After trying some classic french pastries, like the eclairs from Stohrer or La Maison du chocolat, the excellent religieuse violet from Laduree, the ispahan, the tarte au citron from Pierre Herme and more, I wanted something odd, inspired and strange. While being in the gourmet store of Galleries Lafayette I noticed there was a corner of Sadaharu Aoki, the Asian pastry chef.
Sadaharu Aoki was born in Tokyo, arrived some 20 years ago in France to work in restaurants of Paris and Switcherland. After 7 years, in 1998 he opened his first atelier in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. A year after he moved to the 13th making pastries for tea rooms, restaurants, hotels and during the fashion shows taking place in the city. His first boutique opened in the 6th in 2001, his second in the 5th and his Galleries Lafayette corner soon after. Now he has two more boutiques in Tokyo.
His french based pastries are asian oriented. You can see bamboo, matcha, sesame noir, yuzu in his cakes, macarons and eclairs. Not that common.
The first pastry I tried was the bamboo cake. A croustillant chocolate-matcha base, four thin layers of matcha cake with matcha(green tea) or chocolate cream between. Not too sweet, strange at the first bite, but quickly getting very interesting. At 6,10 euros, this may sound a lot but the harmony of the flavors and mastery in it is enough to keep it in your memory for quite a lot of time. Getting this to the hotel, destroyed it a bit, so excuse me for the photos.
The second pastry, was an Eclair sesame noir. The classic french pastry filled with cream of black sesame. Freshly made, light cream, not too sweet either, but not that memorable too. At 4.50euros. Matcha eclairs are available too.
I will surely return to Sadaharu Aoki in the next possible occation and I would suggest that you visit one of his stores too.