Beautiful cakes and parfaits in Sugamo
Hidden away in a residential area in Sugamo is a little cake shop called Patisserie Yoshinori Asami (パティスリーヨシノリアサミ). I found this place on Tabelog, and saw it was in its top 5000 list. Hey, that’s pretty good considering how competitive this space is! We were due for photogenic sweets, so we headed on over.
The exterior had a cute artsy vibe to it, complete with the cranes on the signs. I quite liked the cozy interior, and it felt more like a gift shop than a cake shop.
They had a variety of cakes and parfaits available (which we’re not allowed to photograph — maybe they change their menu every now and then). Naturally, we got the weirdest looking ones!
We sat down in the little cafe corner, which probably only seats about ten people at a time. It was a weekday afternoon, and we were the only ones there. I guess there’s also the small outdoor seating area too.
Instagrammable parfaits that taste as good as they look
Our meal began with a complimentary cake. Whaaaa?? I’m not sure if this is common, but it made me happy. It was delish, by the way.
And here’s what we ordered. Each parfait ran somewhere around 1,200 – 1,500 yen. That’s like, two ramens. But the things I will do for pretty sweets…
Mine: yellow one on the left. Okay, so this was a seasonal parfait, so quite fittingly, it tasted like summer! Mangos, lemony flavors, pistachio, chocolate… so much yum. I think what’s cool about this was how it didn’t taste like every other parfait you have in Japan (looking at you, Gusto). I could taste a mixture of sweet and refreshing lemony flavors. And to think, they change these seasonally? Makes me wonder what the other ones are like.
My fiancé’s: red one on the right. I think his was more of a standard parfait, but still full of cool surprises. The petals were strawberry chocolate. That’s like, two of my favorite flavors haha. The strawberries themselves tasted fresh and sweet, perfectly pairing with the ice cream.
All in all, delicious experience albeit a bit of a splurge!
If you’re in Sugamo, you might as well visit the main street with all the little shops and temple. Sugamo is known to be a place where the older folks go. There is also a Buddha statue that people wash. What’s funny is that it’s the second statue – they scrubbed the first statue too hard that it needed replacement. Maybe you’ll see some locals scrubbing away.