Angelina, Paris

Angelina is a fantastical treat. The tea salon is gilded gold, ornate and a must visit for decadence and a feeling Marie Antoinette wants everyone to eat cake.

The tuberose and tea display was inviting. While we waited 20 minutes in line outside on a rainy day, upon entrance into the main lobby area, we only waited an additional 10 minutes to be seated.

The Angelina salon has a second floor tea room and had few tables available for patrons.

In the front entrance way, is a pastry and confection counter. There are marshmallows ,chocolates and tea for purchase. Additionally, there is a glass counter full of a sweet feast for the eyes. There are delicate pastries, tarts, eclairs and amazing desserts.

The pastry case and tearoom serves macarons of many flavors and the isgnature Mont Blanc with bits of meringue, sweet whipped cream and chestnut puree vermicelles icing.

There was the Tarte Citron with Lemon custard tartlet, candied lemon zest, or the Tartelette Eva with Dark chocolate and raspberry ganache tartlet, hint of Bourbon vanilla and Tonka bean crème brûlée, vanilla mascarpone cream, fresh raspberries and strawberry sablé.

The Dark chocolate éclair: pate a choux, bitter dark chocolate cream filling, bitter chocolate glaze or the Eclair fraise looked like a unique fruit flavor. They were tantalizing for 5.6 euros.

Angelina serves breakfast everyday until 11.30 a.m. The Angelina breakfast for 29 euros includes Tea, coffee or Angelina hot chocolate, freshly squeezed fruit juices, mini viennoiseries such as  a croissant, pain au chocolat, pain aux raisins, a moisan organic bread roll – butter, Angelina honey and jam.

Angelina serves snacks until 6:30 p.m. and includes quiche lorraine and croque monsieurs. The club sandwiches are served with french fries and a small mesclun salad. We decided on a Scandinavian club sandwich with layers of smoked salmon, thinly sliced cucumbers and hard-boiled egg for 21 euros. The sandwich had a nice crisp from the toast and a creamy consistency from the egg yolks.

Our English Breakfast tea went well with Le Mont Blanc pastry. The chestnut icing was delicately overlaid ontop of the “cupcake”. We have never sampled chestnut icing and it is smooth and has a velvety texture.

The crumbles of the meringue went well with the light whip cream and bits of the chestnut icing. This was a very unique tasting dessert and a real treat.

We can not wait to return to the angelic and regal Angelina on another special occasion for tea and other French desserts.

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