Playful choux creams by Nicolas Charles

by Angela Erika Kubo

Special To The Japan Times

Earlier this month, French chef Nicolas Charles took cream puffs to another level with the opening of his self-named store in Ginza, Tokyo. Charles fills his light, crispy choux cream pastries with various mousses and creams rather than the standard custard: Flavors include rose jelly and raspberries mixed with raspberry mousse; basil-flavored mousse mixed with strawberries tossed in balsamic vinegar; and caramel custard with caramelized apples. To play things up a bit, Charles tops his pastries with chocolate icing and two pieces of chocolate that stick out like bunny ears, among other cute designs. The choux creams are ¥630 each. www.nicolascharles.jp