La Chocolaterie Review – “The First Ganache Shop In Vancouver”

Japanese confectioners, Taka & Kayoko, opened La Chocolaterie less than a year ago (December, 2010) with the passionate goal of inviting people to discover and enjoy chocolate in a whole new way.

“The first ganache shop in Vancouver”, La Chocolaterie is located inside Izumi-ya Japanese Marketplace on Alderbridge Way in Richmond. They are also occasionally at the Baker’s Market, where we serendipitously discovered them on Saturday.

All decked-out in Halloween decorations, La Chocolaterie offered a large variety of their beautifully-coloured chocolates available for purchase and no shortage of free samples for eager sweat-fiends to taste.

At La Chocolaterie, the concept is simple: the finest chocolate, the best ingredients, and a creative fusion of global flavours. The result: fresh handmade chocolate creations that are indulgence at its purest.

At first bite, its incredibly smooth, creamy texture and cube shape reminded me of a certain confectionery we used to enjoy while living in Seoul, called Melty Kiss (chocolates made by Japanese company Meiji). Interestingly, Taka actually used to develop products for Melty Kiss in Japan!

From lush exotic fruit to zesty spices, rich liquors, fine coffees and teas, and unique ingredients such as Yuzu, Sansho, and Wasabi, their carefully selected exclusive ingredients are from around the world. With 27 (24 regular and 3 seasonal) tantalizing selections, you’ll be sure to find your favourite flavour – I thoroughly enjoyed the fragrant Lemon Basil.

After sampling an array of delectable chocolates, we decided to purchase a few chocolates to take home. They offer 5 kinds of assorted packs and we chose a box of their six top selling flavours: Best Selection ($5.00) – Clockwise starting from the top left: Premium Milk Chocolate, Mango, Strawberry, Strong Green Tea, Earl Grey, and Rich Coffee. Since the Lemon Basil chocolate was so unique and fragrant, we couldn’t leave without buying a cup ($5.00).

Their signature green tea is very different from traditional chocolate with its vibrant green colour, smooth taste of umami and slight bitterness. Their rich coffee flavour is so deliciously bold, you’ll feel like you just took a sip of aromatic espresso. Additionally, quintessential ripe fruit flavours like the tropical twist of the Alphonso mango and freshly-picked taste of strawberry will delight your senses.

Overall, La Chocolaterie chocolates are absolutely exquisite. You will be amazed at how smooth and fragrant they are, without being overly sweet or too heavy – go there today to experience them for yourself!

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