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
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