Saturday, March 06, 2010

la tour blanc

After French class, I checked out a tiny shop called Plum Cube inside the wickets of the Hankyu Umeda station on the 2nd floor.

This shop houses 4 different sweet shops which changes every 3 months.

Starting March 1st, 4 new shops opened for business.

I didn't get a chance to see all 4 because I was sidetracked by La Tour Blanc's donuts. They are baked and I was particularly intrigued by their macaron donuts.

I decided to pick up 3 different kinds to try.

Chocolat Berry--dark chocolate donut covered with dark chocolate and freeze dried raspberries. This was dense and very chocolatey, though I kept getting perturbed by the raspberry seeds...210 yen (about US$2.10)

Yuzu Lemon--Citron and lemon donut covered with white chocolate and pistachios. This one could have been more citrusy, the white chocolate icing kind of overpowered everything...189 yen (about US$1.89)

Matcha--this donut was topped with half a macaron. Nice matcha flavor...210 yen(about US$2.10)

Texture-wise, these were more like pound cake rather than donuts.

The girl at the counter said to check back as they were planning to add 13 more flavors.

They are quite pricey and more like cake than a cake donut, I think I'll check out the other 3 shops the next time I'm in the area.

La Tour Blanc
16-2 Miyazuka-cho
Ashiya, Hyogo
Phone: 0797.23.4675
Closed on Mondays
Hours: 10:00-20:00

*satellite shop inside Plum Cube @ Hankyu Umeda station 2nd floor until the end of May 2010


Kathy YL Chan said...

Whoa - very cool! And the matcha one is so pretty too hehe :)

I was thinking of taking French lessons as well...on the "to-do" agenda!

KirkK said...

Wow those look great..... sure makes the donut-su the Missus had the other day look pretty blah....

jalna said...

Funny how you got sidetracked. Happens to me all the time. The donuts sound good. I love pound cake.

Hannah said...

Wow, a macaron-cross-donut baby? The Japanese can certainly be wonderfully ingenious sometimes! I'm still yet to try real macarons. Paris in just a few weeks though!!

Admin said...

They look yummy! Are they very sweet? I am always haunted by Krispy Kreme.

Rowena said...

Wish we had donut shops where I live. These certainly look way beyond what simpleton Homer would eat, and I bet even Duff beer wouldn't do these justice! They all look beautiful!

K and S said...

That would be cool if you started learning French too Kathy :)

I miss American donuts sometimes though Kirk :)

Thanks Jalna, just say "desserts" and I'm there :)

Totally jealous Hannah :)

So-so on sweetness Mikuru, I hear we will be getting a Krispy Kreme here in Osaka soon. Can you believe I've never had one yet??

I saw your post Rowena, that was really disappointing. Too bad you cannot return the rest.

Take care everyone!

Deb in Hawaii said...

They look good. Fun that they switch out the shops and you get to try new things! ;-)

K and S said...

I have a feeling that the shops split the rent Debinhawaii. It is good that they switch things up, it is a nice way to try different sweets from different parts of the Kansai area.

Take care.

Unknown said...

Oh man.. I love donuts. I am like Homer Simpson!

K and S said...

That is so funny Rick :)

Take care.

Parisbreakfasts said...

the obsession with macarons knows no bounds evidently???

K and S said...

I hope you come this way one day PB, would love to hear what you think about the macs here :)

Take care.

Barbara said...

Those are such pretty donuts Kat.

K and S said...

Thank you Barbara, like I said, it was more like cake :)

Take care.