Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Henri Charpentier (Tokyo, JAPAN) ★★★☆☆

Henri Charpentier may have a French name but it is a home grown talent right in Tokyo's backyard. In fact, it all started out in 1969 as a small café serving delicious dessert in Ashiya City of Hyogo Prefecture. Since then, the chain has grown significantly and is now an owner of more than 70 stores nationwide.

In case you're curious how they came up with the name, Henri Charpentier was a 19th century French chef who had a hand in creating the famous Crêpe Suzette. Naokuni Arita, founder of Henri Charpentier Group, one day came across the French chef's recipe of his original "Crêpe Suzette, fell in love with it and that's how it all started. Nowadays, Crêpe Suzette remains one of Henri Charpentier's signature dishes.


After arguably our best meal in 2014 at the prestigous L'Osier, we circled around Ginza hunting for something sweet and with the Mikimoto Lounge temporarily closed for renovation, Henri Charpentier became the best reliable option for us.

It's a treat walking around this flagship boutique of Henri Charpentier. It looks very much like an elegant art galley.

The tea salon located underneath these stairs is one of the best known secrets for locals who want to have sweet tooth fixed.

The crepes suzette and mille feuille are some of their signature pastries but I decided to take on their pear and vanilla mousse cake which turned out to be a poor choice for me. Should have stuck with their signature creations instead!

Food Rating: 4.5/10
Price: ¥¥¥
Address: 2-8-20 Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Closest Metro Station: Ginza Itchome / Ginza
Tel: +81 3-3562-2722


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