Belle Epoque Patisserie Review
Tired of corner shop cake, I decided I would brave the rough streets of Highbury and Islington. My destination : The French Patisserie that is Belle Epoque. Belle Epoque is easy to get to. Turn right when exiting the station, walk for about 5 minutes and the patisserie is across the road.
|Gold eclair - belle epoque patisserie|
The area itself is a bit grubby. I wouldn't choose to come to this branch of Belle Epoque for a sit down visit. Which is a shame, because the patisserie itself is the complete opposite. Belle Epoque is typically Parisian, with a sleek monochrome colour theme. There are a few stools and tables against the wall. Plus two outdoor tables.
|Belle Epoque patisserie - macrons|
Now for the big reveal..
Feast your eyes upon these beauties.
|Belle epoque patisserie eclairs|
The green Belle Epoque eclair is apple and ginger flavour. The real pieces of ginger on top aren't too overpowering. The green fondant topping tastes a little powdery and not very flavoursome. The filling is a mild apple puree, and the flowers on top are smooth, milky white chocolate. I got a bit ahead of myself buying this eclair to be honest, as I already knew it wouldn't be a taste preference of mine.
The gold Belle Epoque eclair is filled with a smooth vanilla creme brulee. You can see black vanilla specks, which is a good sign. The topping is a lovely crisp nougatine. Not too hard. Overall this eclair has a mild taste. It's mildly sweet, and there's a slight tang to it. The dark chocolate logo on top is smooth and creamy.
Now for the Belle Epoque macarons. This was my first taste of macarons, and I must say they're pretty good. I've always expected macarons to be too sweet and hard, but thankfully they're not! These taste a little bit like meringues, which just so happen to be one of my favourite treats. I bought a pack of 5 in assorted flavours. Chocolate is by far the best, but maybe I'm being biased - as I am a chocoholic! They're so light, with a delicate crunch and a smooth creamy center.
|Belle Epoque patisserie macaron|
I'd probably only go back to Belle Epoque to try their fruit danishes and a unique hybrid - danish crumbles! Might have to ring ahead beforehand though, to check that they have them in stock. There were none when I arrived at Belle Epoque and I was there in the morning. Sobs.
Appearances really can be deceptive, as the eclairs didn't taste as good as they looked. They weren't memorable or moreish. A little too mild and not chocolatey enough. However, if you like your sweet things a bit less sweet, and you're into fruity treats then you'll probably love Belle Epoque eclairs. As for me though, you can gimme an original chocolate eclair any day.
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