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Posted: Fri Aug 23 2013
Macaroons, cupcakes and choux buns have all had their food fashion moments in Paris, and now it’s the turn of the angel cake. Light, fluffy American treats, here adapted by a Japanese kitchen, they hide a creamy centre, the whole angelically free of butter – it’s made on a base of beaten egg whites.
There are six flavours on offer at Ciel, a salon de thé entirely devoted to angel cake: from the more classic (rose, chocolate and vanilla-caramel) to the more unusual (lemon yuzu or green tea matcha). The café is done out in an elegant, minimal style with a central bar area in white wood. Gusts of scent of Japanese brews from the famous Jugetsudo tea house mix with the baking aromas from the kitchen at the rear. If you buy your cakes to take away, they’re packaged up in origami boxes; starting at €5 for a cake, they’re far from unreasonably priced.
In the evenings, the salon de thé becomes a trendy bar, open until 11pm in the week and 1am on weekends, where fans of Japanese whisky can indulge while snacking on savoury dishes like a parmesan bake or a plate of pata negra Spanish ham for €10. Don’t miss out on the Higgball cocktail (€12), a surprising mix of fizzy water, lemon and whisky.