Andall is a Mini Castella Sponge Cake Shop in Ueno Ameyoko Market
Andall first opened on July 8 along Ameyoko Shopping Street, an open-air market that sits in Taito Ward in Tokyo
Andall sells baby castella, a type of popular Japanese sponge cake that rings nostalgic to Japanese people as it’s often seen at festivals and on Ennichi. Their versions of baby castella are much more modern and catered towards Ueno’s culture of walking while eating.
There are nine different toppings to choose from with this sweet dessert. The most popular is undoubtedly the ‘Ueno Panda’ version which is made with an original ‘panda sauce’ that uses yogurt as the base and is finished with a panda shaped cookie.
Houjicha Mango – ¥500
The Houjicha Mango baby castella enjoys the fragrance of houjicha tea together with the sweet and sour fusion of tropical fruits and mangoes.
Black Sesame Roasted Soybean Flour – ¥500
The deep flavour of the black sesame soybean flour matches deliciously with the rich taste of brown sugar syrup.
They are also selling Taiwanese style fluffy shaved ice this summer only and will be introducing a range of products for autumn.
If you’re sightseeing in Ueno then be sure to stop by Andall to try one of their baby castellas!
Rilakkuma & Korilakkuma Confections by Tabemas Coming to Lawson Convenience Stores
14.October.2019 | FOOD
Character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas has revealed that its next products will be Halloween-themed Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma sweets. They will go on sale at Lawson convenience stores across Japan (excluding Lawson Store 100 branches) on October 15, 2019.
These adorable confections are so cute it’s hard to choose where to even start eating them from! Both versions are wearing snug pumpkin hats.
‘Tabemas’ is an abbreviation of the Japanese words taberareru masukotto, meaning ‘mascots that you can eat.’ It is a Japanese confectionery series that combines well-known characters and Japanese sweets made from ingredients like red bean paste, sugar and rice flour. The sweets are also made with a dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets.
To keep with the theme of autumn, Rilakkuma is pumpkin pudding flavoured (which is his favourite treat) and Korilakkuma is maple flavoured.
Stop by the ubiquitous Lawson convenience store while in Japan and grab yourself one of these treats for Halloween.
©️2019 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
*The photographs are for illustrative purposes only.
*Actual product may differ from the photographs.
*Please be careful not to choke on the mochi.
*The latest information can be viewed via the Bandai Candy homepage.
*Tabemas and 食べマス are registered trademarks of Bandai.
Tabemas Rilakkuma Halloween 2019: Rilakkuma/Korilakkuma
Price: ¥280 Each (Tax Included)
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Available: At chilled desserts section of Lawson convenience stores across Japan
*Not available at Natural Lawson or Lawson Store 100
*Available while supplies last
*Stock date may differ from branch to branch
*Select stores not participating
Product Page (Rilakkuma): https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/products/2019/4549660423898000.html
Product Page (Korilakkuma): https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/products/2019/4549660423904000.html
Kyoto Station’s Beautiful Cafe Saryo Fukucha Releases New Herb Tea and Dessert Sets & Autumn Menu
Saryo Fukucha has unveiled new Japanese herb tea and dessert pairing sets as well as a batch of seasonal autumntime menu items.
Kyoto is a city where history and tradition come together, and where every single day, people from all around the world come and go, each encountering new experiences. Saryo Fukucha opened inside Kyoto Station back in April this year. It is managed by long-running tea company Fukujuen.
▼Japanese Herb Tea & Dessert Pairing Menu
Herb Tea & Dessert Sets: ¥900 Each (Before Tax) *Herb teas by themselves are ¥500 each
Running: From October 10, 2019 (Available all year round)
Hibiscus Blend Houjicha x Crème Brûlée Chocolate Berry Confiture
The tea is a luxurious and fragrant blend of light-roasted houjicha, hibiscus and rose hip. It’s perfectly paired with a rich chocolate crème brûlée and refreshing berry confiture.
Cinnamon Blend Kukicha x Mascarpone Cream & Apple Tatin
This kukicha, or twig tea, has a distinct refreshing flavour to it. It has been blended beautifully with cinnamon and chamomile. The kukicha is paired with a caramelised apple tatin which is topped with a dollop of rich mascarpone.
