While Away The Afternoon With The Delicious French-Japanese Pastries of Patisserie Chantilly [Thoughts + Pics]


#1

In a quiet, almost hidden storefront in an unassuming strip mall resides a little Patisserie, whose sole purpose seems to be delivering plate after plate of cute, delicious Pastries and Desserts. :slight_smile:

Patisserie Chantilly is run by Pastry-Chef & Owner Keiko Nojima, making a beautiful variety of charming Cakes, Pastries and Desserts. On any given day you can see Keiko-san diligently making seemingly endless waves of sweets to fill out her Pastry Case, or preparing custom order Cakes.

I remember the first time I visited Chantilly… it was thanks to the great recommendations on our old board by @bulavinaka @J_L and many others. I’ve been a fan ever since! :smile:

Eclair:

This was a new item we hadn’t seen before! I’m always looking out for a great Eclair, so I wanted to see what this one tasted like. The filling was their Chantilly Cream, which was excellent, but the outer Eclair shell was lacking. It wasn’t bad, but just didn’t have the lightness I was hoping for.

Mousse au Mango (A Tropical Mousse Topped with Coconut Milk and Tapioca):

Wow! From the first bite you get a beautiful tropical sweetness - Real, deep Mango flavors and aroma - and then the creaminess of the Mango Mousse, a bit of Coconut Milk and the Tapioca.

Amazing! :heart:

Rouge (Raspberry Mousse Layered with Dark Chocolate Mousse & Light Chiffon):

Just a beautiful combination of sweet-tart Raspberry Mousse as a counter to the wonderful Dark Chocolate Mousse. And the Chiffon Cake was so light and airy! :blush: This was my friend’s favorite on this visit (she devoured her portion in less than a few seconds). :slight_smile:

Passion (Passion Fruit Mousse with Orange Gelée & White Chocolate Crunch):

For fans of ST Patisserie’s Exotic (@A5KOBE @attran99 @js76wisco @PorkyBelly), Keiko-san’s version isn’t as bold or punch-you-in-the-face with its Passion Fruit, but it is just as delicious in a different way. I love the Passion Fruit flavors here, delicate, tropical, tart-sweet, the bit of Orange Gelee and the White Chocolate Crunch just brings the whole thing together. :blush:

On another visit (4th or 5th visit)…

Othello (A Unique Combination of Black & White — Chocolate & Sesame):

This is another stunner: I loved the combination of nutty, fragrant Black Sesame with the deep bittersweet Dark Chocolate. Served chilled, this was cooling, refreshing and delicious. :slight_smile:

But no matter how good those wonderful creations are, probably the most famous item from Patisserie Chantilly are their amazing Japanese Cream Puffs.

Choux à la Crème (Freshly Baked Pâte a Chou with Chantilly’s Special Cream, Filled to Order to Retain its Freshness):

We start with their classic Choux à la Crème. Taking a bite…

Come on! There is no way a Cream Puff should taste this good! :blush:

Supremely light, airy, delicate. SO FRESH, so clean and light! :heart: This puts to shame the stuff that Beard Papa’s sells.

Choux au Chocolat (Freshly Baked Pâte a Chou with Chocolate Cream):

Their Chocolate Cream Puff is just as light and airy, but with a Chocolate-flavored Housemade Cream. It is also very light, but I like their classic more. :wink:

Choux aux Sésames (Pâte a Chou Baked with Sesame, filled to order with Black Sesame Cream and a Drizzle of Mesquite Honey):

But it’s their Black Sesame Cream Puff that’s my favorite! :smile: There is such a gorgeous nutty aroma in each bite of this Choux aux Sésames… it is for everyone that loves Black Sesame (@paranoidgarliclover) and even those that might not.

The Black Sesame Cream is so light, airy, as if you’re biting into a cloud! And the outside pastry shell is also studded with Black and White Sesame Seeds, perfectly cooked and reinforcing the Sesame flavors. SO GOOD! :heart:

@paranoidgarliclover, while the amount of Black Sesame per cubic inch might not be as concentrated as V P Tofu’s Black Sesame Puree (which I love as well), I think Chantilly’s Black Sesame Cream Puff might be my favorite Black Sesame Dessert in L.A. right now. :blush:

Pommier (Fuji Apple Filling with Caramelized Apples & Caramel on a Cinnamon-Spiced Pâte):

Finally, on this visit they had a seasonal offering, their Pommier, which we hadn’t tried before! If you like Apple Desserts, this is a must-order:

The flavors evoke a beautiful Baked Apple Pie, with sweet (with a touch of tart) from the Baked Fuji Apple pieces, Cinnamon and Caramel, on a sturdy baked crust). But what brings this all together is the amazing fresh Custard that is put on top. Outstanding! :heart:

One of the best offerings from Chantilly that we’ve tried so far.

