Friday, April 21, 2017

Kyoyo Shoku Akatsuki 京洋食 あかつき @ Shibuya Hikarie : Kakigori and other Japanese desserts

Friends were looking for a dessert place after Okonomiyaki dinner at Shibuya Hikarie and I suggested Akatsuki, a Japanese-western fusion restaurant that serves Kakigori in its desserts menu. This is actually very rare as most Japanese restaurants, especially those located in department stores, usually offer predictable sweets like parfaits, ice cream or pudding. Everything but Kakigori.  I've always wanted to try the unique pumpkin miso Kakigori but it was unavailable as guessed since pumpkin is likely a seasonal flavor.

Nonetheless, I was delighted to find Kurogoma Kinako on the menu. The kurogoma flavor was present but the intensity might not satisfy avid sesame fans. I could barely remember tasting any kinako. I preferred the special matcha Kakigori, which uses matcha from Marukyu Koyamaen and served with a big scoop of matcha ice cream. The texture of the ice was very fine and melted effortless in the mouth. One person could easily finish this as it wasn't too big.

The Houjicha Pudding was robust and tasty as well, though some found the bitter caramel sauce rather overpowering. Overall, the desserts here are reasonably priced except for the two puny scoops of ice cream that cost \420. Delicious, but one might be better off at an ice cream parlour. One of my friends said that the food here is pretty good and I will definitely be back to check it out when I'm in the area.

東京都渋谷区渋谷2-21-1 渋谷ヒカリエ6F
11am-5pm (lunch) 5pm-11pm (dinner)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Delifucius : Premium fish burgers by sushi chef

 Fucking delicious?

Well, not quite there yet but I must say the fish burgers here at Delifucious are delicious. Opened barely for a month, Delifucius has become the next hot spot in Nakameguro where one can find artisanal beer, cheese and pizzas. Delifucius means delicious + fucking, and it sells unique fish burgers which you can’t find elsewhere. And who could have been so upfront and confident in his food? Someone who has been dealing with fish, of course.

Monday, April 17, 2017

厨菓子くろぎ Kuriya Kashi Kurogi : Excellent MUST TRY Kakigori Hidden in Tokyo University

 WOW! How can Kakigori ever taste SO GOOD?

I was almost rendered speechless upon the first taste of the Kuromitsu Kinako Kakigori at this new Wagashi cafe that opened in May 2014. It is the sister café of high end Japanese restaurant Kurogi and strategically located right in Tokyo University aka Todai. Here, one can find modernized wagashi in stylish presentation which they call "artisanal works". Given that Kurogi is said to be one of the best ryoriya in town, one can expect standards of the sweets here to be no less remarkable.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mercer Brunch @ Roppongi : Back for Uni Omelette

And so I went back to Mercer Brunch as Miss K. wanted to try the Uni Omelette, which is only available at the Roppongi outlet. Since I love uni and omelette too, I thought why not? 

The Uni & Scallop Omelette with Uni Cream sauce (1600yen) is found under the Homemade Bread Brunch Section, together with Lobster & Fresh Tomato Omelette with Lobster Cream Sauce (1600 yen). Eventually, we ordered both as the omelette serving was considerably small. Similar to omurice, the omelette is soft, semi-runny on the inside but rather salty. So that's when the bread comes into the picture. Just like the French Toast, the bread rolls were excellently fluffy and delicious for mopping up the sauces. But I can imagine myself having them alone with the butter. 

Ok, I almost forgot that the main star is the omelette. Both Uni and Lobster scream indulgence and it is hard to pick one if you ask me again. The Lobster Omelette tastes like lobster bisque with subtle sweetness from the tomatoes while the Uni Omelette has a more robust umami, slightly briny flavor typical of sea urchin. 

So take your pick and you will unlikely be disappointed 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Pariya vs Sadaharu Aoki : Seasonal Ice Cream Treats

The weather in Tokyo has been cranky lately but this can't stop one from having ice cream. Thanks to my makan kaki, I learnt about S.Aoki's seasonal edition matcha glacé, which took me by surprise because his only frozen confectionaries so far are the glacé sandwiches.

For ¥401, the order comes with 2 balls of matcha ice cream which are thick, dense but still had a strong white chocolate taste amidst the green camouflage.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Patisserie Asako Iwayanagi : Another Pastry Jewel in Tokyo

If anyone sells a parfait for 2500 yen ($31) in Singapore, I bet nobody will buy it.
But here at Patisserie Asako Iwayanagi, almost every customer is willing to splurge on a 2500-yen parfait.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Schokoladen burg : Karuizawa Chocolate Factory

The streets were cloaked in white snow and the temperatures fell below zero degree Celsius. We were walking along the old Ginza streets of Karuizawa (not Tokyo yah?) that looked like a ghost town as there was barely any people or shop that is opened for business. Honestly I regretted subjecting my family and myself to such cold brutal winds by travelling all the way to Karuizawa, a 2.5-hour Shinkansen ride from Tokyo. I know, it's a place where most people head for summer retreat and winter skiing. But there was no turning back since we've trekked half-way on the cold pavement. Everything looked bleak until we chanced upon a chocolate factory.

