Pierre Hermé Aoyama
Known as the ‘the Picasso of pastry making’, Pierre Herme, one of the most acclaimed pastry chefs in the world. In 2005, he brings his Paris confections to Tokyo at the Pierre Hermé Aoyama. The boutique locates on the first floor where showcases his works of art; while the seconf floor is the bar chocolate where you can sit down and enjoy desserts with drinks. His macarons are particulatly famous as well. particularly well known for his macarons.
Address:東京都渋谷区神宮前5-51-8 ラ・ポルト青山 1・2F
Hours: 1F Boutique 11:00～20:00, 2F Bar chocolat 12:00～20:00
There are 10 bar seats facing the main street of Aoyama on the second floor, with two tables for larger party size (about 4 pax). My first visit was on weekend afternoon, it was packed thus we waited about 20 minutes. This visit was made on a weekday afternoon, and it was only 50% occupied, lucky me.
The menu is divided into pastries, cakes, macarons, afternoon tea sets, ice creams and drinks. Pierre Herme's macarons are my favorite, i prefer it much over Laduree's and Aoki's. But as macarons are also available in Hong Kong and some other cities, and i can take them home, i decided to try some other cakes i haven't tried before.
Once i placed order, the server kindly offers some chocolates as a treat. I loved the 4th one, which has cacao nibs inside, the dark ones were neither too bitter but pretty creamy. Lovely
Any tea or coffee comes with a complimentary Madalaine. Moderate sweet, buttery and airy.
Last time i had the most popular Ispahan, which is a huge macaron filled with fresh raspberry and Ispahan cream inside. I have also tried the classical Caramel Millefeuille, Mont Blanc and another seasonal Millefeuille (i forgot the name of it) before. So i picked the Millefeuille Ispahan, which is only availbale in Tokyo for the month of September. Yes, not even available in Pierre Hereme's hometown Paris.
Pierre Hereme's pastry never fails - incredibly flaky and crunchy, very lovely caramelized flavor. Ispahan cream was made of lychee, rose and raspberry, which has moderate sweetness with a hint of sour. Icredible aromatic and the flavor balanced very well. It never tastes like a piece of high-calorie cake!
Grabing some macarons home have become my fixed routine. Anyway, will definitely keep coming back, looking forward to more limited seasonal products as well!