Jean Luc Pelé, French Patisserie
Serving macaroons, intricate pastries and desserts and breads
Rating: 5 stars
Price guideline: $$$
Jean Luc Pelé patisseries can be found in the South of France at various locations along the French Rivera, the patisserie outlet chain owned and founded by Jean Luc Pelé has its flagship store located in Cannes, which is also the home of the famous annual Cannes film festival. I was lucky enough to be able to visit an outlet in Antibes, which is a small port town located between Monaco and Cannes and is famous for its harbor which is favored by many luxury yacht owners choosing to dock there during the summer yacht season. Because of this, Antibes is a great location for a luxury patisserie with lots of money floating around, having said that of course the items on offer for sale match the luxury location, so get ready to empty your piggy bank to sample the delights on offer!
The store is very clean and smart with minimal decoration, the floors and walls are mostly black which helps to immediately draw your eyes to the big glass chests full of vibrant desserts and macaroons. Upon entering the store, along with the visual impact of the items on sale for offer you are also greeted with a decorative chocolate waterfall which adds a bit of fun to the experience. Each different type of dessert is neatly lined up in rows of about eight pieces, my guessing is that they are constantly restocked and kept looking full to enhance the visual effect. Desserts were six euros each, so fairly pricey, however as the saying goes you get what you pay for, which definitely rings true here. I decided to try four desserts, the desserts I chose were a fruit tartlet, chocolate and passion fruit mousse, chocolate and raspberry mousse and a gateaux opera, all described with pictures below!
My overall review of this patisserie is five star, the most delicious desserts I’ve ever tasted and well worth the price tag, if you are ever in the South of France then make sure you don’t miss this!
Chocolate and raspberry mousse cake
The light and fluffy, yet rich dark chocolate mousse stand elegantly on a small disc of chocolate and almond cake which has been soaked in a raspberry liqueur, nestling inside the mousse is a fresh raspberry which also tastes like it has been infused with something boozy and delicious. The mousse cake is topped with a glaze which is like a light cocoa jelly rather than a ganache, which makes the dessert much lighter.
Passion fruit and milk chocolate mousse cake
A light and fluffy milk chocolate mousse sits on top of a chocolate and almond cake base and a layer of crunchy nut praline which adds a nice crunch to the dessert. Nestling in the middle of the milk chocolate mousse is a refreshing passion fruit mousse which pairs excellently with the milk chocolate flavor. The dessert is glazed with a white chocolate jelly which has been given a little hint of orange coloring for visual impact and topped with some fresh redcurrants.
This classic French cake was delicious, multiple layers of very thin almond cake sandwiched together with a light chocolate ganache and a coffee flavored buttercream icing. The gateaux opera was topped with the same glossy cocoa jelly as the raspberry and chocolate mousse
Fresh fruit tartlet
A rich and incredibly crispy, crunchy short crust pastry was filled with a rich chewy almond and pistachio cake and topped with homemade strawberry jam and fresh berries. This was the most simple of the desserts but very delicious indeed, I would have liked some whipped cream or crème anglaise to go with this to add some moisture, other than that quite delicious!