10 Incredible Desserts In Ginza You Must Try!
Ginza is a classy Tokyo district known for its high-end boutiques. It's also an unmissable gourmet dessert spot in Tokyo! It has an embarrassment of riches if you're looking for some refined desserts, so here is a list of some of the best in the area to make your life a bit easier!
Coisof in re: Dine Ginza
The Rich Black Parfait pictured above is made up of ice cream that contains bamboo charcoal, black cocoa powder, and high-quality sesame produced by Kuki Sangyo Corporation, which is a very reputable company in Japan.
What makes the parfait even more special is that they're served with a liqueur sauce. In the case of the Rich Black Parfait, you get a rich-tasting bitter coffee liqueur sauce. The price of this sophisticated parfait is ¥1,200 (¥1,000 without the liqueur).
Coisof is located within re:Dine Ginza, Japan's first shared kitchen restaurant. Aside from coisof's delectable ice cream, you can also enjoy all kinds of experimental cuisine made by a talented line up of chefs that changes periodically.
You can have either plain or rum & raisin-flavoured. In appearance, it looks like the cream is sandwiched between two hard cookies but actually they're fluffy sponge cakes. The cream is not very dense either, and not too sweet, so it's not as heavy as it seems. It's just the right size afternoon treat. You might want to have it with a cup of their good quality coffee.
Try their bit-size mochi sweets that are around ¥300. Their made with traditional ingredients such as adzuki sweet bean paste. You'll also often see special seasonal ones such as the sakura mochi pictured above, which is a reference to the spring cherry blossom.
You can also eat-in at the fruit parlor where you should try their iconic parfaits. The menu changes with the seasons because every item contains the best, tastiest seasonal fruits. You'll be blown away by the beauty of these parfaits that aren't too sweet. They're about ¥2,000, however, so keep this one for a special occasion.
Suzu Cafe Ginza
For the desserts, the cheesecakes are popular. The decadent caramel cheesecake is particularly outstanding!
The cafe is notably very popular for afternoon tea.
They take orders for the afternoon tea sets from groups of 2 or more people exclusively. The sets come served to you on three stories of plates that include an amazing variety of desserts. You get two seasonal gelées, two seasonal small cakes, chocolate cake, cookies, scones and a seasonal sorbet. There is one savoury dish two: a piece of quiche.
The sets are ¥3,780 (taxes included) per person, and they even come with a welcome glass of sparkling wine.
Salon Ginza Sabou
The signature dessert is the Sabo parfait, which comes serves in a 'masu' wooden cup. It comes in different flavors but visually they're all similar, in that they have this amazing raked powder on top to make it look like a traditional Japanese rock garden. The inside is a mix of ice cream, cream and various traditional ingredients found such as anko sweet beans. With a beverage of your choice, the price for this dessert is around ¥1,500.
They have other options for desserts as well. The water drop cake pictured below was a massive Instagram hit.
Ken's Coffee Shop
They have a signature cafe latte that is topped with milk foam in the shape of cats. As for their desserts, the honey toast is really popular. It's simply some toasted bread cubes with honey on top and some ice cream and whipped cream on the side. The taste is outstanding and worthy of this kind of classy cafe. The honey toast and coffee set is ¥1,280.
The pancake menu has only two items made from quality ingredients from Hokkaido. The interior is really calming and grown-up oriented. There is even a grand piano in the cafe. They plan to hold special piano events at some point in the future according to the staff.
Pictured above is the Hokkaido Hotcake Premium (¥1,600). It comes with sweet anko (sweet adzuki bean paste), butter, natural sugar syrup, cheese, and whipped cream. The pancakes are so fluffy that they jiggle when you move your plate.
A very simple treat you might want to try to get a sense of what popular desserts were like in Japan back in the days is the 'ohagi' which is a simple ball of rice coated with sweet beans. It goes really well with a cup of green tea.
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