Eat All the Meat You Can at ecute Shinagawa’s ‘Shinagawa MEAT LOVERS’ Event
22.September.2018 | FOOD
Shinagawa Station is a convenient location for travel as not only do bullet trains arrive and depart there but it’s also very easy to get to airports.
The Tokyo Meat Market takes place every October in Shinagawa which brings people flocking from afar to get their teeth stuck into the meat on offer. In line with this year’s market, another event titled “Shinagawa MEAT LOVERS” will take place at ecute Shinagawa South from October 1 to 21.
Take a look below to see what you can expect to look forward to at the event.
TAMEALS Classic Burger w/Fries – ¥900 @ TAMEALS (ecute Shinagawa South)
This burger boasts a filling patty with an original bun made completely with whole grain flour that both hug together to make the perfect combination. If you’re looking for a quality burger then don’t pass up this opportunity. Served from 11:00am.
La Terre Hot Dog – ¥378 @ Boulangerie La Terrie (ecute Shinagawa South)
La Terre’s hot dog is made with sausage from Kyushu that is completely free of preservatives and colouring agents. The rich, sweet and soft bread they use is made from 100% wheat flour.
Anshen Buffu (Roti & Pastrami) – Whole ¥1,188 / Half ¥594 @ PAUL (ecute Shinagawa)
This sandwich is made with PAUL’s exquisite bread and is packed with roast beef and pastrami. The roast beef is combined with a horseradish sauce. The flavour goes perfectly with sake. Available at ecute Shinagawa only.
Meat Bento / Onigiri
Japanese Black Beef Bento – ¥2,650 @ Asakusa Imahan (ecute Shinagawa)
This luxurious bento set brings out the full flavour of its Japanese Black wagyu that can be enjoyed together as both sukiyaki and yakiniku. Available at ecute Shinagawa only.
Japanese Black Beef & Black Angus “W Black” Beef Hamburg Steak Bento – ¥1,380 @ MADE IN JAPAN Tsubame Grill (ecute Shinagawa)
Tsubame Grill’s Hamburg steak is made with two kinds of 100% beef, clocking in at a hearty 160g. Experience its delicious flavour available just for this event. Available at ecute Shinagawa only.
Char Siu Yaki Onigiri – ¥260 Each @ Onigiridokoro Kongariya (ecute Shinagawa)
This plump onigiri is topped with a cheddar cheese-covered char siu covered in a steak sauce. Available at ecute Shinagawa only.
Basque Style Terrine – 1 Pack ¥650 @ Table Ogino (ecute Shinagawa)
A spicy patty made in the image of the Basque Country. It’s packed with pig ear and tongue that give texture, pork, and chicken liver. The flavour of everything has been condensed into the patty for a richer taste.
Wagyu Sukiyaki Steamed Bun – ¥445 Each @ PAOPAO (ecute Shinagawa)
Enjoy the full flavour of Yamagata beef wrapped carefully into a steamed bun. Available at ecute Shinagawa only. Only 20 made per day.
Japanese Beef With Seasoned Oyster Mushrooms (100g) – ¥798 @ RF1 (ecute Shinagawa South)
This beef platter lets you enjoy the full delicious flavour of meat. The beef goes perfectly with the salt and peppers oyster mushrooms. Limited quantity available.
Yanesen Grape Anmitsu – ¥604 @ Funabashiya (ecute Nippori)
These sweet treats are a collaboration with Vegeo Vegeo. They are pione grapes covered with anmitsu―syrup covered anko―from Yanesen. Available at ecute Nippori only.
Kawane Sencha Siberia Cake – ¥648 @ Dalloyau (ecute Nippori)
This cake is made in collaboration with Thés du Japon which opened in Yanaka, Tokyo in August this year. The cake is filled with a mousse made with Kawane sencha tea and an anko jelly. Available at ecute Nippori only.
Imomitsu Roll Cake – ¥480 Per Slice @ Drip Mania (ecute Nippori)
This product is made in collaboration with Amendoroya, a shop specialising in imomitsu – honeyed potato. They have taken Drip Mania’s popular roll cake and made it more delicious with purple sweet potato. Available at ecute Nippori only.
A campaign is also being held to get people walking around the district of Yanesen. It is taking place in collaboration with products from shops around Yanesen as well as products in ecute Nippori using ingredients from places around Yanesen. Get your hands on the map and enjoy walking around the neighbourhood.
As well as the delicious meaty goodness listed above there’s plenty more where that game from, so head to Shinagawa this October.
【Tokyo Lunch】 Gorge on the best hamburgers at Michelin-starred restaurant known for its exquisite tasting meat
“UMAMI BURGER” from Los Angels has come to Japan this March, and draws public attention. However, the Japanese hamburger is as good as that. In these days, there are so many restaurants that serve “special hamburger” as good as the ones in hamburger stores. The latest trends of meat dish and casual dining boost the popularity of a gourmet hamburger.
Especially, the lunch time only hamburger cooked by the chef who works for restaurants that granted the stars in Michelin Tokyo. In the “Tateru Yoshino Bis” located in “Park Hotel Tokyo,” there is an extreme hamburger created by Takeru Yoshino who is considered to be a French master. It was originally one of the lounge menus in this hotel, but it got very popular so he started serving it in the restaurant only at the lunch time.
The hamburger is considered to be American food, but Yoshino added the basic French cook technique on his hamburger.
The weight of the beef patty is 150g. You can put some ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard just as old American style.
“Bis burger” in Tateru Yoshino Bis
It is has the simple but well-balanced ingredients such as cheddar cheese, lettuce and crispy bacon. Only 15 plates of this is served in a day. It cost 1900yen.
Address: shiodome media tower. 25F, 1-7-1 Higashishinbashi,Minato-ku,Tokyo
The hamburger from the restaurant which boasts meat dishes is as good as the one which is made by star chefs. There is a only hamburger in the restaurant on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays called “ruli-ro” located in Mishuku that has a lot of good casual dining.
