Based on their reputation worldwide, the mentioning of French Pastries made by the hands of Japanese pastry chefs almost always bring huge interest and high expectation in me.
After hearing some positive feedback/recommendation from fellow foodies! Today, I decided to drop by 'Mon K Patisserie' on Coxwell, after a visit to nearby Michael Garron Hospital and get some treats for my sweet tooth!
I bought a Chocolate croissant, a Japanese Souffle Cheesecake, an Apricot tart with almond cream and a Mont Blanc.
Well, I must admit I was hugely disappointed!
- The croissant was overbaked and burnt, lacking both fluffiness and buttery goodness.
- Mont Blanc was way too sweet, though the smell and taste of chestnut paste is fairly pronounce and pleasing! Unfortunately, the pastry base supporting the tower of chestnut paste swirl was bland and has an unappealing texture. If the excellent version offers by Richmond Hill's ' DUO ' is a 9.0, this Mon K version score is only a 6.5 in my book!
- I was expecting a nice buttery sweet shortbread crust to augment the almond cream and glazed apricot topping of the Apricot tart. Sadly, the 'san-butter' flavor and crumbly crust failed again. The topping was again super sweet!
- Fortunately, the disastrous experience was rescued by the light, fluffy and not too sweet Cheesecake. Very delectable. However, I can get similar excellent version in a much 'closer to home' J-Town.
Though priced a dollar or two more than the norm, for really good, exemplary and finely crafted French Pastries, 'DUO' is still my current ' go-to' place in the GTA!