Eric Kayser is one of the best bakers in Paris. In my opinion, I reckon he's The Best. That's not something I say lightly, but make no bones about it, his cakes, tarts and gateaux are some of the best things I've ever eaten. That's also something I don't say often.
Monsieur Kayser comes from a long line of bakers. I think I heard it said that he is the fourth generation. He opened the first Maison Kayser in 1996 on rue Monge (near rue Mouffetard in the 5th arrondissement.)
There are 18 shops in Paris, so you're bound to find one near you and even if you don't live in Paris, his shops have a wide range from other cities in France (in Lyon) to other countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Japan and Senegal! There are 80 in total apparently.
I went to his shop in the 8th, on boulevard Malesherbes a few days ago to try a croissant for the croissant competition
. You can find your nearest shop, as well as more about the man himself, on their website http://www.maison-kayser.com/
(and if your French is a little rusty, this is a petit reminder that you ought to click on "Ou Nous Trouver" to find a map of their shops.)
The strawberry gateau pictured above was divine... but I have to say, the one that stole the show was undoubtedly the tarte au citron ('lemon tart.') It was sour, sweet, tangy, creamy and crunchy, all at the same time. Gobsmackingly gorgeous!! Pair it with a dry ('brut') champagne and I promise you'll think you've gone to heaven!
Try it and tell me if you agree or disagree...