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Fauchon – Eclairs

9 Sep

One of my friend and I went to Fauchon, as I wanted to try their éclairs. I chose the 14 juillet (National day in France) with a vanilla cream and strawberries. The cream was nice, the puff too, but the colorful cover was too thick and too sweet, which made the éclair too sweet. And for 7€ an éclair, which is overly expensive, that’s pretty bad.My friend tried the praline one.

Furthermore the service is the worse i’ve ever seen. I won’t go back there. Because it’s famous, it has a lot of tourists which means they’ll surely not come back again, the sellers are really rude. Nice shop though. A big disappointment.

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Aoki

13 Apr

Berries Mont-Blanc

This is unfortunately not a good one. The dough is nice, but the chestnut cream is not that good, because the alchool flavor (i think it was rum), was a way too strong and the cream in itself heavy (but well, i guess with this cake, you can’t make it light).
Then the chantilly didn’t have any flavor or at least the chestnut cream was too strong again to let it express its aromas.
However the berries were nice.

This one is a no no for me.

Praliné éclair

This one isn’t that good neither, the praliné cream was not strong enough, but i really like the harmony of caramelized almonds and the praliné, which strengthen the praliné’s aroma. So for this, it was nice. Also, there was a little problem with the chocolate on the éclair, they put too much on it which ended up making the shape not really regular.

Sadaharu Aoki 2

18 Mar

As i was really depressed today so i needed something to cheer me up. So of course, i went to Xinyi area, and of course, i ended up in the basement of Bellavita to look at Sadaharu Aoki’s pastries. At first i wanted a flan or a religieuse, something simple, that you can find everywhere back home, like a  comfort food. But the weather was turning nice, and for me nice weather= refine pastries. And as Sadaharu Aoki had just reopened this week, well, i decided to go for it.

I first picked a strawberry éclair, just because i couldn’t resist its look. Like a love at first sight. You see it, you want it. Even though i’m neither a strawberries lover nor an éclair one. But look at those colors and the little flowers. Can you find something cuter? But anyway. Verdict?
The dough is nice, not too soft, not too hard, which is perfect when you cut it, because the cream doesn’t flow everywhere. The frosting is also nicely done.
However i must say that i’m not really fond of the strawberry cream. Why? Because i find it too sweet first, and because i think it has a chemical taste. It doesn’t really have the real strawberry flavor. It’s ok once you get used to it i guess, but just i wasn’t expecting this. Nice looking but a little disappointing in taste.

Then i went for the mille-feuille, what i originally came for. Vanilla is my chocolate we could say. I’m not a chocolate fan, but i could die for vanilla. The main problem is that i’m often frustrated when it comes to vanilla desserts, because they don’t have enough vanilla flavor (that is except the Infiniment vanille tart from P.Hermé). So how was this vanilla mille-feuille…

the pastry dough was really good. Crispy, with a thin caramel layer, well it’s one of the best i’ve ever had so far. For that, the mille-feuille was worthing it. But again, the vanilla cream is just a little bland compared to the caramelized dough. The good point though, are the crispy pieces on the vanilla cream. So i think even though it’s not the best ever, it’s really good, and surely the best in the city. Go for it if you can.

And finally, the Yuzu-vanilla tart. Everyone in Paris was Yuzu here and there when i left last-year, but i didn’t know what it was exactly except that it was Japanese (not too hard to guess with its name). But just by tasting, you know that’s a citrus.

Now, i was expecting vanilla, because that’s what is written first, but that’s more a yuzu tart. Vanilla is only here to soften the yuzu taste. You nearlycan’t taste anything since the yuzu is quite strong (just like lemon and vanilla:you can forget about the vanilla flavor).
I tried the mousse alone and it’s the same. The flavor isn’t really existing. However the yuzu cream is really good. In fact, it should have been called a Yuzu vanilla tart. Again the name was tricky, the real star of the pastry is the Yuzu, not the vanilla.

If you like Yuzu, go for it, it’s delicious. I really recommand it. I think i’ll try more pastries with Yuzu in the futur to have an alternative with lemon.

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.

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