Food Review: Q-pot CAFE.’s Afternoon Tea in Omotesando is a New Year’s Treat

25.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

The afternoon tea is the perfect way to treat yourself to a little indulgence as you tuck into tea and sweets in the latter half of the day. It’s something surely everybody wants to try at least once.

 

Q-pot. is known for its accessory brand, which features jewellery made to look like sweets and desserts. It is also known for the Q-pot CAFE. which flips that concept, instead making sweets and desserts that look just like real accessories.

 

We recently covered the Christmas afternoon tea at Q-pot CAFE., so what on earth could be so special about this option that we just had to report on it?

2020 is the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac, and so I was seated in the cheese area based on mice and rats’ favourite food.

Seated with me at the table was Q-chan, a rat character created by Q-pot. which looks like a real rat eating cheese. The afternoon tea set I ordered is in fact based on this Q-chan character.

“CHEESE” Afternon Tea Set w/ One Drink – ¥2,400 (Tax Included)

The joyous and auspicious-looking afternoon tea set was adorned with a golden rosetta, fittingly festive for the New Year.

The upper tier of the set is plated with servings of no-baked mousse, cupcakes, cherry scones, and lemon-flavoured cream macarons. Each and every piece was a work of art so beautiful they almost seemed a waste to eat!

The red velvet cupcakes are topped with chocolate cream made in the image of our Q-chan. The flavours were a perfect match with the sweet and sourness of the red velvet and the subtly sweet chocolate.

The no-bake mousse was in its own league: sensuously smooth and topped with crunchy streusel. Every mouthful was a treat to the senses―delicious with an incredible smell.

The lower tier was packed full of filling savoury foods including a roast beef, tomato and broccoli croissant. There was also a rich potage made with onions, potatoes and melted cheese, as well as skewered baby tomatoes, olives and pickles which were perfect as a palate cleanser after the sweets.

Hot “CHEESE” Tea – ¥750

The afternoon tea set comes with one drink, so you can pick your favourite from the menu, but for an extra ¥100 you can get the New Year’s-exclusive drink: a hot cheese tea made with Q-pot CAFE.’s luxurious “Sweet Weekend” black tea . It has a smooth texture and a gorgeous subtle cheese scent.

“CHEESE” Parfait w/ Drink – ¥1,850 (Tax Included)

This parfait is also a New Year’s exclusive. It’s made formed of cute orange apricot layers, salty cookies, chocolate sponge, and topped off with cheesecake. Sat on the cheesecake having a munch is none other than Q-chan.

 

Apricot and cheese is a rare combination, but it results in this parfait being like a refreshing no-bake cheesecake. As you delve lower into the depths of the parfait you can enjoy an assortment of scrumptious flavours.

Q-chan’s tail is actually shaped like the letter “Q” too, and hidden behind him is a pile of nuts and at either side of him cookies with “2020” written on them. It really is a filling parfait.

 

It was a very satisfying meal, from the sweets and drinks to the afternoon tea!

Q-pot CAFE. Happy Bag 2020 – ¥3,000 (Before Tax)

Q-pot CAFE. is also selling fukubukuro in a cute cheese colour. This is the cafe’s first time selling fukubukuro lucky bags with rat motifs.

 

Award-winning Japanese writer Mizuki Tsujimura also posted a story about Q-chan on the cafe’s website which can be read below in Japanese.

 

▼The Adventures of the Little Rat Known as “Q”

http://www.q-pot.jp/news/2019/12/1159.html

There are several other fukubukuro lucky bags you can get your hands on too filled with accessories centred around cheese. The items are limited-edition and exclusive and come in ¥10,000 (Before Tax) and ¥30,000 (Before Tax) options.

 

If you’re in Japan for the New Year, why not spend it with Q-chan and a side of cheese at the Q-pot Cafe.?

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