JJ French Pastry
You can also find JJ's desserts at Chai's Island Bistro and Signha Thai Restaurant.
Driving Direction from Honolulu International Airport to JJ French Pastry
1. Take Interstate H1 East Honolulu
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It was 1987 and Jinjie Praseuth Luangkhot, or JJ, was a 19 year-old Laotian immigrant in New York who was just looking for work-any work. Through a friend he a job as an ice cream scooper in the famous Maxim’s and it was there that the hard-working youngster caught the eye of rising star patissier Jean Marc Burillier.
He and Jean Marc developed the chocolate pyramids that became one of JJ’s signature creations. Inspired by I.M. Pei’s glass triangle entrance to Louvre, the three inch-high pyramids are filled with a thick dark chocolate mousse that surrounds carefully placed fresh raspberries.
In 1994, at age 29, Jean Marc Burillier drowned at a Long Island Beach. Burillier, JJ and some other chefs had just left Maxim’s to open a bistro of their own called Trois Jeans. Unable ot endure working at the bistro without his mentor, JJ moved to Hawaii that same year. “He was my chef and he is the one who built my future. I want to keep his memory alive forever. He is always with me,” JJ says movingly of Burillier.
JJ French Pastry at 3447 Wai’alae is where you can see JJ’s work. You can also find his desserts at Chai’s Island Bistro, OnJin’s, Singha Thai, The Willows and at the espresso bar at Neiman Marcus. In his display case at the Waialae shop you can see the elegant lines of his individual-size cakes and tarts. There are the shiny green tea cakes that almost fluoresce in the afternoon light, or the cocoadusted chocolate raspberry pyramids, or tarts of poached pear in re wine, apple Bavarian, banana chocolate comfit and - with an almost neon glow near the end of the counter – a grenadine pink framboise. All classic. All inventive. All part of a leagacy.