Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tartes and Pop (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★★☆

I was going to have dinner in Kau U Fong (九如坊) later tonight. Since there was still about an hour left before dinner time, I thought I should have enough time to venture over to Sheung Wan for a quick visit to Tartes and Pop, a popular French tart specialist who has been on my radar screen since last year.

Tartes and Pop pride themselves on offering the best, high-quality French tarts using only the freshest and finest ingredients available. Judging from their "Wall of Fame" and the number of bands and celebrities they've catered for over the years, I knew I was in for a real treat.

Delicious French tarts served on a vinyl-inspired dining plate? That was perfect for the "Tartes & Pop" theme. I have to say, it's very difficult to just pick one single tart here (trust me!) so I ended up getting three!

Coffee creme brulee ($45) - I was kicking myself for arriving late and missing out on their signature items, sesame matcha tart but their other most sought-after tart, Coffee creme brulee more than made up for it. I love the crunchy base on the bottom working wonderfully well with the soft and creamy fillings in the middle and the glaze on top gave me the impression that I was actually having a classic creme brulee rather than a tart!

I was very impressed with the results from the contrasting texture and temperature in this one. Very nice.

Yuzu chocolate ($50) - Oh I love yuzu and chocolate together and this was a classic example of how the mild acidity from yuzu doing great work to bring out the sweetness of the milk chocolate. Another pretty solid piece of tart!

Lemon Gianduja ($45) - Like the rest of the tarts here, this came with two very simple flavors, lemon and Gianduja. I thought the lemon flavors were a little too overpowering for my palate.

For those of you who's coming to Tartes & Pop expecting the traditional chocolate or lemon tart (yawn~), this is going to be your lucky day coz they have so much more to offer. Not only are their tarts made with the freshest and finest ingredients, they are also made with a lot of heart. And believe me, you would love their contemporary (and Asian) twist.

Food Rating: 6/10
Price: $$$
Address: 2 Morrison Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Sheung Wan
Tel: +852 6597-6667

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