niko and … COFFEE is a cafe popular for its bread rolls, and they have announced an update to their menu which will see 6 new items added to the list on October 13.
The cafe is part of “niko and …”, a lifestyle brand who also designed and manage the cafe. People have publicly expressed the great flavor and cute appearance of the cafe’s bread rolls ever since they arrived in November 2016.
The new bread rolls to arrive at the cafe―bringing the total up to 12―is a mix of three sweet and three salty bread rolls with a range of different bases including cream cheese, custard and more.
Pick from Tiramisu, which is made with rich tiramisu cream and a homemade coffee syrup; Blueberry Rare Cheese, a mix of full-bodied rare cheese and juicy blueberries; Mentai Potato, which is filled with a potato salad made from a fusion of walleye pollack roe and potatoes, both from Hokkaido; Hire Katsu Taru Taru, a sweet and spicy mix of ingredients drizzled in lots of tartar sauce; and more.
Be sure to head to one of the niko and … COFFEE branches listed below from October 13 to try out these new delicious selections.
niko and …COFFEE
On Sale: October 13, 2018
Price: From ¥300 (Tax Included)
Branches: niko and … TOKYO, LaLaport Ebina, LaLaport Fujimi, Aeon Mall Kofu Showa, Nara Family, Umeda HEP FIVE
Japan announces its “Bread of the Year 2017” – discover the best of Japan’s delicious bread
23.December.2017 | FOOD
The editorial team of Japan’s biggest bread specialist community website Pansta (“Bread Star”) have announced the winners of “Bread of the Year 2017”. The bread mania returns this year to deliver a careful selection of 7 different breads.
Every year the Pansta editorial team picks the best breads of the past 12 months. The “Bread of the Year” rankings are picked up by TV and magazines, announced on a wide scale. Rankings are compiled by the number of posts, likes and audience reach by pan lovers on the website, as well as breads the editorial team find in their everyday activities. 7 breads have been selected for 2017, each in their own category.
Best Baguette – Gold Prize Signifiant Signifie (Setagaya, Tokyo)
Signifiant Signifie’s huge popularity is consistent when it comes to bread. It received much attention for its huge bread overhaul this year. Their signature “Baguette Puratanu” is now fermented for 40 hours as a result of the insatiable curiosity of chefs in Shiga. The baguette has an intense flavour and a light aftertaste. Part of its quality is that the flavour stays just as good even if eaten the next day. The Baguette Puratanu can be bought at the main Signifiant Signifie store in Setagaya as well as the Nihonbashi and Tamagawa branches of Takashiyama and online.
Best Loaf – Gold Prize Ore no Bakery&Cafe (Shibuya, Tokyo)
This immensely popular store is said to have sped up the boom of high-grade bread in Tokyo. Ore no Bakery&Cafe initially opened in Ebisu and had constant long queues of people trying to get in. Another branch opened in Ginza this year. Their “Ore no Seishoku Pan” is so soft that when it’s freshly baked it almost seems like it will sink in on itself just by touching it. The loaf is sold unsliced in two sizes. Its high point is the milky fragrance and sweetness brought on by fresh milk from Nakahora Bokujou in Iwate Prefecture. It’s enjoyed by people of all ages and despite being high-grade bread, many loafs are sold to lots of people.
Best Croissant – Gold Prize Sawamura Bakery & Restaurant (Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture)
This shop is flooded with customers from the early morning during days off and consecutive holidays who want to get their fingers on the freshly baked croissants sold here. Anyone and everyone can experience personally the goodness of the ingredients when sinking their teeth into one. One bite is enough for your nose to be hit with the sweet fragrance of butter from these flaky croissants. The shop looks just like a Paris bakery, lined with big breads that look like campagne. They also have branches in Karuizawa, Shinjuku and Hiroo, so be sure to check it out.
Best Sandwich – Gold Prize oeuf TAMAKO Sando (Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture)
The most popular egg-sandwich chain is TAMAKO. The texture of the rice bread is soft and doughy, filled with egg and pesticide-free fresh lettuce. It may be simple but its delicious flavour is irresistible. They also have a selection of other sandwiches that combine egg with made different ingredients other than egg. The variety there is huge – you’ll never grow tired of their sandwiches no matter how many times you go. There are also branches in Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama and Aichi.
Best Curry Bread – Gold Prize Aiwa Pan (Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture)
The shopkeeper of Aiwa Pan is confident in the creation of curry breads with background research in the curry of Pakistan. The spices are noticeably packed in there but are condensed into a rich flavour of the curry roux that contains chicken. The tomato based bread has an exquisite balance with the rich curry. The fried bread is crunchy and in fact made with coconut oil making it a healthier option.
