June 10, 2007

Patisserie Chantilly [Lomita]

Because the South Bay is a good half-hour drive away, we always make sure to hit a couple destinations on every trip that we take. After Sakura-Ya, Spoon House, and Marukai, we drove six miles into Lomita to satiate our sweet toothes with cakes, gelees, and mousses.

The tiny store has a handful of tables where you can sit and enjoy a cup of espresso with your dessert, but we went straight to the soft glow of the dessert display that was nothing short of a gateway of heaven.

We stood and stared with our jaws dropped open as patron after patron walked in and quickly made out with their cake boxes. For us Chantilly virgins, the first time was sure to be a slow and steady step.

We devised a strategy that included a dessert to share for now and a few to-go for later, in order to maximize our cost/benefit tradeoff for driving there. We settled on the Angel, which at $3.75 was a small price to pay for the tiny slice of heaven that found our tongues. The texture of the mousse was nothing short of ethereal, not too smooth and not too grainy. The passion fruit was tart without making our mouths pucker and it was so good that I had to order another one to take home to share. We enjoyed that the bakery offered table service, although we devoured our cake before even thinking about taking a sip of the water.

Between the two of us, we managed to do some damage with the Gateau Fraise, Caramel Macchiato, Grapefruit Gelee, and Chateau Chantilly. The Chateau was a one of the lightest cheesecakes I've had to date and unique in its presentation. Next time, we'll have to come back and try the legendary Blanc Manger and the treats outside of the fridge display.

Patisserie Chantilly
2383 Lomita Blvd #10
Lomita, CA 90717
(310) 257-9454

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