Note: Asking Keiko-san, she thankfully only uses real Butter or a Vegetable Oil (so there’s no Partially-Hydrogenated Oils here that plague so many Asian bakeries).

Patisserie Chantilly also makes excellent Cakes! Our dear friends brought over 2 different Holiday Cakes a couple years ago (one with Black Sesame!), and I’ve had a Birthday Cake from them as well. All were fantastic! :blush:

From my first visit a while back until now, Patisserie Chantilly remains a delightful place to relax and enjoy a Coffee or Tea (I love their Tea selection) :slight_smile: along with Pastry-Chef Keiko Nojima’s Pastries and Desserts. With its location in the South Bay, it’s a perfect way to finish off a bang-bang with excellent places like the delicious Tonkatsu (Fried Pork Cutlets) (and Chicken Cutlets) at Kagura, or a nice Chirashi / Sashimi Bowl (with outstanding quality Rice) at Wadatsumi, or the amazing Tempura at Inaba, or some Handmade Soba at Otafuku, Ichimian or Inaba.

If nothing else, be sure to stop by for their amazing Japanese Cream Puffs, especially the Black Sesame ones. :wink:

Patisserie Chantilly
2383 Lomita Blvd. #104
Lomita, CA 90717
Tel: (310) 257-9454

http://www.patisseriechantilly.com/

Update:

We had two birthdays to celebrate on the same day, so we wanted to treat our dear friends to some of the tastiest Birthday Cakes for this special occasion. :wink:

But first, we had to snack on some of Pastry Chef Keiko Nojima’s Pastries before going to the party. :slight_smile:

Mont Blanc (Chestnut Swirl, Chantilly Cream & Imported Chestnuts):

Chestnut Desserts are rather uncommon locally, so it was nice to give this a try. Taking a bite…

There’s this incredible nutty, toasty aroma of Chestnuts. :heart: It starts with their wonderfully light Chestnut Swirl (Cream) on the outside, that blends into Nojima-san’s airy, wonderful Chantilly Cream with Toasted, Crumbled Chestnuts on the bottom. There was almost this “Almond Roca-like” effect going on. It was just delightful! :blush:

Le Matcha (A Traditional Japanese Dessert Recreated in this Green Tea Mousse):

Patisserie Chantilly’s Le Matcha is a gorgeous counterpoint to the previous Mont Blanc: A deep, slightly vegetal aroma of quality Matcha Green Tea permeates each bite, balanced by some light sweetness, and a bit of Chocolate and Cream. Wonderful. :slight_smile:

Choux aux Sésames (Pâte a Chou Baked with Sesame, filled to order with Black Sesame Cream and a Drizzle of Mesquite Honey):

SO GOOD! It’s just so incredibly good! :heart:

This might be my very favorite Black Sesame Dessert right now… so aromatic, nutty and toasted from the Black Sesame Chantilly Cream and the Toasted Black Sesame Seeds on top and within, the touch of Mesquite Honey is brilliant, giving it nuanced smoky sweetness, and the Choux is excellent. :blush:

@paranoidgarliclover @bulavinaka @J_L @PorkyBelly @thechez5 it’s time for a revisit! :wink:

Gâteau Fraise - Full Birthday Cake (Fresh Strawberries and Chantilly’s Special Cream, Light Chiffon):

This sounds rather basic, but Pastry Chef Keiko Nojima’s creation is thankfully excellent: The Chiffon Cake tastes somewhat familiar, but her stunning Chantilly Cream (used for her amazing French-Japanese Choux à la Crème (Cream Puffs)) elevates this into one of the best Birthday Cakes we’ve had in years. :heart:

One of the birthday girls commented it was the best Birthday Cake she’s had someone bring over since she can remember. :wink:

Othello - Full Birthday Cake (A Unique Combination of Black & White — Chocolate & Sesame):

But then we get to the full Birthday Cake version of their Othello.

Airy, light Cream (not overly sweet) yields to a beautiful, lightly bitter Dark Chocolate finishing off with a nutty Black Sesame final taste. This was just stunningly good! :heart: :blush: :heart:

My other friend (also the birthday girl) also said this was one of the best Birthday Cakes she’s ever had. :slight_smile:

Patisserie Chantilly continues to deliver wonderful French-Japanese Pastries and Desserts: Their Mont Blanc (Chestnut) is not to be missed, Le Matcha (Green Tea) is a delight, and of course their 3 styles of Cream Puffs.