Best Anpan – Gold Prize Yoshida Pan (Katsushika, Tokyo)
Yoshida Pan’s strained white bean paste uses one variety of common bean and ootebou navy bean from Tokachi in Hokkaido, giving it a high-quality, smooth and melt-in-the-mouth taste. The texture of the mashed sweet bean paste can be enjoyed with organic adzuki beans from Tokachi that have been cooked with brown sugar from France. Both bring to mind the high-grade flavours of Japanese wagashi and go perfect with coffee. This revolutionary anpan is a perfect balance of traditional Japanese bread made in a contemporary style. The bread that envelops the red bean is also in its own league with its soft texture and sweet flavour that just melts in your mouth.
Best Bread Roll – Gold Prize Yoshida Pan (Katsushika, Tokyo)
This big bread roll with its gently baked colour will light up your day even if you just catch a glimpse of it. You’ll be surprised how heavy it is when you pick it up. You select the ingredients and the shop staff will roll it there for you, allowing you to have fun combining your own flvours.
Find your favourite bread from the unique selection available in Japan!
【Tokyo Cafe】 If you want to eat delicious bread, visit “Ore no Bakery & Café”, Ebisu!
Today we will be introducing a café located in the city that sells exquisite food and drinks. This café opened last year and takes particular care when making bread.
To pursue the true essence of good flavour, a variety of three breads, bursting with the flavours of extraordinary passion are the main attraction of this café.
Ore no Italian, ore no French – ORENO corporation manages a number of eating establishments. It was under these business conditions that “Ore no Bakery & Café” opened. One day, the manager said “Let’s make Japanese bread!” and the business kicked off.
We were lucky to have a chat with the café manager Takeda-san. Takeda-san was cute with a shy smile and passionately talked about bread. – a surprisingly attractive staff member! ♪
Three varieties of Japanese bread have been developed. One of these includes the “Ore no seishoku pan” – this 12X25X12cm loaf costs ￥1,000 tax included. The unique point of this bread is that it is eaten raw. The bakery also uses Hokkaido wheat and Kitanokaori as a base. The base dough is baked using milk from Nakahora farm. The springy and soft texture of the bread is its unique selling point. This bread is best enjoyed two hours after being freshly baked.
You must try a cup of blended coffee with the bread (￥380 tax included). At Ore no Bakery & Café, a sommelier is in charge of brewing the coffee to create a magnificent blend. Brazilian, Mandheling, and Kenyan coffee beans are used as the base for blending. After endlessly searching for the perfect accompaniment for the bread, the manager finally arrived at this coffee as the solution. This 300ml volume of coffee will satisfy you.
There is also a capsule machine located in the store. The capsules hold approximately 1 portion of coffee beans. There are many people who take the opportunity to use the capsule machine when they are in the café.
The open plan kitchen is spacious, allowing you to be drawn in with the sight fresh goods being prepared.
During this season, enjoy the fresh lustrous greenery outdoors with the terrace seating. Relax in the spacious green environment.
The most popular sandwich is the fluffy “atsuyaki tamago sandwich” (￥680 including tax). This is a thick rolled egg sandwich. The sweet balance of flavour between the dashi stock used to make the atsuyaki tamago and the bread is so delicious you will be able to eat several in a row. An extra kick of mustard and you got a flavour you can just keep eating.
The new menu also features the 4 variety cheese toast (Yonshu cheese toast – ￥580 tax included). A slice of tin bread topped with grana padano, gorgonzola, cheddar and mozzarella – surely this combination is heaven! With no added sugar, taste this snack and feel refreshed. The deep, rich flavour of the cheese makes for an exquisite blend of flavours. This superb blend of cheeses combined with the topping of honey makes it a superb product.
You cannot live everyday life without bread, and furthermore this bread is definitely worth its price – top class! The café is also located in Yebisu Garden Place, which can easily be accessed from anywhere, so how about dropping by after a shopping trip or a date?
【Tokyo Cafe】 Break away from the busy city for a cup of coffee at “GRAIN BREAD BREW” located near Hikawa Shrine.
Today’s feature looks at GRAIN BREAD BREW – a café that sits snug nearby Hikawa Shrine in Shibuya. This special café brings warmth to your everyday and receives a perfect score when it comes to spaciousness.
The shop owner, who makes coffee apparatus and tumblers, is a big sandwich-lover. After travelling the world and trying out different sandwiches, the owner came up with delicious sandwich recipes and wanted many people to taste them. This is how the café was born. The café’s name derives from special keywords. “Grain” is used to make the store’s “bread”. Coffee beans are carefully selected to “brew”. This makes the “GRAIN BREAD BREW” we know and love today.
