|Harcourt, le dessert created by Michelin-starred chef Guy Martin and pastry chef David Doualan|
Life is short. Eat dessert first!
This morning started the way that every morning should -- with a dessert tasting at Michelin-starred chef Guy Martin's Cristal Room.
To better understand the significance of "Harcourt, le dessert", it helps to know a little bit about the history of Baccarat's iconic Harcourt glass. In 1841, when King Louis-Philippe ordered a ceremonial chalice engraved with his royal monogram from Baccarat, the French monarch and his guests were completely charmed by its innovative design. The like of this exceptional piece, with its six-cut crystal facets and hexagonal foot, had never been seen before. For more than 170 years, Harcourt glasses have been adorning the tables of royalty, statesmen and aristocracy around the world, from the Vatican in Rome to the Elysée Palace in Paris and French embassies in the United States and the United Kingdom.
|Pastry chef David Doualan and Michelin-starred chef Guy Martin|
As an homage to Baccarat's Harcourt glass, pastry chef David Doualan has replicated its graceful form in edible white chocolate. Given the delicateness of the material, it was no small feat! Sensing our reluctance to break something so exquisite, Doualan assured us that we could eat the perfectly proportioned white chocolate glass. But first, we savored the heart of the dessert, a harmonious combination of pistachio cream topped with wild strawberries, miniature vanilla marshmallows and gold flakes. King Louis Philippe and his guests would have been as enthusiastic about Harcourt, le dessert as they were about the glass for which it was named.
From March 28, Harcourt, le dessert will be available for your tasting pleasure.
11, place des Etats-Unis
Tél : 01 40 22 11 10
Open from Monday to Saturday with valet parking for lunch (12:00 to 2:00 pm) and dinner (7:30-10:00 pm).
|Cristal Room Baccarat|