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Shinjuku—Situated in the heart of Tokyo, the most populated metropolitan area in the world, and absolutely packed with travelers and tourists. It’s a pivotal ward in Tokyo connected via many transportation services including the JR Line, subway, private railways, rapid bus lines and more. Shinjuku is an absolute must-visit when sightseeing in Tokyo.

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In today’s entry to “Tokyo Stroll,” Rinko Murata stopped by Ken’s Cafe Tokyo in Shinjuku, a shop specializing in Gateau au Chocolat that’s made with the best quality ingredients.

Ken’s Cafe Tokyo is very easy to get to, located just 3-minutes on foot from Exit 2 of Shinjuku-Gyoemmae Station via the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line.

0Q0A4142The Special Gateau au Chocolat is one of the desserts served by the shop’s owner, Kenji Ujiie. Full sales of this dessert began due to strong demand from customers for it being so delicious. The word got out and immediately led to high praise that spread far and wide, and this year, the shop is celebrating its 20th anniversary!

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The Special Gateau au Chocolat comes in at ¥3,000 (tax included), with reservations in abundance up to a month. When it’s freshly cooked, the outside is crispy, and the outside is creamy like fondue chocolate, making a perfect melt-in-the-mouth combined texture!

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The secret to its deliciousness is in the thoroughness to use only the best ingredients. The chocolate used in the photo is from an Italian brand called “Domori.” The founder of Domori, Gianluca Franzoni, was deeply impressed with the quality taste of the Special Gateau au Chocolat, and so personally created his first and only chocolate mix called “KEN’S” to be used at the shop.

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To draw out the good flavour of the chocolate, it’s made with gluten-free chocolate. Although the flavour is rich and full-bodied, the result of the taste is that makes it simple to eat.

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300 gateau chocolates are made in a single day! And because each and every one of them are handmade with the utmost care and detail, it’s difficult to make any more than this, so there’s always an abundance of reservations. But if you can’t wait and need to try one straight away, limited quantities are being specially sold at Matsuya Ginza and Tobu Department Store in Ikebukuro, so be sure to check those places out.

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Rinko couldn’t control her excitement at the sweet smell of the chocolate. She took no time at all to begin tasting the Special Gateau au Chocolat.

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When eaten at room temperature, it tastes like terrine chocolate. Depending on what temperature you eat it at, the taste and texture will change, so with one gateau chocolate you can enjoy trying three completely different flavours. Also, the balance between the sweetness and bitterness is fine-tuned every time. If you buy one now, the bitterness of the cocoa has increased every so slightly compared to 10 years ago.

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Rinko gave it her seal of approval. “The moment I took a bite, the aroma of the cocoa hit me, and the soft texture just melted inside my mouth! The balance between the bitterness and sweetness is exquisite. This delicious chocolate hit me in the head right away. Happiness is running around inside my brain. I can’t get enough of how it feels!”

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You can go back via Shinjuku-Gyoemmae Station, but you should take a stroll towards Shinjuku Station instead – it’s just a 17-minute walk. Plus, Shinjuku Gyoen – Shinjuku’s imperial garden – is close by Ken’s Cafe Tokyo, so you might enjoy getting lost in your own thoughts while taking a walk through nature.

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The Special Gateau au Chocolat is a perfect present for yourself or someone special. They are always waiting on orders, so if you’re interest, check out the shop’s website below and make a reservation.

 

■Information

Ken’s Cafe Tokyo

Address: 1-23-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Access: 3-minutes on foot from Exit 2 of “Shinjuku-Gyoemmae Station” via the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00

Closed: Weekends & Holidays

Website: http://www.kenscafe.jp

 

 

Model: Rinko Murata @rink0_

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Rinko Murata appears in fashion magazines and is active on radio and TV. Sales of her first style book were so successful that it required extra printing during its first week. She also has a rapidly growing following across her social media profiles. As well as modelling at big fashion events, she also has her own column online at “She magazine,” and receives much attention for her work in the areas of culture and lifestyle.

Photo & Writer: Haruka Yamamoto

Editor: Sayuri Mizuno(ASOBI SYSTEM)

Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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     Fondant Chocolat Crepe (Dine-in: ¥980 / Take-out: ¥970)

     

    This crepe is topped with chocolate fondant that melts into a warm chocolate sauce inside. The chocolate whipped cream is combined with Royal Bourbon gelato, accented with blackberry and black currant sauce, and a bit of crunchiness from the cookie bits.

     

    Chocolate Crepe (Dine-in: ¥980 / Take-out: ¥970)

     

    This mouth-watering crepe includes plenty of whipped cream and a luxurious fresh chocolate sauce topping. Inside, dark chocolate gelato is mixed with cocoa-flavored chocolate whipped cream. 

     

    Hot Chocolate Chai (Dine-in: ¥640 / Take-out: ¥630)

     

    This hot chocolate is a variation of the popular chai beverage. White chocolate is combined with Assam tea leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves for that perfect chai flavor. The sweetness of the hot chocolate is enhanced by the rich spices, giving it a more mature flavor!

     

    Hot Dark Chocolate (Dine-in: ¥640 / Take-out: ¥630)

     

    Extra dark chocolate is only enhanced with a roasted flavor creating a less sweet hot chocolate beverage. Available toppings are less sweet whipped cream, milk chocolate, and chocolate sauce.

  • Pokemon Valentine’s Day Sweets on Sale for a Limited Time from Meine Rollen

    05.February.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Western confectionery brand Meine Rollen has begun selling a collection of Pokemon-themed Valentine’s day goods for 2022! Although some of these chocolates look too cute to eat, they’ll certainly earn top marks with your crush.

