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Ok I wasn’t intending to eat cakes today (it’s eat-clean Monday!) but I had to go to the bank in Shinjuku and you know, Isetan with the Mont St Clair pop-up booth is so near. Couldn’t resist sugar, I’m weak like that haha. This time I found a stunning gem in the orange mont blanc cake! Oh my, so glad I tried this (the guy before me bought the last one yesterday so this is fate!!), the balance between chestnut and citrusy orange is incredibly delicate. There’s also a hazelnut cake in the background but it pales in comparison because chestnut wins anytime!

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Mont St Clair モンサンクレール is one of the top rated patisseries in Tokyo and it’s easy to see (or rather, taste) why. Other than Hidemi Sugino (my favourite place for mousse cakes), Mont St Clair’s cake is one of the lightest I’ve ever had. This one has both chocolate and vanilla cream, topped off with a crunchy brûléed layer. Now I’m curious about the other cakes this place has to offer…

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Now that I’ve kind of settled down in Tokyo, I’m starting a hobby (haha) to explore the higher end restaurants, from sushi to French fine dining. Abysse アビス is top on my list because it specialises in seasonal seafood (rare that there’s no meat) and also secures a Michelin star in less than a year after opening.

There’s definitely more hits than misses: addictive aonori seaweed sablés topped with caviar, thinly sliced squid (still too chewy), fried baby aji fish with mountain vegetables, super rich bouillabaisse, amadai with crispy scales (my favourite!), pistachio jelly (I specially requested for this after stalking IG pics and it’s crazy nutty for a jelly!) and gyokuro crumbles with prized sato-nishiki cherries and vanilla cream. Of special mention is the excellent service! After chatting and knowing about Matchaya, my waiter even brews a pot of gyokuro for me at the end of my meal. Perfect.

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Think of chazuke as porridge; it’s literally pouring dashi soup (or sometimes tea) over cooked rice. We found Komeraku こめらく at the foodcourt of Tokyo Dome City and although I shouldn’t be by now (hey I’m in Japan!), I was still pleasantly surprised by how good and wholesome my negitoro with onsen egg chazuke don was. By the way, this is a chain restaurant so you can also find outlets at Shinjuku and Ginza etc.

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I was planning to lunch at another sushi restaurant but when I got there, it was not there. Of course, I was upset as I hate having my meal plans disrupted. Seriously guys, DON’T trust addresses written on English articles/sites unless you absolutely have to. Your best bet is Tabelog, the Japanese version of Hungrygowhere/Burpple etc. I won’t make the same mistake again for sure.

Anyway. I consulted my (long) list of shortlisted restaurants, went to 鮨 たじま in Ginza and left very happy. The value is unbeatable — for 1.500円 (!!!),  you get a premium kaisen don with uni, ikura and negitoro, seasonal otsumami (mine was tako balls with yuzu), miso soup and green tea. And warm towel. What a wonderful hidden gem and I’m only sharing the name of this restaurant because I don’t think many will read my blog. And if you are reading this, you deserve to know 😀

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