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[Paris] Le Chocolat de H

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The last time I had chocolates from Japanese chocolatier Hironobu Tsujiguchi was almost a year and half ago, when a friend graciously hand-carried a box back for me from his boutique in Tokyo. I had almost forgotten how divine his chocolates are, until I tasted them again at Paris’ annual Salon du Chocolat last month. This was Mr. Tsujiguchi’s first time appearing at Paris’ Salon de Chocolat, and his chocolates were awarded “5 bars”, the highest recognition by the Club des Croqueurs des Chocolat (CCC). That sounds like a big deal.

On another note, I spotted Mr. Carl Marletti at buying Le Chocolat de H at Le Salon du Chocolat. He told me that he has been to the boutique in Tokyo several times, and is a huge fan. Great minds, you know.

I took home a box of 8 flavors (€2 each), and after tasting all of them in one single sitting, I immediately regretted not buying more of these…

Inside the packaging are detailed explanations on each chocolate, complete with diagrams and all. Very Japanese indeed.

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December 2nd, 2013 at 9:02 pm

[Tokyo] Le Chocolat de H

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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
Hours: 10am~9pm
Website: www.lcdh.jp
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.


Flavors

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.

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