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Sadaharu Aoki at Lafayette Gourmet

It’s not always possible to photograph food in one’s travels. Waving a digital SLR in front of window displays in certain parts of the world is often frowned upon. Many a finger has been wagged the moment a camera lens is pointed at a mouth-watering array of pâtisseries. But what is a travelling foodie to do when the urge is strong and the fingers twitch on the shutter?

Occupying a prime position in the food hall of Paris’ premier department store Galeries Lafayette, I was seduced by form and colour of Japanese pâtissier Sadaharu Aoki‘s visual treats. The gourmandises before me were a unique marriage of classic Japanese flavours and traditional French pastry, an epitome to the Japanese love affair with all things French.

Sadaharu Aoki - Lafayette Gourmet

Think green tea éclairs , a rainbow of macarons and the palette of colour of his  Bonbon Maquillage with vivid shades and elegant parfums such as bamboo, cassis, yuzu and framboise. Seasonal creations feature at certain times of the year such as galette des rois au thé vert at Epiphany, and decorative green tea Easter eggs and festive chocolate egg chickens.

Sadaharu Aoki - Lafayette Gourmet

Bonbons Maquillage

In the end, resistance wavered. The digital SLR was put away and it was left to the palm-sized point and shoot camera in Mr G’s stealth hand to bring a few photo souvenirs home to Gourmantic.

Sadaharu Aoki - Lafayette Gourmet

Pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI at boutique Lafayette Gourmet
Galeries Lafayette Gourmet
40 Boulevard Haussemann
75009 Paris


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.