A recap of my visit to the elegant La Maison Maille boutique in the Flatiron District of NYC, featuring unique Dijon mustards, cornichons, oils, and vinegars.
Earlier this fall, a visit to one of La Maison Maille’s boutiques in Manhattan upended my conception of Dijon mustard in the most delicious way possible. Maille had sent me a sample of one of their limited edition mustards over the summer (you might remember the Honey Mustard Grilled Pork Chops I made with it). I learned at that time that they had retail stores in the city, and Pauline Ouchikh, one of Maille’s PR representatives in New York, invited me to their Flatiron boutique for a tour. One of my favorite parts of having a blog is being able to share fun experiences such as these with my readers. I hope that you will enjoy reading about my visit to the boutique as much as I enjoyed my afternoon shopping!
Here in Central New Jersey, three of Maille’s “classic” mustard recipes are routinely stocked in markets: Dijon Originale, Old-Style Whole Grain, and Honey Mustard. They’ve been favorites of mine for years, but I had no idea that Maille’s luxurious product line extended past these varieties. I wish I’d discovered this sooner! As Maille’s Mustard Advisor, Tevin, expertly guided me around the boutique (with my breadstick in hand), I sampled recipes such as Blue Cheese and White Wine, Saffron and Crème Fraiche, Walnut, and Beetroot-Honey. Each mustard provided such a beautiful pairing of flavors and and aromas, ranging from sweet to savory, piquant to herbaceous, and ethereal to earthy. I honestly had to restrain myself from buying a jar of everything I tasted as recipe ideas spun through my head. (Though, I did leave that day with several bags of purchases in both holiday gifts for friends and treats for myself!) The boutique really is something of a paradise for a gourmet mustard lover.
Perhaps the most unique component to the boutique experience is Maille’s mustard “on-tap.” These classic and limited edition seasonal recipes are dispensed via porcelain pumps to elegant stoneware jars, which can be refilled at any boutique. For autumn, Maille is offering two truffle mustards from the pumps (of which I’d heard rave reviews from a friend who lives in the city before tasting myself), including the new Black Truffle Cep and the bestselling Black Truffle and Chablis. Upon tasting, I found it nearly impossible to choose a favorite between the two. Both were well-rounded and aromatic, with the Black Truffle Cep a bit less assertive on the palate. Also available from the pump are Dijon Originale with White Wine, Sauternes, Wholegrain Chardonnay, and Chablis, the latter of which has become a fast favorite in our home.
Other products that I was not familiar with before my visit to the boutique were Maille’s oils, vinegars, and expanded line of cornichons. The delicate hint of sweetness in the caramelized onion gherkins have made them my new “go-to” for remoulades and relishes. I fell in love with their walnut oil and was especially intrigued by their fruit vinegars, which I understand can be used to craft delicious cocktails. I’m looking forward to experimenting with some of these while entertaining during the holiday season.
La Maison Maille has two boutiques in New York: Flatiron (pictured) and Lincoln Square, as well as a third U.S. location in Connecticut. Information on these boutiques and all seven locations worldwide is available here. A visit to the boutique is a wonderful experience, but if you don’t live convenient to one of their locations, Maille will ship their products, including freshly-pumped mustards, via their website.
Many and special thanks to Pauline Ouchikh, Diana Tedesco, Elisa Galassi, Tevin, and Nicole So, for their warm and gracious hospitality during my visit. I’m looking forward to visiting again soon!
Love mustard as much as I do? Don’t miss some of my favorite recipes from the archives utilizing Dijon: