Archive for the ‘chocolates’ tag
Add: B1, K11 Shopping Mall, 300 Huaihai Middle Road
Price: [chocolates] 20 rmb/pc [hot chocolate] 98 rmb/glass [plated desserts] 168 rmb
Visited: Nov 2016
You might remember my post back in August about Pierre Marcolini coming to Shanghai. His newest boutique / salon de thé recently opened on the B1 floor of K11 Mall, and it doesn’t only have chocolates and macarons for sale, but also a transparent chocolate lab that produces hot chocolate and plated desserts. On a cold winter day like this, a dose of chocolate really doesn’t sound like a bad idea.
For those who didn’t read the last post, here’s a quick recap: Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini, after winning the title of World Champion of Pastry in 1995, opened his first shop in Brussels, and subsequently in Paris, London, Tokyo, Monaco, Luxembourg etc. I first tasted his chocolates almost 6 years ago in Brussels, what a pleasant surprise to now find his shop in Shanghai.
給沒看過上一篇的人一個快速簡介：Pierre Marcolini 來自比利時，1995年在法國裏昂得到世界甜點冠軍之後，于布魯塞爾開了自己的第一家巧克力店，現在在巴黎、倫敦、東京、摩納哥等地方也都能看到他的作品。我在巴黎時因爲看的一個叫做 “Qui Sera Le Prochain Grand Pâtissier”（誰會成爲下一個甜點大師）的電視節目而認識了他，沒想到店居然開到了上海，有點令人開心。
Compared to his previous pop-up store, the new boutique now also offers financiers baked fresh in Shanghai everyday (chocolates and macarons are flown in from Belgium).
跟之前二樓的 pop-up store 相比，新店裏多了我很喜歡的常溫蛋糕 financier 費南雪，這些是上海當地每天新鮮烘焙的。其他的巧克力和馬卡龍都是在比利時的巧克力工廠制作後空運而來。
Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse
Add: 40 rue de la Roquette, 75011*
Tel: 01 48 05 82 86
Hours: [Tue-Sat] 10:30am-7pm
Price: €14+/chocolate bar, €25+/discovery box
Visited: Sep 2015
The first bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturing facility in Paris, opened by none other than THE Alain Ducasse himself. Unfortunately photos are not allowed inside the shop so I can’t show you the fun things happening inside the factory, so do go and see it for yourself. Together with Patrick Roger, this is on the top of my chocolatier list in Paris.
*Additional locations available, details on their website.
I took home a discovery box (€28), which includes:
- 5 single origin chocolates: Java, Madagascar, Venezuela, Peru, and Trinidad.
- 7 ganache chocolates: raspberry, lime, tonka, mint, passionfruit & coconut, coffee, and vanilla.
- 9 praline chocolates: hazelnuts (black and milk chocolate), almonds (black and milk chocolate), coconut, peanut, hazelnut and almond (black and milk chocolate), and pistachio.
You can also choose boxes with only single origins, ganaches, or pralines, and you can pick your own combinations at a higher price.
Le Chocolat de H
Add: Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs B2F, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 2-21-1 / 東京都渋谷区渋谷 2-21-1 渋谷ヒカリエ ShinQs B2F
Tel: (03) 54683167
Price: Coffret du Chocolat ¥2,700~10,368
Visited on: Feb 2012
Hironobu Tsujiguchi, the youngest pâtissier to ever win La Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie (a.k.a. the World Cup of Desserts), has a small but very chic boutique/salon in Roppongi*, Tokyo. I was only able to snap of picture of its exterior as the shop was closed when I visited last winter, but lucky me! – a friend was kind enough to bring back a box of “H Selection” for me during Chinese New Year.
*The shop is now moved to Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs B2F.
Le Chocolat de H
The H Selection, a special Valentine’s Day limited edition, includes 7 exquisitely crafted chocolates:
- Cœur Framboise: red heart-shaped white chocolate with raspberry jam
- Plaine: plain ganache made with Creole chocolate beans
- Japonais “Yuzu”: milk ganache with tangy and aromatic yuzu
- Hime: ganache infused with earl grey tea
- Whisky: truffle of bitter ganache and whisky
- Sylvain: chocolate with hazelnut praline
- Champagne Fraises: strawberry and champagne
The above descriptions might be slightly off since I translated them from the Japanese below…but they give you an idea of what the flavors are like.
My favorites? ALL of them. Each unique flavor – be it yuzu, earl grey, or champagne – is chosen to match a specific chocolate ganache, then blended smoothly to complement, never to overwhelm.
H Selection (¥2,100)
But if I absolutely must choose…I was particularly fond of Japonais “Yuzu” and Hime. But I also loved Sylvain…and Champagne Fraises…and Plaine…
Le Chocolat de H
I think it’s time to visit Tokyo again.
Add: 30 Sinan Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu 思南路30号, 近淮海中路
Tel: 6093 2058 / 6093 2052
Hours: [Tue-Thu] 11am-midnight [Fri-Sun] 11am-1am
Price: [cakes] 30~42 RMB [truffles] 10-13 RMB [wine] 38-55 RMB/glass
Visited: Nov 2011
Hof is old news, but its selection of chocolate desserts never fails to draw a steady crowd.
I arrived at 2pm sharp to claim my reservation, and was luckily given the innermost sofa seats.
The two of us went a little crazy and ordered 4 cakes and 3 chocolate truffles…but you can’t blame us, everything looked too alluring. And yes, we finished ’em all. Mmhmm.