I thought, “only in Paris would a pastry shop that seemed to sell mostly meringues coated in cream and chocolate shavings exist, let alone thrive”. We passed by this shop, Aux Merveilleux de Fred, on our way to dinner one evening and stopped to marvel at the confections on display. But we didn’t buy any, promising to return at a later time…
Turns out the pastry chef behind this shop, Frederic Vaucamps, previously trained at Lenotre, and he has elevated what was originally a Belgian dessert to new heights. Light meringues in varying sizes are then coated in whipped cream and rolled in dark chocolate shavings, white chocolate and other flavorings. I can only imagine what they taste like, but they have caused a bit of ruckus since they opened some 6-7 years ago (their first New York store just opened this year).
The shop apparently sells a few other items such as gaufrettes, but I suspect 80-90% of their business is in merveilleux. The design of the shops is hard to describe, perhaps a bit retro, with wide expanses of marble and a ginormous chandelier… It’s the kind of place that would have difficulty in Manila, what with the horrible humidity that would affect the quality of the meringues I would assume. At any rate, if it’s as marvelous as other folks say it is, Mrs. MM and I will definitely have to return to this shop for a taste of les merveilleux, for sure.