Cafe Hopping Series: 01 - BRICK LANE
Come join me on my series of cafe hopping around Tokyo! Get truthful reviews so you can decide if you would like to include it into your next trip.
One of my favourite things to do is to go to stylish cafes to see what is their speciality and if it is worth recommending to friends. So the first cafe in this series is BRICK LANE.
The cafe is located in Setagaya, near Setagaya Station along the Tokyu Setagaya line. It had a pretty high rating so I was really excited to try it out.
I went with a friend (so we could try more food) and we were the first customers. Orders were to be made and paid at the counter before you head to your seat. Each person was required to order a drink each.
I can't drink coffee and I should probably have chosen tea since we were going to be eating desserts but it was such a hot day. Don't you just want to have something cold and sweet on such days? I did. So we settled for one coffee (for my friend) and one apple juice. Between us, we shared 3 desserts which I will introduce to you guys in a bit.
We chose to sit beside the counter where the drinks were prepared. Accessories, stationeries, iPhone covers and other stuff were on sale at the side of the shop so you can look at it while waiting for your food.
There are baskets below the bench so that you can keep your belongings below your seat while you enjoy your food. And now I present you the 3 desserts that we had that day:
It was not too bad but I might not go for it the second time. If it's going to be your first time, do try this because it is one of their specialities.
Strawberries aren't currently in the season so it was a little sour. The cream was light and melts in the mouth. The chiffon cake layered within wasn't too sweet. There was an interesting way to eat it too - you actually need a spoon to scoop right into it. Overall, it was a pretty good combination if you are aiming for something light and easy.
This was SO good. I cannot stress how good this was. If offered whether you would like it to be heated up or not, say yes. It a lot better served hot.
The combination of the slightly bitter matcha and not overly sweet white chocolate was such a good pairing. There is a fine amount of matcha in here that gives a good kick if you are a fan. The scone wasn't too dry or hard either. I would repeat this order in a heartbeat. I highly recommend this.
This was REALLY good too. I don't think I have ever eaten a passion fruit flavoured cake in Japan so this was quite a good surprise. The texture is somewhat like a madeleine and the flavour is tangy and summer-like. Don't worry if your image of passion fruit is sour because this was not sour at all. The slight sweetness along with the zesty passion fruit flavour will open up your appetite on a hot summer day. A high recommendation for this one too.
In conclusion, if I ever drop by Setagaya, I would like to come here again. Even if nothing strikes my fancy, the Matcha & White Chocolate Scone and Passion Fruit Cake is definitely worth eating the second time.
See you again in 02 of the Cafe Hopping Series! Till then~
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