Tokyo Stroll: Indulge at Harajuku’s Conveyor Belt Dessert Cafe ‘MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron’
MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron is a new hot spot in Harajuku that has been popping up all over Japanese social media. It’s so popular that it’s common to see lines of people waiting outside to get in, and that’s due to the fact that this is the world’s first-ever all-you-can-eat conveyor belt dessert cafe!
MMN decided to visit the cafe to see what all the fuss was about. Unfortunately, it was raining on the day, but that didn’t stop the smiles on girls’ faces waiting outside for it to open which gleamed like a clear summer’s day.
We visited the cafe with Japanese model Rinko Murata who has a weakness for sweet things and whose anticipation for this place was growing.
Upon entering the cafe you must first buy a ticket from the ticket machine. It costs ¥1,800 (tax included) for all-you-can-eat desserts and a drink.
This is the drink shelf. You can choose your favourite from a selection of colourful beverages that come in original bottles.
Rinko-chan picked out a photogenic-looking drink too!
If you stand against the pastel pink walls you can snap a cute photo from any angle!
Rinko-chan was quick in wanting to snap one. There are messages written over the walls too. It makes you want to take your dessert in hand and take lots of pictures.
The dessert lane stretches a sweet 38 meters. There are over 25 delights to choose from which appetisingly pass by one by one. They arrive crowning pastel coloured plates looking like precious gems and jewels. There’s even light savoury food in addition to the sweet stuff.
You’re allowed 40 minutes. Heaven begins as you sit down: pick, take a photo, tuck in and repeat.
Is this one an ice cream? It actually isn’t – underneath the cone hides potato salad! This is one of the non-dessert light foods and is perfect for cleansing your palate. There’s a meat ball burger, nikuman meat bun, popcorn and others too. (And keep in mind that items change depending on the season!)
All the sweets are bite-sized meaning you can enjoy lots of different kinds one after the other.
“Eating something this cute feels such a waste!” commented Rinko-chan.
Piling up the plates after you’ve finished is kinda fun too!
The shortcake dessert with the black cat wafer is the most popular. Only 10 of them come by in an hour. Rinko-chan was lucky enough to get her hands on one.
The cat has an iconic presence in the cafe. In fact, the “Ron Ron” in the cafe’s name comes from French and refers to the purring sound a cat makes when it’s happy.
There’s a super cute girly powder room up on the second floor.
They have hair straighteners, makeup and other bits and bobs that customers are free to use. Use of the powder room isn’t included within the time restriction of the all-you-can-eat service, so once you’ve filled your belly with treats you can hit it up, touch up your makeup and head out shopping.
If you’re in Harajuku why not enjoy lots of desserts and a girly time over at MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron?
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MAISON ABLE Cafe Ron Ron
Address: 6-7-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Business Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:00)
Price: ¥1,800 (Tax Included) w/drink [40 Minutes Allowed]
Laforet Harajuku Welcomes High-End Brands and Tokyo’s First Femtech Store For Spring 2021
24.February.2021 | Uncategorized
Starting this month, Laforet Harajuku is readying itself for Spring 2021 with the rollout of items by high-end brands and shops, all with an audience in mind who simply love culture regardless of their age or gender. This spring will see the opening of Lois CRAYON, a brand that emphasises individuality and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year, as well as “circle in circle,” a new spot that will serve as a gathering place for a variety of clothing brands like l’atelier du savon, CHILD WOMAN, and more.
Laforest will also welcome LOVE PIECE CLUB to Tokyo for the first time, a shop which opened as Japan’s first centring on Femtech. It offers a variety of items to help support women’s health through technology.
AIR will offer a diverse wardrobe of unisex items from popular street brands such as REVENGE STORM, STARWALK, THEATER8, and more. CHOA ONNI is exhibiting South Korean culture like wearing K-pop idol clothes to take photos, and ovgo B.A.K.E.R is serving up vegan food and gluten-free cookies.
Public toilets will display photos by photography unit Toki to Yamikaya and Alexander Julian.