Not only is the patty grilled over a charcoal fire, but also the combination of ingredients are great. It is great thing for hamburger fans that can enjoy the hamburgers not only in hamburger stores but also some dining restaurants.
“ruli-ro hamburger” in ruli-ro
There is a lot of ingredients such as sunny side egg and smoked bacon. Other than this, ratatouille burger and avocado burger are also popular. It cost 1500yen.
Address: 3-16-3 Ikejiri, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
【Tokyo Dinner】The great combination of meat and Japanese sake! Gotanda “Nikuryouri Soregashi”
The popularity of Japanese sake has been rising not only in other countries but also in Japan. Also, the restaurants that carry sake not only at casual bars but also at French, Italian and Chinese restaurants is increasing.
It is becoming more standard to enjoy unique Japanese sake with various kinds food but not only Japanese. The popular bar named “Sakaba Soregashi” that you can feel free to enjoy Junmaishu (sake made without added alcohol or sugar) has opened another branch named “Nikuryouri Soregashi” in Gotanda, this March.
There are other branches that serve chicken, but this new branch mainly serves beef dishes. They put more importance on having a variety of kinds of Japanese sake.
The owner, Jun Oyama, said, “Japanese sake is the national beverage that we can be proud of to the world. I want more young people to enjoy their deep tastiness freely.”
If you eat plain red meat, the sake that has rich and strong flavor is going to go with it. If you eat sweeten meat like sukiyaki, the tanrei (crispy and dry) sake is going to go with it.
I would recommend you enjoy finding the best sake to go with their meat. It is also popular to drink their original sake called “Hideo(756yen include tax)” with carbonated water. I bet you are going to get hooked on sake once you find the best one to go with their meat dish even if you are not good at Japanese sake!
12 Summer Souvenirs to Pick Up at Tokyo Station
The hardest thing when travelling is deciding what souvenirs to take back home for friends and family. We have compiled a list of recommended souvenirs that are perfect for 2018 summertime and can be picked up from Tokyo Station right now.
Souvenir Theme: Refreshing
1: Ryoukansui (Minamoto Kitchoan / GRANSTA) – ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
Kingyokukan, a type of sweet jelly, is piled on top of lemon and lime flavoured sweet bean jelly and topped with more sweet jelly cut into sweetfish and maple shapes. Available until the end of August 2018.
2: Cream Bread with Coffee Jelly (Hattendo / Ecute Keiyo Street) – ¥260 Each (Tax Included)
Hattendo have created a new texture by combining cream and coffee flavoured jelly. This is a very summery dessert. Available until August 31, 2018.
3: Fruit Dango (Rokube / Ecute Tokyo) – ¥345 Each (Tax Included)
A combination of chewy dango and three different fresh jelly flavours: strawberry, mango or blueberry. Their colourful and refreshing appearance make them a perfect summer treat. Available until August 31, 2018.
Souvenir Theme: Fruits
1: Set of 9 Cube Jellies (DOCLE FELICE / GRANSTA) – ¥1,944 (Tax Included)
These cube shaped jellies are made using only carefully selected fruits grown in Japan. There are six flavours: apple, pear, white peach, melon, grape, and orange. Limited stock – will discontinue once sales end.
2: Jelly Peche (Shinseido Parlour / Ecute Tokyo) – ¥540 Each (Tax Included)
This white peach jelly is mixed with refreshing pineapple and passion fruit. Available until the end of September 2018 and at the Ecute Tokyo branch of Shinseido Parlour only.
3: Baked Cup Cheese Mango (Fromage Terra / Ecute Tokyo Keiyo Street) – ¥324 Each (Tax Included)
Baked cup cheese is a very popular product in Japan, and these ones are topped with a mango paste. Ensured to cool you down in summer. Available until September 2, 2018 at the Ecute Keiyo Street branch of Fromage Terra only.
Souvenir Theme: Tokyo Station Limited Edition
1: Tokyo Suzu Senbei (Fujimidou / GRANSTA) – ¥1,530 (Tax Included)
This popular product is available only at Tokyo Station and is made using carefully selected ingredients. They are a bell-shaped senbei, or rice cracker, themed on the silver bell located in Tokyo Station, a popular meeting spot.
2: Tokyo Anpan Cake (Tokyo Anpan Mame Ichizu / Ecute Tokyo) – ¥480 Each (Tax Included)
This pancake is filled with reduced sugar red bean paste from Tokachi in Hokkaido, large grain red beans, and butter. If you love Japanese red bean paste then this hearty serving is sure to satisfy your taste buds!
3: Marcoloni Biscuit (Pierre Marcoloni / GRANSTA) – ¥3,564 (Tax Included)
A biscuit that marries together rich couverture chocolate and fragrant ginger.
Souvenir Theme: Station Building Packaging
1: Shinkansen CAVA (Wine Shop ENOTECA / GRANSTA Marunouchi) – ¥2,700 (Tax Included)）
This sparkling wine comes in a pop art design of the shinkansen at Tokyo Station. We recommend this wine for people who don’t like sweet alcohol and alcohol lovers in general.
2: Baumkuchen Almond [Contains 7] (Meisterstücke Juchheim / Ecute Tokyo) – ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
These baumkuchen are almond flavoured and come in a packaging design featuring the Tokyo Station building. Available from August 13.
3: TOKYO☆Summer Station Building (Siretoco Donuts / Ecute Keiyo Street) – ¥420 Each (Tax Included)
These summer version doughnuts from Siretoco feature the bricks on the Tokyo Station building. Available until September 3.
If you’re lost on what souvenirs to buy at Tokyo Station, then be sure to use this list as reference!
