Eat This Now (like a Frenchman) – PAYARD’s Raspberry Napoleon

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If you’ve ever eaten a Napoleon — and let’s face it who hasn’t? — you are familiar with the shattered, mille-feuille* mess created by your first attempt to cut through all those luscious layers** of pastry and pastry cream.

We’ve eaten hundreds of them over the years, from Naples (where they may have originated) to Napa, and never been able to avoid smashing this otherworldly confection into oblivion before we ever take a bite! So hard is it to eat one gracefully that many a time, in many a pastry shop (hello Fauchon!), we often forgo savoring the silky, vanilla custard as it beckons within the buttery, leafy shards encasing it, because it’s so f*cking hard to eat!

Enter Franck Savoy, Caesars’ Director of Restaurants and a man with a certain pedigree in such matters, at last Friday’s lunch at Payard.

“Looks delicious,” said ELV greedily. “Nobody makes pastry like Francois Payard.”

“But John, don’t you know how to eat it?” replied Franck.

“Sure,” we replied. “You just smash it down, the custard and crumbs go everywhere, then you scrape it off the plate.”

“Tu est trés fou!”*** scoffed the Frenchman. “Eet eeze sooo easy, mon ami. All you do eeze turn eet on eets side. See how easy?”

And so it was, and so it is, and thus did the experience become the (increasingly rare) something new for ELV to learn in the food world.

Merci beaucoup Franck!

It costs $7 and is so good, you’ll be scraping it off the plate no matter how you cut  it.

Just thought you’d like to know.


In Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino

3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Las Vegas, NV 89109-8924



* Mille-feuille (MEEL-fooey), means “thousand-leaf” en Français.

** 729 layers to be exact…or 2,187 depending on how many times you fold the dough.

*** French for: “You ill-mannered, uncouth American.”

2 thoughts on “Eat This Now (like a Frenchman) – PAYARD’s Raspberry Napoleon

  1. Nuts. Should have tried this out when I was in town this week. Someone needs to double check ELV’s research. Hopefully, next time.

  2. When I visited France as a teenager, my host (a teenager who had stayed with me in my home earlier that year) and her mother took me to a Pastry shop in Strasbourg. We all ate Napoleans (strawberry I believe) and my plate was completely messy and disgusting while both of theirs were spotless. I was baffled and couldn’t figure out what I did wrong…..perhaps this is the answer to the mystery….

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