Peppermint Blend Kukicha x Seasonal Fruit Tart
Peppermint and chamomile are the blending ingredients for this kukicha tea. It comes with a tart with a full-bodied almond taste topped with seasonal fruits like strawberries and raspberries.
Ginger Blend Genmaicha x Tart Ricotta with Orange
Genmaicha is combined with roasted brown rice, giving it its characteristic sweet-smelling quality. Blended with ginger and dandelion leaves, it’s been matched with a fromage blanc cream-topped ricotta cheese tart with a side of orange.
Running: October 10, 2019 – Late February 2020 (subject to change)
Sasamaki Okowa (Matsutake Mushroom & Daggertooth Pike Conger/Minced Chicken & Yama no Sachi) Houjicha Set – ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
This set was created by Hisato Nakahigashi from Miyamasou, a highly-rated inn in Kyoto. Enjoy the combination of the houjicha tea with the bamboo leaf-wrapped okowa steamed rice.
Chestnut Houjicha Wafer Cake – ¥350 (Before Tax)
Not only does this wafer cake look cute, it’s packed full of autumnal ingredients too, including astringent chestnut and coarse sweet red bean paste.
FUKUCHA Specially Made Matcha Koji Sweet Sake Red Bean Soup – ¥700 (Before Tax)
The koji sweet sake used in this dessert has a gentle flavour and a strong aroma. Added to it is matcha, chestnuts, sweet potato, and rice flour dumplings, all set into a mizu manju sweet water jelly.
Japanese confections are always best paired with Japanese tea, so be sure to stop by Saryo Fukucha when travelling around Kyoto.
Address: Kyoto Station Central Exit Floor 2F (901 Higashishiokoujicho, Shiokouji Sagaru, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto)
Opening Hours: 8:30-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
No Fixed Holidays
Official Website: https://fukucha-fukujuen.com/
Experience the Heart of the Japanese Tea Ceremony This Autumn in Ginza
22.September.2019 | FOOD
In line with the annual autumn event Ginchakai―which is held in Ginza and brings together multiple schools of tea in Japan for an open-air tea ceremony―Tokyu Plaza Ginza is hosting an event themed on the heart of the Japanese tea ceremony.
This special event will serve Japanese omotenashi, or “hospitality,” thorough various exhibits including a co-project with Tokyo University of the Arts, an exhibition by one of Japan’s leading confectionery companies Toraya Confectionery, and more.
The co-project with Tokyo University of the Arts will feature installations produced by the university that is centred on calligraphy drawn by Japanese calligrapher Shoko Kanazawa, who performs both in Japan and overseas, and the tea ceremony. There will also be several tokonoma alcoves around the event which will be like miniature gardens where one can enjoy the beauties of nature. There will even be covers of famous songs about autumn on October 27 at the KIRIKO TERRANCE on the roof.
Up in the KIRIKO LOUNGE on the 6th floor, Toraya will serve up a selection of traditional Japanese confections, including those that had already been created by the end of the Edo period. You can order a set of two confections and a drink. Sweets include the Kiren Kaki, which is made to look like a Japanese permission, and the Kuri Goyomi, which is made with chestnuts, sugar, and agar-agar.
Soak up the enchanting nostalgia of autumn while enjoying the Japanese tea ceremony at Tokyu Plaza Ginza.
The Heart of the Tea Ceremony in Ginza (Japanese Title: 銀座で触れる、茶の湯の心)
Running: September 26, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Location: Various places around Tokyu Plaza Ginza
GINZA Tokonoma Alcoves: Admire the Season With Tokonoma Art
Running: September 26, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Locations: Floors 3, 4, and 6
Autumn Music Performances
Date: October 27, 2019
Location: KIRIKO TERRACE on the Tokyu Plaza Ginza rooftop
TOKYU PLAZA GINZA x Bunkamura SPECIAL PROGRAM ~ Toraya Confectionery~
Running: October 11, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Time: 11:00-23:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays and public holidays)
Location: KIRIKO LOUNGE (Tokyu Plaza Ginza Floor 6F)
Tokyu Plaza Ginza
Address: 5-2-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://ginza.tokyu-plaza.com/
Giant 5-Meter Tall Dinosaur Panda Stomps Into Ueno Station
The Dinosaur Expo 2019 began at National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno, Tokyo on July 13, and in promotion of the exhibition, a thrilling dinosaur themed event is set to take place at the Atre Ueno shopping mall from August 1 to September 30.
