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Tel: +33 (0)1 47 34 29 74
Hours: [Tue-Sat] 9:30am~6:30pm [Sun] 9:30am~1:30pm
Tasted on: Aug 2013
A friend of mine has once referred to a particular pastry as her “soulmate”. Well, I’ve never thought of any pastry as my soulmate, but if I do, Beige from Mori Yoshida is probably it.
Beige (€5.30): chocolate shortcrust pastry filled praliné feuilleté, orange ganache, topped with Darjeeling tea and lime-flavored cream, and lastly finished with white chocolate shavings. Delicate, elegant, and soothing, like a cup of perfectly brewed milk tea. I’m absolutely in love with it.
Now, a few other tastings on this recent visit. Crème d’Anjou (€4.30), a speciality of Anjou in France, is a delicate dessert made with fresh soft cheese (usually fromage blanc), typically paired with raspberries. Light and airy, I can eat a whole tub of this without feeling guilty.
8/14 Update: the flavor for Crème d’Anjou is now peach and nectarine.
Tart au citron (€3.80): sweet shortcrust pastry, lemon cream, fresh lemon caviar. Now, you might already be making judgements about its looks – some think it’s very cute, some think it looks like brain matter – but appearance aside, the tart shell is thin and crispy, the lemon cream is lighter than the typical French rendition and a bit higher on the acidic end.
Chiboust Passion (€5.80): shortcrust pastry filled with passion fruit cream and passion fruit preserve, then topped with chiboust cream, also flavored with passion fruit. I’m a bit fan of the passion fruit flavor, but the texture of this particular pastry (for the cream and the tart shell) isn’t exactly my favorite.
Shortcake Japonais (€5.50), a typical Japanese western-style dessert composed of sponge cake sandwiching layers of chantilly cream and fresh strawberries. The finely textured sponge cake is soft, pillowy, and slightly moist, most likely having been brushed with syrup. The chantilly cream is light, sweetened just enough to harmonize with the natural acidity of strawberries.
Mille Feuille Noisettes (€5.60), caramelized puff pastry with hazelnut cream. Very cute, but the flavor doesn’t sing out to me as much (do know that I’m usually not crazy about hazelnut cream so this could just be a matter of personal taste).
Financier (€1.60), lovely with pronounced notes of hazelnuts, and a nice crunch from crushed hazelnuts.
Chausson banane (€2.5), crunching layers of puff pastries wrapping fragrant banana paste.
On this visit, I also tried Mori Yoshida’s macarons for the first time: strawberry, and Tahiti vanilla/ bourbon (€1.50 each). The texture of the coque is more on the crunchy/chewy side (if you know about the Ladurée vs. Pierré Herme macaron debate, this is probably closer to the Ladurée side), and garnished with generous fillings.
Among the pastry shops that closed for the summer, Mori Yoshida is (as far as I know) the first that has opened back up. Drop by to satiate your cravings for sweets – I know I will be back for Beige, and also a few other new items that have popped up in their pastry display…
Click here to see my first post on Mori Yoshida.