Hilton Tokyo Bay Tips Over the Toy Box to Reveal Playful Pink Strawberry Dessert Buffet
05.December.2019 | FOOD
Tokyo Disney Resort® ‘s official hotel Hilton Tokyo Bay will be serving up a strawberry dessert buffet called Strawberry Playroom from December 28 at lounge O. The buffet will be served exclusively on weekends and national holidays excluding New Year’s Day.
Hilton Tokyo Bay has tipped over the toy box, creating a dessert buffet which is like the playroom of every little girl’s dreams. The interior decor of the buffet room is a nostalgic throwback to the Vaporwave days of dial-up internet, bulky CRT TVs and retro games, however, everything is transformed with a pop pink filter.
If you think the decor is playful, just wait until you see the desserts. Slice into the heart-shaped Very Berry Cream Cake and a strawberry and heart-shaped chocolate filling will come bursting out like a jack-in-the-box. This is the dessert to go for if you want a slice of fun.
Delving deeper into the world of toys, you will discover the Berry Brownie Toys dessert, which is garnished with chocolate robot toys.
The MELTY or NOT Mousse Cake is the only time you won’t feel disappointed seeing a dropped ice cream. This vanilla mousse cake is topped with a “melting ice cream” and is freshly baked from the fantasy oven.
When you need a break from all the sugar intake or are looking for a late lunch, make sure to check out the 15 savoury dishes. Some savoury dishes include the Infinite Coleslaw Tower, which is made of purple cabbage and crunchy fried noodles, the Peachy Pink Beetroot Scattered Sushi (Chirashizushi) which is made from purple sushi rice and the Macaroni Gratin Treasure Hunt which challenges you to find the macaroni with a unique shape.
All together, the buffet includes approximately 40 varieties of fun savoury mains and desserts for you to enjoy and are bound to get lots of likes on your Instagram.
Strawberry Dessert Buffet: Strawberry Playroom
Location: Hilton Tokyo Bay Lobby “Lounge O”
(1-8 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba)
Running: December 28, 2019 – April 12, 2020
*Open only on weekends and national holidays. Closed on New Year’s Day.
Opening Hours: 3:00 ー 15:00/ 15:30 ー 17:30 (Two sessions per day, each runs for two hours each)
Price**: Adult: ¥3,100, 4 – 8 y/o: ¥1,200, 9 -12 y/o: ¥1,800
*Drinks bar access included (Approx. 15 drinks)
** Prices Before Tax and Service Charge
Reservation Tel: 047-355-5000 (Restaurant Extension Number)
Japan’s ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY Releases Christmas Themed Menu
01.December.2019 | FOOD
ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORYーan ice cream chain in Japan specialising in ‘rolled’ ice creamーreleased its Christmas menu today.
From Left: Reindeer’s Christmas / Pink Pink Christmas / Blue White Christmas / Royal Pink Christmas
This will be ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY’s third-ever Christmas menu, which they have made even more fun. There are three festive ice creams to choose from, including two featuring Santa Claus and a reindeer. The ice creams can be served in either their regular cups, or the store’s new “Fuwamoko” snowstorm cups, which looks like snow blowing in the wind. Check out the video below.
Until now, people would take photos of the ice cream being made, but these new cups make for an even more Instagrammable post. Edit in a Christmas song or your favourite music to make your own cute video for your Instagram Stories. The Christmas menu is available until December 25, but these cups will be served until late February 2020. You’ll find the Christmas menu at the select branches and pop-up stores listed below.
Christmas Menu (4 Flavours)
Running: December 1, 2019 – December 25, 2019
①Royal Pink Christmas
Price: Fuwamoko Cup ¥1,350 / Regular Cup ¥1,300
②Pink Pink Christmas
Price: Fuwamoko Cup ¥1,100 / Regular Cup ¥1,050
③Blue White Christmas
Price: Fuwamoko Cup ¥1,100 / Regular Cup ¥1,050
Price: Fuwamoko Cup ¥1,100 / Regular Cup ¥1,050
*Listed prices do not include consumption tax
・ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY Stores: Harajuku Omotesando (Tokyo), Dotonburi (Osaka), Aeon Mall Sakai Kitahanada (Osaka), LACHIC (Nagoya), Don Quijote Yamashita (Yokohama), Shinkyogoku (Kyoto)
・ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY Pop-Up Shops: Shiki 0101 (Saitama) *December 18, 2019 – January 7, 2020 / TOKIWA (Oita) *December 21, 2019 – December 30, 2019
Official Website: https://rollicecreamfactory.com
Top 10 Most Popular Souvenirs to Pick Up at Tokyo Station’s HANAGATAYA Store | 2019 Edition
HANAGATAYA is a souvenir variety shop that opened in Tokyo Station’s central passage back in July. After over 5 months of sales, the store has revealed its Top 10 most popular products based on sales.
The line-up features a selection of HANAGATAYA exclusives, as well as products from elsewhere which have received pre-sales at HANAGATAYA. You will be spoilt for choice with this selection, all of which are perfect for ringing in the New Year when travelling back home. Let’s take a look.
Banana Custard Cream – Tokyo 2020 Olympic Emblem Design (Tokyo 2020 Official Licensed Product) – Contains 8 – ¥1,134 (Tax Included)
Officially licensed by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, these chewy cakes are made from domestic Japanese rice, and are filled with deliciously creamy banana custard.
Tokyo Banana Butter Madeleine (Tokyo Banana World) – Contains 4 – ¥560 Tax Included)
Exclusive to HANAGATAYA come these all-new butter madeleine’s created by famous confectionery company Tokyo Banana. These baked treats feature a buttery fragrance and taste, and are made with a banana confiture and finished with fresh lemon.
*Exclusive to HANAGATAYA GRANSTA Tokyo Central Street
Toro One Press Chocolate Chick (Tokyo Hiyoko) – Contains 3 – ¥648 (Tax Included)
This year marks 107 since the company Hiyoko was established. The “Toro One Press Chocolate Chick” is a new confection from them: an adorable skyward-looking chick made up of three chocolate layersーeach with their own distinct flavour. At the heart of the chick is a moist chocolate paste.
