I read about this other very popular patissier in Japan and his tiny but luxurious dessert parlour in the upscale area of Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi. I also heard about the notorious long queues but that did not stop me from trying my luck right after lunch and I struck lucky - a seat was available right away. The seats are by the counter and the diners can get to watch their desserts being assembled in front of them if the order was from their seasonal dessert plates.
The millefeuille with chocolate cream (Yen 1350) was nothing short of amazing. The plating, like typical Japanese style, was simple but stylish. There were crunchy candied almonds hidden within the smooth and rich chocolate creams (2 kinds - milk and bittersweet) that was piped on the crispy pastry layers. The chocolate creams also had alcohol whipped in so there was an extra kick as well.
Even though I found the caramel ice cream and sauce a little too sweet (why I am not exactly a big caramel fan), I still rather enjoyed the dessert. It was strangely a light dessert that even at the end of the whole experience, I didn't feel guilty at all, although I did feel bad about spending so much on just dessert and coffee (Yen 600).
It would have been most perfect if I got to see the Chef himself. That would have been the cherry on top of the cake.
1F Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi
Hours: 11am to 9pm