REVIEW|PAN DE VIE,COVENT GARDEN

Whether it be folded into a beautiful cake, generously piped into the mouth end of a fish shaped ice cream cone or piping hot in my favourite mug, Green tea is one of my absolute favourite flavours.

It started with the obligatory green tea before every meal during my time in china, then slowly became incorporated into my everyday life with a cup every morning. Dating back as far as 4,000 years ago, Chinese green tea has been thought to ward off diseases and generally improve one’s well-being.

The benefits of green tea are so extensive, they include stimulating blood flow, preserving young looking skin, aiding digestion and even prolonging life span.

When I heard about the amazing Pan De Vie Matcha bakery nestled down a little lane in Covent garden I knew I had to pay them a visit (For my health obviously!)

Their presentation alone is an absolute magnet to those of us who enjoy an artisan pastry or cake. Their symmetry, the finesse, the vibrant colours, everything about their display just calls you in.

With selections ranging from matcha castella loaves, matcha and azuki bean mousse and even matcha and white chocolate tart’s you are really spoilt for choice. They have a few savoury options too which include their “lunch in a loaf” Japanese beef curry, chicken teriyaki stuffed buns, and also a small selection of beautifully sparkly and intricate macaroons.

I chose the green tea and lychee mousse cake, which was green tea sponge, green tea mousse and a lychee jelly layered to perfection, crowned with a fresh crimson raspberry.

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I then went for the classic green tea tart which was just perfectly baked with its light crust, glossy emerald filling and a flake of gold leaf at its centre.

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I’m like a magpie when it comes to anything shiny or sparkly so when I set eyes on their spectacular green tea and Yuzu (Japanese citrus fruit) macaroon I had to grab one too.

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Lastly, I had to taste their Matcha latte which was just EVERYTHING, it’s difficult to describe its perfection so for that you’re going to have to head down yourself and be the judge…IMG_8979

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