After checking their web site for months, I saw that Shokolat finally opened this week, although lunch service won't start until Monday. The interior is sleek and stark - very a la minute, and probably very noisy once it fills up. My husband said it looked like a jewelry store from the outside. The guys behind the counter were very nice, although only one of them seemed to be familiar with the products in the display cases. The dinner menu looked short but sweet (lamb, rib eye, lobster - the usual suspects) but we were there at 3pm, so only bought pastries. Here's a report:
Canneles: the best I've found yet (better than Payard's in NYC, better than my own from Hubert Keller's recipe). These were dark and cararmelized on the outside, custardy and rummy on the inside - yummy!
Raspberry Mousse: sandwiched between a coating of white icing and thin spongecake, and ringed with white chocolate tiles, this was my husband's favorite, but a tad too sweet for me.
Gingerbread mousse: I picked this only because it was pretty (lined with striped spongecake, poached pears hidden inside the mousse) but the flavors were so delicious and pure that this turned out to be my personal favorite.
Chocolate mousse topped with a square of banana: sitting on a thin crust, I thought this was an exceptionally smooth and lucious mousse (and I make a LOT of ganache, mousses, etc.).
Apple tart: our least favorite, despite the caramelized almond topping. The apples were too tough to cut with a fork, breaking the tart into chunks, and the crust and frangipane were curiously flavorless, despite their lovely appearance and texture.
Definitely worth a visit - their pastries rank right up there with Fleur de Cocoa, Satura Cakes, and IMHO evern better than Neto's and Sugar Butter Flour.http://www.shokolaat.com/
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