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[Closed Down: Le Petit Boule Chocolatier Sapporo in Sapporo] Criollo Is Most Popular Cake and Passionnata Is Passionate Cake

November 28th, 2014

Le Petit Boule Chocolatier Sapporo

Le Petit Boule Chocolatier Sapporo (ル・プティ・ブーレ ショコラティエ サッポロ) is a popular pastry store in Chuo ward, Sapporo city, and is near Odori Park and Hokkaido University Botanical Garden. Mr. Kazuyuki Oikawa (及川 和行), an owner patissier, has established it since 2010. He used to train his cooking skill in Kanagawa, Japan and France, and used to work as a patissier for 6 years in Jean-Paul Hevin Tokyo called the world class chocolatier. They serve cakes and baked confectioneries using chocolate. Unfortunately, They have closed down since 2016. This article before closing is as follows. Now he has established Lumiere et ombre (リュミエール エ オンブル) at a different place.

Appearance of Store
Criollo and Passionnata -Le Petit Boule Chocolatier Sapporo-

The appearance and the interior decoration of the store are unified by chic brown, and has a high-quality atmosphere. The store is not so large, but 2 tables are provided, so customers can enjoy foods and drinks.

Look of Store
Criollo and Passionnata -Le Petit Boule Chocolatier Sapporo-

Odori Park

Odori Park (大通公園) is in the very center of Sapporo city, and is located between Sapporo Station and Susukino. Offices and commercial facilities are built around the park, and it is just at very center of the big city. But 92 types 4,700 trees such as lilac, Japanese elm and cherry tree are planted, and fountains and flower beds are built, so the park is well-known as a place of relief for Sapporo citizens as well as tourists. The park has been chosen as one of The 100 Best Roads in Japan (日本の道100選), Japanese City Park Best 100 (日本の都市公園100選), The 100 Best Townscapes (都市景観100選) and Japan's Top 100 Historical Parks (日本の歴史公園100選), so it is one of the most famous parks in Japan. Article is here

Odori Park and Sapporo TV Tower
Odori Park and Sapporo TV Tower

Hokkaido University Botanical Garden

Botanic Garden Hokkaido University (北海道大学植物園) is a botanical garden in Chuo ward, Sapporo city. The official name is Hokkaido University Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere Agro-ecosystem Research Station Botanic Garden (北海道大学北方生物圏フィールド科学センター耕地圏ステーション植物園). It was established by Dr. William Smith Clark's suggestion in 1886. * The W. S. Clark is the first president of the Hokkaido University. About 4,000 types of plants are planted, and historical buildings have been maintained and preserves the condition from those days. The area is 133,000 m2, and I suppoese that it takes about 2 hours to look around carefully on foot. The botanical garden is well-known as a green oasis of the downtown of the Sapporo. The distnace is about 1 km away from main buildings of the Hokkaido University, so be careful not to make a mistake. Besides, here is also famous as a good place to see fall foliage, and the best time to see it is from mid October to late October. Admission fee is JPY 420. A parking lot is not provided. By the way, here is open to the public for free on May 4 (Greenery Day (National Holiday). Article is here

Botanic Garden Hokkaido University in Sapporo


Sapporo (札幌) that about 1,960,000 people live is the largest city in Hokkaido. Although there are various theories, its origin of the name is "Dry Big River (乾いた大きな川)" in Ainu language. A population of the Sapporo is the 4th largest city after Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya in japan, and the population accounts for 36 % of Hokkaido's population! So the Sapporo has been flourished as the center of the Hokkaido. The area of the Sapporo is 1,121.26 km2, and is about as big as Hong Kong, and is the 7th largest city in the Hokkaido. The Sapporo is also famous as a tourist city, and about 15 million people come. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, but it is easy to live without moisture. I always feel a little cool. It is cold that temperature falls to nearly -10 degrees in a winter, and amount of snowfall sometimes has more than 1 m. Article is here



Criollo and Passionnata

I asked a waitress about store's recommendation at a cash register, so she replied me "Criollo (クリオロ) is the most popular cake". The criollo refers to the name of the best kind of the cocoa bean native to Central and South America. Because he had a confident of the cake, I thought that he named it so. The price was JPY 440. In addition, I was interested in colourful Passionnata (パショナタ). It means "Passionate" in Italian. The cake was a blaze of colors. The price was JPY 450. I ordered those, and I decided to eat 2 cakes at the store.

Criollo and Passionnata from Top
Criollo and Passionnata -Le Petit Boule Chocolatier Sapporo-

I judged the Criollo using cacao abundantly by the appearance and the fragrance. Chocolate sponge and mousse chocolate layered in the cake. It was not sweet, and was bitter. I thought that it was a cake for chocolate lover.

Criollo and Passionnata -Le Petit Boule Chocolatier Sapporo-
Chocolate Sponge Cake
Criollo and Passionnata -Le Petit Boule Chocolatier Sapporo-

The passionnata had layers of mousse chocolate and cream passion on crunchy feuillantine. The cake was topped with a candied kumquat. The taste was sour, and the sweetness was just right, too. Walnuts at the cake accentuated tough. By the way, a cup of roasted tea was served freely when customers ate a cake at a table. Thanks for the tasty cakes!

Criollo and Passionnata -Le Petit Boule Chocolatier Sapporo-
Sponge Cake
Criollo and Passionnata -Le Petit Boule Chocolatier Sapporo-
Parking lot Parking lot is not provided
Business hours Weekdays 11:00-20:00
Saturday and National holidays 11:00-19:00
Regular closing day Sunday and Monday
Telephone number +81-11-207-5808
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 9 521 025*31

A page of Sapporo is here




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