The bright and spacious entrance creates a friendly atmosphere. The interior uses white as a colour theme base. Here, comfortable furniture has been gathered and arranged perfectly. The warm-coloured lighting brings the interior design into perspective, filling the room with a warm atmosphere.
The iconic and cute squirrel is the café’s mascot character. It is inspired by the animals that gather outside Hikawa Shrine, which is located nearby. These squirrel mascots are everywhere inside the café – can you spot them all?
The coffee beans used to brew the specialty coffee are carefully selected from across the world. In order for the full flavour to be extracted from the beans, a coffee press is used. Our team recommends a hot cup of fresh, sour, yet fruity Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Domeruso (￥450 + tax).
What makes the coffee press superior to a flannel drip and paper drip is the ability to press the natural oil of the coffee beans directly into the mug, making the perfect cup. You can enjoy the true essence of coffee to your hearts content right here at this café.
The sandwiches are made using a variety of breads including ciabatta, toast, pita bread and much more. Each type of bread has been specially made to draw out maximum flavour. The monster-style sandwich is filled with a generous 100g of bacon and costs ￥1,000 (+ tax). The springy texture of the ciabatta bread is complimented by the flavour of olive oil. A thick slice of bacon, rich balsamic vinegar, and to top off the texture, a bit of sliced cucumber. At a glance, the dish looks quite filling, but it is surprisingly light. No need to share – those who get full quite easily can still finish it off on their own!
Our recommendation from the sweets menu is the fluffy French toast brûlée. This uses seasonal fruits and is accompanied with ice cream. (￥800 + tax). The texture of this lovable dessert is created by preparing the egg mix for 24 hours. This dish is plated up with apple compote and honey, and vanilla ice cream with a nut garnish. The three parts to the dessert exist in perfect harmony, ensuring that you do not tire of the taste. Every mouthful is something to look forward to.
The company also sells coffee-making equipment and a variety of goods that are easy for anyone to use. The Wallmug Demita (￥800 + tax) is a popular product designed as a result of a collaboration of many famous brands. You can purchase a tumbler and micro coffee dripper (￥700 + tax) to make a set. These are just a few items included in the lineup of easy-to-use goods!
If you are searching for a place where you can remove yourself from the bustling city, enjoy a relaxing atmosphere and soothe your senses, please visit GRAIN BREAD BREW. There is also a takeout menu, so you can enjoy nice coffee whilst watching the autumn leaves of the shrine forest.
Photos by：Kayo Sekiguchi
Original text by：Ryoichi KOMABA
Translated by: Samantha Fernandes
Source：She magazine http://she-mag.jp/diary/81280?wid=54544
Dragon Quest Slime Bread Releasing at Lawson Store 100 in Japan
Convenience store Lawson Store 100 is teaming up with Nintendo in promotion of the upcoming video game Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition, an enhanced port of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age for the Nintendo Switch™ that’s set for release on September 27, 2019, by releasing three new breads inspired by the Slime monster from the game at branches around Japan on September 25.
Slime Bread Slime Flavour (Sweet Lime) – ¥108 (Tax Included)
Coming in the classic light blue colour is this “slime flavoured” Slime (which is actually sweet lime flavoured!) It’s filled with refreshing sweet lime jelly.
Behemoth Slime Mango Flavour – ¥108 (Tax Included)
The Behemoth Slime is orange coloured and has a tropical mango aroma. It’s filled with a rich sweet and sour mango cream with fresh pieces of mango in it.
Metal Slime Black Sesame Flavour – ¥108 (Tax Included)
Made to look like metal, this Slime is black sesame flavoured, and is packed with rich black sesame bean paste.
The developer of these products, who is also a huge fan of Dragon Quest, commented the following: “I created these Slime breads because I wanted to people to feel like they were going on an adventure in the world of Dragon Quest. The Slimes are something that can only be found in that world. I took great care to make it as realistic as possible so it would feel like you had your very own Slime. I referenced the game during the planning of this product so that it both looked fun and tasted delicious.”
Elaborating on this final point, they continue: “For example, the [sweet lime] Slime Bread contains lemon [sic] flavoured jelly which is based on the Slime jelly from the game, and when you defeat (or in this case ‘eat’) the slime you are awarded with a treasure! You obtain Slime jelly, and that’s the fun aspect of this product.”
When you go to buy one of these Slime breads and the cashier scans it, the till will play the “Level Up” sound from the game. The stores will also have other references to the game in the form of posters and other hidden features, so make it your quest to find them all.
© 2017, 2019 ARMOR PROJECT/BIRD STUDIO/SQUARE ENIX All Rights Reserved.
