A pastry shop opening soon near Dupont Circle will bring with it a trendy French pastry.
The new patisserie, called Un Je Ne Sais Quoi, is set to open early next month in the former Hello Cupcake space at 1361 Connecticut Avenue NW, said owners and French expats Aude and Francois Buisine.
But the business won’t serve croissants or pain au chocolat, Aude said. Instead, the shop will focus on merveilleux, an airy French and Belgian pastry that took New York by storm last year.
“It has meringue layers. There is ganache, then there is whipped cream and shavings of chocolate,” Aude said. “It’s unknown in Washington D.C.”
The pastries will be sold in a variety of flavors such as chocolate, speculoos and coffee, and will be handmade by Francois with the “best products.”
“We’ll use Valrhona for the chocolate,” Aude said. “And bourbon vanilla for the whipped cream.”
The delicate desserts will be be made with local ingredients when possible and are mostly gluten-free, Aude added.
“It seems heavy when you see it, and you think oh, how can I eat everything? But when you take the first spoon, it’s really light,” she said.
Patrons who are unfamiliar with merveilleux will be able to sample it at the counter, Aude said. Alongside the pastries, the shop will also sell a rotating “sweet of the week,” French-style brioche and drinks such as coffee, tea and juice.
“Our aim is to share our pleasure of making good pastries with everybody,” Aude said.