasted hazelnuts) is intensely nutty (nothing Nutella about this) and addictive, I like!
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