Kensington Tearoon Tokyo Reviews
Jan 10, 2008
This is Andy's and my favourite place to hang out in Ikebukuro when we feel like a rest and a bit of a treat.
The Kensington Tearoom is an oasis in Ikebukuro, a very busy shopping/entertainment district in Western Tokyo. The tearoom is on the 3rd floor of the Seibu department store inside the enormous Ikebukuro train station. They serve the most delicious delicate cakes, tarts and sandwiches and have a large selection of teas including herbal, traditional blends, and 'health' brews like Rooibos.
They also have 'afternoon tea' which is basically what we would call high tea. This is served on a two-tiered silver platter and includes tiny 'mixed sandwiches' on white bread with the crusts cut off, a scone with jam or cream and a slice of tart of your choice (the selection includes among others, pear, pecan and chestnut). The little details are finely catered to with a lovely little gherkin speared by a slender toothpick inserted gently into the sandwiches, and a tea cosy for your individual teapot.
The selection of cakes is pretty standard of tearooms or cafes in Japan and include 'mont blanc' - a creamy cake made from chestnuts on a biscuit base, chocolate mousse cake, 'shortcake', and many others. The selection of cakes is sufficient, but more than that, the quality of them is superb. The chocolate mousse cake in particular is absolutely divine, if you like that sort of cake....um, yes please!!! Japanese cakes are very different to what you get in an Australian cafe. They are much smaller and more attention is given to presentation. They're quite delicate and typically not as rich or sweet as the cakes and desserts we're used to in Australia.
Kensington Tearoom is, compared to other cafes, not cheap with 'afternoon tea' coming to around 1600yen, but given the excellent quality of food, drink, service and ambience (the non-smoking seats are actually non-smoking and sufficiently far away from the smoking seats so there are no stray waffs at all), it's definitely worth it.
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