Slime Bread / Behemoth Slime Bread / Metal Slime Bread
Release Date: September 25, 2019
Available: Lawson Store 100 branches across Japan
Lawson Store 100 Official Website (Japanese): http://store100.lawson.co.jp/
This Week’s Breakfast: French Toast at Bread, Espresso & in Omotesando
One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. It’s very important time well spent in order to live a happy life.
It’s really easy to get to: it’s just a 5-minute walk from the A2 exit of Omotesando Station. Mornings are quiet in Omotesando, you don’t see many people walking around, so it feels like a completely different place compared to its busy streets during the day.
When you enter the cafe, the smell of freshly-baked bread is the first thing to hit your senses. I sat down on one of the comfy sofa-seats and ordered myself the French toast breakfast set.
There’s plenty of space between tables, so it’s an environment that’s easy to kick back and relax in.
Inside and outside the cafe are cute signs with that day’s recommended menu items written on them. Next time I visit I think I’ll try one of the lunchtime desserts. That’s what I daydreamed about while waiting for my French toast to arrive.
French Toast Set w/Drink – ¥800
The French toast has a subtly sweet scent. It’s made with one of the cafe’s popular foods: the butter-loaded bread known as “Muu.”
The toast’s crusts were nice and crunchy while the middle part was fluffy. The soft bread just melts in your mouth when taking a bite, and your taste buds are treated to the sweet flavour of the egg.
The toast is delicious as it is, and you can totally leave it at that and enjoy your morning breakfast. But if you want to take it to the next level then you can drizzle the accompanying honey over the toast, giving the sweetness an even richer flavour.
I’m usually not good with the characteristic sweet taste that honey has, or the bitterness layered into the overall flavour, but this honey was on the milder side so I really enjoyed it.
After my food, I enjoyed the cappuccino the barista beautifully made for me which comes as part of the set.
My 1-hour morning was spent even more relaxed than usual here. It’s much different from lunchtime which is a much busier and hurried time, so I could sink in my chair and really enjoy my drink too.
Waking up early and enjoying a relaxing breakfast. That’s all I did, but it helped ease my busy mind and soul. I’m a simple person, and I think I’ll be able to face my week and work hard at it after this.
Futsu Furu Fig Sandwich – ¥420
Futsu Uni Fruits – ¥400
I wanted to share the happiness between friends and family on this fine day where I got to eat a delicious breakfast. These sandwiches are packed full of fruits―seasonal fruits which are best enjoyed right now. If you’re wondering what other sandwiches they sell then be sure to visit.
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Bread, Espresso &
Address: 3-4-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Business Hours: 8:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Miffy Sakura Kitchen Opens Second Shop with Bakery in Yufuin
Miffy Sakura Kitchen, Arashiyama, Kyoto will open a forest-themed shop with an adjoined bakery in Yufuin, Oita on October 31, 2019.
As you enter the new shop, you will be immersed in its happy, warm and comforting atmosphere. Miffy Sakura Kitchen is popular for its Japanese-style kitchenware and miscellaneous goods which cannot be found anywhere else in Japan. The shop will also have an adjoining bakery area called Miffy Mori no Bakery, where customers order their favourite treats to take out. This includes the popular anpan bun, which is a bun containing sweet red bean paste. There will also be character-themed baked goods, soft serve ice cream, drinks and much more.
You can order your delicious baked goods to go so you can explore the beautiful area of Yufuin, or you can choose to eat inside the bakery’s beautiful and photogenic eating area.
Miffy’s good pal Boris will also be making an appearance at the brand new shop. His design will decorate some of the Miffy Sakura Kitchen-limited kitchenware and even some of the baked goods in the bakery.
Yufuin Miffy Mori no Kitchen/ Miffy Mori no Bakery
Address: 1503-8 Kawakami, Yufuin-cho, Yufu-shi, Oita
Opening Hours: 9:30 ー17:30 (subject to change)
Open all year round/
Grand opening: October 10, 2019
Miffy Sakura Kitchen Official Website: http://www.miffy-sakurakitchen.jp
Popular Tokyo Café Bakery BREAD, ESPRESSO & to Open in Fukuoka
Bakery café BREAD, ESPRESSO & has made quite a reputation in Omotesando, Tokyo for its stylish interior and delicious coffee and bread. The bakery café is now opening a new branch in Fukuoka called BREAD, ESPRESSO & HAKATA & on September 25th, 2019.
To commemorate 10 years in business, BREAD, ESPRESSO & will be opening their first ever branch in Hakata, Kyushu. The café bakery will be nestled between Hakata Station and CANAL CITY HAKATA. Whether you are a busy commuter looking for a heartwarming cup of coffee or a traveling tourist, the location is ideal for anyone looking for a quick rest stop.
