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Salon de thé Robuchon

3 Dec

Maybe i was expecting too much of this salon de thé, i don’t know, but i must beforehand tell you that the review is gonna be quite harsh. After all, Robuchon is a cook, not a pastry chef, i might have forgotten that on my way… What a big disappointment. I won’t go there again.

The shop is nice, like the restaurant, and the staff also nice. They smile a little when i said that i wanted the 2 person set for myself, but they didn’t say anything. The customers are mainly foreigners or English-speaking Taiwanese (each time i go to restaurant i seat near Taiwanese that always speak in English, strange isn’t it?…)

The set for 1040 TWD, includes 2 pastries, 2 macarons, 2 drinks and 2 madeleines. Or so they said: i had financiers instead of madeleines…hum they should do what’s written or at least inform the customer before: First mistake.
On the website it’w written they have Coffee Religieuse (the main reason i came), and they hadn’t (not because it was already sold out, just because it wasn’t the season anymore): Second mistake for a salon de thé of this level. It takes 2 minutes to change your menu on your website.
So i chose a tiramisu and a lemon pie, with 2 espresso. What’s nice is that they ask you if you want your 2 espressos at the same time or one after the other.

Espresso, like in the restaurant, they were nice and it’s always a pleasure to have nice coffee once in a while here.


The lemon pie. I think the jelly layer they use to protect the cake (i don’t know its name) was too thick, it spoils the lemon custard. This was nice, but i would have prefer it with a stronger taste. Then you had a mousse inside. It was nearly tasteless. The little insert of lemon was nice, that was the only thing that had a lemon taste strong enough to call the pastry a lemon pie. And the pastry dough was again tasteless. It usually have some almond taste, or a taste, but here it didn’t have anything special. Maybe because it wasn’t cook enough or because the cake was too cold? I don’t know, but the lemon pie wasn’t strong enough.

The tiramisu. Nice in look, but so not convenient to eat. The chocolate layer was too hot, so the chocolate was soft. What was unacceptable was that my pastry was damaged on the top. It either means the pastry was not well-conserved since it was made, or that they had a problem while tempering the chocolate. For the price, in both way i can’t tolerate it. The mascarpone cream was light, but again, bland. Concerning coffee, it had some taste, the biscuit was well impregnated, but i would have expected a stronger coffee taste. And the chocolate made it difficult to eat it, so you couldn’t eat all the layers at the same time (which is bad, as if in a mille-feuilles you couldn’t eat all the layers at the same time). There was too much mascarpone for the coffee, that’ why the overall was not strong enough. My mother’s one is a way better, and i’ve tasted a lot better one elsewhere.

The financiers: too dry. Nothing else to say.

The cannelé. OMG, what a horror. Where did they see that it had so many blisters after being cooked? There was definitely a problem in the way it was heat: the inside was nearly not cooked, while the outside was too cooked. And i don’t talk about the Rum. Where was it? A Cannelé is based with rum, and here the rum was really behind. You could taste it, but i had to focus on it, that was the opposite of the one i had in L’Assiette, what was a way better, or even my mother’s ones. This was a total failure for me.

Luckily for them, they have awesome macarons. Coconuts and Violette one were my favorite. The Coffee one is ok, and the mango not strong enough for me, but maybe it was too cold again (cold kills taste, that’s horrible, you can’t eat pastries if it’s too cold).But they’re even more expensive than Pierre Hermé’s macarons that are the most expensive of Paris, so don’t make me laugh, 80 TWD (2 euros) for a macaron, that’s only because it’s called macarons that they can show those prices.

So as you saw, i was really disappointed. Everything is in the design, the look, but the taste is far behind good pastries in France. Sadaharu Aoki’s pie was a way better. The breads aren’t worth neither compared to Lalos as i already tried them in the restaurant. If you want to show off around foreigners and wealthy people, go there, but if you’re interested in good pastries, well, go to the basement instead and eat at Sadaharu Aoki. That’s all i can say.

This is an average pastry shop with of high quality pastries prices.

Salon de Thé Robuchon
Bellavita 3F
MRT: Taipei City Hall

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Mom’s Pie – NCCU delivery

24 Nov

Since today i finished my exam and wasn’t really happy about the Chinese one, i decided that i needed something sweet. And, lucky me, tiday is Thanksgiving day. So the “famous” pie seller around the university that usually only comes on Tuesday and Thursday from 3pm to 8pm stayed longer today. I was finally able to taste these pies that everyone talk about in the area and that taipei food blogs also know. I was then expecting much about these. I was quite disappointed.

I chose 3 (i’ve been wanting to try them for 3 months now, so of course, i had to try several!): Pinapple coconut cheesecake, coffee cheesecake and strawberry banana pie. I must say that was the first time that i remember eating a cheesecake (i ate once in NYC but i can’t remember the taste, so..). I think that i just don’t like the cake in itself, because both cheesecake weren’t that good. I mean, it’s easy, you can’t really taste the fruit or coffee flavors and i don’t really enjoy this texture that’s creamy but heavy and too much cheese flavor. That’s the cake in itself that i don’t like, so i can’t really judge it, since that’s also my first time eating one.

