Sunday, October 9, 2011
E. Dehillerin: A kitchen store that sells things you don't even know exist
Dehillerin has the reputation of being snooty, but that has never been my experience. Quite the contrary. The moment you come through the door, someone asks what they can help you with. And you feel you really ought to know, because one look around tells you they’re very busy people. If you’re not sure what you came in for, or you’re there just out of curiosity, simply say you’d like to look around a bit. They’ve heard it before. They’ve heard it all before.
E. Dehillerin is not a store for the faint of heart. But even if you’re not a professional, there’s still no reason to deny yourself the pleasure of discovering this Ali Baba’s Cavern of Things Gastronomic. Don’t break into a cold sweat, fearing they’ll throw you out. They know who’s who, and what side their brioche is buttered on. They’ll take you under their somewhat rough Gallic wing and make sure you get what you need, if not what you thought you wanted. Just don’t try to engage them in conversations about your Aunt Betty’s cooking or how you make your quiche. They’re just not interested.
They probably make a better quiche themselves anyway. And I’ll bet they got the recipe from Curnonsky himself when he came in to buy his cooking utensils there.
Open Monday from 9:00 to 12:30 and 2:00 to 6:00 and from Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 to 6:00. Closed Sundays and holidays
18 & 20, rue Coquillière / 51, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau - 75001 PARIS
Tel.: 33 (0)1 42 36 53 13 - Fax: 33 (0)1 42 36 54 80