March 6 | New Store Opening
《Floor 1F》Lois CRAYON
4.23| New Store Opening
《Floor 3.5F》circle in circle
March 26 | New Store Opening
《Floor B0.5F》LOVE PIECE CLUB
February 11 | New Store Opening
《Floor 3F》『 』AIR
February 25 | New Store Opening
《Floor B0.5F》ME’VE the store
March 12 | New Store Opening
February 25 | New Store Opening
February 25 | New Store Opening
《Floor B1F》CHOA ONNI
March 6 – April 4 | New Store Opening
《Floor 2F》ovgo B.A.K.E.R
《Floor B1F》Women’s & Men’s Gallery Toilets
Toki with Alexander Julian
Yamikaya / FLOWER PUSHER
■Laforet Harajuku 2021 SS Promo Visual
Laforet Harajuku’s Spring/Summer 2021 promo visual was created by Japanese art director Uenishi Yuri. Following the Autumn/Winter 2020 theme, Uenishi has conceived a new concept: ‘CHARGE.’ This theme focuses on the roots of plants that spread underground, with the yellow colour used in the visual reminiscent of electricity or lightning flashes.
Laforet HARAJUKU 2021 S/S
Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/
Milky Strawberry Sandwich Biscuits by Sugar Butter Tree Arrive Ahead of Spring
24.February.2021 | FOOD
Sugar Butter Tree, a shop by Grapestone that specialises in cereal sweets, released its new Strawberry Chocolate Sandwich at all branches of Sugar Butter Tree on February 15.
A Limited-Time Treat Made With Seasonal Japanese Strawberries
This strawberry-loaded biscuit is sold by Sugar Butter Tree every year. It’s made with only the best picked springtime strawberries to create a delicious chocolatey snack. If you love strawberries, then this is a treat for you.
Sugar Butter Tree Strawberry Chocolate Sandwich: Pack of 5 – ¥648 / Pack of 8 – ¥1,080 / Pack of 12 – ¥1,620 (Tax Included)
Milky, melt-in-the-mouth strawberry goodness
The chocolate ‘sandwich’ contains crunchy milk cream with a delicious sugar butter scent. This is wrapped in a strawberry chocolate coating, making for a mix of sweet and tangy.
Looks cute on the table served with tea
The design theme for the biscuit is “strawberry teatime.” Its pastel colour makes for a cute serving snack served with a cup of tea.
Sugar Butter Tree’s Strawberry Chocolate Sandwich
Available: February 15, 2021 – Mid May 2021 (While supplies last)
Where: Sugar Butter Tree (Tokyo/JR Nagoya Takashimaya/Hankyu Umeda/Hakata Hankyu) + Gin no Budou (Daimaru Tokyo/Seibu Ikebukuro/Lazona Kawasaki)
Also Available Online: https://www.paqtomog.com
Sugar Butter Tree Official Website: https://www.sugarbuttertree.jp/
Succulent Strawberry Tarts Get Baked Up at Andrew’s Eggtart This Spring
23.February.2021 | FOOD
Japan’s egg tart chain Andrew’s Eggtart is baking up some special handmade strawberry tarts this spring made with fresh strawberries farmed in Japan.
Spring Strawberry | ¥380 (Before Tax)
The tarts are triple-layered with a strawberry compote, strawberry cream, and an in-house original custard cream. Each tart is finished with fresh cuts of succulent strawberry to finish, adding a fruity flavour to the sweet treat.
Order Window: March 3, 2021 – May 31, 2021
Participating Branches: Dotonbori / Osaka Namba Station / JR Tsuruhashi / AEON Mall Osaka Dome City / Nagoya Meitetsu / Kagoshima Tenmonkan
*Available while supplies last
Andrew’s Eggtart Official Website: https://www.eggtart.jp
HELIOS Rising Heroes x Marion Crêpes Collaboration Launching in Tokyo & Osaka This Spring
Japanese goods brand amie, which is managed by the same company that runs the popular online anime and hobby site Amiami, is set to host a collaboration between the popular mobile game HELIOS Rising Heroes and Harajuku’s quintessential crepe shop Marion Crêpes in Tokyo and Osaka from April 24 to May 9.
HELIOS Rising Heroes x Marion Crêpes
The collaboration will see crepes inspired by the characters from HELIOS Rising Heroes. There’s also some free novelties prepared for those who purchase any of the crepes.
