Sweet Delight in Every Bite

Columns Jus' Desserts

August 18, 2013

Story By: Nicole Monton | Photos by: Leah Friel

Patisserie La Palme D’Or brings an amazing fusion of “French flavor and Japanese craftsmanship” to each dessert that sits quaintly behind glass window displays.

Sweets with a variety of colors and shapes adorn the patisserie, which is located in Ala Moana Center.

While the menu is extensive, executive chef Akiko Kimura has created amazing single-serving desserts with seasonal fruits.

Berry Cup ($4.85) features white chocolate crunch balls on the very bottom of the cup, topped with a mousse of Kimura’s choosing, as well as strawberry shortcake or raspberry jelly. Finishing touches include seasonal berries, white chocolate cream, baked New York cheesecake and raspberry flakes, which make for an amazing mixture of textures.

Similar to Berry Cup is Berry Tart ($3.85), in which almond cream mixed with fresh raspberries, blueberries and blackberries sit on a thick pie crust. Yellow custard cream adds another layer to this already complex dessert, in addition to fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.

Patrons will be happy to know that these plump, seasonal berries on the Berry Cup and Berry Tart offer the best bang for your buck.

It’s mango season and Kimura takes this sweet, local favorite to a whole new level with Triple Mango ($4.40), which is served in a tall, elegant cylindrical cup.

Mango Bavarian sits beneath mango jelly, and chunks of fresh, local mango accompany the whipping cream. Dig your spoon all the way to the bottom to get all the textures in one bite.

Melon Cup ($3.80) is a lighter dessert that’s just as lovely and delicious.

“The bottom is yellow sponge cake, and the white layer is an almond mousse,” explains Kimura.

Large pieces of local honeydew melon are placed in the center, as a clear lemonand orange-flavored jelly hugs the edges. The jelly is light, but adds to the zest of the dessert in a delicate way.

Kimura urges customers to head in soon to try the aforementioned desserts while the featured fruits are still in season.

“Most people like the Berry Cup because it’s fancy, tasty and easy to eat,” she adds.

Fruits aren’t the only thing on Patisserie La Palme D’Or’s menu. Chocolate concoctions, original drinks and more are waiting to be savored.

Each dessert is masterfully crafted, and customers can expect a bit of delight in every bite.

Patisserie La Palme D’Or

Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.9 p.m.
Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Ala Moana Center, Honolulu, HI 96814

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