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Pascal, Oslo December 14, 2011

Posted by lillylikes in Chocolate.

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Saptamana trecuta am fost la Oslo, nu stiu cum se face ca apuc sa vad orasul numai iarna, dar oricum este foarte frumos. De data aceasta orasul se pregatea de Craciun si pentru decernarea premiului Nobel pentru pace. In centrul orasului era o mica piata de Craciun cu tot felul de lucruri norvegiene traditionale, iar din loc in loc prin oras era plin de bannere si de steaguri despre evenimetul decernarii premiului Nobel.

In drum spre aeroport m-am oprit repede la cofetaria Pascal. Despre Pascal am citit prima data in ziare cum ca au a 2-a cea mai buna ciocolata din lume (prima fiind cea de la Es Koyama, Japonia). Din pacate Es Koyama nu au magazin in Norvegia poate cu prima ocazie in Japonia am sa testez si produsele lor :).

Pascal are 6 magazine in Oslo, iar eu am fost la cel de pe strada Henrik Ibsens nr. 36 . Intrand in magazin am observat ca se putea si manca deci este un fel de restaurant combinat cu cofetarie. Nu am mancat nimic la ei fiind pe fuga, doar am cumparat cateva produse si am fugit spre aeroport. In mare nu pot spune ca am gasit la Pascal atmosfera de la Pierre Marcollini. La Marcollini se vede de la distanta eleganta, rafinamentul si delicatetea produselor. La Pascal a fost OK, au spre vanzare diferite produse de ciocolata, macarons, inghetata, sucuri, dulceturi, siropuri, etc. Dar de exemplu la Pascal poti cumpara bucatele de ciocolata in cutii gata ambalate sau poti sa le cumperi la pungulita. Ei bine, cele din pungulita nu erau sub forma de patrate perfecte :), adica erau indoite, lovite, lipite intre ele.. parca era un fel de reciclare a rebuturilor. Nu prea mi-a placut asta, cu toate ca am cumparat si eu o pungulita sa le incerc, iar pretul e mai mic decat la cele ambalate in cutii.  Asa ceva nu am vazut la Marcollini unde fiecare bucatica de ciocolata arata impecabil.

La fel parca nu mi-a placut ca imbina restaurantul cu cofetaria. Nu cred ca poti sa fii in acelasi timp atat un ciocolatier cat si un bucatar foarte bun. Poate ca ar trebui sa te axezi pe ceea ce stii sa faci cel mai bine si sa faci chestii prefecte :). Ma rog, parerea mea. Oricum genul acesta de cofetarii nu prea se gasesc in Bergen si e mare pacat. Mi-ar placea sa avem si aici macar una, cine stie poate cat de curand va deschide Pascal si in Bergen :). Din partea mea Pascal primeste 4.5 flori de crin si pentru moment cea mai buna ciocolata din lume ramane Marcollini :).

English version

Last week I went to Oslo, I don’t know how it is that I only get to see the city during winter, but it is very nice anyway. This time the city was getting ready for Christmas and for the Nobel peace prize award ceremony. In the city center there was a small Christmas market with all sorts of traditional Norwegian stuff, and from place to place in the town there were banners and flags about the Nobel prize event.

On my way back to the airport, I quickly stopped by the Pascal confectionery. The first time I heard about Pascal was from the newspapers that they have the 2nd best chocolate in the world (the first one being Es Koyama, Japan). Unfortunately Es Koyama does not have a shop in Norway, maybe with the first chance I get in Japan I will test their products as well :).

Pascal owns 6 shops in Oslo, and I visited the one on Henrik Ibsens street, 36. Entering the shop I noticed that one could also eat regular meals, so it is a combination between a restaurant and a confectionery. I did not eat at them being on the run, I just bought a few products and then ran to the airport. Generally I cannot say that I found at Pascal the same atmosphere as at Pierre Marcollini’s. At Marcollini’s you can notice from a distance the elegance, the refinement and the delicacy of their products. Pascal was OK, they have for sale different chocolate products, macaroons, ice-cream, juices, jams, syrups, etc. But for instance you can buy at Pascal’s chocolate bits in already packed boxes or just get them in a small bag. Well, the ones in the bag were not really perfect squares :), I mean they were bend, hit, stuck to each other… it was almost like a scrap recycle. I did not like that much, even though I bought one small bag myself to try them, and the price was smaller than the ones in the already packed boxes. I did not see something similar at Marcollini, where each and every chocolate bit looked impeccable.

Also, I kind of didn’t like the fact that they combined a restaurant with a confectionery. I don’t think that one can be at the same time both a good chocolatier and a good chef. Maybe you should focus on what you know how to do best and make perfect things :). Well, just my opinion. Anyway you cannot find this kind of confectionery in Bergen and it is a real shame. I would like if there was at least one, who knows maybe Pascal will open one soon in Bergen as well :). From me, Pascal gets 4.5 lilies and for the moment the best chocolate in the world remains Marcollini :).



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