Tiramisu clay and a mousse parfait: we feast on bonsai trees at the Tokyu Hands Cafe
Hand of Tokyos is known for its incredible range of products. From bicycles to Kabuki masks and everything in between, this is a company that has built its brand with a focus on providing unique and innovative Japanese products to the local and international market.
Today, the cafe on the top floor of their Shibuya store also flaunts its creative cred, transforming its space into a pop-up Bonsai Café, in collaboration with the Omiya Bonsai Museum in Saitama. With miniature trees and special products on display, it’s the quirky menu that takes center stage here.
After seeing pictures of their special matcha latte, an unusual tiramisu and a parfait served in a bonsai pot, we put on our wellies and headed out on a rainy afternoon to try these treats. Accompany our taste buds on an enchanted walk through a delicious miniature garden.
To get to the Bonsai Cafe, take the elevator to the sixth floor of the Shibuya branch of Tokyu Hands, then climb a short flight of stairs to Hint 7, the store’s official cafe.
Until April 5, customers can learn about the art of miniature tree care, with stunning exhibits and a plethora of bonsai-related products.
Today we are here to try their three limited edition Bonsai menu items: Bonsai Tiramisu, Moss Bonsai Parfait and Bonsai Matcha Latte.
We start with the deliciously green and sparkling Bonsai Matcha Latte.
Powdered green tea is enhanced by unusual latte art, with a delicately manicured bonsai tree, which emphasizes the leafy flavor of the drink.
The latte art is a beautiful depiction of the largest miniature tree in Saitama’s Omiya Bonsai Museum, a Japanese white pine that measures 1.6 meters (5 feet 1 inch) tall and 1.8 meters wide.
Then we dig into the Tiramisu bonsai. We were curious about this one as we had no idea what was under that mound of crunchy chocolate ‘dirt’.
To add to the earthiness of this dessert, it comes complete with a miniature shovel, designed to be used as a spoon.
▼ Let’s dig!
The little shovel added a fun dimension to the dessert; the colors and texture of the crispy tiramisu really made us feel like we were digging into a piece of dirt.
Beneath the floor are delicious creamy layers of tiramisu. Combined with the rich chocolate, this is a truly impressive dessert.
Then we move on to Perfect Bonsai Moss. Unlike the usual parfaits, which present their ingredients in tall clear glasses, this one is incredibly understated, with a mound of green with the promise of lots of secret ingredients underneath.
The real moss bonsai it is inspired by is available for sale on outdoor displays. Find the difference!
▼ This is the first time we’ve eaten from a real bonsai pot!
The foam is a light and fluffy blend of matcha sponge pieces. Below is a thick layer of whipped cream.
Digging deeper reveals a variety of traditional Japanese ingredients, including red adzuki beans, chestnuts and matcha pudding. A fantastic combination of flavors and textures, this is the most unique parfait we’ve ever had.
Once you’ve enjoyed your treats, be sure to check out all the interesting displays in store!
Be sure to attend this fantastic event – not to mention their delicious desserts – while you still can!
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