I’ve been involved in making and eating eclairs in the past year, from baking everything from scratch (the dough, filling and topping) with Le Meridien in Monaco last winter, I pretty much ate every single flavours of eclairs at Angelina cafe in Hong Kong, to customising eclairs toppings with Le Meridien in London Piccadilly last week. I have sweet tooth. I’m allowed.
One late morning I was invited to sample a new Savoy‘s signature; eclairs, at the newly opened Melba at The Savoy in Strand. Formerly a currency exchange premise now it was transformed into a gourmet take-away counter, incorporating quintessentially British design with hand-carved espresso-black woodwork interiors, rich black and white marble flooring, grey Italian marble counter tops and chrome accessories, with accents of the Art Deco era and Edwardian period. Melba offer a selection of pastries, British classic sandwiches and hot and cold beverages to take away, all menu is created by executive pastry chef, Ludwig Hely.
I was eyeing on the beautiful, mouthwatering bejewelled eclairs with a dozen sweet combinations, aligned perfectly behind the glassed counter for all sweet tooth customers to see and drool over. I was feeling slightly light-headed with an empty tum and in need of some sugar fix, perfect timing to indulge some sweet therapy!
The eclairs include flavours such as: passion fruit and milk chocolate, lychee with rose and raspberry, lemon meringue, salted caramel, cherry and pistachio. They’re priced at £2.95 each. I took home the best-selling lychee with rose and raspberry, and the salted caramel flavours presented in a lovely designed gift box, I was advised to consume them by end of the day as they were made fresh from the morning and to keep the flavour intact. I’m not quite fond of rose flavoured/scented snacks but this particular lychee with rose and raspberry tasted divine – light and fluffy, fruity flavours in-fused in one. The salted caramel was well balanced and not too sweet, otherwise enjoyable.
Do pay a visit if you’re in Strand or Covent Garden area, it’s worth a visit!
Melba at The Savoy, Strand, London, WC2R 0EU.