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Eclair Vanille from Pierre Marcolini

3 Mar

Another week, another try. I wanted to try Sadaharu Aoki’s Mille-feuille, but unfortunately his shop is currently closed, so i decided to go to Pierre Marcolini. I picked the “éclair vanille”, since i wanted vanilla. His pastries are a way too expensive and too small. For example, i spotted the tiny lemon pie: 340NTD (8,5€ for half a size of a pie you find in pastry shops in Europe). Anyway, i tried my pastry. The puff of the éclair isn’t right, too soft again, and the cream has a taste of vanilla (not as good as Pierre Hermé’s pie Infiniment vanille but still), but is too heavy (maybe too much eggs?).

Concerning the puff, i think it has to do with Taiwan’s weather which is awful. Humidity is a real problem here, and it must impact the pastries. Even bread for example: after one day, it is totally soft, while back in France, it would be too hard to eat. So i think that it will be difficult to taste a proper puff here, except in a restaurant where it’s really fresh and just made.

Something i like in Taiwan concerning the packaging, is that all the pastries are put in a bag with some ice within the bag so that it’s still cold when you go back home. I think that’s really a nice thing that we should try in France, even though that would be a little more expensive.

Saint-Honoré from Le Salon de thé de Robuchon

3 Mar

I tried another pastry from Le Salon de thé de Robuchon, since i went to pick some Macarons. I chose the Saint-Honoré and my friends also tried some pastries: the lemon pie i already tried and a banana cake.

I was disappointed again. Now i know that i will not go there for their pastries anymore (only for the macarons). Ok, first i don’t really like chocolate in pastries, and my Saint-Honoré was filled with a chocolate mousse. But a Saint-Honoré in the “normal way” is filed with vanilla cream, not chocolate one. The mousse in itself is nice but the puffs were too soft, like mashmallows.
A nice part however was the bottom of the pastry with some caramelized pears that were good.

So: the dough wasn’t good, the filling ok (i’m not an expert when it comes to chocolate since i’m not really fond of it). The main problem is that it’s half a normal Saint-Honoré in size and the price is as high as in France. So not this is not worth it.

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