Angelina, Shanghai

When I first arrived in Shanghai in February, I was quite disappointed to find that it didn’t really have much to offer in terms of patisseries even though it is a big, modern and busy financial hub. Fortunately, Angelina and Laduree (previously reviewed) opened their respective first shops in Shanghai before I left for good!

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I have read so much about Angelina, being loved by Coco Chanel and many other famous people, and located at premium places such as the beautiful Versailles in France! They also invented the Mont Blanc, apparently!

Display case

Display case

After all that, how could I resist trying this place! It is located in the middle of a premium department store, Lane Crawford, right next to brands such as Balenciaga and Givenchy. So naturally, their pastries were also priced at a premium.

Chocolate display

Chocolate display

I ordered their African Dark Chocolate, caramel macaron, Mont Blanc eclair and the signature hot chocolate.

Eclair Mont-Blanc

Eclair Mont-Blanc

Eclair Mont-Blanc

Eclair Mont-Blanc

To be very honest, I didn’t like Mont Blanc Eclair at all, which was the eclair version of their famous Mont Blanc. I was advised that the actual Mont Blanc would be even sweeter due to the additional meringue layer. Even then, the eclair was still way too sweet for my liking. For some reason, the taste of the chestnut cream also reminded of the lotus paste in Chinese Mooncakes. There might be people out there who enjoy their pastries with more sweetness, but I will give this a pass next time.

Caramel Macaron

Caramel Macaron

The caramel macaron was meant to be their best-selling macaron. It had a nice buttery caramel centre and the shell was crispy. Due to the nature of caramel, the centre was quite chewy but it wasn’t overly hard, which was good. However, as my palate has been spoiled by its the salted caramel counterpart, I don’t enjoy caramel as much, but that doesn’t mean that this was a bad macaron. 🙂

African Dark Chocolate

African Dark Chocolate

I love dark chocolate. So it is my pet peeve when something tastes too sweet even though it is labelled as ‘dark chocolate’. But this African dark chocolate was really good! It had a really rich mouthfeel and I loved it! Too bad I had to split it in half with the boyfriend. On a side note, I would have thought that an established premium patisserie such as Angelina would ensure that their bonbons are bubbles free (top of chocolate where transfer sheet were placed)!

Hot Chocolate - served with whipped cream

Hot Chocolate – served with whipped cream

 

Signature hot chocolate

Signature hot chocolate

 

Hot chocolate with the appropriate amount of cream added to my liking

Hot chocolate with the appropriate amount of cream added to my liking

Last but not least, the signature hot chocolate. This was the BEST hot chocolate I have ever had, hands down! I don’t usually order hot chocolates at cafes because I don’t like the strong milky taste in most of them. This was everything but milky! The hot chocolate was served separately and it came with a serve of whipped cream, so you can adjust how creamy or chocolatey you want your drink to be. It is a really decadent drink, and I do suggest sharing, but it is worth trying if you are a chocolate fan! It will change your view of hot chocolates!! It’s been about a month since I visited this place and I am still salivating thinking about this drink. It is that good. :p

Angelina
Times Square, Lane Crawford
L2, 99 Huaihai Lu (near Xizang Nan Lu)
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4 thoughts on “Angelina, Shanghai

  1. I thought exactly the same! You’ve made much prettier chocolates!!
    As you know, I hate Mont Blanc… But yeah, Angelina OG’d it. Which is why I’ve never bothered to go to Angelina. But I’ve read lots of good things about their hot chocolate recently so I’ll make an effort to try it when I go to Tokyo next week because I’ll happily die for a really good hot chocolate – unfortunately, extremely few & far between in Japan. Have you tried the one at Ladurée? I think that’s delicious too, & looks fairly similar.

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