You will love the fluffy texture! Five recommended “pancake & hotcake” restaurants in Tokyo.

30.October.2017 | FOOD / SPOT

Steaming pancakes, melted butter and lots of maple syrup… In this article, I will introduce to you some restaurants where you can eat delicious pancakes/hotcakes which both children and adults love.

 

 

Omotesando “Café Casa”

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Omotesando “Café Casa” is an old, classic café run by father and child. The display and the illustrations on their menu have a warm atmosphere and the stained-glass window was made by the owner of the shop. The restaurant is surrounded by greenery and the décor inside is very colorful.

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Approximately 20 years ago after hearing requests from customers, hotcakes joined menu (¥750 with tax). The contrast between the crispy surface of the pancake and the fluffiness that lies within is heavenly. The hotcakes are covered in maple syrup for a truly exquisite blend of flavors.

 

Detailed information:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/29317

■Information

Café Casa

Address: 3-41-1, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

Business hours: 9:00 to 20:30 ※L.O.20:00 (Saturday, Sunday, holidays 11:30 to 18:00 ※L.O. 17:30

TEL:03-3478-4281

URL:https://cafecasa.net

 

 

Harajuku “gram”

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“gram” is a stylish café that you can find by walking from Harajuku Station down Takeshita Street for about 5-minutes. The green sign is the landmark. The pancakes they make are made with the best ingredients and made one-by-one after an order. The most popular soft pancake on the menu “Premium Pancake” (950 yen) is highly recommended. The pancake is very soft. The waiter was wobbling as they brought it over to the table, and pancake itself too was wobbling. It looked as if it was going to collapse by just being placed on the tabletop. I am pretty sure that you have never eaten such a fluffy pancake.

 

Detailed information:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/23455

■Information

Gram Harajuku Store

Address: 〒150-0001, 1F, 1-9-30, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

Business hours: 11:00 to 21:00

Holiday: no holiday

TEL:03-6804-3399

URL:http://www.cafe-gram.com

 

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    SaboAsaichi

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    Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/saboasaichi

     

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    SUKEMASA COFFEE

    Address: Kimizuka Bldg. 102, 2-29-2, Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 8:00 – 19:00

    Closed: Tuesdays

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    アッキントッシュ @diamante_aki

    MIMOSA

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    MIMOSA

    Address: 4-28-6 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 8:00 – 17:00

    Closed: Mondays

    Tabelog: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1311/A131102/13088749/

     

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  • Relaxing Café by Day, Neon-Lit Bar by Night: Enjoy a Drink at Jinbōchō CAMPUS in Tokyo

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    Today I’ll be introducing you to an old café in Ginza called Tricolore, where you can really feel the culture of Ginza. Tricolore has a rich history dating back to 1936. It is just a three-minute walk from exit A3 of Ginza station just off the main street. 

    From the outside, it looks like a gorgeous and luxurious hotel. 

    Considering its old, historic background, entering the café through a set of revolving doors was not expected. Once you enter, you will notice the grand showcase full of cakes beautifully arranged before your eyes. The neat pattern of brick walls filled the interior with character. Velvet chairs, sofas and trees created a beautiful atmosphere. 

    The smoking seats are located on floor one and floor two, which opens from 11:30, is for non-smoking. The entire interior was beautiful.

    I settled at a table and soon ordered the Cake Set for ¥1,520.

     

    From the selection of cakes, I chose the apple pie and for my drink, I ordered an iced cafe au lait. The drink prices are slightly cheaper before 11:30, making it more cost-effective to order a drink separately and not as part of a set. After 11:30, you can pay a little extra to order a different drink. 

    The thin and crispy pie pastry was stuffed with apples. Each delicious bite was filled with warmth. The cream was moderately sweet and perfectly balanced out sweet and tangy apple filling.

    When you order a cafe au lait, you can choose your ratio of coffee to milk and have it poured for you at your table. Being able to choose the strength of your coffee to this extent is very important to all coffee-lovers. Watching the drink being beautifully poured before your eyes fills you with a sense of luxury.

     

    The waiters and waitresses are always smiling and are very polite when serving customers. This is a very comfy place to enjoy breakfast or lunch. If you are looking for a spot to relax, this is definitely a good shout!

  • 5 Must-Eat Succulent Strawberry Desserts in Kyoto That Are Simply Kawaii

    31.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Winter is here, which means that the season of strawberries has finally fallen upon Japan. Today we are joined by Instagrammer Tiara, who enjoys posting their adventures around Japan’s Kansai region to try out all of the sweets and desserts. We are taking a look at must-visit locations in Kyoto for a taste of their tempting strawberry delights.

     

    LITT UP.KYOTO in Gion-Shijō

    At LITT UP.KYOTO, their “ichigoame” lets you enjoy strawberries in their original cute form.

    They are coated in sweet strawberry candy and served on sticks in cups reminiscent of something from a Japanese festival. Part of their allure is how perfect they are as a tasty treat for walking around with. There’s even popping candy attached to the strawberries for an even sweeter textural treat.

     

    ▼LITT UP.KYOTO Gion

    Address: 533 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/litt_up_kyoto/

     

    Kissa Zou in Imadegawa

    The “Kisetsu no Babaroa” (Seasonal Baravois) at Kissa Zou has an springy texture and sits in a sweet and sour strawberry sauce.

