L’Artisan Gourmand is a newly opened French kiosk in Al Wahda Mall (Extension), Abu Dhabi, UAE. This kiosk may look tiny, but the decadent eclairs you find behind the glass counter are lighter than air and pack bites of heaven with the most gorgeous custard filling! With a recipe passed down from a Grandmother in the South of France, this kiosk ticks all the right boxes to deliver beautiful looking Éclairs with pure elegance. (It really feels like you are picking up a bag of La Senza, not for me of course).
First of all, before we begin, éclairs are my favorite french pastry ever (for the record)! Madeleines come in 2nd place since it pairs so brilliantly with black coffee). An éclair is essentially an oblong choux pastry that’s usually topped with chocolate, icing sugar, etc. Usually, filled with custard, no wait – an oozing creamy vanilla custard, these treats are to-die-for. Why are they awesome? Because they’re bigger versions of profiteroles and they’re just so yum! .
L’Artisan Gourmand is one that puts a twist on this traditional desert (which you’d usually find at Dunkin’ Donuts). This twist is a result of a range of éclairs from trendy to traditional to unique creations every month. Of course, for the dietary conscious, you do have the option of going for the “minis” which are half the caloric count, but definitely double the temptation.
The kiosk is cute with a light shade of baby blue and the extremely friendly staff are there to help you out with your sugar requirements, just so you know what to expect (Hehe). However, the decadent éclairs are not only for takeaways and consumption at home. They make perfect gifts during times when perfumes and wallets are just not the option anymore.
The éclairs are delicately placed in gorgeous boxes and sat down in handy blue bags. I had the chance of trying out the classics and the minis. All I can say is a gift, especially like this, would definitely put a smile on my face! It was of course hard to eat them, because they were just so “Souvenir-Ready for the Shelf!” (exactly like Lindt’s Easter Bunny). However, I had to…I just had to…
From Left to Right…A Salted Caramel Crunch (must-have!) with a Daim Chocolate flavor, The “Panda-man” creation with marzipan and a Pistachio Éclair which was perfectly creamy with just the right amount of pistachio flavor (must-have!)
Further, for the minis…Designer Éclairs (with marzipan layers) on either end, a White Flake Éclair that had a very vanilla-passion-fruity flavor and a Macchiato Écliar that was rich in flavors of chocolate and latté (must-have!).
The kiosk also features a lovely collection of infused teas, for the enthusiast. The collection ranges from classic black and green in addition to the infusions of fruity flavors and teas for Wellness.
Moreover, L’Artisan Gourmand also launched their creation of the month – Desert Nostalgia (with Dates and Traditional Delicacies)…I am definitely going to try this out!
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