Gastronomy  La Pâtisserie des Rêves - Snow White's "Poisonous" Apple
14/08/201523:00 Li Tian

Our blogger Li Tian has shared with us another amazing dessert experience of hers. This time she went to Osaka to the Pâtisserie Des Rêves which was cofounded by Thierry Teyssier and Philippe Conticini. We like the humouristic tone in which she wrote and the correlation she found with Snow White... 

What are Japanese cakes? I have been asking myself this question as I find that there is a huge gap between the cakes in Japan and the kind of "Japanese" cakes we see in Singapore. Honestly, I don't think cakes in Japan are Japanese. Like breads, cookies, chocolates, the cakes have evolved significantly over the years and are influenced by European countries, especially by France.

Many renowned France pâtisseries from Pierre Hermé to Sébastien Bouillet, have entered Japan in a bid to snatch a bite of the sweet pie. Needless to say, majority of the chefs working behind these shops are still Japanese. It's the intimate cross-influence of the culinary styles of France and Japan that continues to intrigue me and spur me on my pastry conquest in Japan.

And La Pâtisserie des Rêves is yet another France-originated sweet boutique that I chanced upon this time in Osaka. Opened by "Sweets Magician" Chef Phillippe Conticini, the Pâtisserie des Rêves can be found at the Umeda depachika and the interior looks exactly like its main shop in France. What caught my attention is not the perfectly crusted Choux or éclairs, but this dark sinister "apple" called CERISES (648 yen) that resembles something that the wicked witch would have given to Snow White.

It is actually a classic Black Forest with all the "must-haves" components such as Kirsh-soaked griottine cherries, dark chocolate, etc. There are some brilliant techniques and some elegant cacao hues in the chocolate parts that make this more than just an apple...

Instead of the signature Paris-Brest, I went for the St-Honoré (540 yen), something which I have a major weakness for. Even before I take a bite, I couldn't help but admire the structure, the few globules of golden Caramelized choux that stood rooted on one of the two parallel éclairs cushioned by a crunchy puff pastry base.

As my teeth cleaved through it all, the sweet intense vanilla pastry cream gushed out inescapably, leaving me utterly speechless as I attempt to regain my spiritual consciousness.

I tend to fault a Fraisier (627 yen) for the obscene amount of butter but not this one. There seemed to be two tones of cream that balanced off the unpleasantness.

Yes, another reason why you should get this instead of a strawberry shortcake next door is because the plentiful crumbly sablé toppings would set one in ecstasy...

Last but not least, the humble Tarte Aux Fraises (648 yen). No, this isn't just the usual fruit tart. A hefty treat compared to an average tart, the whimsical combination of the juicy strawberriesspiced crumbles and raspberry Gelée got my endorsement until the flat soggy tart shell pulled the brakes on my praises.

It took me a while to come to the end with the accidental flaw and I made a note to return again for other awesome pastries. Especially because the prices are SO reasonable and the overall excellent quality seemed too good to be true...
La Pâtisserie Des Rêves ラ・パティスリー・デ・レーヴ
Umeda Hankyu Department Osaka outlet: Japan, 〒530-8350 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Kita-ku Kakudacho 8−7, Basement Food Hall
Other outlets in Kyoto

Li Tian is an avid foodie, self-confessed dessert lover with a passion for sharing good food in Singapore and Japan. She has an eye for modern Japanese-French desserts in which ingredients like matcha or yuzu are integrated into traditional classics.

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