Croissant Competition: Part Twenty Two
Having heard great things about this Latin Quarter institution, I went in to the Gérard Mulot on the rue de Seine last weekend with my expectations high.
Located just off the boulevard Saint Germain, between the marché and métro Odéon, it shouldn't have surprised me that it was full of well-dressed, perfectly coiffed ladies, even at a very unfriendly hour of the morning.
Despite my somewhat north-of-the-river fashion sense and sporting some pretty fantastic bed-head hair, I joined the queue and waited my turn.
Whilst in the queue, I did notice (and appreciate incredulously) the fact that they were selling wine - yes, wine in a boulangerie. Indeed, it seems they were encouraging pairing Bandol rosé wines with their pastries. Now I know we're in France, but 9am is a little bit tooooo early for me.
Anyway, after much hopping from one foot to the other, rather impatiently, the moment of truth arrived. Exchanging shiny coins for delicate pastry, I reached out and grasped the deftly sealed bag.
However, you know, after all that build-up, the croissant actually tasted rather stale. It was chewy, bread-y, and didn't have a single flake. It looked pretty, with its little glaze (although I do prefer my croissants not to have one) but the problem was that it was simply lacking in butter (and may have been out on the shelf for a while too...)
Maybe it was just a one-off, maybe it was because I was looking so dishevelled that they gave me the runt of the baking tray, but it was most disappointing.
open 6.45am - 8pm, closed Wednesday
Boulangeries also in the 3rd and 13th arrondissements.
P.S. If you are in the area, I really recommend the chocolate brioche. Plump for that instead! Or just stick to the chocolates - far better than the pastries. Honestly. Go to Kayser instead!