It is said that black swans are rare. This is no longer the case in Beijing, even though they are sweetmeats: the recently opened "Black Swan" patisserie offers bakery goods made to the highest standards. These are displayed in an interior inspired by a snowy winter landscape – with contrast-rich lighting created by ERCO Optec spotlights.
It is well-known that the gastronomic traditions of Europe and Asia differ, and this also applies to the high art of pastry shops. In Asia elaborate decorations are deemed to be particularly important: in contrast to Europe, a guest would prefer to offer a bought and decorated cake for a celebration rather than a home-made and therefore perhaps not quite so perfect cake. The pastry products of the Black Swan patisserie in Beijing are almost breathtaking. In accordance with its name, the sweet delicacies are frequently decorated with swans of sugar icing and their contours have a curved, filigree appearance as if drawn by a calligrapher.