Gioia by Chi – The new must-try patisserie in town!April 9th, 2011 | Posted by in Daily life...
Gioia by Chi, the new patisserie by Roy Chan comes right in time to grow the ranks of top quality pastry shop in town!
In the greatest Hong Kong tradition, we assisted to the official grand opening of the new patisseriewith the traditional blessings from the Lion Dance and the Bai San ceremony, including chickens and suckling pig. It was a great moment to witness as we could read the pride and the joy from the team when the shop sign’s was unveiled. The “lion” did their traditional dance at the opening of a new business; they had their vegetable, got fed by the store owners and thereafter the lions visited the entire premises to bring the luck. Mock money was burnt until none was left in order to be fully given to the Gods. Assisting to such cultural ceremony is always a great moment of joy, or should I say of ‘Gioia’ !
Gioia means Joy in Italian and it’s exactly the feeling you have when looking at those tantalizing creations!
The selection of pastries and cake is fresh, clean and of great quality. The shop uses top ingredients and makes a point in doing a line of patisserie that are less sweet, including a sugar free and egg free chocolate and earl grey tea cake which was excellent.
The other highlight from the shop’s delicate range is the green apple cake; an almond dacquoise, a nice layer of fresh apple compote blend with roasted nuts and a very light green apple mousse and glazing on the top. Not too sweet, fresh and fruity: a definite winner!
I had my usual apprehension before trying the Damascus rose and strawberry cremeux, as too often the taste is off-balance with an overpowering rose fragrance. But not this time; the balance of flavor and textures was very good indeed.
Roy and his team did a very good job!
Terry has been in our team at the Four Seasons for more than 3 years and he joined Roy’s new venture a few months ago and I must say was a great move!
Visist the shop and try these excellent cake:
Gioia by Chi Patisserie
Shop A, 35 Nam Kok Road, Kowloon
+852 2718 6618
PS: This is my 100th published post and all the photos were taken using iPhone!