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Ok, I can totally foresee myself lunching at Cityshop Delicatessen at least once a week. I love the fresh salads, the bold flavours, the gorgeous colours! Plus they go beyond the usual salad greens; think roasted pumpkin and brussel sprouts, fennel and kale with hijiki seaweed — basically salads not commonly found in Japan. Wish there’s more such delis in Tokyo to take my money ha.

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Oh Tokyo, I underestimated your passion for food again. I thought no one will want salads for Saturday brunch but of course, I was so wrong. Cityshop シティショップ opens at 11.30am and there was already a long queue before doors opened. And the line kept forming.

At any one time, there are 15 “delis” (i.e. salads) available, from meat and fish to grains and roasted veg. I picked 5 to customise my lunch plate and it was aesthetically pleasing with so many vibrant colours. Not to mention delicious too, with lots of flavours from the marinations and dressings. Top favourites include the roasted brussel sprouts and cauliflower, saury with Japanese salsa, and pumpkin with yogurt sauce. Almost Ottolenghi-ish!

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I find it interesting that some brands dare to claim that they are the world’s best. Gomaya Kuki has “the world’s richest sesame ice cream”; bubó Barcelona has “the world’s best chocolate cake”; I asked K whether we should state Matchaya has “the world’s best matcha soft serve” and he rejected me hahaha.

bubó Barcelona ブボ バルセロナ is by famous chef Carles Mampel and it’s coincidentally (?) right across Dominque Ansel Bakery in Omotesando. Xabina (シャビーナ) was voted best chocolate cake in Lyon in 2005 and that’s what I came for. Pricey at 1,000円 for a small cake but the quality of chocolate is undeniable. Dark, rich and very smooth. Not convinced it’s the best in the world though.

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I’m a mega sesame (goma) fan. Like, the biggest mega-est goma fan you will know. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any flavour I’ll choose over goma if I’m getting ice cream. So Gomaya Kuki ごまや くき is a must-go for me! Occupying a tiny space at Omotesando, they claim to serve the world’s richest sesame ice cream… Really?

I chose the richest version of kurogoma (black sesame) and shirogoma (white sesame) available and the former was the clear winner with a stronger fragrance. Shirogoma was quite disappointing as I bit into ice crystals twice hmm. There’s also an intriguing goma with salt flavour which I will try next time.

500円 per cup, go get it!

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