Since the standards of most cakes in patisseries are above average, it is very obvious when one encounters poor or bad items. Such disappointing experience is rare but I could still recall the day I tried the pastries from Kent House, a patisserie located in the basement of Umeda Hanyu Department store. Debuted as a patisserie-cafe since 1927 in Shinsaibashi, it has three other outlets in major Osaka department stores.
The cakes looked promising on the shelf and vanished at a relatively quicker rate than the rest. However, the taste and flavors were sorely missed in the Konzerthaus (¥410) (matcha almond sponge, Yuzu ganache and lemon white chocolate cream). The cream layer is too rubbery and the sponge too dry.
Fortunately, the Praline Noir (¥432) and the Pistache Au Vanille (¥432) reversed the unpleasant misfortunes. The coffee-cream filled choux sat on top multiple layers of almond pie, praline and chocolate mousse that were compressed so finely that they have merged as an entirety. The crunch was brilliantly sharp, no less than the millefeuilles from Pierre Herme. Meanwhile, the latter was a little on the sweet side but I'll be forgiving on this as lavish pistachio cream was a real treat for any pistachio lovers.
It wasn't all too bad actually. Just that I need to pick better cakes next time.
Umeda Hankyu Department Store B1
Main Shop (with cafe space):
1-21-19, Ōimazatominami, Higashinari-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 537-0013