As avid Instagrammers and Parisian food aficionados may have noted, L’éclair de Génie is the reigning king of the éclair. This cleverly named business - a play on words literally meaning "a flash of genius" - with Chef Christophe Adam at the helm, provides customers all over the world with beautiful éclairs, ice cream, confections and more.
With shops all over Paris, its place of birth, it is hard to avoid the white and yellow facades and inviting pastry counters of L’éclair de Génie. Even in my neighborhood in a suburb west of Paris, an éclair delivery truck is often parked around town. The vans are adorned with photographs of immaculate éclairs of every color.
The shops I passed most often were those in Le Marais and on Rue Montorgueil. Usually, I would just pass by. Sometimes, I would venture inside to take a peek. Once or twice, I indulged in one of the scrumptious morsels.
Over the summer, my sister visited from the US and we stopped into the storefront in Le Marais to see what they had to offer. At the time, the shop was featuring a box of 4 mini eclairs for 10€. Naturally, we took a box without hesitation and were delighted to try the lemon-coconut, salted butter caramel, raspberry, and strawberry varieties. The four wonders were nestled into a beautifully designed box. Careful attention had clearly been paid to each one of the 3-bite pastries and the decorations were perfect reflections of their flavors.
The Raspberry éclair was glazed in pink and adorned with shimmery covered pop rocks. The filling was tinted pink and had a bright fruity taste.
The Lemon Coconut was filled with a rich cream and topped with a tiny coconut marshmallow and thin strip of coconut.
The Strawberry variety was set off by a smidgen of gold leaf and a tiny wild strawberry. Don't forget the fresh berry filling which had a pleasant level of acidity.
And the classic Salted Butter Caramel was shining in gold and caramel glaze and studded with crunchy chocolate morsels. The filling was perfectly thick and well-emulsified.
If you head in for a treat, don’t skip the classic chocolate flavor, and make sure you try something seasonal on the menu. Chef Christophe Adam has perfected his product and made it worthy of all éclair accolades. Stay delicious L’éclair de Génie!
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