Nestled next to our favorite okonomiyaki place (actually the only okonomiyaki place we know), Gaja, is a little French/Japanese bakery called Patisserie Chantilly.
Chantilly is a French city 24 miles northeast of Paris, and according to legend it was at the Château de Chantilly that this Chantilly creme was created by the maître d’hôtel François Vatel. Vatel would later commit suicide when he thought the fish would be served to late when King Louis XIV visited in 1671. The château was built in 1560 for Anne de Montmorency and was destroyed during the French Revolution. There is a dispute to this legend as first mention of Chantilly creme came much later in 1784. The Château de Chantilly was the estate of the princes of Conde, cousins of the kings of France and perhaps the name Chantilly creme was used because of the association of the Château de Chantilly with fine food.
Chantilly creme is your basic whipped cream that has been sweetened and flavored with vanilla.
At Patisserie Chantilly we tried the choux au crème (cream puff $2.95) that comes in three
flavors: vanilla, chocolate, and sesame. The fillings were wonderful:
light, smooth and not too sweet. Especially notable was the sesame with its
dribble of honey. Sesame is definitely the Japanese touch; Asians use sesame seeds for more than just your hamburger buns. The puff pastry itself could have been lighter, but this is a minor quibble.
We also tried their signature cheesecake: Chateau Chantilly ($4.25). This
delectable gem is filled with pineapple and homemade orange
marmalade on top of a graham cracker crust. Also on a graham cracker crust is
the framboage ($3.95), a creamy raspberry cheesecake. The last thing we
tried was the Gateau Fraise ($3.95), a chiffon cake topped with Chantilly
cream and fresh strawberries.
Everything was well presented and delicious. These little treasures were rich but not too sweet. Out of the assortment we tried, the Chateau Chantilly cheesecake and sesame choux au crème were outstanding because of the smooth texture and well-balanced flavors. If you want to feel a little royal, or just need a princely treat for a pauperly price, stop by Patisserie Chantilly.
2383 Lomita Blvd #104
Lomita, CA 90717
Mondays: 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays-Sundays 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.