The Japanese seriously know how to make cakes, every single one was delicate, light and fluffy. You can even find a good cake in your standard corner shop! My jeans were less forgiving when I got back to London.This post is full of all the phenomenal patisseries I went to which if you have a sweet tooth, you must visit. As I’ve said in my previous post, they’re still many fantastic places I didn’t get to visit, so this is a post on the best selection from my travels. FYI I will say the words ‘favourite’ and ‘the best’ repeatedly.
Echire Maison du Beurre
Marunochi, Chiyoda, Tokyo Prefecture – Chiyoda Station
Echire is artisan French butter and known as one of the best butters in France, many Michelin chefs use it. I sadly did an amateur late visit to Echire, which of course meant all the fresh croissants had been bought. However I did manage to get my hands on one of their famous madeleines. They were the best madeleines I had ever had, so buttery, crisp on the outside and moist in the middle. I also tried one of their ridiculously buttery Misérables …Yes that is layers of sweet vanilla artisan butter in between layers of light sponge – it was the most beautiful heart attack! (although even I couldn’t finish it)
Hikarie ShinQs, B2f, 2-21-1 – Shibuya Station
Sadaharu Aoki is a famous Japanese pastry chef living in France, hence the French and Japanese inspired pastries he masters. I went to his branch in Hikaire ShinQs, however he does have many more dotted around Japan. The puff pastries filled with vanilla custard were divine, light and moreish…. I have nothing fancy to say… they were just beautiful.
I tried one of his famous green tea opera chocolate cakes, the floral green tea balanced out the dark chocolate so well. Every cake I had of his was a process of taking a bite…. *pause* being surprised…. intrigued…then finally understanding the balance of flavours which I wouldn’t normally try. They totally worked and made you think about the flavours you were tasting. (I love when food does this and surprises you!). Behind the green tea cake was a white chocolate and passion fruit cake. The sweetness of the white chocolate worked so well with the tartness of the passion fruit.
Hikarie ShinQs, B2f, 2-21-1 – Shibuya Station
Pierre Herme, the pastry god! Above is the ‘2000 Feuilles’ which would have to be one of the best pastries I’ve ever had. It was a “Flaky caramelized puff pastry crust, crispy praliné with Piedmont hazelnuts, praline mousseline cream”. I hoovered it… with class.
I can’t remember the name of this cake, but it had layers of buttery flaky pastry, filled with a vanilla cream and an apricot layer through the middle.
Inside Omote-Sando Station
Any Londoners know you stay well away from the food shops in the underground, deep fried sausages and samosas. BUT in Tokyo you can even find amazing food in the ‘metro’. I stumbled across [Tables] which alongside other sweet treats, they served these light, flaky and buttery cookies sandwiched around ice-cream. They were super cheap and a great after dinner snack on the subway (although eating on the subway is taboo in Tokyo and seen as rude… but I couldn’t resist…)
1-6-5 Kanda Sakumacho | 1F Akiba Tolim, Chiyoda – Akihabara Station
I don’t care if you don’t like cheesecake, you have to try these, they’re like fondue in a tart. As like most food places in Tokyo you have to queue up but it’s always worth it, literally. These beauties come freshly out of the oven and into your hand, warm, gooey and divine.
I went to the branch which is right outside of Akihabara Station (Electric Town exit).
Electric Town – Akihabara Station
Taiyaki is a fish shaped waffle traditionally filled with a sweetened red bean paste, but you can find many other fillings like custard and chocolate. It’s the simplest of waffle batter but there’s something so comforting in them, plus they’re cheap and can be regularly found.
Bonjour Bon Bakery
Nakano Broadway, Nakano Station
Whilst on a hunt for anime figurines in Nakano Broadway we spotted this place purely because of the smell of fresh pastries. As you walk in you can see the chefs in the back baking in the small kitchen and constantly bringing out fresh pastries. They were all ridiculously cheap so I was adventurous and tried the endamame bean bun which was actually very good and simple in taste. Basically if you’re looking for a no fuss but freshly made snack, this is your place.
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