Shanghai is a massive city and there are a lot of patisseries and chocolatiers here. However, over the past five months, I have discovered that most of them are of a lower standard when compared to those overseas. A lot of them look nice on the outside, sporting the Parisian-Lauduree decor and beautiful packaging, but their products are fundamentally flawed in the taste department.
So I am always excited when I come across a good local patisserie, or an International brand when I’m exploring Shanghai. Today, I will be talking about my experience at Jean-Paul Hevin.
The shop is dimly lit with a circular display case. I think they could have displayed their products a bit better. They had a lot more macarons in the display case but they were still in the plastic boxes. Initially I thought they sold ‘chocorons’ (macarons dipped in chocolate) but I was disappointed to find that they were just macaron cases.
Half of their display case were of macarons so I had to try one. The shell is not of the best quality. As you can see from the photo above, the shell is obviously not crispy, possibly a bit soft. I’m guessing this would be due to the humidity of the oven being too high.
Overall though, the taste of the macaron was excellent. I personally am not a fan of milky chocolate flavours, and this one had a slight milky taste. I would have preferred a stronger chocolate flavour since this was a dark chocolate macaron. The centre was chewy but this macaron could definitely do with a crispier shell.
Given that they’re a famous chocolatier, I couldn’t walk away without trying two of their best selling flavours: Coffee and Lychee.
This was easily my favourite item out of the three that I tried that day. The fruity taste was so intense, loved it!
This coffee praline was a slight disappointment, it was good chocolate and it had great coffee flavour infused but I feel that it needed to have a stronger chocolate flavour.
Jean-Paul Hevin Chocolatier (静安嘉里店)
NB1-13 Kerry Centre, 1515 West Nanjing Road, Shanghai