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[Shanghai] Mr. Choi Patisserie

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Mr. Choi Patisserie

Add: Rm F05, 1/F 618 XuJiaHui Road / 徐家汇路618号日月光中心广场1楼F05室
Tel: 400 705 1158
Hours: 12-7pm
Price: [sets] 40~138RMB [cakes] ~35RMB [coffee/tea] 35~40RMB
Visited: Mar 2011

Mr. Choi is a tiny patisserie hidden inside the ASE Center, a new retail/restaurant complex next to Tianzifang. While the name is Korean, the patisserie is actually led by a Japanese pastry chef, who churns out cute little tidbits that have girls in Shanghai going head over heels. When we arrived on a  Saturday afternoon, the small space was already packed. We were lucky to even snatch a seat on the outdoor patio, and felt even luckier when offered thick blankets to shield ourselves against the chilly February weather.

Since it was my first time at Mr. Choi, I opted for the 8-piece mini cake collection (138 RMB, includes coffee/tea) to try a variety of their creations. I was disappointed to find out that most items, despite their cute appearances, were not very good at all. The only ones that I enjoyed was perhaps the caramel pudding and the blueberry cheese tart .

Cupcake, green tea roll cake, quiche, black forest chocolate cake.

Cupcake, caramel pudding, apple cake, blueberry cheese tart.

At least he TWG Creme Caramel Tea was lovely. A delicate red tea from South Africa with a blend of sweet French spices, it’s almost a dessert in itself.

As it was getting chilly, we requested to be moved inside as a table cleared out, though it’s a very tight space in there.

Though disappointed by the mini cake collection, I saw these adorable Hazelnut Angels (68 RMB, includes coffee/tea) being brought to the neighboring table and decided to order them as well.

What these are: meringue (egg white) cookies sandwiching whipped hazelnut whip cream. Ok.

With the hazelnut angels came another pot of tea – Earl Grey D’amour, a light and aromatic blend of black tea that has been infused with delicate bergamot, wild flowers and luscious white tea blossoms.

Mr. Choi is most famous for its durian cake and the cheese fondue (a soft-centered cheese cake, not an actual fondue), which I didn’t get to try because pre-ordering is required for these two signature desserts. I doubt I will be back though.

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March 1st, 2011 at 11:01 pm

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