The new café bakery is approximately 165 m² in size, making it the largest branch. The shop is decorated with a pure white base theme and has the perfect comfortable environment to enjoy a coffee.
Mu: ￥330 (after tax)
French Toast: ￥750 (after tax)
BREAD, ESPRESSO &’s popular Mu and French Toast will be on the menu along with Hakata-limited goods. If you are searching for some delicious bread in Hakata, please make your way to BREAD, ESPRESSO &.
BREAD, ESPRESSO & HAKATA & (パンとエスプレッソと博多と)
Address: 101, 2-8-12, Hakata Ekimae, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka
Opening Hours: 8:00 ー 20:00
No regular holidays.
Try Some Irresistibly Fluffy Flavoured Bread Made With the Finest Ingredients
22.June.2019 | FOOD
Delicious Bakery Ippondo has opened up shop at 118 locations across Japan. To celebrate summer, Ippondo is currently selling different varieties of “Shokupan”. Shokupan is a fluffy rectangular block of bread that the Japanese just cannot get enough of. This year, Ippondo has released two flavours of Shokupan, namely Hoji tea and Hokkaido Milk. They are also bringing back their Salt Shokupan and Ice Cream Shokupan that are usually released as summer-limited items and are a popular pick every time.
Hoji tea Shokupan: ￥340 (after tax)
In Uji, Kyoto, Japan-sourced wheat and specially selected tea leaves and stems are infrared-roasted and then used to make the Hoji tea for this bread. The bead is baked to perfection, leaving a mix of sweetness and faint bitterness as well as a beautiful aroma that will fill your mouth. It contains no caffeine, so even small children can enjoy this bread without any need for concern.
Hokkaido Milk Shokupan: ￥320 (after tax)
Ippondo will release their Hokkaido Milk Shokupan at the same time. This bread is made with 100% Hokkaido milk and no water. This is then combined with Hokkaido condensed milk for a deliciously mild, milky flavour and soft texture. This bread comes in a small size so that you can easily finish it off.
Salt Shokupan: ￥390 (after tax)
The Salt Shokupan is made using wheat sourced from within Japan and generous amount of luxurious calpis butter. This high-quality bread has a mild flavour and a crispy and light texture. You can enjoy it as it is, or toast it to really bring out the flavour of the salt.
Ice Cream Shokupan: ￥390 (after tax)
The Ice Cream Shokupan is made using generous amounts of pure and fresh calpis whipping cream, which does not harden even when cooled and melts in your mouth. To make a delicious sandwich, you could use ham or cheese, vegetables, and other cold ingredients for the perfect flavour combination.
In Japan, everyone looks forward to a slice of their favourite fluffy Shokupan to start off the day. This bakery is committed to making delicious bread that is both safe and made from high quality ingredients that are prepared with lots of care.
You just have to take a bite of Ippondo’s freshly-made and delicious Shokupan!
Ippondo Official Website: http://shokupan-ippondo.jp/
The Premium Bread of Ginza Nishikawa Arrives in Japan’s Tohoku Region
11.June.2019 | FOOD
Ginza Nishikawa is a popular bread shop that opened its doors in Ginza last autumn. The store has announced that on June 27, it will open its 10th branch in Hirosaki, Aomori―the first to open in the Tohoku region.
The shop sells one product: a high-quality premium loaf whose water content Ginza Nishikawa are very particular about. The bread’s chewy and slightly sweet taste is best enjoyed as it is―and on the first day. If left after the first day, you can enjoy a completely different tasting experience. This is because the water content decreases after day one. If toasted from the second day onward, the bread has a deliciously particular aroma which you don’t get when the bread is soft.
This bread goes extremely well with Japanese ingredients and condiments, such as kinpira gobo (braised burdock root), nasu miso, narazuke pickles, pollock roe, shuto (pickled bonito entrails mixed with honey, mirin and sake), and so on.
Ginza Nishikawa also recommends eating the bread with alcohol, such as a light and slightly sour red or rosé, or a strong white. It also goes well with sparkling wine, especially brands from Japan. With cocktails, they recommend drinking fruity ones like peach, loquat, or yuzu. Bread is normally seen as a breakfast food, but this bread is also one to be enjoyed in the evening too.
Ginza Nishikawa’s bread is handcrafted into delicious loafs that anyone can enjoy at anytime by their skilled bakers. The staff check the temperature of the weather and level of humidity to carefully calculate the rate of water absorption and fermentation time to ensure high quality results every time. And to make sure that the flavour and texture of the bread is exactly the same at every branch, the company created their own evaluation system.
