Mon reve
By Wong Joon Ian (City Weekend)
Updated: 2006-06-21 15:35

Despite Shanghainese cuisine's predilection for sweetness, good desserts are surprisingly hard to come by. That is why Mon Reve, a patisserie and chocolatier in Hongqiao that specializes in artfully made chocolates and cakes, is particularly welcome.

Its best-seller, the New York Cheesecake (RMB 25), is light, smooth and rich, while the Tiramisu (RMB 30) comes, somewhat untraditionally, encased in a fragile white chocolate shell that only enhances its appeal. Do not leave without the beautifully presented Hot Chocolate (RMB 25), which you mix up yourself with a miniature milk chocolate cup and warm milk. Pastry chef James Fricker, who set up Mon Reve with his partner after working at Las Vegas resorts like Mandalay Bay, also fulfills special requests for cake, and chocolate and sugar sculptures.

Location: No. 3182-1 Hongmeilu
Tel: 021-64058920
Perfect for: luxurious dessert and delicious gifts