Atre Ueno is located inside Ueno Station, and if you roll into the station right now you’d best be careful of the bipedal, carnivorously cute 5 meter high panda-saur. You’ll find it on display at the station’s Grand Concourse (it’s pretty hard to miss!)
You might be wondering why there’s a giant panda dressed as a fluffy dinosaur. The reason is that Ueno Zoo has its very own giant pandas which have become a symbol of the town. And the dinosaur our station panda is dressed as is the Deinocheirus, the main showpiece of The Dinosaur Expo.
In promotion of the museum’s exhibition, 19 restaurants and cafes at Atre Ueno are serving up their very own dinosaur-inspired meals―both meat for the carnivora and vegetarian for the herbivores―as well as desserts.
Head to Ueno this summer break for your fill of dino fun!
The Dino Expo 2019
Running: July 13, 2019 – October 14, 2019
Location: National Museum of Nature and Science
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
Official Website: https://dino2019.jp/
Address: 7-1-1 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Shops 10:00-21:00 / Restaurants 11:00-22:30
*Select stores have different opening hours
Official Website: https://www.atre.co.jp/store/ueno
Japanese Desserts Shop Mme KIKI Sells Doraemon Dorayaki and Unmissable Delicacies in Italy
Japanese chocolatier Mme KIKI opened up their first ever Dorayaki shop in Rome, Italy called DORAYAKI- DOLCEZZE GIAPPONESI on 11th May. The shop is located at Via Del Porto Fluviale 3E, Rome.
As the anime Doraemon is also popular in Europe, Doraemon’s face decorates the dorayaki pancakes of this shop. Besides the standard sweet Red Bean Paste filling, there is also Yuzu Orange Mascarpone, or Tiramisu Cream, Matcha Ice Cream and many other delicious flavours. For the dorayaki pancake, you can either choose standard wheat flour-based pancakes or gluten free pancakes that are made from organic rice flour.In fact, this shop mostly caters for a gluten-free diet. They also sell savoury pancakes called Doyrayaki Sandwiches. Flavours include avocado miso, tuna mayo, and ethnic vegetables.
Besides dorayaki, there is also Japanese tea and matcha. These are served with original teapots and teacups for you to enjoy a full experience.
There are also other Japanese sweet treats such as Dango (sweet dumplings on a stick), Matcha Tiramisu, and much more. You can also enjoy Japanese drinks such as the Matcha Latte or Hojicha Latte. There are also small Japanese Otsumami (snacks served with drinks) such as potato salad, crispy karaage chicken, green edamame beans and much more. You can enjoy these alongside Japanese beer, sake, and cocktails made from sake. This cafe bar is full of delicious desserts, snacks and drinks.
Last summer in Rome, a test kitchen was run where LEXUS ITALIA, the Embassy of Japan, and many others teamed up to hold workshops and set up food stands to carry out intense research. Finally as a result, this shop opened. The interior is a sakura pink colour and a round moss-like green plant hangs from the ceiling. Art by modern artist Rui Sakurai is also being displayed here.
This is becoming a very popular cafe in Italy. On just the first day, a queue of over 600 people formed before the shop!
Traditional Japanese sweets are taking over the world so don’t miss out!
DORAYAKI- DOLCEZZE GIAPPONESI
Address: Via Del Porto Fluviale 3E Roma Italia
Celebrate Ueno Zoo Panda Xiang Xiang’s 2nd Birthday With ecute Ueno’s Panda Sweets & Merchandise
Shopping centre ecute Ueno has announced that it is holding a campaign entitled “Pandaful Party” from June 3 to June 30 to celebrate the 2nd birthday of Ueno Zoo’s popular panda Xiang Xiang. Panda themed desserts, food and merchandise will be sold at various stores throughout ecute Ueno.