The water in the bread is made with an alkaline ionizer which is what makes it so unique, giving it a smooth texture like silk.
The stores also sell four different cloths that wrap around a single loaf (¥1,296 tax included).
Be sure to stop by Ginza Nishikawa if you’re passing through Aomori Prefecture.
Ginza Nishikashi (Hirosaki Branch)
Grand Opening: June 27, 2019
Address: 1-2-9 Miyakawa, Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture
Opening Hours: 11:00-18:00
*Reservations can be made from June 17, 2019 at 12:00 (JST) onward
Official Website: https://ginza-nishikawa.co.jp/
Start your morning with one of Tokyo Station’s 200+ delicious breads and pastries!
01.April.2019 | FOOD
Tokyo Station City is a bread battleground where over 200 types of breads and pastries are sold. In this article we show you the top bread rankings at Gransta, ecute Tokyo and ecute Keiyo Street that serve up the perfect breakfast to start your day.
1st Place – Curry Bread: ¥220 (Tax Included) @ BURDIGALA EXPRESS
Taking the No.1 spot in Gransta is BURDIGALA EXPRESS’s curry bread cooked with spicy fillings.
*Tax-inclusive price to increase to ¥226 on April 1, 2019.
2nd Place – Croissant: ¥220 (Tax Included) @ BURDIGALA EXPRESS
A light and crunchy croissant wrapped delicately in rich butter.
*Tax-inclusive price to increase to ¥226 on April 1, 2019.
3rd Place – Pain au Chocolat: ¥240 (Tax Included) @ BURDIGALA EXPRESS)
Known as a “chocolatine” in southern France, this puff pastry-like delight is full of delicious chocolate.
*Tax-inclusive price to increase to ¥248 on April 1, 2019.
4th Place – Croissant B.C.: ¥292 (Tax Included) @ Daisy Tokyo
An almond cake wrapped in a croissant pastry and topped with cookie dough and almonds.
5th Place – Onion Curry Bread: ¥324 (Tax Included) @ Boulangerie Asano
This tasty curry bread is made with rich onions. The outside is crunchy without being greasy.
1st Place – Tokyo Brick Bread: ¥287 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Anpan Mame-Ichizu
Made to look like the red bricks of Tokyo Station this bread is filled with adzuki beans and a specially made cream before being stamped with the station’s name.
2nd Place – Denmark Sausage Roll: ¥291 (Tax Included) @ Andersen
A soft rolled pierced with a Denmark sausage and topped with cheese perfect for lunch or just a quick bite to eat.
3rd Place – Tokyo Red Bean Paste Pancake: ¥480 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Anpan Mame-Ichizu
A ‘pancake sandwich’ smothered in butter and packed with large-grained red beans from Tokachi District, Hokkaido.
4th Place – Tochiotome Strawberry Cream Anpan: ¥280 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Anpan Mame-Ichizu
The strawberry cream is made with Tochiotome strawberries which have a full-bodied flavour. This is mixed with coarse sweet red bean paste to create something both delicious and cute-looking.
5th Place – Milk France: ¥172 (Tax Included) @ Andersen
This bread has a light and piquant texture to it and is filled with cream that has a milky flavour. The delicious taste of the cream with the bread gives it a distinct flavour.
ecute Keiyo Street
1st Place – Beef Stew: ¥292 (Tax Included) @ Boulangerie La Terre
An interesting mix that combines a chewy doughnut and slow cooked beef stew.
2nd Place – Happiness Calling Cream Bread: ¥195 (Tax Included) @ Boulangerie La Terre
The Jersey cattle milk used to make the custard cream filling is rich in flavour but light in texture. Everything is wrapped in a fluffy dough with a cute smiling face on it.
Chickpea Curry: ¥216 (Tax Included) @ Boulangerie La Terre
A curry doughnut stuffed with chickpeas. The slow cooked roux complements and bring out the flavours of the beef and vegetables even more.
Start your morning off with a hearty breakfast at Tokyo Station!
Tokyo Station City Official Website: http://www.tokyostationcity.com/
Follow on from last year’s picks, Pansta (‘Bread Star’), Japan’s biggest community site for bread lovers across the country, has announced its list for this year’s Bread of the Year. This year’s winners includes a long line-up of 7 different breads.
＜Baguette Category: Gold Prize＞
Pick: Baguette Rabbit / Baguette Rabbit (Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture)
Nagoya’s popular pastry shop Baguette Rabbit opened a branch in Tokyo in February this year to positive reception. Their iconic baguette, named after the shop itself, is made from wholewheat flour farmed in Mie Prefecture. It has a crispy texture and boasts a rich and deep flavour. When eating, it comes apart lightly and softly in the mouth. The sweetness from the wheat and its overall delectable flavour has captured the attention of bread lovers across Japan.
