Chocolate meets art in Brussels

Chocolate meets art in Brussels

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The pastries and chocolate delicacies sold at Pâtisserie Sasaki in Brussels are nothing short of an art form.

Yasushi Sasaki

Yasushi Sasaki

Yasushi Sasaki’s diminutive pâtisserie-chocolaterie located in the quiet residential neighbourhood of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre has been named among the best in ­Brussels by influential restaurant guide Gault&Millau and travel guide Guide BrusselsLife 2015. This is a remarkable achievement for a young Japanese confectioner in a city known as the capital of chocolate.

“For me, chocolate is art. I believe that being a pâtissier is similar to writing poetry. The options are boundless when you dip into a culinary alphabet to build words and sentences. Imagination is the only limit,” says Sasaki.

The Belgians regard chocolate as one of life’s greatest pleasures. The most important season for chocolate lovers, besides Easter, is Christmas. On St. Nicholas’ Day, December 6, Sasaki treats children to a special feast of bonbons, pralines, and chocolate figures representing none other than Saint Nicholas (‘Sinterklaas’ in Dutch).

For Christmas Sasaki prepares his own version of the bûche de Noël (Yule log), transforming his cakes into a log shape with a new flavour each year. Last Christmas he concocted a delectable ­combination of chocolate mousse, cappuccino and coffee. Word is this year he may be ­tantalising taste buds with a combination of chocolate and citrus fruits. www.patisserie-sasaki.be

By Anu Piippo

This article is published in the December 2015 issue of Blue Wings.

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