Monday, June 30, 2014

Patisserie Il Fait Jour イルフェジュール

Few patisserie shops, excluding those which brand themselves as fruit tart specialists, devote 80% of their pastries to tarts. Being a great fan of tarts, I was excited to try the creations by Il Fait Jour.
Seasonal Fruit Jelly Parfait
Fig Tart  
Meaning "produced by the sunlight" in French, Il Fait Jour sells everything from croissants to Nama-gashi (those that involve raw components like fresh cream).
The man behind is Chef Shishido Chikao, who opened this shop in 2004 (just like Aigre Douce) after working at several patisseries. He had clinched several awards at Japan Cake Show, Kanagawa Association of Western Cake Exhibition (Petit Gateau Category) etc. 

The signature tart is none other than Il Fait Jour (same as the shop name) -¥540. It's a classic pâté sucre tart shell filled with Naval oranges and almond paste before being baked in the oven. Topped with a earl grey mousse dome
Besides tarts, the Napoleon (¥525)  is also a mark of quality. Not at Pierre Herme's level yet but has the potential to reach there by solving the riddle of ensuring that every single layer is solidly air crisp. The pastry layers were definitely 90% flaky, with occasion bitterness to tame the sweet custard and strawberries. 
I decided to venture out of my usual "safe choices" and picked the "Chai" (¥486) - a long tunnel of subtly spiced Masala Latte mousse on top of a baked apricot almond base. I had expected the base to be entirely cake until I heard a lovely "ka-tsu" sound when my knife sliced to the very bottom. There was a thin biscuit shell so it was more like a chai mouse and apricot tart combination. No regrets!!

However, the Melisa was sorely missing the depth of chocolate . It was a chocolate mousse on a cakey chocolate almond dacquoise tart. The mousse was bitter but the crust had lose the crunch. But aside from this, the pastries are assured of decent quality.
Il Fait Jour イルフェジュール
Main Outlet : 2--29-8 Shimoasao, Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa
10am-7pm (Daily)
Tokyo outlet: ecute Tachikawa, 3-1-1 Shibasakichō, Tachikawa-shi, Tōkyō
9am-10pm (Daily except Sun/PH 9am-9pm)

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