＜Bread Category: Gold Prize＞
Pick: Toshi’s Shokupan / Toshi (Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture)
Toshi is located in Tochigi Prefecture surrounded by the lush natural environment of Nikko. Each and every ingredient that is utilised in making this bread is carefully considered, from the high quality wheat flour farmed in Hokkaido and natural water and sugar beet found in Nagano Prefecture to the salt from Okinawa. Their shokupan is delicate and fluffy from the inside all the way to the crust. If you decide to toast it you’ll be greeted with a sweet taste and a delicious smell from the wheat.
＜Croissant Category: Gold Prize＞
Pick: Croissant / Pain des Philosophes (Shinjuku, Tokyo)
It’s almost been a year since pastry master 榎本哲 opened Pain des Philosophes in Kagurazaka. Each and every layer of his croissants is remarkably thin and rolled together with the utmost delicacy before being cooked to a glossy and beautiful colour. Spread between the layers is velvety AOP verified butter that gives the croissant flavour and richness.
＜Bagel Category: Gold Prize＞
Pick: Bagels / OZO BAGEL (Chuo, Tokyo)
OZO’s selection of firm bagels take the gold prize in the bagel category with their New York-style brown colour. The choices include plain, sesame, poppy seed, onion, and more – including the ‘Everything Bagel’ which, as the name suggests, is topped with everything. One of these bagels is as heavy as a loaf of bread.
＜Sandwich Category: Gold Prize＞
Pick: Fresh Cream Sandwich / KAWA (Arita District, Wakayama)
This rich sandwich from KAWA is coffee flavoured which is complemented by a sweetness from the fresh cream and strawberry jam inside. This has been a locally loved bread in Wakayama for many years.
＜Curry Bread Category: Gold Prize＞
Pick: 4 Flavour Curry Breads / Temma Curry (Meguro, Tokyo)
Crafted by the cooks at curry house Temma Curry, this curry bread boasts four flavours packed with richness and a variety of spices. Each flavour has its own quality which will has you wanting a second and third. Each bread is fried fresh, and the outside is nice and crunchy, offering the perfect texture to enjoy with the full-bodied curry.
＜Bread Roll Category: Gold Prize＞
Pick: Bread Rolls / Morioka Coppe (Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture)
Morioka Coppe is credited with leading the bread roll boom in Japan. One of their classic menu items is an original creation filled with ‘Morioka jaja-men noodles.’ It takes a large, soft and fluffy bread roll and stuffs it with noodles laced with a sweet, spicy and rich sauce. One bite and you’ll want to order another.
Pansta lists the bests breads from all over Japan, so if you’re a lover of bread then be sure to use it as reference and find your new favourite.
Koukyuu Shoku Pan, or “high quality bread” is something that’s being picked up by various news and media outlets in Japan these days and something a lot of people in the country will have heard of.
Nogami is a shop in Osaka that is said to have first come up with this kind of bread, and now they’re taking it to Tokyo. The new branch officially opened in the capital’s district of Azabu-Jūban on November 15, 2018.
1 Loaf: ¥432 / 2 Loaves: ¥864 (Tax Included)
The first branch of Nogami first opened in Osaka in 2013 in an effort to deliver excitement to the people of Japan through bread. When it hit the market word spread with people praising it for its melt-in-the-mouth dough, its pleasantly soft texture and elasticity, and its delicious, sweet taste all meant to be enjoyed untoasted. A mere 5 years have passed since the shop first opened and now it boasts over 100 branches across Japan where they sell around 50,000 products in a single day.
Over 100 customers rolled up to the new branch in Azabu-Jūban on its first day proving its popularity. At no point was the shop not busy from the time it opened at 11am – and everything sold out before closing hours!
No eggs are used when making the bread. It is made from 100% high quality wheat flour from Canada. Each and every loaf is carefully made individually by the shop’s pastry experts. Because Nogami was the first to create this bread it means they’ve been able to perfect it over a long period of time.
This “raw” bread as they call it has a taste and texture you can’t get anywhere else. Try it yourself at the first ever shop in Tokyo.
Nogami – Azabu-Jūban Branch
Address: Azabu KF Bldg. 1F, 1-9-7 Azabu-Jūban, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-18:00
*There is a limited stock of this product at this branch each day.
Main Branch – Osaka Uehommachi
Address: 2-2 Uenomiyachō, Tennōji Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Opening Hours: 11:00-18:00
Closed: Mondays (except on national holidays)
*There is a limited stock of this product at this branch each day.
