Angelo Musa Patisserie test drive at Harrods – more pastry delights for London | Road test

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Angelo Musa with his new toy – a refrigerated pastry cart

So this is another high-end patisserie for London?

He is. Angelo Musa is a benchmark in pastry, having won the titles of Best Pastry Chef in France and World Pastry Champion. He is currently Executive Pastry Chef at the super luxurious Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris.

And he opened at Harrods?

Yes, Angelo Musa’s patisserie is on the fourth floor of the Knightsbridge department store. Not the easiest place to find – but if you’re looking for Gordon Ramsay’s Tea Room and Street Burger, you’re close by. Neighboring Berkeley has had great success with his coffee Cédric Groletso Harrods is hoping for something similar here.

How is the new place?

It’s actually quite a large restaurant with the option of eating at the counter or getting a table in the dining room.

to eatIt’s a pretty decent sized space with a range of tables for three and four and the dining counter in the back.

What is on the menu?

Here in London, Musa’s has a broader mission than in Paris, so the menu includes both savory and sweet options. As for the latter, you will no doubt want to try its famous 100% Vanilla cake or its award-winning Papilio. But there are also two London exclusives to try that we ordered too…

angelo musa patisserie harrods london reviewMint Strawberry Tartlet (£15) – sweet puff pastry with custard and almonds topped with strawberry mint gel, fresh strawberries and strawberry brunoise.

angelo musa patisserie harrods london reviewGrapefruit and Vanilla Millefeuille a la Minute (£15) – Homemade puff pastry made with both grapefruit crémeux and vanilla mousseline cream and topped with candied grapefruit, grapefruit chunks as well as edible gold and flowers.

Musa’s patisserie at Harrods also gives you the chance to taste its savory options for the first time (in Paris, there are only cakes to try).

angelo musa patisserie harrods london reviewLobster brioche roll (£18) toasted with herb butter and filled with poached lobster tail and dill mayonnaise.

What’s on the menu for vegetarians or vegans?

We liked the look of the Roque Foret (£16) – a grilled chestnut and Parmesan cheese sandwich with Gruyere cheese and a free-range egg, served with a shaved black truffle flower in front of you. There is also a vegetable and herb summer tart with eggplant caviar or a beetroot and goat cheese salad with an orange sherry vinaigrette.

What about the drink?

The menu covers all sorts of hot drinks as well as Harrods wines and champagnes and a short cocktail list. We had a chai latte, but next time we’ll be tempted by the Mirabelle Alexandre (£18) made with plum brandy and Briottet prune liqueur among other delicacies.

General thoughts

There was considerable interest from Harrods shoppers on the day of the preview we visited, with bookings being taken in droves and quickly for this new patisserie. It may not have quite the glamor of Cedric Grolet at Berkeley, but it’s considerably cheaper – cakes here are £15 compared to £25 at Berkeley. If you have a sweet tooth and like to try the next new thing, you’ll definitely want to check it out.

More about Angelo Musa at Harrods

Where is he? 87–135 Brompton Road Knightsbridge London SW1X 7XL.

Learn more: Visit the Harrods website or follow Angelo on Instagram @angelomusaofficial

Hot diners dined as Harrods guests. Prices correct at time of publication.

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