Tea anyone? At Mariage Frères this simple question can cause a minor panic attack. In this famous chic, yet relaxed, Paris teahouse on rue du Bourg-Tibourg, founded back in 1854, the tea menu contains over 500 high quality teas. Unless you know what you want, you should ask for the special booklet that explains all the different teas to you (available both in English and French) - but going through the booklet would probably take ages. Much better option is to rely on the recommendations of kind fellow foodbloggers. Before going to Paris, I had read several foodblogs for good insider tips, and these surely became handy in moments like this. I went for Thé à L'Opéra - vanilla green tea with sweet spices and red fruits - endorsed by Michèle of Oswego Tea. I definitely discovered that, as far as teas go, Michèle is a trustworthy source :-) It was a delicate, fragrant and very pleasing choice.
I also shared a cake with my date K. - a lively green dome-shaped 'Mont Fuji' cake. Green matcha tea crust on top of cream and chocolate ganache and with some sour cherries in a dark chocolate case, decorated with candied chestnuts. Very rich and oh-so-tasty.
Mariage Frères @ Le Marais
30 rue du Bourg-Tibourg, Paris 4e
Telephone : +33(0)1 42 72 28 11