It’s been a while since I’ve posted on the blog (with my parents visiting and all), but it has yielded an abundance of future blog material! One of them being my little trip to the Pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI in Paris.
When it comes to doing research for any food trips, Jess and I like to be ON IT. We’re not big on leaving it up to chance and simply strolling into a random restaurant.. We. Have. To. Know. If. It’s. Goooood. DAMMMIT!
And so that is how I stumbled upon Pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI: a pâtisserie known for its use of luscious Japanese flavours with the French savoir-faire of pastry making. Let’s say Tokyo meets Paris for sweet little love notes. ????
Of Japanese descent, Chef patissier Sadaharu Aoki set foot in France in 1991 and opened his first atelier in the 7th arrondissement of Paris by 1998.
Within Sadaharu Aoki’s first year of launching his pastry atelier, he then moved his atelier to the 13th arrondissement and began catering his pastries to high fashion houses – think Chanel, Kenzo, Christian Dior, Yohji Yamamoto and Ungaro – during Paris Fashion Week. I’d totally attend PFW after parties just for his cakes!
Today, you can find Pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI at 5 different locations in Paris. Due to his success in Paris, Sadaharu Aoki has subsequently launched his namesake pastry shops in Tokyo as well.
Determined to try out the macarons at Pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI, I made a quick pit stop to their Lafayette Gourmet stand located inside the Galeries Lafayette Gourmet building. Take note that the Galeries Lafayette Gourmet building is situated across from the main Galeries Lafayette shopping building on Boulevard Haussmann.
Instead of designer clothes, handbags and shoes, you can find the likes of Sadaharu Aoki, Pierre Hermé, and Jean-Paul Hévin at Lafayette Gourmet. In the center of it all, the Pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI stand is minimalistic yet inviting with its delicate and mouth-watering-inducing sweet treats. ✨
Since I was in a bit of a rush, I only had the time to pick out a couple of macarons. Next time, I’ll make sure to pay their tea room a little visit to try out some of their exquisite-looking pastries!
Like a giddy child in a candy shop, I happily picked out 8 macarons :
- Rose fraise
- Earl grey
- Houjicha (roasted Japanese green tea)
- Yuzu (Japanese citrus fruit)
- Genmaicha (Japanese green tea with roasted brown rice)
- Mâcha (matcha)
- Sesame noir (black sesame seed)
With flavours like this, how could one not get giddy! These heavily Japanese influenced flavours are an unusual and welcoming change to what I can usually get from Pierre Hermé and such. ????
My favourite macaron flavour was Yuzu. A refreshing, citrusy and tart explosion in my mouth! Wow, I’ve never had a macaron flavour quite like this before. Wasabi was surprisingly good as well. Subtle and delicious! My third favourite was the Black sesame seed macaron.
The great thing about the macarons from Pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI is that they are not cloyingly sweet, just enough to hit that sweet spot. Airy with a soft crunch, I’d rate their macaron texture 8/10 (You know who gets a 10/10 for macaron texture? Café Pouchkine. The only thing is their macarons are way too sweet which is a major downside IMHO).
All in all, I wouldn’t rate the macarons at Pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI any less than Pierre Hermé. Their Japanese flavours had me swooning and during my next visit I’ll be trying out their stunning pastries!
May The Pinchables Be With You,
Locations & hours :
- Galeries Lafayette Gourmet RDC : 35 Boulevard Haussmann 75009 Paris // Mon – Sat 8:30am – 9:30am // Sun 11am – 7pm
- 35 Rue de Vaugirard 75006 Paris // Tue – Sat 11am – 7pm // Sun 10am – 6pm // Closed on Monday & public holidays
- 56 Boulevard de Port-Royal 75005 Paris // Tue – Sat 10am – 7pm // Sun 10am – 6pm // Closed on Monday & public holidays // Last order for SALON DE THE 6pm, on Sundays 5pm
- 25 Rue Pérignon 75015 Paris // Tue – Sat 11am – 7pm // Sun 11am – 6pm // Closed on Monday & public holidays // Last order for SALON DE THE 6pm, on Sundays 5pm
- 103 Rue Saint Dominique 75007 Paris // Tue – Sat 11am – 7pm // Closed on Monday & public holidays // Last order for SALON DE THE 6pm, on Sundays 5pm
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sadaharuaoki/?hl=en (unofficial account)