I only wish that the day-glow pink outer layer held up on the way home, but this is a pastry so delicate that even a funny look in its direction could make it collapse. So I’ll consider myself lucky I only lost a bit (note my server’s thumbprint, too)…
Overlooking its too-delicate constitution, Dalloyau definitely surprised me with the Mirifique (French for “fabulous”). Tearing into it, I expected the usual mélange of flavored crèmes, cakes and sablés. Wrong.
While there’s certainly plenty of crème in and atop it, and even some chocolaty “biscuit” goodness at the base, the core of the Mirifique is a cone of dark chocolate filled with what can best be described as a superb strawberry smoothie.
What I found rather strange though was the quality of the chocolate cone itself. It was far more than was either necessary or appropriate – unnecessary in the sense that the crème and strawberry concoction were far too dominant to tease out the chocolate’s subtleties (the only reason I could is that I separated the chocolate out for analysis after a few bites) and inappropriate in the sense that a more obvious, blunt chocolate would have delivered the chocolate intensity that its broader flavor profile obscured. Basically, I’d love a bar of the stuff, but Dalloyau needn’t be so shy about dumbing-down the chocolate they put in certain pastries.
I can’t really say that the Mirifique was actually mirifique at all. Billed as “the pastry you can drink”, there is a certain novelty to it, and the strawberry liquid is quite delicious, but, again, so is a strawberry smoothie. The pastry is otherwise bland and, in regard to the chocolate, a bit overthought. When in Dalloyau, admire the pretty in pink Mirifique, but keep browsing.
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