World-class pastries from an internationally renowned patissier and past winner of the World Pastry Cup (Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie) are served at this tiny cafe and retail shop. Sugino is known for his artistically styled mousse-based entremets, and one of his most famous inventions is the Ambroisie, a beautifully well-balanced assemblage of chocolate mousse and sponge, pistachio mousse and sponge, raspberry jam and chocolate glaze.
Another famous pastry is the Marie, made with wild strawberry and pistachio mousses and only available in the cafe, since it's too delicate to travel. Don't neglect the limited-edition seasonal offerings though - on a recent mid-summer visit we were delighted by a tropically themed confection featuring coconut, passionfruit and banana.
Freshly made pastries are brought out at 11am and 2pm, and the most popular varieties sell out quickly. You may have to line up before getting in, especially on weekends. The pleasant ten-table cafe area in back of the shop serves an excellent double espresso for Y650; pastries start at around Y650.
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