If you’re ever in Shanghai, don’t neglect to pass by Mavi and spend awhile enjoying their desserts. Located in Xintiandi, it’s the perfect place to pop by and enjoy something sweet.
An artisan chocolate and gourmet patisserie, Mavi specialises in desserts that are at once beautiful and delicious. As visually stunning as they are delightful taste wise, we can guarantee that you won’t leave Mavi disappointed. With every bite of their sumptuous creations, their use of quality ingredients and love they have poured into each pastry is apparent. Their chocolate is premium, imported from France and everything is as fresh as they can make it. Mavi doesn’t want their desserts to only be sweet, all sugary and no substance. They want their products to expand their customer’s palates. The space itself is warm and cosy, evoking memories of a Swiss chalet with homey wooden interiors and fresh flowers.
The shape of the signature Mavi crown cake is inspired by royalty – this is because the owner, Shabana (click here for our profile on Shabana), wants it to be the queen of all desserts. The chef’s French background is clear in the execution of the cake. A ruby red mound topped by a delicate lacy wheel of chocolate, the crown cake is formed with an almond financier base crowned by a silky mound of chocolate ganache scented with dulce leche. The sunset red glaze that coves the cake is made without gelatin and instead with white chocolate. Vanilla Chantilly cream adorns the top. With such an impressive list of components, does the cake impress? Absolutely. Not too sweet, the dulce leche imbues each mouthful with caramel and the almond financier base provides a great contrast in texture to the chocolate ganache.
Their tiramisu cup (32 RMB), a wonderfully creamy cloud of mild sweet mascarpone and smoky, dark coffee is so smooth it slides down the throat. For such a decadent dessert, it’s not too rich or filling. Their macarons (15 RMB each), available in an assortment of flavours from lemon to pistachio, are best enjoyed at room temperature, when you can clearly taste all the complexities of it. The shatter of the sugary shell, and the almost fudgey inside makes the macaron’s at Mavi some of the best I’ve ever had.
Mavi takes artisan techniques and makes gourmet pastries at affordable prices.
Address: 361 Zizhong Lu (near Madang Lu), Xintiandi, Shanghai