Panda Rolled Sushi Set – ¥648 (Tax Included) @ Wakahiro (ecute Ueno)
Sushi-lovers won’t want to miss this set of rolled sushi. The three cute pandas all come with three different flavours: fried salmon, minced chicken and egg. Available at the ecute Ueno branch of Wakahiro only.
Panda Baked Sweet Potato (100g) – ¥324 (Tax Included) @ Rapoppo (ecute Ueno)
Aged potatoes are used to make this popular baked sweet potato treat, and these ones have a cute panda design♡
Parent & Child Panda Eclair (1 Eclair) – ¥380 (Tax Included) @ Dolce Felice (ecute Ueno)
These adorable eclairs feature a panda parent and cub on them. They are filled with chocolate custard and a crunchy biscuit.
Panda Case Beans – ¥972 (Tax Included) – Mameya Bankyu (ecute Ueno) *Serving June 3 – June 16 only
Inside these panda cases are black soybeans covered in chocolate and houjicha tea chocolate.
Ueno Assorted Cookies (1 Tin) – ¥1,296 (Tax Included) @ Juchheim (ecute Ueno)
Grab a cup of tea and tuck into these tin of cute assorted cookies with panda motifs on them.
Panda Cocoa (Hot/Iced) – ¥400 (Tax Included) @ UP CAFE (ecute Ueno)
This cup of hot panda cocoa can be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.
Merchandise includes cute panda salt, fortunes, a squishy and more.
People can also get their hands on this exclusive Pandaful Party shopping bag on June 12, the day of Xiang Xiang’s birthday. These are limited in stock so you’ll want to start your shop nice and early!
Running: June 3, 2019 – June 30, 2019
Location: ecute Ueno (JR Ueno Station)
Address: JR Ueno Station Floor 3F, 7-1-1 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 8:00-22:00 (*Different for some stores)
Japanese confectionery series Tabemasu makes Kirby and the Warp Star!
20.April.2019 | FOOD
Tabemasu is a Japanese confectionery series that features sweets designed to look like characters. A new Tabemasu series is about to be released called Tabemasu Asorto (Tabemasu assortment). The design for this series is based around Kirby, Kirby’s Dream Land and the Warp Star which Kirby rides in the game. This series will be released on Tuesday 23rd April 2019. Tabemasu has plans to release another round of the Tabemasu Asorto series later!
The new Tabemasu Asorto series includes two traditional Japanese-style sweets in a set. The sweets are based on the world of Kirby. Kirby comes in the form of a chewy mochi sweet, and the Warp Star comes in the form of a soft, nerikiri sweet.
The name “Tabemasu” is a combination of the word “tabemasu” (eat) and “mascot”. As the name implies, the entire sweet is made from traditional Japanese ingredients, and so you can consume it all!
Kirby is a chewy pink ball of mochi dough filled with custard cream. There are a range of expressions to choose from, from smiley Kirby to sleepy Kirby and even a winking Kirby! There is also one secret design! There are six Kirby designs in total. Which of these squishy, round, cute Kirbys will you encounter? You’ll just have to head to the store to get one to find out!
The Warp Star is a chocolate cream nerikiri. Both the sweets are made with natural colourings. Put your squishy Kirby on the Warp Star to enjoy an image straight out of the game! Of course you won’t be able to help but take photos of this edible mascot before eating it! Don’t forget to post your pictures on social media!
You have to try this cute, photogenic Kirby!
©Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc. KB19-P1654
Tabemasu Asoto Kirby’s Dream Land
Price: ¥324 (¥350 including tax)
Release date: Tuesday 23/04/2019
Available at: Chilled desserts section of Lawson convenience stores nationwide.
More product information: https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/tabemas/a-kirby
Product lineup information: http://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/tabemas/
8 Character Themed Cafés Running in April 2019
Character cafés are an exciting experience in Japan which sees a café collaborate with well-known anime series, game series and various franchises by decorating the café interior with designs and illustrations based on them and meals and drinks inspired by them.
