Last Monday, in order to kill time for the hour-long wait at Sugarfish, my date and I decided to walk around Beverly Hills and sight-see. It wasn’t long until we came across the classiest French bakery, Le Mervetty.
The décor was incredibly elegant yet minimalistic. Ultra white walls, modern metallic seating, and an eccentric light fixture greet customers upon entering. Mini Eiffel Tower sculptures, a huge portrait of Marie Antoinette (and her famous quote, “Let them eat cake!”), and black tutu aprons worn by the staff give the boutique a Parisian Victorian era with a modern upscale twist.
Although the merveilleux is what the shop is known for, Le Mervetty also offers a variety of French macaroons as well as coffee to complement the sweet pastries.
Pastry chef and owner of Le Mervetty, Etty Benhamou, welcomed us with her warm smile as soon as we walked in. She was incredibly friendly and accommodating, giving us free samples while patiently answering our questions about what exactly a “merveilleux” is (a French confection of puffy meringue and whipped cream coated with chocolate shavings or crumbled speculoos). Or, as I’d like to call it, magic cloud cakes!
At $5.50 a pop of the grand merveilleux, the magic cloud cakes were a little on the pricey side. Yet, as always, my sweet tooth got the best of me. Plus, I’m a firm believer in dessert before dinner.
True to nature, I chose the Nutella Merveilleux. It was heavenly! It was delicate and soft and airy yet rich and decadent at the same time! Sweet but not too sweet! The magic cloud cake crumbled immediately after the first cut, which I expected considering it was a mountain of meringue and whipped cream. It was quite messy to eat (as seen on the picture below), yet it was too delicious for me to notice. We practically licked the plate off.
I am most definitely going to come back and try other flavors!
319 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210