Food review: This charming and discreet patisserie in Taipei is reinventing French classics

The China Post
Date: March 25, 2017
By: Christine Chou

Le Bleu Ballon is perfectly oddball. Instead of being set up in one of Taipei’s French

Photo by Christine Chou, The China Post

patisserie hubs like East District or Zhongshan, the shop is charmingly hidden in a discreet alleyway. With the quiet neighborhood surroundings, it’s easy to forget that Shilin Night Market is only a 10-minute walk away.

“Le Bleu Ballon: A Somewhat French-style Patisserie,” reads the small sign in front of the shop, signaling a “deviance” from classic French offerings — that something playful and unconventional is in store.

I don’t know what traditional pastry chefs in France would think about this Le Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef’s take on the classic Opera cake, a French favorite, but I love it. Le Bleu Ballon’s Berry Opera (NT$160) is made with layers of hand-crafted blueberry mouse, yogurt cheese, almond cake and French shortbread cookies.    [FULL  STORY]

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