Pierre Hermé – a little of what you fancy
Wed, 18th November 2015
A little of what you fancy does you good. Next time you are in need of a sugar treat you might as well make it truly fabulous. Monsieur Pierre Herme is actually a Parisian pastry chef who diversified into macaroons, fine chocolate and other fancies. He has a huge following worldwide so naturally I couldn’t possibly turn down an invitation to pop in at the boutique on Lowndes Street to see or shall I say taste what the fuss is all about.
Truthfully a first impression of the boutique is underwhelming. The location is convenient, just off the shopping buzz of Sloane Street, but somehow the exterior of the shop doesn’t draw you in. I have walked past so many times and haven’t been intrigued to enter. From the street you would be forgiven for thinking it was one of the many perfume boutiques that have recently sprang up everywhere around Belgravia but step inside and any preconceptions quickly evaporate.
When you do enter the boutique it feels rather cosy but all the goodies are well arranged so it doesn’t seem at all cramped. There’s a heavenly selection of treats to tempt you and everything is beautifully presented. I am no confectionary connoisseur but I am pretty certain the macaroons should be first on any Pierre Herme shopper’s list. I was dazzled by the sheer array of flavours on offer – from rose to salted caramel, passion fruit, white truffle, apricot and good old chocolate. What I loved most about the macaroons is that they are not teeth curling sweet so you really appreciate the expertise that has gone into creating them. Pierre Herme believes sugar should be used like salt, i.e. a seasoning to heighten other shades of flavour.
Chocolate lovers are also well catered for at the boutique with a decent selection but if I’m being honest there is so much choice and competition for fine chocolate that, although delicious, the Pierre Herme offering didn’t particularly stand out for me. I was more drawn to the artisan jams and fine teas that I didn’t even know was part of the range. The packaging alone is divine.
So why pop in at the boutique? Well for the mothers of KV this is paradise for gift hunting. Macaroons provide a special Christmas treat for your children’s beloved teachers. Makes a change from a bog standard box of chocolates…or how about a nice selection of homemade jam to tame your mother in law if she is hosting this festive season? A tray of macaroons would also make an eye-catching centrepiece for mums to admire and enjoy at your child’s next birthday party…or you can simply buy for your own indulgence. Enjoy!
By Nana Coles
Pierre Herme is at 13 Lowndes Street, SW1X 9EX