Wednesday, July 17, 2013

La Ruban Patisserie - (Taipei)

 Taipei has some amazing Pastry Shops.   Having just been back to Paris for a week for holidays when simultaneously I tried frantically in-between my time slots to finish off some meaningful Taiwanese posts,  I have got to say Taipei definitely isn’t losing out in the desserts battle compared to the likes of Paris and Tokyo.   My summary is that Japan has the creamiest and prettiest looking cakes and neat in presentation,  but Paris in comparison is rock solid and pastries on average aren’t quite as light but more traditional.   Taipei in the mean time either has solid performances such as here,  or they can be really creative as seen in other places with their own creations. 

 

 

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The Cakes and Pastries definitely look Asian to me -
It’s definitely not French in appearance,  also not as fanciful looking as Japanese ones.  But they are still creative.

 


 

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Bigger Cakes -
Looks a bit generic but still presentable enough..

 


 

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Pear Mousse and Jelly, Caramel Mousse and Almond Cake -
La Ruban cakes to me don’t look too appealing to me.  But having said that all the advertised flavours here were apparent in the mouth,  which is a rarity these days. ~ 8.5/10


 


 

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Walnut Nougat, Caramel Chocolate Mousse, Dacquoise base -
With a crispy Caramelized layer on top.   Once again I didn’t find this cake to look stunning but the minor details and executions are all there.  ~  8/10

 

 

 

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Yogurt Chocolate Mousse, Rose & White Peach Panna Cotta,
Lychee Kanten, Organic Rose Petal,  Berries -
The stand out was the sugarized rose petal.  Although this looks just like any other verrine glass served dessert,   I think the combination really worked.  ~  9/10

 

 

 

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Passionfruit Mousse,  Chocolate Cake, Caramel Mousse, Lemon Dacquoise -
The presence of chocolate in many pastries here is bothering me a bit already.  Luckily they turned out to have vastly different results in the end from the similar bases..   This was quite refreshing from a tartness and the white chocolate which wasn’t too sweetened.  ~  8/10

 

 

 

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Lemon Cake – Fresh Lemon, Organic Egg, Kumamoto Flour, French d’Isgny Butter -
This was a little dry to me but the taste was good, with icing layer on top.  ~  7.5/10

 

 

 

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Passion Fruit Cheese Cake, Passion Fruit Cheese Mousse, Buttered Pastry Base -
With a passion fruit glazing on top.  Tart sour and refreshing,  this was also light.  I still think half of the cakes here aren’t particularly impressive in presentation but it definitely did otherwise,  in showcasing their advertised flavours and are well balanced.    ~  7.5/10


 

 

 

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Home made Lemon Jam, Lemon Curd, Lime Egg-White Meringue, Almond Tart -
Even slightly baked and with silver foil and what seemed like freeze-dried raspberries.  I have got to say this was one of the most amazing Lemon tarts I have had ever!   I don’t make such claims easily.   Having been to Pierre Herme Paris again just this week to re-try my favourite Lemon Tart,  this one was actually even more impressive in comparison.  Definitely one of the must-orders here.  ~  12/10

 

 

 

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Desserts Over-load !

 

 

 

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Lemon Financier -
I like mine financiers well caramelised at the edges but not dry inside.  It is hard to beat the one at Hugo & Victor (Paris) or Hidemi Sugino (Tokyo),  and lately I found the rounded version in Eric Kayser was also exceptional though extreme.  This was slightly too moist for me but it was well flavoured with the advertised lemon.  ~  7.5/10

 

 

 

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Chocolate Tart,  Chocolate Crisp, Single Origin Chocolate Mousse, Caramel Hawaiian Nuts -
Whilst I liked this a lot and with it’s rough nuts base,  I think the chocolate mousse and caramels have seen a few presences today.  I really liked the taste of this cake mind you but it is getting a little repetitive by now.  I even believe they can trim down on their numbers of offering here as it is getting confusing as a customer!   Nevertheless appreciated.  ~  9/10


 

 

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La Ruban Patisserie -
The pastries here won’t win on pure presentation or by the too many offerings all at one.  It won my heart by execution in caring about  the most minor details and the final taste outcome.   You could take a patisserie like this for granted,  but not even some of the best pastry shops in Paris will offer you the same taste personally with such accurate taste to ingredient. 

 

 

 

Price:   TWD $600 Per Person
Food:  ♕♕♕♕ 1/2 to ♕♕♕♕♕

Opening Hours:
Mon to Sun -   12:00pm – 18:00 pm

Address: 大安區仁愛路四段300巷20弄11號1樓
No. 11, Alley 20, Lane 300, Section 4, Rén'ài Rd, Daan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10693 ‎
Ph: +886 2 2700 3501

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