There was the famous Beard Papa many years ago, a kind of custard puff which proved to be real popular among the Asians. I haven't actually seen Beard Papa in the U.S. so I'm not how how popular it is. Neither have I seen Pappagallo anywhere other than Hong Kong & Shenzhen.
Pappagallo is one fine dessert chain though. It has some truly lovely cakes which I've come to love since discovering it less than a month ago. Some of its best are the Hazelnut cake, Tiramisu & Rum & Cherries Cake. Incidentally, Pappagallo also serves a wide array of ice creams & gelato but I found them a tad too sweet for me.
1. Hazelnut Cake
I just bought this cake for Valentine's Day because they ran out of the Strawberry cake I wanted and I couldn't be bothered to return for another cake on the day itself since it's also Chinese New Year Day. Well, as with the Mont-Blanc earlier, was I surprised! My first cake from PPG and as far as I know, they don't make this cake normally either. It was only available for Valentine's Day & possibly if you beg them with special orders!
The cake looks like any chocolate cake. However, it didn't taste like chocolate cake at all! It was not too sweet despite its look. That was my original concern as well. I don't like cakes that are too sweet! And for this one, it's an entire cake I was taking home, not just a piece! So, I took it out & tried it on Chinese New Year Day, for good luck. We Chinese eat Nian Gao (Chinese New Year cake) on New Year to bring in good luck and all things superstitious will be observed during this period. So, this year, I ate both the Chinese cake & Western cake since it's also Valentine's Day! Remind me to go on diet now that CNY celebration is over! I badly need to! :-)
The PPG Hazelnut cake is very smooth and moist. Perfect balance! I love its texture and love the fact that it has chunks of hazelnut and also almonds in it. Lovely! Simply the best!
The 2nd cake I like from PPG. Tiramisu I've tried in many countries including Japan. But this Tiramisu is the kind of Tiramisu I can fall in love with! Not too sweet and very light. It doesn't give you the feeling of fullness and hence the need to stop!
According to the girl from PPG, this is also one of their best sellers. I'm pleasantly surprised that PPG has got excellent cakes, a lot better than their ice-creams & gelato which I've decided not to review on as they are too sweet for my taste!
3. Rum & Blueberries Cake
I recently tried this upon the staff's recommendation as well. It looked like a Black Forest or chocolate cake on the exterior. There is the freshest blueberry inside and the cake is moist and soft. Another winner of PPG's creation.
Not all PPG's cake are awesome though. Some are good but not great. Like their soft cheese cakes. What I find surprising is that cakes which I didn't think I'd like turns out to be stunning! Hence, many a time, I turned adventurous at this chain.
Generally though, the cakes all look pretty and most of the people who passed by the podium couldn't stop but take a peep inside. It's really quite a nice area with some tables and chairs for shoppers to relax in and also to go online if need be. Yes, I forgot to mention, didn't I? PPG's outlets are wifi ready! That makes having a cup of tea and a piece of cake not only a luxury but also essential! What better way than to pass your time in a mall relaxing amids the hustle and bustle? :-)
Before you leave, you may even want to try out its ice creams and gelato.
4. Icecream Cakes One other unique dessert which Pappagallo markets is its ice cream cake. An entire cake made of ice cream. You've to preorder it if you'd like to try. I haven't gotten to that yet as I doubt I could finish an entire ice cream cake on my own since I'm actually living all by myself! But if I do get the chance to try it, I'll definitely let you know how that turns out to be. For now, here are some pictures to get you going. These are not real ice cream cakes but are models. Lovely, isn't it? I couldn't even tell these are not real!