Updated: August 10, 2018
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Usagiya Cafe For The Ultimate Wagashi Experience In Ueno

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Usagiya Cafe is an offshoot cafe of the iconic Usagiya shop of Ueno that has been serving what many consider the best dorayaki in Tokyo for over a century.

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Usagiya Cafe

Eating street food from a take-out shop is no doubt a fun experience, and that is exactly what the original Usagiya is known for, but if you want to enjoy some top quality Japanese sweets in a comfortable cafe ambience, then you should try Usagiya Cafe! You can have there an adaptation of the legendary dorayaki of the nearby original Usagiya.
For information about the original Usagiya shop, check the link below.

The Irresistible Anko Sweets Of Usagiya

This is the signature dish of the cafe. At first glance, it looks pretty much like a dorayaki, right? For those who don't know, a dorayaki is essentially a pancake sandwich with a sweet adzuki bean filling called anko. This set, however, is actually true pancakes, with some anko and butter on the side. They are called "Usapancakes".
The recommended way to eat them is to butter them up and then spread the anko on them before folding them in half. The cafe warns to be careful because the melting butter might start to drip, but that's a small price to pay for such a treat. The salty butter goes works wonderfully well to balance out the sweetness of the pancakes and the anko paste adds that other dimension that gives it a distinctive wagashi (Japanese sweets) taste.

This dessert, which is the overwhelming choice of customers, is ¥650.
For an additional ¥440, you can pair your dorayaki-like pancakes with some coffee. They also serve other drinks such as milk tea and green tea.
There are other things on the menu of course, most of which are made with anko. For another traditional dessert with a new twist, you can try this o-shiruko, which is a kind of hot anko porridge. This one has melted cheese in it. Sounds a bit strange but again the combination of salty taste from the cheese and sweet taste from the anko works surprisingly well.
For a summer treat, you might want to try this super refreshing kakigori (shave ice). There is no dessert actually that is more synonymous to the Japanese summer than kakigori. You can't see it from this picture but underneath the shaved ice is a generous amount of the signature anko of Usagiya.
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