Japanese sweets or lunch meal? Kagurazaka Saryo
Are you craving for Japanese sweets, cake, Japanese tea, lunch meal or sensible sweets gift? Kagurazaka Saryo delivers all of them!
The main branch of Kagurazaka Saryo is actually in guess where? Kagurazaka! There are other branches in Ikebukuro and Chiba as well.
The one that we went to this time is in Shibuya Scramble Square. The many JR and Metro lines are connected to Shibuya Station and there's an underground path where you can get to Shibuya Scramble Square so no worries about getting wet when it's raining!
The cafe is on the 14th floor so if you are here on a good weather day, I am very sure the view is going to be fantastic. Reservations are not allowed and it is quite a busy place. So if you come on a weekend, be prepared to queue for a while.
They have a limited time especially during the congested time period so let's quickly leave after we finish our meal.
We went about 11 AM so it was still fairly empty. We got to choose if we would like to sit facing the window or the table and of course we picked the window even though it was raining. There are baskets for you to put your belongings near you so you can enjoy your food with ease.
I picked the Kori Kori Ryokucha Tori Dango no Yuzu Kaoru Dashi Owan Gozen (JPY1210). The chicken balls actually have green tea and cartilage, so the texture is not the usual soft meatballs.
The onomatopoeia of "kori kori" is the sound of when you crunch into the meatballs. The soup might look clear but the taste packs a punch. There's a variety of vegetables inside and the light fragrance of yuzu was a really good accent.
The rice is also something special because it's cooked with Houji-cha and red beans. The set also comes with 3 side dishes and was all very good. The side dishes this time include fried fish with onions, tofu, and mentaiko potato salad (this was so good).
My friend went for the Kagoshima-san Chaamiiton no Goma Tounyuu Owan Gozen (JPY1320). There were only four slices of pork but it was pretty thick and really good. There was no porky smell to it and really tasty the more you chewed. There are six kinds of root vegetables in the soup.
To be really honest, if you are someone who can eat, the set meal will probably give you the fullness of about 80% which I suppose is healthy but we just had to go for desserts because everything looked so good.
For desserts, it comes with a drink and you can pick between the Japanese Tea Set or the Omatcha / Gyokuro Set. I went for the former. Even then, the list of tea choices from Shizuoka, Kyoto, and Kagoshima was amazing. There were 11 different choices to choose from.
I went for the Saryo Seasonal Japanese Cake with Kyoto Genmai-cha Miyako no Yuki (JPY1375). The little card there teaches you how to drink the tea: from pouring how much water, waiting for a minute and how it'll be easier to steep the second cup. There was a very expensive taste to it.
This was under the cake category but is actually a Mont Blanc. It was amazing. The cream layers were light and fluffy. The top layer was custard cream with steamed chestnut cream, with chestnut on top. It came with a green tea ice cream and that was really good too.
My friend went for the Rich Matcha Cheese Tart with the Kyoto Houji-cha Beni Kaori. This was really good too. The layers of green tea, cheese, and red bean were fantastic. It also came with a green tea ice cream. This tart is limited to only this branch so do remember to order this when you come here.
Overall, if you are looking for something that feels healthy and gentle for the body, this is the place that you would definitely want to come. Paired with the high-class atmosphere, this is a perfect place for dates or an outing with your girlfriends.
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