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Boîte de Bijou 珠寶盒法式點心坊
Address: 1/F, No. 10, Lane 209, Anhe Lu Section 2, Taipei 台北市安和路2段209巷10號1F
Price: [Lunch] 180~380 NTD, [Cakes] 120~150 NTD
Tugged away inside a back alley behind Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei, there is a small French patisserie where the aroma of freshly baked bread permeates the air, where gorgeous cakes sit quietly inside a glass display, where light-hearted music waltz in the space, where waiters and waitresses carry smiles so genuine you can’t help but want to snap pictures of them.
Welcome to Boîte de Bijou.
Boite de Bijou
Delicious, delicious bread
Bottles of house made jam and dry cakes
Gorgeous, gorgeous cakes
And of course, the chocolates
How can anyone not crave a piece of this glistening apple pastry?
After browsing through the glorious display of breads, cakes, chocolates, pastries, and jams, we sat ourselves down at a communal table next to the windows and ordered some light fare for lunch.
Mon Chou Chou
Address: B104, B1 Shanghai World Financial Center, 100 Century Avenue
Tel: 3872 1163
Price: 15~33 RMB/dessert
A sharp contrast from Chez Shibata‘s extravagant creations, the treats at Mon Chou Chou are simple pleasures. Originally from Osaka, Mon Chou Chou makes a signature Dojima Roll consisting of a special blend of Hokkaido cream rolled with a fluffy sponge cake. This simple but divine treat is wildly popular in Japan – the only time that there’s no queue in front of the store is when the Dojima Roll is sold out. Fortunately for us Shanghai folks, Mon Chou Chou recently opened two branches in town, and as of now, there’s no queue at either location.
Mon Chou Chou SWFC Store
Grand Gold Award from Monde Selection
There are no seats at either location. After I made my selections, the cakes were placed in the box along with an ice bag to keep the temperature low. The sticker on the box says to refrigerate the cakes and finish them on the day of purchase, but I had some leftovers the next day and they were still fresh and delicious.
Take out box
The simplicity of the Dojima Roll (堂島卷) showcases the quality of ingredients. The filling, a blend of selected cream from Hokkaido, was delightfully light and perfectly sweet. Snuggly hugging the cream is a soft, fluffy, and deliciously eggy sponge cake. The combination is so simple, so divine.
Dojima Roll, 32 RMB
Address: 東京都港区赤坂9-7-2 東京ミッドタウン・イースト1ＦＢ－0104
. Tokyo Midtown East 1F B-0104. 9-7-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Hours: [shop] 11:00-21:00, [salon] 11:00-22:00
Price: ¥1,200~1,300 ($15)
I’m love the idea of sitting at a bar facing an open kitchen, where pastry chefs conjure up beautiful desserts from scratch, right in front of my eyes. Naturally, Toshi Yoroizuka was on my must-visit list for Tokyo. The pastry chef has spent several years in Europe training in Germany, France and Belgium before returning to Japan, where his two boutique cafes now have pastry chefs assembling seasonal desserts to order. To avoid the wait, I skipped lunch and headed to Toshi Yoroizuka at noon. I was ready to be blown away.
Toshi Yoroizuka in Tokyo Midtown
There was no line during lunch time – I guess not many people eat desserts for an actual meal like I do - but it was a full house when I passed by again later in the afternoon. We were seated immediately and handed the menu, which only consisted of 8 items to choose from. If you obviously don’t speak Japanese, the waiter will bring you an English menu with detailed construction drawings of each dessert.
Address: Shop 106 No. 5 Alley 123 Xingye Lu, Xintiandi 盧灣區新天地興業路123弄5號106號店
Tel: 5382 0715
Price: 55-65 RMB/cake, 45-55 RMB/drink
Whisk and Hof dominated the chocolate dessert scene in Shanghai for a long while before Godiva opened its first ever chocolate cafe concept store in Xintiandi. It seems like the cafe is already quite popular, as the spacious 2nd floor cafe area was completed filled up when I visited. Is this because of the prestige, the convenient location, or the actual offerings of the cafe?
The interior, dominated by warm chocolate tones, is nothing impressive but comfortable enough to sit through an afternoon.
We first tried the Godiva Chocolate Sin, described as “silky dark chocolate mousse with a chocolate glazed moist chocolate cake, layered with crisp chocolate ganache and crispy crunchies, accompanied by Godiva chocolate sauce and chocolate butter crunch almond crumble.” The actual cake itself was not bad but short of its lengthy description.