*Exclusive to Tokyo Station
Cheese Wich – Contains 5 – ¥594 (Tax Included)
These light and refreshing cheese cookies, called Cheese Wiches, are filled with a chocolate-coated melted cheese sauce. Three layers means an enjoyable amalgamation of flavours and textures.
*Exclusive to Tokyo Station
Chocolate Chestnut Eggs (Ginza Tamaya) – Contains 4 – ¥800 (Tax Included)
“Goma Tamago” is a popular bite-sized egg-shaped confection. This chestnut flavour was created for HANAGATAYA, a mix of dark chocolate and vanilla flavoured chestnut paste.
*Exclusive to Tokyo Station
Strawberry Cookie Sandwich (Berry UP!) – Contains 8 – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)
Berry UP! is a cute confectionery brand which creates baked strawberry sweets. Keeping with that theme, they have created a crunchy quintuple-layered cookie sandwich filled with sweet and sour strawberry chocolate.
Shinjuku Curry Ebi (Shinjuku Nakamuraya) – Contains 6 – ¥600 (Tax Included)
If you’re looking for something more savoury, then this one’s for you: Shinjuku Nakamuraya’s light, fluffy and melt-in-the-mouth ebi, coated in curry spices. One nibble is enough to get you instantly hooked.
Strawberry Polvorón (Berry UP!) – Contains 6 – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)
Another entry from Berry UP!, these polvorón shortbreads are made from lots of fresh strawberries mixed with condensed milk and mascarpone, creating a subtle sweetness that’s enough to have your mouth watering.
BLUE MELTIN SAND (Tokyo Campanella) – Contains 8 – ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
What if herbal tea and cookies became its own snack? That’s what Tokyo Campanella asked too, and so make it a reality. Their BLUE MELTIN SANDs are cat’s tongue cookies stuffed with a herbal tea sauce that has a natural blue colour.
Premium Cacao Full Sablé (Mary Chocolate) – Contains 18 – ¥1,350 (Tax Included)
Finally, we have a premium edition of chocolate company Mary Chocolate’s Cacao Full Sablés. This one’s for the adults, a sophisticated combination of bittersweet chocolate and berries.
*Exclusive to HANAGATAYA GRANSTA Tokyo Central Street
Did you enjoy this list? Which one takes your fancy the most? Whether as a souvenir for the folks back home, or as a treat to yourself to celebrate 2020, if you’re in Tokyo this year then be sure to give HANAGATAYA a visit.
Official Website: https://www.j-retail.jp/hanagataya/
Enjoy the Flavours of Sendai with the Zunda Shake Kit Kat
29.November.2019 | FOOD
Sendai is famous for zunda mochi: a traditional dessert that fuses boiled mochi (rice cakes) and zunda (sweet edamame bean paste). The zunda mochi shop Zunda Saryo is collaborating with Nestlé to create a Kit Kat Mini with the regional flavour “Zunda Saryo Shake”, which will be released on December 1 at a number of shops including souvenir shops around Sendai Station and Sendai Airport, and selected KASHO SANZEN shops*
*(Omachi Hirose-dōri, Koji Matsushima and Monzen Matsushima)
Zunda Saryo spreads the delicious flavour of zunda across Japan through their variety of zunda-flavoured desserts and drinks. The Zunda Shake is an original drink made by fusing carefully selected milk with vanilla and then blending it with zunda to create an original sweet shake to represent Sendai. Kit Kat’s crispy wafers add texture to the layers of smooth chocolate, producing a divine flavour. Japan is home to more than 40 different Kit Kat flavours which are popular within Japan and overseas. 20 of those are from Japan’s regional flavour series, which is a collaboration with a regional specialty.
Foreigners and even Japanese visitors from other parts of the country will have never seen this new flavour before. The new Kit Kat Mini Zunda Shake flavour is sure to be the best way to experience the flavours of the region.
The cream filling is kneaded with edamame powder and sandwiched between crispy wafers. The Kit Kat is coated in Zunda shake-flavoured chocolate, creating the perfect Kit Kat flavour.
Whether you’re looking for a small snack or a souvenir, the Zunda Shake Kit Kat is perfect for you.
Kit Kat Mini Zunda Shake Flavour
Price: ¥800 (Before Tax)
Purchase from: Souvenir shops around Sendai Station and Sendai Airport, KASHO SANZEN (Omachi Hirose-dōri, Koji Matsushima and Monzen Matsushima)
Release Date: December 1, 2019
Instagram Sensation Unicorn Ice Cream Shop Now Selling Christmas Reindeer Ice Cream
28.November.2019 | FOOD
Looking for Instagram-worthy ice cream in Japan? You definitely need to check out Asakusa Tsuno Koi. Soon after opening in Tokyo’s traditional Asakusa on July 5, 2019, their soft serve unicorn ice cream instantly earned its fame on social media. From November 28 to December 24, the ice cream shop will be releasing a series of Christmas-limited ice creams that are sure to become a hit sensation.
This shop is famous for being the only ice cream shop in the world to make unicorn-shaped cones out of financier cake dough and filling them with a sweet spiral of soft serve ice cream for the unicorn’s horn. This Christmas, the shop is introducing Christmas-limited toppings, flowers and wreaths to the decorations menu, making customising your ice cream more fun than ever before.
* According to research conducted by Asakusa Tsuno Koi. Protected status has been received for America, Korea and Japan. Applications are still being processed in the EU, Singapore and Mongolia.
For the Reindeer Soft Serve Ice Cream (￥780), each and every single financier cone is baked carefully, but this time in the shape of a reindeer – and it’s chocolate flavoured. Filled with soft serve ice cream, this reindeer is too cute to eat.
The Christmas Tree (￥830) is a soft serve pistachio ice cream made using high-grade pistachos: the reigning queen when it comes to nut varieties. The ice cream is finished with one of Asakusa Tsuno Koi‘s original Christmas trees.