     

    Chocolate Set L (Pokemon)

    Sleeping Pikachu Pack (Pokemon)

    Eevee & Friends Pack (Pokemon)

     

     

    Last year’s designs focused on characters from Pokemon Red, Green, Blue, Gold, and Silver, released between 1996 and 1999. This year’s imagery was inspired by all games in the series, appealing to an even larger audience. Which design do you like the most?

  • Godiva to Sell Valentine’s Day Chocolixir for a Limited Time

    30.January.2022 | FOOD

    Godiva Japan has begun selling two special Chocolixir beverages for Valentine’s Day! The Chocolixir Valentine Limited Edition Strawberry White Chocolate drink will be available either hot or cold and sweets lovers will feel indulged by their decadent flavors.

     

    Regular Size (270ml): ¥700 (Tax Included) / Large Size (350ml): ¥790 (Tax Included) / Hot (220ml): ¥700 (Tax Included)

     

    These magical elixirs are perfect for the Valentine’s season. The gentle sweetness of the white chocolate and the elegant sourness of the strawberry sauce are perfectly balanced, and the whipped cream is topped with adorable pink hearts. Be sure to find a participating location near you to pick up one of these tasty treats while you can!

  • The Westin Sendai Launches Fashionable Valentine’s Day Chocolate 2022 Sweets Collection

    30.January.2022 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Westin Sendai is now offering four fashionable chocolates perfect for Valentine’s Day. These will be available at the Symphony Restaurant on the 26th floor until February 14, 2022. 

     

    Charming Rose (8 pieces)

    Colore Label (8 pieces / 4 pieces)

    Parfume (6 pieces)

    Tablet Chocolate (2 varieties)

     

    It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without chocolate, and the Charming Rose takes things to a new level. The handbag, which looks good enough to carry through town, is edible down to the handle and decorations. Inside the bag are eight lip-shaped chocolates in colorful cosmetic shades. Some are milk chocolate, others white, and others include fruits and nuts. Parfume offers a superb smoothness, while the Tablet Chocolate is topped with lavish nuts and dried fruits. 

  • Takashimaya Announces ‘Amour du Chocolat’ Valentine’s Day Event

    27.January.2022 | FOOD

    Takashimaya’s yearly ‘Amour du Chocolat’ Valentine’s Day event is known as the ‘Festival of Chocolates.’

     

    Bringing together chocolates from around the world, this event is a way to highlight brands being introduced to Japan for the first time along with established favorites. This year’s lineup will also feature sustainable chocolates and more luxurious sweets to make 2022 feel more uplifting.

     

    The First Chocolate Brand to Land in Japan

     

    Luna Creation Paris Marble Collection

     

     

    Yvan Chevalier Chocolate Assortment

     

    Chocolatine Yoann Debray Snowflake & Edelweiss Assortment

     

    Sustainable Chocolate

     

    Toshi Yoroizuka Truffle Banane 

     

     

    Sils Maria Banana & Chocolate

     

     

    Bvlgari Il Cioccolato Takashimaya Original Chocolate for Sustainability

     

     

    MAAHA Flower Chocolate

     

    Ma Priere Giandujas Selection

     

    Message de Rose TOKYO Cone Fleury 2022 

     

    International Chocolates

     

    Charbonnel et Walker Assortment Box for Takashimaya – England

     

    Recchiuti Peanut Butter Confections  / Sepia Box – United States

     

    Vincent Vallee Chocolat Amour / Valentine Selection – France

     

    Bubo Barcelona Chocolate Heart Sculpture – Barcelona

     

    Takashimaya Specials

     

    Takashimaya Limited Edition Jacques Genin Valentine’s Heart / Classic Selection

    Takashimaya Limited Edition Julien Dechenaud Praline Etoile / Praline Nouveau

     

    Luxury Chocolates

     

    divan Valentine Box


    The Peninsula Boutique & Cafe Bear Chocolate

     

    Maison Mont Nord Assortment Box

     

    Valentine’s Day at Home

    Cacao Sampaka / Cacao Esplette

  • Tokyu Hands to Hold Confection-Filled Valentine’s Day Project

    23.January.2022 | FOOD

    Starting January 8, Tokyu Hands stores in Tokyo are holding a special Valentine’s Day event called Chocolino Chocoliya featuring a variety of sweets! These aren’t just for giving to your sweetheart, but are perfect for friends and family too.

     

    Products at a Glance

     

    Tokyo Zoological Gardens Association / Ueno Zoo
    Panda Set with Petit Gaufre & Chocolate Crunch: ¥1,188 (Tax Included) / Panda Baked Cookies: ¥997 (Tax Included)

    Urusei Yatsura
    Tote Bag: ¥1,760 (Tax Included) / Mug: ¥1,760 (Tax Included) / Star Chocolate: ¥486 (Tax Included)
    Chocolate Assortment (5 pieces): ¥756 (Tax Included) / Chocolate Assortment (15 pieces): ¥1,620 (Tax Included)

    Merry Chocolate Company
    Merry Candy Chocolate Box: ¥378 each (Tax Included) / Assortment: ¥1,944 (Tax Included) 

     Mint Style

    30-piece Handmade Kit Series: ¥1,620 each (Tax Included)

    Mint Style

    Make-at-Home Kit Series: ¥697 (Tax Included) 

    Sumikko Gurashi

    Silicon Mold Series: ¥935 (Tax Included)


    This year’s project includes confections that can only be purchased at the Ueno Zoo, where twin baby pandas were recently born. Chocolates with retro-style packaging and those with motifs from popular anime series will also be available, so be sure to swing by and have a look!

     

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