Before continuing this article be sure to check out our March 2019 list of character cafes as some are still running.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar x Cafe Cucina & Company (March 20 – April 3)
Cafe Cucina & Company in Shibuya, Tokyo is collaborating with Eric Carle’s internationally-beloved picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar for two weeks from March 20 to April 3 to serve up a themed menu inspired by the colourful world. A total of 6 items will decorate the menu from hearty dishes to fruity drinks. This café will soon close on April 3, so don’t miss out!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/185739
Devil May Cry 5 x CAPCOM CAFE AEON Lake Town (March 7 – April 24)
CAPCOM CAFE AEON Lake Town is celebrating the release of Devil May Cry 5―which hit consoles on March 8, 2019―with a themed cafe. A whole range of inspired dishes are on offer as well as drinks based on Nero, Dante and V. Reservations can be made online.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/180331
Pokémon Cafe 1 Year Anniversary Menu (March 14 – April 26)
Nihombashi’s Pokémon Cafe is currently celebrating its one-year anniversary with a special commemorative menu. Order a latte with latte art of any of the original 151 Pokémon, sips on smoothies, tuck into desserts and more.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/178933
Pompompurin Café Birthday Menu (March 15 – April 30)
Pompompurin’s birthday falls on April 16, and to celebrate, the Harajuku, Umeda, Yokohama and Nagoya branches of the Pompompurin Café is holding a celebratory birthday event. Food includes the “Hamburger Plate” which is made from a hamburger and a layer of mashed potato served with a rice ball Purin. For dessert you can enjoy a delicious creamy cheese pudding. Head to the Pompompurin Café to celebrate Purin’s 23rd birthday!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/181662
Gudetama Cafe x MACCHA HOUSE (March 14 – May 6)
The Gudetama Cafe located in HEP FIVE is now collaborating with MACCHA HOUSE, a cafe that has received huge media coverage for its Uji matcha tiramisu. For the collaboration MACCHA HOUSE have created Gudetama versions of their Uji Matcha Tiramisu and Houjicha Tiramisu. These fun treats will only be available for a limited time so don’t miss out! There are lots of other Instagram-worthy delights to enjoy too such as the “Gudetama White Curry,” “Hot Matcha Latte” and more.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/181060
Sword Art Online: Alicization x SEGA Akihabara 4th (March 23 – May 6)
Sword Art Online: Alicization now has its own themed cafe on the fifth floor of SEGA Akihabara 4th which is running until May 6. Enjoy a line-up of original dishes, desserts and drinks inspired by the series, and get your hands on an original coaster and limited-edition merchandise!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/181099
Kaido Kid x BOX CAFE&SPACE (April 19 – June 12)
Two cafés themed on the Detective Conan character Kaito Kid, or the “Phantom Thief Kid” will open in Harajuku and Umeda on April 19. These will be the first ever Detective Conan cafés themed on Kaito Kid with a menu named by the manga’s author Gosho Aoyama. There will even be exclusive Kaito Kid merchandise you can’t get anywhere else sold, and the cafés will be decorated in all things Kaito Kid. The cafés will be decorated in all things Kaito Kid, so fans won’t want to miss out!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/184611
Leo Lionni Cafe x Sunday Brunch Marronnier Gate Ginza 1 (April 3 – July 31)
Leo Lionni was a children’s picture book illustrator and author whose famous works include Swimmy and Frederick. His works were so popular that they even appear in textbooks! Dishes will be inspired by both Frederick and Swimmy. These are the world’s first ever collaborative cafes with Lionni, so check the link below to see all the different delicious dishes!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/181236
Did you enjoy this list? If you’re in Japan this spring, be sure to dine at all the character cafés you can!
Kagurazaka Terrine de Chocolat au Matcha Released at Le Coquillage
28.March.2019 | FOOD
French restaurant Le Coquillage has released the second item in its line of premium sweets: the Kagurazaka Terrine de Chocolat au Matcha.
