As you bask in the hues of white and pink cherry blossoms while traveling in Japan during this spring season, you might get hungry for some sweet berry and floral treats. So how about tasting limited edition spring desserts to satisfy your taste buds? Here are three sweets that are as beautiful as the season which you can only sample during this time in Japan!
Many of you would have already heard about or even tasted PABLO’s famous baked cheese tarts.
This spring 2017, PABLO will be launching their Berry and Panna Cotta Cheese Tart (automatic translation available) with a diameter of 15 cm, which will only be available between April 1 and April 30 for the price of 2,000 yen (inclusive of tax). Other than the usual cheese tart crust used for their other products, this limited edition cheese tart boasts a unique blend of blueberry jam and custard cream, topped with fresh and slightly sour strawberries and blueberries. What’s more, PABLO’s homemade panna cotta will also be part of the cheese tart’s topping, thus creating a visual treat of vibrant colors for the customers.
However, do note that this is a limited edition item so there is a risk of it running out of stock even before the end of the promotional period. According to their website, this product is only available at the following stores, so please check if the store near you is featured on the list below before visiting:
Tohoku (東北) and Kanto (関東) regions
- Omotesando (表参道)
- Shinjuku (新宿)
- Akihabara (秋葉原)
- LaLaport Tachikawa Tachihi (立川立飛)
- AEON LakeTown mori, Koshigaya (越谷)
- Shinshizuoka CENOVA (新静岡セノバ)
- ASTY Shizuoka (静岡)
- Koriyama Station (郡山駅)
- AEON Koriyama Festa
- AEON Morinosato, Kanazawa (金沢)
Kansai (関西) and Kyushu (九州) regions
- HEP FIVE, Umeda (梅田)
- Shinsaibashi (心斎橋)
- Shinsaibashi OPA Kireikan (きれい館)
- JR Osaka Station (大阪駅)
- Dotonbori (道頓堀)
- Namba CITY
- Shin-Osaka Station (新大阪駅)
- Abenobashi Station (阿部野橋駅)
- Keihan Department Store Suminodo (京阪百貨店すみのどう)
- Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto (京都八坂神社前)
- Himeji (姫路)
- Motomachi, Kobe (神戸元町)
- Tenmaya Okayama (天満屋岡山)
- Sun Station Terrace Okayama
- You Me Town Saga (ゆめタウン佐賀)
Shiseido Parlour will be bringing back its signature item, Floral Strawberry Bavarois, at its Salon de Cafe in Ginza until April 30, 2017. This dish used to be served and was popular when the Toei 7000 series train (都電7000形) carriage was running between Ginza (銀座) and Nihonbashi (日本橋) from 1954 to 1967 with a stop at Ginza 7-Chome, right in front of Shiseido Parlour. As this model will be discontinued from March 2017, Shiseido Parlour decided to modernize the original version of the dessert as part of its goodbye campaign for the train.
The Floral Strawberry Bavarois is made using Shiseido’s traditional recipe and has orange slices to represent the wheels of the train carriage. In addition, the ice cream made from strawberries and milk, the sauce made from strawberries and oranges, and the decorations come together to create an aesthetically appealing piece of art.
During this campaign period, there is a set meal in which you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with this dessert for the price of 1,980 yen (inclusive of tax). However, depending on the availability of the fruits used in the dessert, you may not be able to taste this dish at all or may get a modified version of it at times.
Over at Tokyo Marriott Hotel’s Pastry & Bakery GGCo., they are having a spring promotion titled “Spring Blossom Cake & Bread (Japanese only)” from March 1 to April 30, 2017. Of the products featured in this campaign, the most eye-catching one would have to be the Sakura Egg which costs 500 yen each.
Since easter will be celebrated during this period, the dessert is made to resemble an easter egg with the transparent egg-shaped cups showing different layers of visually appealing colors to entice the customers. The top level is sakura gelée, while the bottom contains praline mousse with almond jelly. As such, each mouthful will bring a unique combination of tastes and textures to you.
Now that you’ve read about these special desserts that are available only during spring 2017, how about freeing some time on your itinerary to check and enjoy these delectable treats while admiring the sakura splendor?