To define a good strawberry shortcake is very dependent on what one expects from it. I used to rave about Rive's strawberry shotcake as it is cheap (previously each slice cost $2.80 nett) until the price of each slice shot up to $5 nett.
I have previously tasted this together with the strawberry slice from Yamazaki (or Sun Moulin) and the difference isn't big. In fact, both are similar with 2 layers of butter sponge with fresh cream and strawberries as the filling.
Comparing this with BakerZin's strawberry shortcake, the difference lies in the chantilly cream, while the former uses mascarpone in its chantilly cream giving it a slight sticky feeling, Rive Gauche is lighter in taste and that the "butter" after-taste is not prominent in the sponge.
The more outstanding strawberry shortcakes in my humble opinion would be the ones stated below, for the specific characteristics highlighted
1. Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie which uses génoise sponge for extra texture,
2. Arinco King which uses a chewy and springy sponge and
3. The Patissier which is so finely layered with a sugar dough base.
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