However the strawberry banana pie was ok. Not exceptional though. I will not travel around the city to get one, and i don’t think i’ll buy another neither. I ate 3 and i was still hungry as if i hadn’t eaten anything! It’s still too “American like” dessert, which are usually not my cup of tea, except a few sweets. 

Mom’s Pie
75 Neihu Road, Section 2
Neihu District

In front of Kuma
Tuesday, Thursday
3pm to 8pm

Pudding pie

23 Oct

I saw this dessert last time in the 2nd bakery and i found it strange, so i decided to buy it on Thursday (because that’s the only day i can see it. They don’t bake the same things everyday…).

That’s really a big pudding on a melon bun. Quite strange. The pudding isn’t really good and too hot i think. And what’s even stranger is that the caramel layer isn’t a part of the pudding, it’s as if they had added another layer after. The melon bun is the one i had once alone, but i don’t think that the 2 flavors pudding/melon go well together.

The dessert in itself is also too big for a dessert. Not worth taking it again.

German Cake

18 Oct

Why would i wrote about a german cake if i’m in Taipei? Well, Taiwanese do like to put western attribute to their cakes, so here is a Taiwanese version of a so called “German cake”. However i doubt that’s really the case, as their “French breads/pastries” look nothing like French. And i asked some German girls if they knew about it (since i’m in an international environment, that’s easy to check), and it seems that they don’t.

Anyway, back to the cake itself. The dough is really big here, and too dried to be good. The cream/flan is heavy, but creamier than the usual. However, again, it lacks taste. And then you have the jam, that mixed itself with the cream quite well.

Overall: to heavy and creamy, no subtlety at all.

Pierre Hermé 2

11 Sep

I won’t make a real review about this because it’s been more than 2 weeks since i ate this and i don’t remember really well everything. I just know that the “mille-feuilles” was good. The chocolate one was really filled with dark chocolate, so it’s perfect for chocolate lovers.

As for the infiniment coffee pie, i prefered the vanilla one. The coffee isn’t strong enough for me in this pie, but i really like the different layers and the game of the textures.

Pierre Hermé

18 Jul

Pierre Hermé…I don’t know what to think about him. He’s worldwide reknowned and the master that made people interested in pastries again. Sure. However, his pastries are not always that great, and neither are his chocolates…

I have already been to his shop for Christmas, to buy a “Bûche Mont-Blanc à ma façon”, and we were quite disappointed, but mainly because we paid the wrong price (or more because they made a mistake in the cakes and we got one smaller). So since then i had quite a negative image of his pastry shop, because it screw up my Christmas day.

However, since Laurent Duchêne, a pastry MOF (MOF stands for Meilleur Ouvrier de France= Best French Craftsman, a prize in each craft that happen every year. Only one person (by craft) receive the price each year, for all his life. This prize is reknown by everyone, both everyday-people and craftsmen and means that the holder of the prize masters his art), was closed, my parents went to Pierre Hermé to buy cakes and chocolates. They chose:

Tarte Infiniment Vanille (Infinitely Vanilla Pie)
rich shortcrust pastry, biscuit soaked in vanilla juice, vanilla white chocolate ganache (yeah, a white chocolate with vanilla taste), vanilla mascarpone cream

This cake…has become my top 2 after the religieuse au café! It is hard to digest, i recognize (that is a first for me to say), but maybe that’s because we eat a 8 people cake with 3 people only… I have to try the same one but with coffee taste. I think the pastry was with almonds, but what i really enjoyed were the different textures of the cake. You had the mousse, the ganache that was like chestnut purée but with vanilla taste and a thin layer of white chocolate mousse that covered the top. The vanilla taste was explosing in my mouth. He used different kinds of vanilla to have this taste. Really, this one was worth coming back.

Elsa
Lemon Biscuit with olive oil, cooked and raw red berries, lemon mousseline

This one was great, but not well-balanced. We hardly felt the red berries because the lemon was a way too strong. It was like eating a lemon pie, so the name and the appearances were totally tricky.
However, the lemon taste was really great in itself. It’s just that it was a little useless to put berries inside if we can’t feel them.
Ah, and i think that the meringues were too sweet so i didn’t really enjoy eating them, but they were really beautifully made and the inside was well-made, without any bubble of air. (Yeah, i know, i’m hard to satisfy…)

The chocolates. I don’t have a picture of them, but they were a way too sweet and even salted? They didn’t feel like real and strong chocolate. Last time we took some, it was also the same. So i don’t recommand to go there for the chocolates. Out of the 3 cakes, one was really worth, the two remaining are ok, but i prefer those of Pain de sucre of Carl Marletti.

Pierre Hermé
185 rue Vaugirard
75015 Paris

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Pierre Hermé…Je ne sais pas trop quoi penser de ses desserts. Il est reconnu dans le monde pour avoir redonné sa place à la pâtisserie dans le monde de la cuisine, je suis d’accord, mais je ne trouve pas que ses pâtisseries soient si particulières en moyenne, sans parler de ses chocolats.

