Kneaders in Paris
Chaumont brings stunning French pastries to Beverly Hills
Call it the Tweet that launched a thousand Francophiles.
The croissant ($2.50), flaky and rich with a buttery, supple interior, has quickly become one of our favorites in town too.
Husband-and-wife owners Laski and Laila Abddaim, along with pastry chef Nicolas Rançon and baker Denis Bocq, have already developed a neighborhood reputation for their delicate French pastries.
An all-star lineup of colorful desserts lines the display case every morning, including a supple praline-cream-filled Paris-Brest, crumbly chocolate éclairs, and one of the best slices of tarte Tatin we’ve ever tasted.
In the afternoon, there are Niçoise salads ($16) with seared tuna, and sandwiches served on Chaumont’s heavenly house-made baguettes, like one layered with smoked salmon ($12) and capers, or a banh mi made with marinated beef ($11).
In fact, while you may enter the shop with a sweet tooth, you’ll probably head out with a bag of fresh baguettes tucked under one arm.
Among a selection of intricate and dainty pastry creations, we were surprised that our favorite breakfast was a simple length of baguette, spread with creamy European butter and strawberry jam.
How very French.