The Santa Claus Soft Serve (￥500) is made using Asakusa Tsuno Koi’s rich-flavoured vanilla ice cream. Young or old, the moment you set eyes on Santa Claus’ face, a smile will automatically appear on yours!
The Christmas-limited toppings include stars, candy, and gingerbread men (￥100 each). Can’t choose? There is set including all three which costs ￥250.
The shop interior is also looking more Christmassy. The interior is a fusion of Asakusa’s traditional heritage and the unicorn motif, which is popular in western countries. A colourful flowery background and Asakusa’s traditional folding fans and umbrellas perfectly finish the western-Japanese fusion scene, which is currently soaking in fame on Instagram.
Asakusa Tsuno Koi is serving up a totally unique kind of ice cream that has not been spotted anywhere else in the world. The Christmas-limited ice creams are definitely worth the hype.
* Prices Before Tax
Asakusa Tsuno Koi
Address: 1- chome-14-7 Asakusa Taito City
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 18:00
Website (Japanese Only): http://www.38cogp.com/tsunokoi/
Fine & Fruity Christmas Tarts Baked Up at Qu’il Fait Bon in Japan For 2019
28.November.2019 | FOOD
Japanese fruit tart specialist company Qu’il Fait Bon is serving five special tartsーincluding four new onesーat 10 of their branches for Christmas this year from December 20 to 25.
Eight Fruit Tart (New Tart) – ¥968 per piece / ¥9,684 Whole 25cm / ¥5,316 Whole 17cm / ¥3,357 Whole 13cm
Topped with eight kinds of fruit, this luxurious tart is filled with a white chocolate-laced custard cream and sat on a deliciously crunchy base. Each bite fills your mouth with an amalgamation of harmonious fresh fruity flavours.
Strawberry & Berry Cheese Mousse Tart (New Tart) – ¥1,235 per piece / ¥12,355 Whole 25cm / ¥7,322 Whole 17cm / ¥4,897 Whole 13cm
This tantalising tart is made with Le Gall cream cheese and is layered with sponge, cream and shortcake. It’s finished with a topping of juicy strawberries and even more cream.
Sweet and Sour Berry & Chocolate Cream Tart (New Tart) – ¥967 per piece / ¥11,612 Whole 25cm / ¥6,139 Whole 17cm / ¥4,594 Whole 13cm
A more sophisticated tart for the grown-ups, this rich delight is the perfect indulgence for the holy night this Christmas, finished with a glossy sauce and sparkly gold leaf. The smooth bavarian sauce coupled with the sweet and sour berry assortment is a match made in heaven. For texture, there is added crunchy feuillantine made from thinly baked crepe dough.
Two-Coloured Grape Tart (New Tart) – ¥921 per piece / ¥7,369 Whole 21cm / ¥5,892 Whole 17cm
If you love grapes, then this tart is a dream come true: a combination of red and green grapes sat on top of a bed of crème raffinée and a cinnamon-sprinkled base. Enjoy the sweet, sour and juicy flavours.
White Chocolate Cream & Fukuoka Beni Hoppe Strawberry Tart – ¥1,647 per piece / ¥16,470 Whole 25cm / ¥8,138 Whole 17cm
This tart is made with beni hoppe strawberries from Fukuoka which are renowned for their rich taste and balanced sweetness and sourness. This tart is made with only the best selection of these large grapes. Enjoy this simple but extravagant combination of white chocolate custard cream, fresh cream, and light and fluffy sponge.
*Exclusive to the following Qu’il Fait Bon branches: Grand Maison Ginza, Aoyama, Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi, Yokohama, Fukuoka, Hamamatsu, and Sendai
White Chocolate Cream & Fukuoka Amaou Strawberry Tart – ¥1,762 per piece / ¥17,625 Whole 25cm / ¥8,934 Whole 17cm
This tart is also made with strawberries from Fukuoka, a type known as amaou. They are juicy, plump, and glossy red. They are paired perfectly with white chocolate custard and fresh cream.
*Exclusive to the following Qu’il Fait Bon branches: Grand Front Osaka and Kyoto
These tarts are available for a limited-time only, so treat yourself this Christmasーa time that comes only once a year!
*All listed prices include 8% consumption tax. Rate subject to change if dining in at a select branch. Select branches may not serve individual slices.
Christmas Tart Menu
Available: In-branch. Reservations not available.
Running: December 20, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Participating Branches: Grand Maison Ginza, Aoyama, Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi, Yokohama, Fukuoka, Hamamatsu, Sendai, Grand Front Osaka, Kyoto, Shizuoka
Product Page: http://www.quil-fait-bon.com/2019Xmas/
Qu’il Fait Bon Official Website: http://www.quil-fait-bon.com
Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo to Release Celebratory Year of the Rat Roll Cake for 2020
27.November.2019 | FOOD
As 2020 is the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac, Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo’s gourmet shop Melissa is ensuring their customers thoroughly enjoy their New Year’s celebration by releasing a roll cake dressed in Japan’s traditional celebratory colours and decorated with 2020’s zodiac theme of the Rat. The cake is appropriately named Akemashite omedetou gozaimouse, which is a play on words with the Japanese New Year’s greeting “Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu”. The roll cake will be sold from December 28 2019 to January 7, 2020 and only 10 will be sold per day.
Melissa has been selling Chinese zodiac-themed confections since 2010, basing designs on the animal of the zodiac celebrated in that year. The pâtissiers never fail to produce cute designs full of fun and personality. 2020 will see the release of a strawberry roll cake decorated with the Year of the Rat theme. Pink dough is wrapped around a strawberry and strawberry cream filling. The cake is topped with an adorable chocolate mouse, strawberries, raspberries, red currants, pâte de fruits, and many more delicious toppings. The red strawberries and white cream represent the traditional colours of celebration in Japan.