Nogami Official Website: http://nogaminopan.com/
Purple-Coloured Halloween Cat Bread Set Pouncing on Blue Jean Bakery in Osaka
For a limited time only, the Blue Jean cafe and bakery located in Hotel New Hankyu Osaka will sell its new ‘Iro Neko Halloween Set’ for 7 days from October 25.
Blue Jean has taken its popular cat bread, mixed it with more ingredients to make it even more delicious and made it purple. The set itself comes with the bread and some Halloween merch and goodies.
Iro Neko Halloween Set
The bread is grape flavoured and is mixed with dried cranberries and raisins. It comes decorated with bat and witch hat shaped sablé shortbread cookies. The set also includes pumpkin flavoured cat paw and financier baked desserts. It also comes with a cute blanket which will be very useful for the coming cold season.
Iro Neko Halloween Set
Running: October 25, 2018 – October 31, 2018
*30 available per day on weekdays / 60 available per day on weekends
Price: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Available: Blue Jean Cafe & Bakery on floor B1F of Hotel New Hankyu Osaka
Selling Time: 8:00-22:00
New Otani Hotels Extends Sales Period of Dreamy Croissants
11.July.2018 | Uncategorized
You’ve only got a small chance of being able to try the Amaou Crossaints at Satsuki, a pastry shop owned by New Otani Hotels Tokyo. That’s because only 10 of these premium sweet croissants are sold per day. You’ve got to be quick, and luckily they have extended the sales period to run until July 16. Additionally, they are now selling a new mango croissant for the summer season.
Shinsuke Nakajima is a Japanese pastry chef who created the Super Series, a name that has become synonymous with New Otani Hotels. The Amaou Croissant is a dessert croissant that was developed in January this year and the first in the series. Nakajima came up with the idea because he wanted to make something where it tastes like you’re eating pure amaou, a type of strawberry. It looks luxurious, and everything from the pastry to the jam filling has been made to the utmost perfection thanks to Nakajima’s skills. It takes much time and calculation to make just one of these croissants, to they limit sales to 10 per day. Once the behind-the-scenes story on the croissants’ production hit TV they were covered across media sources and sold out straight away.
Mangoes are the king of summer fruits, and this new dessert croissant is packed with them. The center contains juicy and flavourful mango and passion fruit jelly. They’re made using a special process that consists of cooking them at 200℃ in the oven. It’s then sprinkled with white chocolate and freeze dried mangoes. When you sink your teeth into one of these it’s just a refreshing explosion of delicious mango.
Almond Chocolate Croissant
A chocolate croissant made the Hotel New Otani way with a marzipan containing almonds and chocolate, and a specially-made dough.
This croissant is very much Japane-esque, made with matcha flavoured marzipan, matcha jelly and strained bean paste. It also has white chocolate and salt obtained from burning seaweed. The green colour brings to mind the traditional Japanese-style gardens of Hotel New Otani which are 400 years old.
Which of this dreamy croissants do you want to try the most?
Ore no Bakery & Cafe sells over 2,000 loafs of its immensely popular Ore no Seishoku Pan bread a day. The bread is set to be rebranded on June 1 where it will go on sale with the new name Ginza’s Bread.
The reason behind the name change is that ever since opening, the establishment has set huge standards in Ginza. Ginza has a long history and is at the forefront of setting trends and fads in Japan. The fact that it’s a district with people of good taste is a testament to the number of leading restaurants that have stayed open there for many years.
Ore no Bakery & Cafe is launching Ginza’s Bread because it wants to serve the best bread around in Ginza.
This high quality loaf is made using skimmed milk from cows in a natural open range in Nakahora Bokojou which is located 700-850 meters among the mountains in Iwaizumi, Iwate Prefecture.
Ginza’s Bread ~Kaori~ is an aromatic bread made using domestic ‘Kitano Kaori’ wheat. You can really taste the milk in this loaf.
Ginza’s Bread ~Yume~ is a sweet and chewy bread made using domestic ‘Yume Chikara’ wheat. With this one you can savour the original taste of the wheat. It’s best eaten on the same day you buy it without toasting it.
Together with the new name, the bread has also received a new logo too displaying Nakahora Bokojou and the wheat farms. The philosophy behind it is to tie people to the country’s excellent producers.
Additionally, the store is setting on an online ordering system for collection. Upon ordering you don’t have to wait long at all to collect your freshly made Ginza’s Bread.
To celebrate the rebranding, the shop will release the new seasonal Black Sesame Seed & Cream Cheese loaf from its high-quality bread series. It’s filled with rich cream cheese and has a subtle hint of lemon inside.
Ore no Bakery & Cafe serves the ultimate loafs with fantastic ingredients. Try ordering one online yourself!