A special illustration of Marion Blythe as well as Faith Beams, whose birthday fell on February 14, has also been drawn specially for this collaboration. 16 of the heroes from the mobile game have also been illustrated in Marion Crêpes staff uniforms which can be seen in-store. Fans can also get their hands on a variety of collab merch, and an in-game event is currently taking place.
Don’t miss this special collaboration between HELIOS Rising Heroes and Marion Crêpes.
©2019 Happy Elements K.K
Marion Crêpes x HELIOS Rising Heroes
Running: April 24, 2021 – May 9, 2021
Amiami Official Website: https://www.amiami.jp/
Hinamatsuri Festival Celebrated by Japan’s Leading Cake Website For 2021
21.February.2021 | FOOD
Japanese cake website Cake.jp is celebrating Japan’s annual Hinamatsuri festival this year by stocking a range of themed cakes and sweets by famous confectionery stores in the country.
Hinamatsuri, also known as Doll’s Day, is an annual Japanese festival to pray for the health and wellbeing of female children. Cake.jp has a very special line-up of around 100 sweet treats ready for enjoyment with cute motifs like unicorns and traditional Hinamatsuri dolls.
Hinamatsuri 2021: Hinamatsuri Unicorn
Hinamatsuri 2021: Hinamatsuri-Exclusive Chiffon Cakes
Hinamatsuri 2021: Yogurt Cake
Hinamatsuri 2021: Hinamatsuri-Exclusive Flower Cupcakes
This is just a select look at some of the delicious cakes on offer – visit Cake.jp to see the full line-up!
Sweet Strawberry Desserts Get Baked Up at Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets
16.February.2021 | FOOD
Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets, an outdoor shopping centre in Hyogo, is having a strawberry-loaded time with a selection of desserts made with strawberries harvested in Sanda as well as a market themed on strawberries. The event is taking place from February 12 to March 21.
The line-up doesn’t shy away from strawberries in anyway, with the sweet and succulent red gems being used for crepes, pancakes, pizzas, drinks, and more.
The Sandai Ichigo Marche arrives for the first time at Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets where visitors can buy whole bunches of strawberries of different types directly from the harvesters. It is being held on February 13 and 14 and March 13 and 14. And you can’t have a strawberry festival in Japan without enjoying a strawberry daifuku either, kindly provided by the old-time Sanda-based confectionery store Matsuedo.
Sanda Strawberry Menu (Prices Include Tax)
The menu features a line-up of desserts made with numerous strawberry varieties gathered in Sanda, such as the akihime and benihoppe. Each is made by different participating shops.
Sanda Benihoppe Chocolate S’mores Pizza – ¥748 / Strawberry Squash – Single ¥550, Set ¥495
The dessert pizza is a perfect combination of benihoppe strawberry and chocolate.
Kobe-Sanda Strawberry Anpan – ¥300
Moist sweet bread with low-sugar coarse sweet bean paste, whipped cream, and strawberries.
Sanda Strawberry Mixed Berry Crepe – ¥649
A triple whammy of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries decorate this crepe.
Strawberry Pancake Brûlée – ¥930
A pancake brûlée loaded with strawberries.
Sanda Strawberry Crazy Ichigo – ¥750
Enjoy the natural flavours of the strawberries as they are without any additions like chocolate.
Sandai Ichigo Marche
At the Sandai Ichigo Marche, visitors can buy strawberries, vegetables, strawberry daifuku, and more. It’s a celebration of all things Sanda.
Running: February 13, 2021 / February 14, 2021 / March 13, 2021 / March 14, 2021
Time: 11:00-15:00 (While supplies last)
Location: Garden Court (Will move under the galleria in front of the food gallery if it rains)
Enjoy the delicious taste of seasonal strawberries grown in the lush environment of the Rokkō Mountains.
Running: February 12, 2021 – March 21, 2021
Location: Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets
Address: 7-3 Kozudai, Kita-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Closed: February 18, 2021 (3rd Thursday of February each year)
Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets Official Website: https://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/kobesanda/
Japan’s Snoopy Themed PEANUTS Cafe Reveals Charlie Brown Inspired Dessert
15.February.2021 | FOOD
Six branches of the hugely-popular PEANUTS Cafe in Japan are welcoming a collection of tasty new seasonal menu items this Saturday which are set to be served until March 14.