J’avais déjà été à sa boutique à Noël pour acheter une bûche “Bûche Mont-Blanc à ma façon” mais l’erreur qu’ils avaient commis en boutique nous donnant un gâteau plus petit pour le prix du gros m’était resté en travers et avait pourri mon Noël. J’en étais donc sortie avec une mauvaise impression.

Cette fois-ci, comme Laurent Duchêne était fermé, mes parents sont retournés chez Mr Pierre Hermé pour acheter les gâteaux et des chocolats. Ils ont pris:

Tarte Infiniment Vanille
Pâte sablée, biscuit imbibé de jus de vanille, ganache au chocolat blanc à la vanille (oui oui, c’est bien ça, vous avez bien lu), crème de mascarpone à la vanille

D’accord, celui-ci passe en top 2 après la religieuse au café. Je dois essayé la version café plus tard quand même. Il est assez difficile à digérer par contre (c’est bien la première fois que je dis ça d’un gâteau), mais c’est peut-être parce qu’on s’est mangé un gâteau pour 8 à trois… Il me semble que la pâte est aux amandes. J’ai particulièrement apprécié le jeu des textures: la mousse, légère, la crème qui ressemble à de la crème de marron au niveau de la texture, et la fine couche (de mousse?) chocolat blanc qui recouvre le dessus du gâteau. Il faut aussi savoir qu’il a utilisé plusieurs vanille pour donner ce goût explosif en bouche. Celui-ci vaut vraiment le détour.

Elsa
Biscuit au citron à l’huile d’olive, fruits rouges crus et cuits, mousseline de citron

Celui-ci était bon, mais mal équilibré. On ne sentait pas du tout les fruits rouges le goût du citron étant vraiment trop prononcé. Ça donnait un peu l’impression de manger une tarte au citron en fait. Donc l’apparence était très trompeuse. Il n’en reste pas moins que le citron était bon, mais je ne vois pas l’intérêt de mettre des fruits rouges et de lui donner cette apparence si c’est pour ne pas les sentir.
Ah, et j’ai trouvé les meringues trop sucrées, malgré leur belle apparence et le fait qu’elles soient bien pleines sans trop d’air. (oui je suis difficile et alors?).

Quant aux chocolats, aucun intérêt. Ils n’avaient pas le gout prononcé du vrai chocolat (on aime le fort dans la famille, et moi le lait) et ils étaient limite salés. Par contre, le croustillant à l’intérieur était sympathique. Enfin, ils devraient plaire au plus grand nombre si on n’aime pas le chocolat fort. La dernière fois que nous en avions pris, c’était la même chose.
Au final sur 3 gâteaux, il n’y en a un qui vaut vraiment le détour, les autres sont bons, mais je préfère ceux de Pain de sucre et Carl Marletti.

Pierre Hermé
185 rue Vaugirard
75015 Paris

Red onions & Goat cheese small Pie

16 Jul

You can eat it as an appetizer or as a starter with lettuce. For this dinner, I considered it as an appetizer. I took the recipe from a blog, but unfortunately i can’t remember the name. So if you know, please tell me because i don’t like writing recipes without saying who is the real author.

Ingredients for 7  small pies:
– 250g of red onion
– 25ml of raspberry vinegar
– 1 soup spoon of olive oil
– 1 soup spoon of cane sugar
– 1 flaky pastry
– herbs
– goat cheese
– pine kernel

First, you gotta prepare the onion confit. For that, cur your onions in small slides and cook them in a pan with olive oil.Make them brown lightly then add the sugar, the raspberry vinegar, some salt and pepper. Cover and let it simmer on low heat for 30mn. Mix from time to time.
Preheat your oven to 180°C.
Unroll your pastry, cut in square, make holes with your fork in the middle of each square that you dispose on greaseproof paper. Put your onion confit in the middle, add a slide of goat cheese, herbs, and pine kernel.
Heat for 15mn.

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Vous pouvez les servir comme amuse-bouche ou comme entrée avec de la salade. Je l’ai considéré comme amuse-bouche pour le diner. J’ai pris la recette d’un blog, mais je ne me souviens malheureusement plus du site. Si jamais cela vous dit quelque chose, dites-moi son nom que je puisse le marquer, je n’aime pas ne pas donner l’auteur des recettes.

Ingrédients pour 7 tartelettes:

– 250 g d’oignons rouge
– 25 ml de vinaigre de framboise
– 1 cuillère à soupe d’huile d’olive
– 1 cuillère à soupe de sucre de canne
– herbes de provences
– pignons de pain
– 1 bûchette de chèvre
– 1 pâte feuilletée

 Coupez les oignons en fines lamelles, les faire blondir avec l’huile d’olive. Ajouter le sucre, le vinaigre de framboise, du sel, du poivre et laisser mijoter 30mn à feu doux.

Déroulez la pâte, faire des carrés et les mettre sur du papier sulfurisé. Piquer au milieu, mettre le confit d’oignon, une lamelle de chèvre, des herbes, des pignons, remonter les bords de la tarte.

Mettez au four 15 minutes.

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