Kagurazaka Terrine de Chocolat Matcha
The sweet is a harmonious marriage of white chocolate and matcha. It combines the delicate flavours of milk and vanilla and the rich deep notes of matcha to create enjoyable textures and tastes on the palate from the sweetness of the matcha to the refreshing delight of the chocolate.
Milk and vanilla is a combination loved by the world’s patissiers. The smooth white chocolate used for this sweet is “Ivoire” by Valrhona.
It also uses Nishio Matcha carefully selected by Yukiya Koumatsu, one of only 37 Tea Judges in Japan. In using this highly-regarded ingredient, Le Coquillage has been able to create delicious notes and flavours that linger in the mouth long after having eaten the sweet. The sweet is also alcohol and gluten free so anybody can enjoy it.
If you’re thinking of gifting this to somebody then Le Coquillage can tie the box with a ribbon and give you a message card for free.
The packaging has been specially designed to celebrate both French couverture chocolate and Japanese matcha production.
Be sure to pick up a box for yourself or someone special if you’re in Shibuya.
Kagurazaka Terrine de Chocolat au Matcha
Sold At: Le Coquillage (Hills Kagurazaka Floor 1F, 2-12-10 Kagurazaka, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Release Date: March 27, 2019
Le Coquillage Official Website: https://www.le-coquillage.com/
Cherry Blossom Jam Filled Rilakkuma Confections Releasing at Lawson Convenience Stores
21.March.2019 | FOOD
Japanese confectionery brand Tabemas is releasing new cherry blossom flavoured Rilakkuma and Kiiroitori confections. You’ll find them at Lawson convenience stores around Japan from March 26.
‘Tabemas’ is an abbreviation of the Japanese words taberareru masukotto, meaning ‘mascots that you can eat.’ It is a Japanese confectionery series that combines well-known characters and Japanese sweets made from ingredients like red bean paste, sugar and rice flour. Their products are hugely popular in Japan and are described as being too cute to eat. These delicate treats are the perfect dessert for the hanami season.
This product was originally released back in 2017, but this time they have made it even more delicious and fitting for the springtime. Rilakkuma is posed holding a pink cherry blossom flower while Kiiroitori is wearing one on his head. Inside both of them are two different bean pastes: Rilakkuma is brown sugar syrup flavoured while Kiiroitori is cherry blossom flavoured.
They not only taste delicious but are carefully crafted by hand so perfectly that you’ll find them nearly too cute to eat!
Tabemas Rilakkuma Sakura Rilakkuma
Price: ¥366 (Before Tax)
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Available: At the chilled desserts corner of Lawson branches in Japan.
*Not available at Lawson Store 100 branches.
*Limited stock. Products will discontinue once all have been sold.
*Select branches may receive stock at a different date from that of the release date.
*Select branches not stocking.
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Actual product may differ slightly.
*”食べマス” is a registered trademark of Bandai Co., Ltd.
Product Page: http://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/tabemas/s-rilakkuma/
©2019 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Hilton Tokyo is releasing an assortment of Easter inspired takeout sweets at its first floor Chocolate Boutique. They will be sold from March 8 to April 30.
Easter Bear & Rabbit
All of the sweets were created by executive pastry chef Harita including the cute Easter Chick made to look like a newborn peeping from its egg, the Easter Chicken, the Easter Pig―made in line with the Year of the Pig―and more.
Easter Takeout Sweets
The chocolates contain a variety of nuts, fruits and more. They make for the perfect springtime souvenir, so don’t miss out♡
Location: Chocolate Boutique (Hilton Tokyo Floor 1F, 6-6-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo)
Running: March 8, 2019 – April 30, 2019
Opening Hours: Chocolate Boutique – 9:00-20:30
Prices: Easter Chicken ¥3,500 / Easter Rabbit ¥3,500 / Easter Pig ¥3,500 / Easter Pair ¥4,000 / Easter Chick ¥4,500
Official Website: https://www.hiltontokyo.jp/
Springtime Sweets at Tokyo Kaikan Remind Us That Spring Isn’t Far Away
04.March.2019 | FOOD
Spring is in the air at Tokyo Kaikan, a magnificent building that faces the Imperial Palace of Japan, where they are set to serve a selection of cherry blossom and spring themed foods and drinks from sweets and healthy greens to vibrant cocktails.
