**UPDATE** The store has closed on December 23, 2013. However, you can still buy online !!
This post is a tad bit late—but better late then never right!! So Ree-O and I were trying to satisfy our sweet tooth while shopping in Ginza, and what better way then to go to Joel Durand (ジョエルデュラン銀座本店) in Ginza (銀座).
Joel Durand is a famous Chocolatier of Saint-Remy de Provence. He gained fame with his “Alphabet des Saveurs” (alphabet of flavors), which are 26 chocolates representing the 26 letters in the alphabet. His also does seasonal chocolates depicting punctuation marks. His chocolates are harmoniously blended with different spices, herbs and flowers to give them a distinct delicious flavor.
Since it’s was so hot outside we decided to try one of his popular “liegeois” (parfait). 1. The menu was brought to us on a chalk board. 2. Close up of the Parfait Menu. There were 6 types of parfaits to choose from. Black Chocolate “A” , Orange “O” , Salty Caramel “C” , Violet “V” , Peach “♥” and Lemon “H”.
Ree-O got the most popular Orange “O”, and I got the standard Black Chocolate “A”. The parfaits were topped with the coordinating alphabet flavor of chocolate. “O” for Orange, which is 66% cacao and “A” for Carupano, which is 70% cacao.
The parfaits were deliciously rich. They were both made with dark chocolate and weren’t overly sweet. It was definitely a parfait made for adults. Ree-O was so full she couldn’t eat her piece of chocolate, so I did! The Orange was very strong but blended well with the chocolate. My Carupano chocolate was more on the bitter side.
Our parfaits definitely hit the spot. Ree-O and I were ready to hit the shops with our new found energy! So what kind of chocolate do you like? Sweet or Bitter? Do you like fruit infused chocolate, ones with nuts or plain?
ms fancy pant tokyo & a giant T “tiramisu” chocolate
- Joel Durand Provence (ジョエルデュラン銀座本店)
- 5-5-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku Tokyo
- Mon-Sun 11:00-21:00