The Limited-Time Line-Up
Brownie Charles’s Brownie Chocolat | ¥950 (Before Tax)
Strawberry Whipped Hot Chocolate | Eat In ¥750 – Takeout ¥700 (Before Tax)
The collection includes a chocolate brownie inspired by the scene when Charlie Brown meets Peggy Jean for the first time. He is very nervous and mistakenly introduces himself as “Brownie Charlies.” There’s also a sweet strawberry hot chocolate topped with a squirt of whipped cream and drizzle of strawberry sauce.
(C) 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
PEANUTS Cafe Limited-Time Menu
Running: February 13, 2021 – March 14, 2021
Participating Branches: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro, PEANUTS DINER Yokohama, PEANUTS DINER Kobe, PEANUTS Cafe Kobe, PEANUTS Cafe Snoopy Museum, PEANUTS Cafe Nagoya
PEANUTS Cafe: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/
PEANUTS DINER: http://www.peanutsdiner.jp/
Snoopy Japan Official Website: http://www.snoopy.co.jp/
Sailor Moon Eternal Anime Film Promoted With Luna and Artemis Cheesecakes
Neko Neko Cheesecake, a bakery chain in Japan which cooks up cute desserts and pastries shaped like cats, is promoting the release of the two-part anime film Sailor Moon Eternal with two cheesecakes reminiscent of Luna and Artemis. The cakes will be sold from February 11 to March 25.
Sailor Moon Nyan Cheesecake (Mango) | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
Sailor Moon Nyan Cheesecake (Strawberry) | ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
The cakes arrive in fruity mango and strawberry flavours, available both in-store at Neko Neko Cheesecake branches and via the online store All Hearts Mall in Japan. Both are also safely wrapped up and packaged in a cute box featuring a sailor uniform before being placed in a bag that has Luna and Artemis huddled together and sat atop a crescent moon.
The first film in the Sailor Moon Eternal series was released on January 8, 2021, and the second on February 11, 2021.
Baumkuchen Served Hot at Your Home Baked Up by Nenrinya
14.February.2021 | FOOD
Japanese bakery and confectionery company Nenrinya is releasing a takeout baumkuchen dessert which can be warmed up at home. The baumkuchen was released at Nenrinya’s JR Shinagawa Station branch on Monday (February 1) and will be released at their Daimaru Tokyo and Sogo Yokohama branches on February 16.
Hot Baum Shikkarime | ¥432 (Tax Included)
To heat up, you simply microwave it for 30 seconds at 500W. This leaves the inside moist and adds a crunch to the outside, all while helping to emit the sumptuous smell of that butter. It goes perfect with a cup of coffee, tea, or milk. Customise by adding some whipped cream or pour some melted chocolate over.
Hot Baum Shikkarime
Japanese Product Name: ホットバーム しっかり芽
Nenrinya JR Shinagawa Station
Running: February 1, 2021 – April 30, 2021
*Serving from 12:00pm at this branch
Nenrinya Daimaru Tokyo & Nenrinya Sogo Yokohama
Running: February 26, 2021 – February 28, 2021
Nenrinya Official Website: https://www.nenrinya.jp/
Kaori’s Easy Valentine’s Recipe: Learn to Make Strawberry Milk Chocolate Pudding
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.
Today, I’ll be showing you how to make Strawberry Milk Chocolate Pudding, a delicious recipe whipped up with love for Valentine’s Day.
✩Ingredients For Chocolate Pudding
30g-35g granulated salt
5g gelatine (dissolved in 1 tbsp water)
✩Ingredients For Strawberry Pudding
100g strawberries (fresh or frozen)
30g-35g granulated salt
5g gelatine (dissolved in 1 tbsp water)
Weck jars for the dessert.
First, we’ll make the chocolate pudding.
Put the milk and granulated sugar into a pot and heat on the hob until the sugar melts. Turn the heat off, throw in the chocolate, and allow to fully melt. Once melted and the mixture is cooled, add the gelatine to dissolve.
Now, we’ll make the strawberry pudding.
Put the milk and granulated sugar into a pot and heat on the hob until the sugar melts.
Add the mix to a blender with the strawberries and blitz. Add back onto the hob and heat through slightly. Allow the mixture to cool then add the gelatine to dissolve.
Once both mixtures are completely cooled, add them to the jars in an alternating pattern and chill until set.