But if you’re in need of a Birthday or Holiday Cake (@Ns1 @TheCookie and others), Pastry Chef Keiko Nojima excels in this area as well. Don’t miss out on their Othello Cake for a taste of Cream, Dark Chocolate and Black Sesame. Their Gâteau Fraise is a great classic Chiffon & Strawberry Cake elevated by their amazing Chantilly Cream, and last Christmas we had an amazing Matcha Green Tea Cake. :slight_smile:

Next time I want to try their Fraise Noël (Layers of Chiffon with Chantilly Cream, Strawberries and 100% Pure Jam), or their Bûche de Marron (Chiffon Cake Rolled with Chestnuts and Chantilly Cream, Delicately Topped with Chestnut Cream) (and it looks adorable)!

Patisserie Chantilly
2383 Lomita Blvd. #104
Lomita, CA 90717
Tel: (310) 257-9454

http://www.patisseriechantilly.com/


#2

Great review of one of my favorites! Just to add for anyone who hasn’t been, the cream puffs tend to sell out really quickly so go right when they open or very early.


#3

Hi @thechez5,

Thanks. Great advice! What are your favorites that you’ve tried there?


#4

No bang bang with the fantastic Oumi Sasaya next door?!


#5

Thanks @J_L. I wanted to, but we stopped by some other places first. :wink:


#6

Besides the cream puffs, I like the matcha, strawberry, and Othello cakes, the Mont Blanc, and their cheesecakes. They have a sesame cheesecake sometimes which is pretty good.


#7

Thanks @thechez5. I’ve never seen the sesame cheesecake before, can’t wait to try it next time.


#8

Nice post. Yes, I also hav @bulavinaka to thank for knowing about this place.


#9

Update:

We had two birthdays to celebrate on the same day, so we wanted to treat our dear friends to some of the tastiest Birthday Cakes for this special occasion. :wink:

But first, we had to snack on some of Pastry Chef Keiko Nojima’s Pastries before going to the party. :slight_smile:

Mont Blanc (Chestnut Swirl, Chantilly Cream & Imported Chestnuts):

Chestnut Desserts are rather uncommon locally, so it was nice to give this a try. Taking a bite…

There’s this incredible nutty, toasty aroma of Chestnuts. :heart: It starts with their wonderfully light Chestnut Swirl (Cream) on the outside, that blends into Nojima-san’s airy, wonderful Chantilly Cream with Toasted, Crumbled Chestnuts on the bottom. There was almost this “Almond Roca-like” effect going on. It was just delightful! :blush:

Le Matcha (A Traditional Japanese Dessert Recreated in this Green Tea Mousse):

Patisserie Chantilly’s Le Matcha is a gorgeous counterpoint to the previous Mont Blanc: A deep, slightly vegetal aroma of quality Matcha Green Tea permeates each bite, balanced by some light sweetness, and a bit of Chocolate and Cream. Wonderful. :slight_smile:

Choux aux Sésames (Pâte a Chou Baked with Sesame, filled to order with Black Sesame Cream and a Drizzle of Mesquite Honey):

SO GOOD! It’s just so incredibly good! :heart:

This might be my very favorite Black Sesame Dessert right now… so aromatic, nutty and toasted from the Black Sesame Chantilly Cream and the Toasted Black Sesame Seeds on top and within, the touch of Mesquite Honey is brilliant, giving it nuanced smoky sweetness, and the Choux is excellent. :blush:

@paranoidgarliclover @bulavinaka @J_L @PorkyBelly @thechez5 it’s time for a revisit! :wink:

Gâteau Fraise - Full Birthday Cake (Fresh Strawberries and Chantilly’s Special Cream, Light Chiffon):

This sounds rather basic, but Pastry Chef Keiko Nojima’s creation is thankfully excellent: The Chiffon Cake tastes somewhat familiar, but her stunning Chantilly Cream (used for her amazing French-Japanese Choux à la Crème (Cream Puffs)) elevates this into one of the best Birthday Cakes we’ve had in years. :heart:

One of the birthday girls commented it was the best Birthday Cake she’s had someone bring over since she can remember. :wink:

Othello - Full Birthday Cake (A Unique Combination of Black & White — Chocolate & Sesame):

But then we get to the full Birthday Cake version of their Othello.

