Hugo & Victor Brings Parisian Pastries to The Webster
January 27, 2014 | by Lane Nieset | Food & Drink News
Serving pastries, lunch, afternoon tea, cocktails, and weekend brunch, Hugo & Victor recently opened at The Webster.
Miami is full of sweets shops, but surprisingly lacking in the classic French patisserie department. Thanks to a chance encounter with The Webster's Laure Heriard Dubreuil, decorated French chef Hugues Pouget has opened an outpost of his Parisian patisserie, Hugo & Victor, inside The Webster.
“[Laure] loved our work, and I knew of The Webster,” Pouget says. “In Paris we are very close with the fashion world—we work with Dior, Chanel, Chloé, Viktor & Rolf—and we create pastries for them. It’s almost logic to work with The Webster because [the fashion world] is our universe in Paris.”
Year-round offered Key lime tart at Hugo & Victor.
Having done stints at Ladurée, Le Bristol, and Restaurant Guy Savoy, the three Michelin-star chef was attracted to Miami for its international appeal, Art Basel buzz, and fashionable Design District.
“There are a lot of French people in Miami, so it’s like a small French town,” says Pouget. “It’s an original destination, but it’s interesting. Today in Miami there is no one like Ladurée, La Maison du Chocolat, Pierre Hermé; we are the first ones. So it was interesting for us to open here before everybody.”
But what sets Hugo & Vitctor apart from Ladurée, which will open soon on Lincoln Road, is its café-like setting and artful aesthetic. Near too pretty to eat pastries are displayed in dessert cabinets, like little objets d' art in a museum. Even sweeter is the fact that Pouget sources local, seasonal ingredients.
Valentine's Day chocolate box at Hugo & Victor.
His current tropical winter menu includes a strawberry tart and lemon cheesecake, but a Key lime tart and Key Lime macaron are available year-round. And if you're in the market for Valentine's Day sweets, swing by the shop and pick up a holiday-themed box of chocolates nestled inside an adorable writer’s notebook. 1220 Collins Ave.
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