As the Year of the Rat is the first year of the Chinese zodiac’s 12-year cycle, 2020 is a year to start afresh and look forward to a fruitful year. The pâtissiers are putting their heart and soul into each and every roll cake they produce, making this the perfect way to bring in the New Year.
Akemashite omedetou gozaimouse! Kohaku Roll Cake (Year of the Rat New Year’s Roll Cake)
Price: ¥2,800 (After Tax)
Size: 9cm diameter × 20cm length (approx)
To be sold at: Melissa (Takeout shop, Floor 1)
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 20:30
Availability: December 28, 2019 – January 7, 2020
* Reservations must be made 3 days prior to collection. A limit of 10 roll cakes will be sold per day.
* The image in this article is for reference only and may differ from the actual product.
Melissa, Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo: https://www.rihga.com/tokyo
Valentine’s Day 2020: Japanese Chocolates, Golden Desserts & More at GINZA SIX
Winter may be cold, but that’s no excuse to stay indoors all day when there’s so many seasonal events and festivals to be enjoyedーespecially in Japan. With Christmas and New Year’s just on the horizon, it’ll soon be time to begin preparations for Valentine’s Day.
GINZA SIX is the biggest shopping centre in Ginza, a district itself which prides itself as the high end part of Tokyo. Seeing as Ginza is home to many internationally-known chocolatiers, you can bet that GINZA SIX is sure to deliver when it comes to high-quality Valentine’s chocolates and sweets. And you’d be right in thinking that, because the shopping complex is ready to showcase some of the delectable delights set to pose in all of their delicious glory during the season of love. Whether it’s a treat to some premium chocolate to your special someone, or a bit of self-indulgence, GINZA SIX has you covered this coming Valentine’s Day.
But that’s not all, because a string of pop-up shops are going to open too. Let’s take a peek into what’s to come.
Premium sweets made with the “4th type of chocolate”
We all know dark, milk, and white chocolate, but many people are still unaware of ruby chocolate. Made from ruby cocoa beans, the chocolate was officially unveiled in 2017, and is marketed as the “4th category” of chocolate. It will come as no surprise then that GINZA SIX will be making use of this still rare chocolate, as well as “blonde” chocolateーyet another unfamiliar type.
Valrhona Blonde Chocolate Plate With Jasmine Scent – ¥1,200 @ THE GRAND GINZA
Blonde chocolate’s characteristic quality lies in its combination of caramel and biscuit. The chocolate artisans over at Valrhona, a Japanese chocolate company savoured by some of the world’s top patissiers, have forged a blonde chocolate dome dessert injected with a raspberry puree and sweet vanilla mousse. The dessert is sat on a bed of crunchy crumble and surrounded with a pool of jasmine-scented blonde chocolate cream. This one’s for the adults to enjoy.
Ruby Saku Langue de Chat (12 Pack) – ¥1,200 @ ISHIYA GINZA
For a limited time only, ISHIYA GINZA’s langue de chat, also known as cat tongue biscuits, arrive in a ruby chocolate flavour. They took their delicious cat tongues and sandwiched smooth and sour ruby chocolate between them.
These next chocolates are made with the Japanese spirit and palate in mind.
Tsujiri Collection (8 Pack) – ¥2,360 @ Tsujiri
The tea experts at Tsujiri have paired chocolate with matcha and houjicha, two types of tea that go perfect with chocolate. Bringing out the flavour of tea in their products is Tsujiri’s speciality. Houjicha comes as the newest flavour to this product alongside koicha, yuzu, sesame praline, Japanese pepper, sakura strawberry, and brown sugar.
Kurosu Vinegar Raw Chocolate – ¥1,500 @ Shoubunsu Vinegar Brewery
Kurosu vinegar is smooth and doesn’t have a strong flavour or smell. It goes well with these chocolates from the Shoubunsu Vinegar Brewery, including their slightly bitter milk chocolate and white chocolate with soy milk. Each bite offers a sweet, refreshing flavour.
If you’re here for the texture, then you’ve come to the right place. From a dessert that combines light pound cake with rich mousse to a melt-in-the-mouth chocolate terrine, GINZA SIX has no shortage of sweets with tempting textures.
Rouge – ¥2,315 @ Patisserie Pavlov
This dessert is made with pound cake and rich mousse and is lavish with ganache. It’s covered with a strawberry chocolate coating and finished with an artisanal chocolate decoration.
Chocolate Terrine – ¥6,000 @ FRANCK MULLER GENEVE
Luxurious is the word to describe this chocolate terrine, a heavenly mix of Swiss dark chocolate and tasty cultured butter, resulting in a complex flavour profile of richness and melt-in-the-mouth sweetness.
Dine-in Valentine’s menu
Another way to enjoy your time at GINZA SIX for Valentine’s 2020 is to sit down at one of the cafes or restaurants to enjoy one of their exclusive Valentine’s Day menu items, such as an afternoon tea. It’s a great way to spend your time with your loved one or as a get-together for all the singles out there!
La Saint-Valentin Afternoon Tea Sets – ¥4,200 (Serves 1) @ THE GRAND GINZA
“Noir & Blanc” (Black/White) is the theme of these afternoon tea sets, which come in two different colours and are towered with strawberry-packed sweets and savoury snacks. Will you go for the stylish noir, or the sophisticated blanc?
Coppa Valentine – ¥1,819 @ Café Cova Milano
Served in a wine glass, this strawberry dessert is a layered combination of sweet and sour strawberry sorbet, chocolate ice cream, and strawberry sauce. It’s topped with heart-shaped chocolate and a rose bell.
Limited-time pop-up shops
CAFÉ COVA (GINZA SIX Floor B2F)
CAFÉ COVA has lots of incredible surprises for the Valentine’s season next year, including a chocolate box wrapped in beautiful packaging, as well as the above-pictured heart and rose panettone (which, by the way, they’ll only be selling a select few of!)
