You’ll never hear us deny it: we’re fans of just about every treat that comes out of Epcot’s France Pavilion.
Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie
As it turns out, so are lots of other people! So much so, in fact, that the well-loved Boulangerie Patisserie outgrew it’s original small space and reopened in early 2013 to better accommodate more guests… and more treats! (The original space, by the way, is now home to L’Artisan des Glaces.) Additionally, a large indoor seating area was added even while the charming outdoor seating remained.
When the Patisserie reopened in it’s new space as Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie, we were so excited to see (and even more thrilled to taste) all the goodness this spot had to offer.
By and large, reactions to the offerings – from sweet to savory – were positive. Many favorites from the old Patisserie made it over to the new, and the expanded options were varied, impressive, and flavorful.
One alteration, however, that displeased some guests was a change to a much-loved pastry: the Napoleon. It had been updated with the reopening to provide a more authentic French culinary experience. Upon learning that people were unhappy with the change, the chefs in the France Pavilion recently made an update…to the update !
And here is the result:
The updated Napoleon is a
lovely blend of the new and old versions.
The filling – you may be able to tell from the photo above – is much closer to its original light cream consistency, as opposed to the more dense form it took upon the reopening (which was more like cheesecake).
The replacement of glazed sugar fondant over the original powdered sugar remains with this new update, in keeping with the vision for a more traditional French Napoleon. I MUCH prefer the fondant over the previous powdered sugar version.
The pastry is very flakey, making it messy to cut through; but that’s my only complaint on this one.
Overall, though, I think this updated Napoleon offers the best of both worlds, and am impressed that the chefs behind all the terrific creations in Epcot’s France listened and responded to what guests had to say.
So, if you tried the Napoleon upon the reopening of Les Halles, you may want to return to taste it again and find out for yourself how it’s different. We’d love to hear what you think!
Also, let the France pavilion know your thoughts at @ArtisandesGlaces on twitter!
Are you interested in trying the updated Napoleon? Please let us know your thoughts with a comment!