Gateau Basque at Bouquet

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Bouquet has been an institution in Shizuoka City for a long time, and I have patronized the Cafe/Cake shop for quite some time now.
Tucked in Takajo Machi a few minutes from Shin Shizuoka Department Store, it stands next to an old Shrine dedicated to the Falconry which used to exist there in the Edo Period (Takajo actually means Falconers’ Quarter), it is a quiet place with the cake shop on the first floor and the cosy Cafe upstairs.
The cakes are traditional French and served as such, that is large helpings.
But the jewel of this place is the Gateau Basque:
(cut from whole cake in picture at the top)
It is not easy to prepare, and the owner, a very shy man, makes only two a day if he is in a good mood. It tends to disappear quickly, but it is possible to reserve.
It is the only true Basque Gateau I have ever found in Japan made according to the original (open to debate!) recipe. It is a lot lighter than it looks. Ladies and Gentlemen alike will enjoy it on the premises or back home!

420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo machi, 1-8-6
Tel. & fax: 054-2530349
Open: 11:00~20:00
11:00~19:00 (Sundays & National Holidays)
Closed on Thursdays

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