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[SHANGHAI] Summer Desserts at Maison Pourcel

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Maison Pourcel

Address: 8/F, 35 Shanxi Nan Lu, near Changle Lu / 陕西南路35号8楼, 近长乐路
Tel: 6215 8777
Hours: [La Table] 5:30-10:30pm, [Studio Bar] 11:30am-11:00pm
Price: [La Table] 700 RMB+/person, [Studio Bar] 300 RMB/person

Note: Please be forewarned that this is an invited tasting, so my experience is possibly more positive than a regular visit.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of tasting two desserts from Maison Pourcel’s lunch menu, which, by the way, seems like a great deal (one course 128 RMB, two courses 188 RMB, three courses 238 RMB) compared to their pricey dinner (click here and here for detailed reviews). I can’t tell you about the appetizers and main courses since I haven’t had a chance to try those, but both desserts I sampled are nothing short of delightful.

Poached peach with verbana, red wine granite

First there was a light and refreshing poached peach with verbana and red wine granite, THE perfect summer dessert. Simply adorned with a sprig of vanilla bean and a pair of mint leaves, this plate is a pleasure to both the eyes and the taste buds. 

Poached peach with verbana, red wine granite

Poached peach with verbana, red wine granite

Next came a roasted mango topped with a heap of coconut crumble, suited for those looking for something more indulgent. The natural fragrance and sweetness of ripe mango was drawn out through the roasting process, and when combined with crumbly coconut bits and house made vanilla ice-cream, this plate was a satisfying contrast of temperatures and textures. Perfect for mango lovers.

Roasted mango with coconut crumble

Roasted mango with coconut crumble

Truth be told, I’ve heard some mixed reviews about the lunch courses at Maison Pourcel, and I’m not so sure if I would recommend those since I haven’t tried them myself. But the desserts! The beautiful, delightful desserts! Perhaps these alone are worth the trip.

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August 7th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

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