⚠️Make sure the dessert is completely set and not runny before serving. About an hour each in the refrigerator should be sufficient.
Top with cream and strawberries and enjoy!
Cute Milk Bottle Pudding Releases at Milk Bakers in Tokyo
12.February.2021 | FOOD
Tokyo-based bakery Milk has released an adorable new milk pudding at two of its branches, both of which are served in cute milk bottles.
Smooth Pudding / Milk Pudding – ¥380 Each (Tax Included)
Box of 4
Box of 8
Carefully-selected and fresh milk of high quality is used to make these Japanese-style puddings, known as purin. Each and every one is handmade individually, and they can be bought separately or in boxes of 4 and 8. No preservatives, additives, of any nasty stuff is added to the dessert either.
Also on the menu is a milk-loaded soft serve ice cream. The cup it’s served in has a cute retro design to it.
Available: Milk Sano / Milk Shibuya
Address: 2-7-1 Sano, Adachi-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Official Website: https://tokyo-milk.jp/
FamilyMart Tokyo and Kanagawa Release Apricot Kernal & Mango Soufflé Pudding
12.February.2021 | FOOD
3,500 FamilyMart convenience stores in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture welcomed a new dessert on Tuesday (February 9) conceived by the store staff themselves: the “Apricot Kernal & Mango Soufflé Pudding.” The delicious delight make its way to Japan’s Kanto region as well as Yamanashi and Nagano Prefectures on February 16 for a total of around 5,900 branches.
FamilyMart staff working in these regions all came together to pitch their ideas for a new dessert which included presentations and taste testing votes carried out by representative staff. This included everything from the dessert itself and its flavour to the price and packaging. The result was the adorable treat you see below.
Apricot Kernal & Mango Soufflé Pudding | ¥298 (Tax Included)
The Soufflé Pudding was actually first released at FamilyMart in November 2018 and is the convivence store’s number one most popular dessert for its combination of two desserts which bring together the fluffiness of soufflé and the melt-in-the-mouth texture of Japanese-style pudding. Their new iteration of the dessert features a milk pudding and a milk soufflé, the latter being made with whole apricot kernels. It’s finished with a cute panda branding. All of this sits on top of a mango pudding foundation, and on top of that mango whipped cream.
Comment from a staff member involved with pitching ideas
Store Staff at Musashi-Shinjō Station’s South Exit (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
“Eating in Chinatown is something I’ve done occasionally since being a kid. It’s a place I’m very much familiar with, and that’s precisely why I wanted to come up with something to overcome the trouble that the pandemic has brought, so I pitched the idea of combining our popular Soufflé Pudding together with two things that are a staple in Chinese cooking: apricot kernels and mango pudding. We were conscious of making the panda branding cute so kids and girls would see it and think, ‘This looks good!’ I have confidence in this dessert and recommend it, even to those who don’t really eat pudding but like annin tofu. I hope lots and lots of people get to try it!”
Comment from a staff member involved in the product’s development
Arai, Kawasaki Chueigyosho in the Kanagawa Region (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
“All the store staff working within Kanagawa Prefecture were free to submit their ideas when we were developing the product. Everyone working at the participating stores as well as staff members at the company all voted on 195 ideas, and one of them in particular shone from all the rest, so we went with that one. Coming up with how we were going to create the result as well as the price were first and foremost. We paid much attention to the entirety of the product including its taste, packaging design, how it should be presented on shelves, and so on. We are proud of what we have made, we’ve put our all into it so that the customer enjoys it from the moment they pick it up to eating and savouring the last bite. Please be sure to try it for yourself!”
The dessert is a collaborative effort between store staff and a twist on FamilyMart’s number one most popular dessert. If you’re planning a trip to Japan, be sure to head to your closest FamilyMart convenience store, now available in Tokyo and Kanagawa branches and subsequently across the Kanto region on February 16.
Apricot Kernal & Mango Soufflé Pudding
Japanese Product Name: スフレ・プリン 杏仁＆マンゴー
Released: February 9, 2021 @ 3,500 FamilyMart branches in Tokyo and Kanagawa
Releasing: February 16, 2021 at FamilyMart branches in the Kanto region
FamilyMart Official Website: https://www.family.co.jp/