Pavé Chocolates is the sort of place I like, a place for friends to gather and spend a calorific afternoon together. Not only did they not chase us away even after our cakes were long gone, the friendly staff at the counter gave great recommendations which coincided exactly with our orders! Great minds think alike, haha. There are hits, and there are misses, which is perfectly understandable for a new patisserie that’s still tweaking the recipes and finding its footing.
For Alice ($8.50) sounds like a cake with a story. Perhaps, it’s made specially for a friend named Alice in mind, I do not know. And somehow it slipped my mind to ask. In any case, this is my favourite one out of all~ Not only is it an aesthetically pleasing creation, the combination of 50% dark milk chocolate mousse, vanilla crème brulee, and Williamette raspberries scores brownie points for being so smooth and rich, and the sweetness is just to my liking!
Maccha, Okinawan sweet potato and apricot? Sounds like a queer meld of ingredients to me. But the unlikely is transformed into a lovely Miyuki ($8.50) that has a myraid of flavours: slight bitterness from the green tea sponge; subtle sweetness from the purple potato; and faint tanginess from the apricot layer. I thought this would end up as a confused cake (think confused child), but I was gladly proven wrong =)
Pavé’s Cassis ($7.90) supposedly has rosemary infused in it but try as I might, I could not make out even a hint of the herb (which would have been interesting). Though the outer sponge is quite dry, the tart blackcurrants do strike a great balance with the sweet white chocolate.
We ordered the Massimo’s Cake ($10.90) cuz its picture on the iPad looks so delectable! By the way, those “flower pots” in the display case underneath the iPad are made of chocolate~ Cool stuff.
Chocolate or fruit cake? I think this is pretty much open to interpretation. For me, it’s more like a dense fruit cake (which I don’t fancy) and lacks the full-bodied flavour of chocolate. There’s lots of “bite” in this cake cuz prunes, candied orange peels, raisins and wild strawberries are generously embedded in it~
‘Blissful’, ‘Tired from Work’, or ‘Adventurous’?
The resident chef (I’m assuming that’s who she is from her white coat) approached and asked us that question suddenly. All of us chose ‘Blissful’ cuz that’s the nicest! Though we were baffled for an instant. Then out came ‘Blissful’: bittersweet bonbons with a soft infusion of rose for us to try! And here I thought she’s gathering feedback on new names for her cakes, haha.
There’s not many cakes on sale, only about 6 or 7. Good if you are the indecisive type who want to get one of each (like me!); bad if you like many choices to choose from. Well, since I can’t have all of them, I’m eyeing this for my next visit: Nutty Putty ($7.50) - Caramel, coconut, peanut, milk chocolate!