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!
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!
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.
I ordered their African Dark Chocolate, caramel macaron, Mont Blanc eclair and the signature hot chocolate.
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.
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. 🙂
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)!
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
Times Square, Lane Crawford
L2, 99 Huaihai Lu (near Xizang Nan Lu)