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Chocolat Fin: Traditional Cakes (2)


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Chibouste or Chiboust, although a very venerable confectionery、 has been the source of much confusion as it was first a cream invented by a French Chef as defined in Wickipedia:
“Crème Chiboust, also called Crème Saint-Honoré, is a crème pâtissière (pastry cream) lightened with whipped cream or stiffly beaten egg whites, originally devised by the French pastry chef Chiboust in Paris around 1846 to fill his Gâteau Saint-Honoré”。
Now, it represents a cake itself. So far (I mean myself)、 the best and more “traditional” version I’ve ever eaten is prepared by Chocolat Fin in Shizuoka. Naturally, this is open to friendly discussion!

A shallow tartelette is first filled with baked/steamed apples and then topped a chiboust cream (as described above). Particularly bothersome as each cake has to be made individually. I have little liking fおr the cut square versions, a sure sign of sloppy work.
Once the cake has settled inside its metal mold it will sprinkled with sugar and then “brule” as to form a crisp layer of caramel.
The apples can be soaked in liqueur or perfumed with cinnamon. The Chiboust cream, too, can be enhanced with liqueur and so forth.
Frankly speaking, I have a special admiration for chefs who are ready to spend time preparing such cakes!

Chocolat Fin
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo Machi, 1-3-7 (2 minutes walk from Shin Shizuoka Center)
Tel. & fax: 054-2516321
Business hours: 10:00~20:00

Also: Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shin Shizuoka Center, Basement 1F
Tel.: 054-2215878

Le CAFE-LABO: Classical Cakes (1)


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Traditional Cakes are the mainstay of confectionery/Patisserie while Classical Cakes are invented from time to time to stay before they become traditional ckaes themselves.
A typical example is “Pistache” (Pistacchio) as created by LE CAFE-LABO in Shimizu Ku.

After admiring the cake (it certainly deserves it!), you can either savour it layer by layer, one at a time, or cut through it to entertain yourself with the combination of the tastes.
And you certainly have quite a few to review:
from top to bottom:
19 Pistachio Mousse
2)Chocolate Cream
3) Chocolate Mousse
4) Raspberry Sauce
5) Chocolate Crunchy
6) Pistachio Syrup

Enjoy!

LE CAFE-LABO
424-0886 Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Kusanagi, 46
Tel.: 054-3441661
Also available at Isetan Dept. Store, Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken-Cho

Chocolat Fin: Traditional Cakes (1)


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Japan has seen for quite some time confectioners trying to recreate classics for the sake of originality, and most of the time out of sheer conceit.
Therefore, it is reassuring that some still keep making cakes as they should be, regardless of of fashion and ephemerous fads.
One such place is Chocolat Fin in Shizuoka City:

Their chou a la creme or “chou cream” for the Japanese contains only creme patissiere/custard cream with the right touch of brandy. Not an undescript puff full of whipped cream and I don’t know what.


Their eclair mocha lokks like the real article. The pastry is covered with a delicious mocha icing.

And once again a bite will reveal custard added with the right amount of mocha and a touch of brandy.

Why do people have to demonstrate their skills with unnamable contraptions?

Chocolat Fin
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo Machi, 1-3-7 (2 minutes walk from Shin Shizuoka Center)
Tel. & fax: 054-2516321
Business hours: 10:00~20:00

Also: Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shin Shizuoka Center, Basement 1F
Tel.: 054-2215878

Cake Shop: Chocolat Fin

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Mr. Fujio Nakagawa opened his renown cake/confectionery shop back in 1988 after learning his trade and honing his skills in Tokyo for 10 years and in Shizuoka for another 10 years.
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His cakes and creations are definitely French inspired with the difference that they are aimed at knowledgeable adult clientele.
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Cakes vary in shape and taste with the seasons, especially fruit, including such classics as “Chibouste” (my personal favourite) and Mont Blanc. he makes great use of true liqueurs which give this extra note that so many other cake shops lack.
His biscuits, chocolates and meringues have to be tried.
Very smiling and attentive service by young full-time staff.
Order-made party and birthday cakes of any size any time.

Chocolat Fin
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo Machi, 1-3-7 (2 minutes walk from Shin Shizuoka Center)
Tel. & fax: 054-2516321
Business hours: 10:00~20:00

Also: Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shin Shizuoka Center, Basement 1F
Tel.: 054-2215878