Seasonal ingredients taste like spring on the palate
Several restaurants in Tokyo Kaikan are preparing seasonal ingredients that taste most delicious in springtime. From rape blossoms to edible fuki flower buds, bamboo shoots to green peas―head to the luxurious Japanese cuisine restaurant Yachiyo, the teppanyaki house Kai, or the grill restaurant Rossini.
Looking for fancy desserts? Look nowhere else but the French cuisine extraordinaires Restaurant Prunier where they will be serving a cherry blossom blancmange. One bite blooms the full flavour of cherry blossoms in your mouth. Relax and indulge in ambrosia while feeling the call of spring.
A bright and beautiful spring sprung from tantalising cherry blossom and matcha sweets
The grand and spacious Rossini Terrace is preparing a special afternoon tea set that expresses that warm and tingly feeling you get upon arrival of spring.
A total of 11 appetising delights adorn the set, including exquisite sweets that cannot be ordered for takeout, a fine jelly made with foie gras, and plenty more. The “Sake & Cherry Blossom Martini” is made with refreshing Hakkaisan Sake.
Over at the Sweets & Gift pastry shop, you can look forward to tucking into the ultimate gourmet matcha flavoured “Hyoutan Profiteroles.” Only 20 will be served per day, adding to their exclusive luxuriousness. If you fancy something a little different, try the “Chestnut Shantery Sakura,” a cherry blossom coloured dessert. Both of these options make for gorgeous gifts or as additions to home parties.
<Cherry Blossom Sweets> Running: March 1, 2019 – April 10, 2019
Chestnut Shantery Sakura (Photo: Left) – ¥908
This classic sweet has an appealing texture of velvety chestnut paste and fluffy, melt-in-the-mouth fresh cream. Laced with cherry blossom flavoured cream, it not only tastes delicious, its pink colour also looks cute.
Cherry Blossom Roll Cake (Photo: Right): ¥1,500
The light pink sponge is made with white egg yolks. Its fluffy insides are filled with yoghurt cream and generous servings of blackcurrant cream mixed with a cherry blossom flavoured puree. It’s finished with toppings of cherry blossom marshmallows.
<Matcha Sweets> Running: April 11, 2019 – May 31, 2019
Chestnut Shantery Matcha (Photo: Right) – ¥908
The chestnut paste is strained to make it satisfyingly smooth. It also contains large-grained adzuki beans which give a sweet kick to the bitterness of the matcha.
Matcha Roll Cake (Photo: Left): ¥2,200
The sponge of this roll cake is made with matcha farmed in Hoshino, a village located in the city of Yame, Fukuoka. Inside sits fresh cream packed with black Japanese soy beans.
Japanese Tea Pound Cake (Photo: Center) – ¥1,800
This pound cake contains a bountiful serving of Japanese tea also from Hoshino in Fukuoka and black Japanese soy beans.
Matcha Hyoutan Profiteroles – ¥888 (Serving: March 1, 2019 – May 31, 2019) *20 served per day
Topped with chocolate spread out like a fan, these spring-only matcha flavoured profiteroles are filled with a rich custard cream made from matcha in Hoshino, Fukuoka.
Enjoy the full flavours of spring this year with a line-up of opulent sweets at Tokyo Kaikan.
Address: 3-2-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Main Facilities: 8 shops and restaurants
Banquet Rooms: 13
Official Homepage: https://www.kaikan.co.jp/
Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/tokyokaikan/
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tokyokaikan
[Those arriving via the JR Lines]
3-minutes on foot from Exit 6 of Tokyo Station via the Keiyo Line*
5-minutes on foot from the Tokyo International Forum Exit of Yurakucho Station
10-minutes on foot from the Marunouchi South Exit of Tokyo Station
*You can access the building via the underground concourse which connects directly to it.
[Those arriving via the Chikatetsu subway]
Nijūbashimae Station via Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
Yurakucho Station via Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line
Hibiya Station via Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Hibiya Station via Toei Mita Line