CHOCOLATE FACTORY?!?! Did I read wrongly?

A chocolate factory not in London, Australia but in Japan? I immediately crossed the road and headed for the red house. All I want was a hot cuppa of chocolate, a cup that could thaw my frozen face and limbs. Our wish was granted. I had the rich frothy cocoa drink that wasn't overly sweet, along with the 2 little squares of chocolate in matcha and champagne flavor.

Those wickedly pricy treats were one of the best I've ever had; they melted gradually under the heat of the palates, leaving behind a cacao breath to behold. The dine-in menu was limited to the standards beverages like coffee, tea and a dessert--a chocolate Bavarian, became an oddity on the list. It was a long wait before the drinks and Bavarian mousse arrived as the duo (an old man and a younger one) took their own sweet time to prepare the stuff even though there were no customers.

I would probably be irritated if this was summer. But the plunging temperatures outside encouraged us to linger on. And now I finally understand why chocolate is exceptionally charming during winter.

Schokoladen burg 軽井沢チョコレート館
〒389-0100  長野県北佐久郡軽井沢町軽井沢4-2
10am-6pm daily

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Crisscross Omotesando : Triple Sakura Pancakes

Crisscross Omotesando, one of the cafes under Tyler's Group has launched the seasonal Triple Sakura Pancakes (1500 yen), a trio of buttermilk pancakes layered with white bean paste that's mixed with salted Sakura petals and draped in a rich Sakura Sauce. The presence of Sakura was evident and not too sweet at all. However, the texture of buttermilk pancakes bordered on the average and reminded me of McDonald's Hotcakes.

As one order (either drinks or food) per person is required, we deliberated over the menu and picked the Omelette Sandwich (1300 yen) eventually. The bread comes from Breadwork, it's sister bakery next door, but sadly it was not toasted. The sandwich tasted strange due to the jarring presence of orange marmalade jam. There's a light spread of mayonnaise and chives within the egg layers but nothing particularly special other than that.

Crisscross Omotesando
107-0062 東京都港区南青山5-7-28
8am-9pm daily

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Gomaya Kuki ごまやくき: World's richest black sesame ice cream

That's another marketing slogan that sounds familiar because Suzuki-en ya has used it before. Opened on 12th March 2017, Gomaya Kuki is a tiny café in Omotesano that sells 6 flavors of gelato revolving around black and white sesame. The shop is a collaboration between traditional sesame producer 九鬼 and favy gourmet group. Needless to say, the shop uses the sesame oil and sesame from 九鬼.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Atelier Kohta : Atas Plated Desserts at Kagurazaka

Tasty desserts but I'm not convinced or crazily impressed.

It was more like a dessert showmanship at L'atelie Kohta, a dessert cum patisserie in Kagurazaka which have had positive reviews on tabelog. It's one of the places on my list but not of any high priority because I actually left empty handed after visiting the shop once after realizing that none of the cakes attracted me. I know it's not very accurate to judge by looks but I guess it was that sixth sense that prompted me to stay away from them. Maybe I should give the counter desserts a chance. After all, this place is more popular for the counter desserts with so many pictures of Chef Kohta setting an orange peel on fire for his Crepe Suzette.

And alas I did.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Bondolfi Boncafe : Sakura Aragosta Soft Serve

To spring and all things beautiful.

While people were chasing after Sakura bloom, I was busy catching the limited edition Sakura theme food. Bondolfi Boncafe is a famous Italian Coffee brand that was established since 1855 and its 6th generation owners opened its first Japan outlet right in Tenoha Daikanyama. It has launched its own Sakura menu and the most sought after item is the Sakura Aragosta Soft Serve (600 yen).

I've always wanted to check out its Espresso Aragosta Soft Serve so this was a good opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. The Sakura Soft Serve was pretty sweet at first but I gradually grew to love the pickled taste that sung with alacrity in the creamy swirl. Perhaps because we tasted the Sakura first, the Espresso was lighter but rather bland. It should be called coffee and not espresso. There's nothing except for a mound of custard cream inside the flaky shell but it wasn't lonely with the generous serving of soft serve. As for the Sakura Latte (550 yen), it was too sweet and overpriced.

Daily 10am-9pm

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