Sunday, October 1, 2017

10 of The Best Mont Blanc Cakes in Tokyo You Shouldn't miss

Mont blanc is arguably one of the most popular cakes in Tokyo but who really has the best one in the city? While all signs point to Café de Ginza Miyukikan as the place to go, there are far better options than you can imagine. Here is a list of our favorite cafés and dessert spots with the best killer mont blanc handpicked for you!

Pâtisserie Sadaharu Aoki Paris
Sadaharu Aoki is the best pâtissier Japan has ever produced and every year close to the winter holidays, the Japanese pastry master will showcase his mont blanc at all of his boutiques. His version of mont blanc features a unique combination of noisette crumble, red berries and chestnut cream. It's the perfect way to kick off the chestnut season.

My recent review of Pâtisserie Sadaharu Aoki Paris can be found here

Address: Tokyo Midtown B1F, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81(0)3 5293-2800

Pâtisserie Toshi Yoroizuka
Toshi Yoroizuka is one of the top pastry chefs in Tokyo and his dessert bar at Midtown is one of the best in the business. Set in a theatrical setting, his namesake dessert bar features a refined version of mont blanc called Ukishima, which has a mix of chestnut cream, red bean paste, green tea sauce and toasted tea ice-cream. And the beauty of it - you can see it done right in front of your eyes by the talented chefs behind the counter.

My recent review of Pâtisserie Toshi Yoroizuka can be found here

Address: Tokyo Midtown G/F, 9−7−2 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)3 5413-3650

Ladurée's the bread and butter has always been their macarons but don't take their pastries lightly coz they have got some seriously good ones including a very serviceable mont blanc cake. Ladurée's Mont-Blanc Agrumes has a wonderful mix of meringue with citrus fruit jam and chantilly cream with candied chestnut, all topped off with a little bit of chestnut cream and vermicelli chestnuts. A very good choice if you're looking for a mont blanc with some nice acidity.

My recent review of Ladurée Shinjuku can be found here

Address: Shinjuku Lumine 2 1F, 3-38-2 Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81 3-6380-5981

Dominique Ansel

A trip to Omotosando is not complete without checking out what the cronut master has in store for us in Tokyo. Dominique Ansel's chestnut rose cassis Mont Blanc offers a modern spin to the classic French dessert, with chestnut cream that is accented with rose and cassis, a salted butter cookie base and vanilla meringue as topping.

My recent review of Dominique Ansel Tokyo can be found here

Address: 5-7-14, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)3 3486-1329

Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux
The three Michelin starred chef's bakery shop is hugely underrated due to its location inside a relatively dated hotel but for someone who spent a fair amount of time staying at Intercontinental ANA hotel as a business traveler, I learned to appreciate what this little bakery has to offer. Don't let the small selection fool you coz they have some of the best pastries in town including a very delicate mont blanc.

My recent review of Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux can be found here

Address: ANA InterContinental Tokyo, 1-12-33 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)3-3505-1185

Esquisse Cinq
Esquisse Cinq, the dessert bar by two Michelin starred fine-dining restaurant Esquisse took the city by storm when it first opened door at Tokyu Plaza Ginza in 2016. At the helm of the restaurant is chef Kazutoshi Narita, the man behind the exquisite desserts at Esquisse. Esquisse Cinq is literally his playground to show off his skills which have made him a prominent figure at L'Atelier Joël Robuchon during his four-year tenure. Besides his seasonal desserts, he also offers other traditional French pastries as take-out options including his mont blanc, chocolate tart and mille feuille, all came with a contemporary twist.

Address: 4/F Tokyu Plaza Ginza, 5-2-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)3-5537-7477

It doesn't get more authentic than this. Just a stone's throw from Jiyugaoka Station, Mont-Blanc is the birthplace of the Japanese mont blanc. There are two different mont blancs served here - a traditional French one and a hugely popular Japanese version with chestnut cream, whipped cream and meringue all sitting on top of something that resembles a cupcake. Long queues are always expected at Mont-Blanc so avoid the peak hours if you can.

My recent review of Mont-Blanc can be found here

Address: 1-29-293 Jiyūgaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)3-3723-1181

Lettre D'Amour
Somewhat of a hidden gem for those who don't visit Shirokanedai very often. Like the neighborhood surrounding it, Lettre D'Amour (literally means "Love Letter") is a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Just a comfortable 5-minute walk from Shirokanedai station, this little cake shop and tea salon quietly has one of the best mont blanc (and lavendar cake) in Tokyo. It will definitely make your visit to Shirokanedai worthwhile.

<Note: Lettre D'Amour has recently closed for business.> 

Address: 5-17-1 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)3-5488-5051

Patisserie Giotto's mont blanc checks in as the most towering of all mont blancs in Tokyo. Enjoy the layers of melting, eggy sponge and chestnut-flavored cream hidden under the blanket of nutty chestnut purée.

Address: B2F Mitsukoshi Ginza, 4-6-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)3-5537-7477

Handels Vagen
Technically not a mont blanc but any good list of dessert should have at least one artisanal ice-cream on it I think. Originated from Kyoto, Handels Vagen has some really interesting flavors to offer including my favorite mont blanc cheesecake. Never hurt to have a centralized location in Tokyo neither (at Tokyu Plaza Ginza).

Address: Tokyu Plaza Ginza B2F, 5-2-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)3-3575-5300

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