    I recommend ordering one of the separate elephant cookies to place on top too to make this an even cuter dessert.

     

    ▼Kissa Zou

    Address: 440-3 Santeicho, Kamigyo, Kyoto

    Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00 (Last Orders 17:00)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kissa_zou/

     

    Chounohane in Fushimi

    At Chounohane they are serving strawberry barquettes as well as mini versions of them. The dessert itself is of course beautiful, but is made even more so by the antique plate♡

     

    ▼Chounohane

    Address: 791 Nishishujakucho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: [Tues/Sat/Sun] Shop & Cafe 11:00-17:00 / [Fri] Shop Only 11:00-17:00

    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chounohane/

     

    Utanekodo in Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae

    Utanekodo was renovated from a 100+ year old building and has its own cat cafe. The cafe space is located on the first floor.

    Their “Nyanko Strawberry Milk” speaks for itself, topped with adorable kitty ice cream and delicious with its subtly sweet taste.

     

    ▼Utanekodo

    Address: 155-4 Tachibanayanagicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 13:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:00)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Website: http://utanekodo.com/

     

    MASHOLA in Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae

    Finally we have the “Strawberry Tiramisu Cube Cake” served at MASHOLA, a Korean-style cafe. This cake is made with refreshing homemade tiramisu cream, delightful sponge, and is packed full of sweet and sour strawberries which complement the entire thing.

     

    ▼MASHOLA

    Address: 1-A MOVIX, 406 Sakuranocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00

    Official Website: https://mashola.business.site/

     

    All of these cafes are wonderful, so if you’re in Kyoto for the strawberry season, be sure to visit as many as you can.

     

    Tiara has plenty of other recommendations over on their Instagram page, so if you’re a sweet tooth looking for something sweet to indulge in around the Kansai area, be sure to give them a follow.

     

    Text & Photos: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • The World’s First Living Siren Displayed at Ikebukuro’s Sunshine Aquarium to Spook Visitors

    31.December.2019 | SPOT

    From January 23 to March 8, 2020, the family-friendly Sunshine Aquarium is getting a horror makeover by haunted house producer Hirofumi Gomi. From sight to sound, the aquarium’s unique characteristics have been transformed to trigger your senses. The aquarium will even display a legendary siren.

     

    The horror aquarium debuted in 2016 as the Noroi no Mizugushi (Curse of the water comb). Following its great response, it returned in 2017 as Ayakashi no Ningyo (Ghost Mermaid) and again in 2018 as Shichinin Misaki (Themed on the legendary seven ghosts spotted in lakes and oceans). The horror aquarium has raked in a total of 65,000 visitors. This year’s Siren is bound to bring as much of a scare as its predecessors.

    A siren is a creature that takes on the appearance of a beautiful woman. Known to lurk in the depths of the sea, they lure in sailors with their beautiful singing to sink their ships. Stories of sirens have been told throughout the years in countries all over the world. The seductive and simultaneously deadly creature has aroused our curiosity for decades, leading to Sunshine Aquarium actually capturing one to display to the public. This one is particularly terrifying. Nobody knows what it is capable of.

    Note: Sirens are not real creatures and the displayed siren is not real either.

     

    What was once a relaxing and soothing atmosphere has taken a complete turn. Goosebumps will raise on your skin as you delve deeper into the unknown depths of the aquarium with family and friends.

  • Irresistible Fruit Sandwich Shop “Futsu ni Fruits” Opens in Osaka

    30.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Popular Tokyo fruit sandwich shop “Futsu ni Fruits” has opened a branch in Osaka called “Futsu ni Fruits Tosabori Parlor”. With the help of Kansai’s expert dessert Instagrammer Tiara, we’ll be taking a closer look at the shop’s irresistible menu.

     

    Futsu ni Fruits is a sister branch of Omotesando’s popular café & bakery “Bread, Espresso &,”. Futsu ni Fruits at Tosabori Parlor in Osaka sells takeout sandwiches on floor 1 and has an eat-in café space on floor 2. 

    Fruit Sandwich

     The café menu varies according to the time of day. There’s a toast menu in the morning which sells toast with various fruit toppings. Futsu ni Fruits’ classic Fruit Sandwiches are available from lunchtime and onwards. The rich whipped cream embraces the flavour of the fruit filling perfectly, leaving a refreshing aftertaste. 

     

    The teatime menu is served from 3 pm which is your chance to try the Tosabori Parlor-limited Purin à la mode, parfaits and much more. 

    Seasonal Fruits Drink

    Purin à la Mode, Strawberry Milk and Coffee Milk

    The Tosabori Parlor-limited purin à la mode is a luxurious mountain of delicious fruit and purin. 

    If you’re curious to try a Japanese fruit sandwich then Futsu ni Fruits is guaranteed to give you an enjoyable experience. 

     

    If you’re a dessert-lover in Japan then you just have to check out Tiara’s Instagram which is a library of the most delicious desserts in the Kansai region. 

     

    Article Contents and Photos by: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

     

    *The information on the desserts mentioned in this article are subject to change at any time. For the latest updates, please refer to the links provided in this article.

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