The Oreno group (Ore no Yakitori , Ore no Kappo, Ore no French Italian)has finally ventured into the bread sector and opened the Oreno Bakery Cafe in Ebisu in Nov 2006. It's famous for its shokupan 食パン which is made with an original blend of France and Canada flour. There are three types, nama shokupan, yamagata shokupan and mascarpone honey shokupan. The breads are baked at certain timings and that's when you'll notice a line forming outside the cafe. The dine-in menu offers a variety of sandwiches and toasts featuring either it's Nama shokupan or Yamagata shokupan. That's a good way of trying the bread without having to buy an entire loaf for yourself.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Friday, May 26, 2017
There's a sense of ecstasy when food turns out much better than expected. And this was the case for the Amazake Cream Zunda Kakigori, the monthly flavor of Kakigori at Hayashiya Shin Beiei. This is a cafe-bar concept by Kyo Hayashiya serving classic Japanese desserts and drinks. I could smell the sweet aroma of Amazake when it arrived and the center sunk in once the unsweetened matcha syrup was poured in. The Amazake was stronger than the one I had at Shimura and the Genmai Cha rice pops buried beneath was a sheer delight.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Hidden in the quaint neighbourhood of Kagurazaka is a boutique hotel named The Agnes and right next to it is a 2-storey wooden hut that houses a French patisserie that opened at the same time in 2008. It was headed by Chef Koji Ueshimo until 2015 June when Chef Koji left the shop to open his standalone patisserie Avranches Guesnay in the same year. In fact, 50% of the cakes at Le Coint Vert can be found in Avranches and I'm curious if there's any difference between the two places.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Matcha scene turns hot in May as many pastry shops or bakeries launched their matcha fair. The Peck, a bakery under Takashimaya and Gontran Cherrier have both started their matcha fair. I won't say which is better because the breads are different to start with. Gontran Cherrier's selection are predominantly croissant-based while The Peck's items are more yeasted buns based.
The Peck is generally cheaper but very sweet. My favourite item is neither the cinnamon roll nor the matcha mascarpone bun but the matcha muffin as it wasn't as heavy like an American muffin but moist and cakey. From Gontran, my vote goes to the Matcha Almond Croissant. It was much better than its Matcha Yuzu Croissant as the matcha almond paste in the center boost up the matcha intensity.
The Matcha Mont Blanc is another interesting fusion bread that contains matcha bean paste inside. Both the cream puff and roll cake were excellent and must-try. The cream puff was accented with yuzu peels while the ring of matcha ganache ratcheted the satisfaction level. Shiok
The Peck @ Takashimaya Shinjuku : http://www.takashimaya.co.jp/store/special/pb/peck/#sec01
Gontran Cherrier Tokyo