Paul Smith POP UP SHOP (GINZA SIX Floor 4F) / Open November 27, 2019 – January 14, 2020
IDEAS FROM LONDON is a pop-up shop by Paul Smith that’s set to bring ideas from the UK to Japan. See their new fashion collection, special collaborative items, and more.
This is just a select look at what’s to come when the season of love hits GINZA SIX. Make sure you don’t miss out.
Address: 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Shops/Cafes (B2F-5F) 10:30-20:30 / Restaurants (6F, 13F) 11:00-23:00
*Business hours differ from shop to shop.
No Fixed Holidays (But shops and restaurants will be closed on January 1, 2020)
Access: Directly connected to Ginza Station via the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line and Hibiya Line.
Tokyo Station’s Top 10 Edible Winter Souvenirs as Chosen by Station Staff
There is just a month and a half left of 2019, with Christmas, the winter holidays and New Year celebrations right around the corner.
Tokyo Station City has compiled a list of must-grab food-related souvenirs and gifts at Tokyo Station. If you’ve ever visited Tokyo Station, you’ll know that you can be spoilt for choice from the amount of goodies you can get your hands on. The list is based on the votes of 305 station staff members working at Tokyo Station who have voted on their Top 10 most recommend souvenirs to pick up this winter.
The staff members went around the shopping area and taste-tested different edible souvenirs across an 8-day period. Their early thoughts as they went down the list were how delicious or unique things were, but they soon began to take it more seriously to consider things like price, how easy an item was to carry and transport, and what certain people might like in particular.
If you’re travelling to or from Tokyo Station during the holiday season, be sure to bookmark this list so you know what to buy for on the flight back home!
Rakumadoka @ Terra Saison (GRANSTA) – 5 Set ¥1,080 (Tax Included) / 8 Set ¥1,728 (Tax Included)
This cheesecake is like a cream cheese-stuffed souffle-like sandwich. Branded with the words “Gin no Suzu” (a place in Tokyo Station) and “Tokyo,” this seasonal product is exclusive to Tokyo Station. In December last year, they sold over 1,500 in a day.
Mount Baum Kuchen @ Nenrinya (Meihinkan) – ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
With its French bread texture, this delightful treat has a fragrant scent, is moist, and is simply delicious. It has a rich buttery taste and is baked slowly to perfection.
Shinjuku Curry Arare Ebi @ HANAGATAYA (GRANSTA) – 6 Set ¥600 (Tax Included)
This rich curry snack is made by Shinjuku Nakamuraya, and has a light melt-in-the-mouth texture with spicy curry seasoning and shrimp flavour. The shrimp flavour comes from a mix of shrimp powder and shrimp oil. The mix of curry powder and spices gives it a really authentic curry taste.
Tokyo Vegetable Rice Crackers @ nomono (GRANSTA Marunouchi) – 12 Set ¥950 (Tax Included) / 18 Set ¥1,598 (Tax Included)
An assortment of rice crackers with three different flavours: great burdock, onion, and pumpkin. They have a set of 18 too which is perfect for handing out to lots of people.
Maple Pie Sandwich @ The Maple Mania (GRANSTA) – 8 Set ¥1,944 (Tax Included)
Coated in caramel, this crunchy pie is made with a cream laced with maple sugar. Exclusive to Tokyo Station, the packaging design for this dessert is made with souvenirs in mind as it’s made so it’s easy to carry and take around with you.
Kuzumochi @ Funabashiya Koyomi (ecute Tokyo) – 24 Cut (Serves 1-1.5) ¥790 (tax Included) / 36 Cut (Serves 2-3) ¥895 (Tax Included) / 48 Cut (Serves 4-5) ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
Funabashiya’s kuzumochi is made with wheat starch that is fermented over a 450 day period before being cooked. It claims to be “the only fermented Japanese wagashi confection.” Since it is fermented over such a long period of time, it takes on a unique flavour and elasticity.
Cheddar Cheese Pie Sandwich @ Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory (ecute Keiyo Street) – 6 Pack ¥1,620 (Tax Included)
A crunchy pie filled with an addictive cheddar cheese cream. Exclusive to ecute Keiyo Street.
8th Place (Joint)
Premium Cacao Full Shortbread @ HANAGATAYA (GRANSTA) 8 Set ¥648 (Tax Included) / 18 Set ¥1,350 (Tax Included) / 27 Set ¥2,052 (Tax Included)
This is a premium edition of the store’s Cacao Full Shortbread, made using the methods used to make the chocolate brand Merry Chocolate. The crunchy texture and full-bodied flavour of the cacao has been left as it is, while a few things have been added to make it a little more luxurious: French sour cream butter, strawberries, and raspberries.
8th Place (Joint)
Yaoki Senbei @ Mankaso (Meihinkan) – 16 Set ¥1,080 (Tax Included)
These plump senbei rice crackers are made with 100% domestic rice and come in six different delicious flavours: agodashi soy sauce, salted, shrimp, seaweed, plum and coarse sugar, and chirimen pepper.
Tartlette Neuf @ le billet (ecute Tokyo) – 6 Pack ¥1,728 (Tax Included) / 9 Pack ¥2,592 (Tax Included)
la billet make their own tarts, and this assortment comes in a variety of flavours. Exclusive to Tokyo Station. A great option as a gift for meeting a business in Japan.
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Tokyo Station City Official Website: http://www.tokyostationcity.com/en/
Japanese Souvenir Diary: Tokyo Strawberry Whipped Langue-de-chat
You’re going on holiday to another country, but there’s someone special back at home that can’t go with you. What’s the best way to make them feel like they haven’t been left out completely? Souvenirs, of course! Picking out the perfect souvenir for the right person or people, whether friends or family, is a lot of fun as you consider what each person might like and appreciate.
We’ve condensed that thrill of souvenir searching into an article series. We will showcase products that the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON editorial team have actually tried and recommend as souvenirs.
