Hanami & Starbucks at Nakameguro
Today we will enjoy sakura at Nakameguro and enjoy tea time at the famous Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo!
Nakameguro is one of the famous sakura spots in Tokyo. It is accessible by the Tokyu Toyoko Line and Tokyo Metro's Hibiya Line. If you are feeling adventurous, you can even walk from Shibuya Station or Daikanyama Station.
If you go around sakura season, all you need to do is follow the crowd. There is a long path of sakura to enjoy.
Due to the pandemic, flower viewing is technically prohibited so instead of the usual leisurely paced flower viewing accompanied by food and drinks, we settled with just walking and snapping photos.
I think we were just a little early because it wasn't as full bloom as we wished it was but still, overall it was still a pretty sight.
Because we weren't too amazed by the scenery, we decided to head to Starbucks Reserve. It is only in its 2nd year but it is one of the more famous ones because it's the only one which serves cocktails. It is a 4 storey building and there are so many interesting things inside to see.
Even without the tourists, it was packed. It was so packed that we had to go to another building where they were giving out numbered tickets. We got to marvel at the products while waiting in line.
Before you reach the staff, you have to get your temperature checked. One ticket is needed for every person. You can access the QR code on your ticket to check the number of people ahead of you.
Even though it was a mindblowing 220 people, it moved faster than I expected. I think we were inside within 40 minutes. Just a reminder, when you go in, you have to pull open the doors. We pushed like crazy for a good 10 seconds before we realized we were supposed to pull it open.
We managed to secure a seat on the 4th floor and made our orders on the third floor. They will give you a gadget that will light up and vibrate when your order is ready. We went for 2 cakes and one drink.
First up is the Torta Mimosa! It's a sponge cake with pistachio cream, strawberries and raspberries snuggled within. The purple petal on the top is an edible flower. On its own, it doesn't have much taste. Eaten together, it serves as a nice texture complimenting the cake I guess.
It didn't look very appetizing to me at first and the sponge cake looked a little dry but, wow what a wonderful surprise!!! It was absolutely delicious. The sweetness was just right. And everything just went so well with each other.
And then we had the Crostata Fragola, which is a strawberry tart.
My image of strawberry tarts usually has not so sweet strawberries but this was absolutely amazing. The strawberries were fresh and sweet. And then the spongey tart below were layers of different textures and sweetness. The sides of the tart was crisp and so fragrant from the butter.
All in all, everything went perfectly together.
My friend had the Shakerato Affogato. The sweet vanilla ice-cream was a delicious contrast to the rich flavourful coffee. I only took a sip because I'm not a fan of coffee so that's all I can tell you.
At the entrance, there are lots of products to see if you would like to buy one as a souvenir to bring home. There are limited items to this branch and also limited time, such as the sakura edition ones. They were even selling chocolate when I went.
Overall, it is rather expensive but worth to go once kind of experience for me. The wait is a little crazy but location-wise, it's in a beautiful place. Food is good but the price might hurt the wallet a little if this is not on your must-go list. Staffs are overall nice so I will give about 3.6/5.
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