This is a case of where looks can be deceiving… it’s one of the best looking bakery I’ve spotted in Hong Kong, yet despite its looks, it doesn’t live up to expectation!
Housed in the exclusive Elements Mall in Tsim Sha Tsui, a high end mall in Hong Kong, it is indeed in the right spot. The shop looks spotless with friendly staff. Service is good. I was even allowed to take pictures! After having window shopped twice, I finally made it inside and bought 2 slices of cakes, 2 types of bread & a pudding.
I must admit the cakes all look great & a tad more expensive than some of more popular pastry shops in Hong Kong. However, at Elements, that kind of pricing is understandable. La Creation de Gute positions itself with the concept “ordinaries can be extraordinary”. The décor looks upscale and the pastries extraordinary. Taste wise though, it’s simply quite ordinary. Of the 2 types of pastries I bought, they are pretty much forgettable; a mango puff @ HK$18 & a slice of mango blueberry swissroll @HK$30 which I found a little on the high side. Both merely tasted ordinary. Certainly not as good as they looked! The pudding is even worse! At HK$32, it’s not only expensive, it’s perhaps even yucky for some (like my aunt). The only saving grace is the squid ink cheese bread (exotic, isn’t it? ;-)) and the blueberry croissants which was really good!
By the way, I checked with the sales staff. It’s a Japanese creation and not French or German. Typical for Japanese to adopt French names in their bakeries just like what the Chinese loves to do now with their businesses by adopting English names. Why they need to do that is beyond me, other than to create an illusion which might not necessary be advantageous in the long run.
So, my advice for La Creation de Gute (quite a mouthful, isn’t it?) is, forget about the cakes, just go for the bread and pastries! And don’t be tempted by the beautiful looks of its cakes either, although they come with a very nice pamphlet. Thanks but no thanks, I won’t take that chance again! :p