Tokyo Ichigo Whipped Langue-de-chat (Includes 6) – ¥650 (Tax Included)
Today, we will take a look at Tokyo Strawberry Whipped Langue-de-chat. This whipped chocolate cat tongue biscuit is nothing short of delicious. It’s a fact.
And the cute packaging makes it even better, both the box and individual packs when you open it up.
And since they are individually packaged, you can share them amongst multiple people.
Whipped chocolate is sandwiched between the cat tongue biscuits.
Time to try one.
The biscuit itself has a buttery, exquisite flavour. Though they’re stuffed with whipped chocolate, the chocolate itself is light on the belly. You get those sweet and sour notes from the strawberry too.
The combination of the lightly baked and delicate biscuits with the soft texture and subtle taste of the whipped chocolate is to die for. Your taste buds are tantalised by a flurry of strawberry.
I showed the 6 pack of biscuits, but they also sell a 12 pack (¥1,080) and 18 pack (¥1,620) too, so cater it to how many you need to share out (or enjoy to yourself!) They have a best before date of 30 days too, so don’t have to worry if there’s still some time left before you return home.
If you love strawberries, you won’t be able to rest the Tokyo Strawberry Whipped Langue-de-chat. Be sure to check them out if you’re looking for a Japanese souvenir from Tokyo.
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Editorial Team)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Tokyo Strawberry Whipped Langue-de-chat
Available: At major stations in the Kanto region of Japan, department stores in Japan, and elsewhere
Best Before: 30 Days
Official Website: http://www.oraikan.jp/ih.html
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Frozen 2 Milk Tea Muffins
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
In this recipe, you’ll learn to make cupcakes based on the upcoming Disney film Frozen 2 which is set to hit theatres worldwide on November 22, 2019. These cupcakes are inspired by the Anna and Elsa poster design for the movie. This recipe has parts that are a little more tricky compared to my usual recipes, but put yourself to the test and you’ll end up with something delicious!
Milk Tea Muffin Ingredients (Makes 5)
100g weak flour
70g unsalted butter
50g granulated sugar
1 tsp bottled chestnut syrup
5-6 chestnuts preserved in syrup
50ml milk tea
*To make the milk tea, add one black tea bag into 70ml of milk and draw 50ml from that
Bean Paste Ingredients
500g white bean paste (shiro-an in Japanese)
25g unsalted butter (room temperature)
A bit of of vanilla extract
A bit of Wilton White icing colour
1. First, we’ll make the milk tea muffins. Bring the unsalted butter to room temperature and whisk with a hand mixer. Add the granulated sugar and continue to whisk. Whisk the egg fully, and then add slowly to the mixture. Make sure to add the egg slowly so as to not split the butter.
2. Sieve the wheat flour and baking powder and add to the mix. Slowly add the milk tea and continue to whisk to bring the mixture together.
3. Add a teaspoon of the chestnut syrup. Chop the chestnuts and add those too, then mix once again.
4. Add 70-80% of the mixture equally between five cupcake cups. Bake at 170° for approximately 25 minutes.
5. Next, we’ll make the bean paste cream. Do this by mixing together the white bean paste, unsalted butter, milk, vanilla extract, and Wilton White all at once. The Wilton White makes the cream turn a pure white colour.
6: Allow the muffins to cool, lather over the bean paste to taste, and finally decorate. All done!
I added colouring to chocolate plastic for the chest part of the dress. Then I cut it up and added it to the cupcakes. I hope you enjoyed the recipe, be sure to try making your own movie-inspired handmade desserts at home too!
The long-awaited sequel to Disney’s blockbuster animated is right around the corner. The first Frozen film touched the entire world with its frosty beauty with both its story and music. Let It Go in particular was a worldwide phenomenon, and was an immense hit in Japan too.
Frozen 2 will see Elsa embark on a dangerous journey with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven as she discovers why she was born with magical powers, the answer to which is threatening her kingdom.
The new film’s main theme, Into The Unknown, captures the complex feelings and emotions Elsa holds as she steps forth, with all her anxieties and hopes, into a new world.
Frozen 2 Trailer Japanese Version
The first Frozen film was a widespread global hit and there’s no denying that Frozen 2 will follow in its footsteps. Get together with your family, friends or lover to watch it for the best experience.
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
©2019 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
Release Date: November 22, 2019
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios/Motion Pictures
Directors: Chris Buck/Jeniffer Lee
Starring: Idina Menzel (as Elsa), Kristen Bell (as Anna)
Official Website: https://disney.co.uk/movies/frozen-2
Heart-Meltingly Cute Olaf Confection to Arrive in 7-Eleven to Celebrate Frozen 2
Tabemas is a Japanese confectionery series of small, traditional sweets designed to look like characters. To celebrate the release of Frozen 2 on November 22, the series is releasing an Olaf confection which will be sold at 7-Eleven convenience stores across Japan from the same day as the release of the film.
The series name “Tabemas” means “edible mascot” and as the name suggests, Olaf has completely transformed into a delicious traditional sweet from carrot nose to adorable feet. In sweet form, the 40mm-tall chubby Olaf is stood still, staring up at you with adorable round eyes overflowing with adoration.
This is a traditional nerikiri confection made from bean paste and soft mochi to a surprising level of detail. Even the snowflake pattern has been recreated. As Frozen 2 is set in autumn, Olaf has been stuffed with the most appropriate autumn flavour: maple. This small and dainty confection is the perfect treat for people of all ages.
These are in limited stock so hurry down to your nearest 7-Eleven from November 22 if you are interested.
Tabemas Confectionary Series: Frozen 2 Olaf
Recommended Retail Price: ¥258 (Before Tax)
Release Date: November 22, 2019
Available at: The chilled desserts section of 7-Eleven convenience stores across Japan
*As these are in limited stock, sales will end once stock has been depleted.
*Not available at all 7-Eleven convenience stores.
More Information: https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/tabemas/olaf/