Airy, light Cream (not overly sweet) yields to a beautiful, lightly bitter Dark Chocolate finishing off with a nutty Black Sesame final taste. This was just stunningly good! :heart: :blush: :heart:

My other friend (also the birthday girl) also said this was one of the best Birthday Cakes she’s ever had. :slight_smile:

Patisserie Chantilly continues to deliver wonderful French-Japanese Pastries and Desserts: Their Mont Blanc (Chestnut) is not to be missed, Le Matcha (Green Tea) is a delight, and of course their 3 styles of Cream Puffs.

But if you’re in need of a Birthday or Holiday Cake (@Ns1 @TheCookie and others), Pastry Chef Keiko Nojima excels in this area as well. Don’t miss out on their Othello Cake for a taste of Cream, Dark Chocolate and Black Sesame. Their Gâteau Fraise is a great classic Chiffon & Strawberry Cake elevated by their amazing Chantilly Cream, and last Christmas we had an amazing Matcha Green Tea Cake. :slight_smile:

Next time I want to try their Fraise Noël (Layers of Chiffon with Chantilly Cream, Strawberries and 100% Pure Jam), or their Bûche de Marron (Chiffon Cake Rolled with Chestnuts and Chantilly Cream, Delicately Topped with Chestnut Cream) (and it looks adorable)!

Patisserie Chantilly
2383 Lomita Blvd. #104
Lomita, CA 90717
Tel: (310) 257-9454

http://www.patisseriechantilly.com/


#10

Omg. I’ll try and make it tomorrow after work. Hopefully they’ll have some left (which I doubt). Thanks!!


#11

My b-day just passed last month. I had known about the cakes, I totally would’ve asked my friends to get one! :wink:

Did you detect much/any bitterness in the matcha cake? I love a deep matcha flavor, but bitterness is a no-go for me.

On a somewhat related note, I finally got the black sesame froyo at Sunny Blue! So big for only $3!!! And just enough black sesame flavor for me. I totally thought of you when I got it today. :slight_smile:


#12

Hi @thechez5,

Nice! Yah, hopefully they still have some more of their Choux / Cream Puffs when you get there after work. :slight_smile:

Have you tried their Othello and Mont Blanc before? What are your other favorites there?


#13

Hi @paranoidgarliclover,

Oh, well Happy (belated) Birthday! :slight_smile:

For the Matcha Cake? No, no real bitterness; just a deep Matcha flavor. You might give their Le Matcha a try, which is their individual sized Dessert which I think their Matcha Full Cake was based off of? And see how you like those flavors. :wink:

But “worse case” (more like “even better case”) enjoy some of their amazing Choux aux Sésames (Black Sesame Cream Puffs). :blush:


#14

You got me craving the black sesame cream puff yesterday so I went after work. The person ahead of me in line bought the last three. :expressionless:

It’s ok, though. I got the last vanilla one, which I also love, and also the Zen Cake (black sesame cheesecake) which is one of my other favorites. Got a chocolate & Chantilly cream roll for my SO, as well.

And yes, I love the Othello and the Mont Blanc as well. The strawberry and matcha cakes, too. They have a Fuji Apple and caramel tart thing that’s delicious, too! I’m so glad I live only a couple of minutes away.


#15

Yumm @Chowseeker1999 :heart_eyes:!

I may actually get to Chantilly. If not, I still get to indulge. :blush: My OC cousins are unofficial seekers and will travel to multiple counties to get the right this or that for their soirées. I enticed one of them with your post. You had her “French-Japanese Pastries”!

Common problem with eclairs. Odd in this case because they seemed to get the pâte a choux for the cream puffs just right. And if you don’t mind my saying so, chantilly cream in an eclair is not really an eclair :wink: - custardy pastry cream all the way!

P.S. I love they named the black & white cake The Othello.


#16

If y’all are ever in the Burbank area, Lou the French on the Block has these insane eclairs with an exceptionally crispy outer layer that defies logic. Fruit tarts are also magic.


#17

Hi @TheCookie,

Thanks. :slight_smile: I hope you get a chance to go; I think you’d really like their Choux aux Sésames and Choux à la Crème (and Othello, and their Chestnut Dessert and Matcha). :wink: :blush:

If going on the weekend, definitely try to get there earlier in the day (not mid or late afternoon) as they can sell out. Or call ahead and ask them to save you some.

Enjoy!


#18

Thanks @Ns1! I’ll have to try them out the next time we’re near Burbank.