Japan Mar 2011 Day 2 – Mont Blancs from Pâtisserie Factory Shin
Pâtisserie Factory Shin @ Daimaru Umeda, Osaka. Another “home-grown” name trying very hard to make a name for itself in the patisserie circle in Japan, and had been somewhat successful, having almost 40 dessert boutiques and takeaway counters all over Japan, including Daimaru Umeda which we’d visited. And they had one of my all-time favorites, Mont Blanc in not just one, but two flavours!
Mont blanc as it should be, traditionally endowed with chestnut. The spaghetti-like strands of chestnut puree came in two thick and generous layers, in almost perfect alignment at right angles to each other. The core was a large dollop of creme chantilly enriched with marron paste, almost like protecting the small piece of marron glacé within. All these sit gloriously over a slice of flattened mini pavlova-like crisp meringue base. Despite the tempting physique, it failed to leave an impression. The marron cream topping was hardened and developed a somewhat crusty outerskin. This might appeal to some others but not for me. I very much like my Mont blanc cream with cotton-like softness. Also the marron cream was too sweet! The sweetness basically bulldozed its way through all the other flavours, dampening them altogether. Quite a shame really…
Then there’s “Berries Mont Blanc”, Pâtisserie Factory Shin’s own creation. A thick slab of joconde almond sponge base with a whole strawberry sitting in the middle, in place of marron glacé, glazed with strawberry coulis and then piped over with custard cream infused with a bit of kirsch. Finally the whole dessert is covered in the same manner as the marron mont blanc with strawberry-flavoured chantilly cream and topped with pink sprinkles. This scored slightly better than its marron mont blanc counterpart, with the whole strawberry at its core being the saviour. Subtle hints of sourness helped to break the monotony of the otherwise very sweet layers of cream. Very soft and creamy yes, but i felt that the dessert lacks textural and palatal layering which made it rather boring.
Pretty yes, but these mont blancs from Pâtisserie Factory Shin didn’t work for us unfortunately. Perhaps we had one desserts too many that day. Perhaps Mont blancs aint exactly their forte. Or perhaps the pastry chef was in a bad mood that day. Hope you would have better luck at Pâtisserie Factory Shin than we did.