Tucked away in the Shinjuku neighbourhood, Ken’s Cafe Tokyo is lauded by many for one thing: their gâteau au chocolat (French Chocolate Cake), prized for its soft, decadent and melt-in-your-mouth richness.
And trying to get your hands on their cake is like trying to buy a Hermès Birkin bag. You have to reserve your cakes in advance with waiting times that can stretch up to 3 months long.
If you’re wondering what’s all the fuss about this famous chocolate cake coming to our shores, let us tell you why.
Most Popular Chocolate Cake In Japan
Each bar of gâteau au chocolat weighs approximately 280g, and is made with super atas ingredients that we can only dream of trying. Ken’s Cafe uses a customised blend of Domori grand cru chocolate with 70% cacao, Japanese unsalted butter, and eggs that have “mukashi no aji“, which means “a nostalgic flavour from the past” – it’s supposed to have an ‘eggier’ flavour than the average egg. Best part, it’s gluten-free!
What you get is a rich and chocolatey cake, and they can also be savoured in 3 ways: a dense Terrine Chocolat at room temperature, a creamy Chocolate Ganache when chilled in the refrigerator, and a molten Fondant Chocolat when heated slightly in the microwave!
With long waiting times and reviews describing the cake as “addictive” and “overwhelmingly delicious”, it is no wonder Ken’s Cafe was ranked Japan’s #1 chocolate store on Tabelog (a Japanese crowd-sourced restaurant review website).
Previously only produced exclusively in Ken’s Cafe Tokyo, the cakes will be available in Singapore on 1st December. While they aren’t made by the founder Chef Kenji Ujiie himself, they will be prepared by Chef Ito from Watanabe Coffee, who studied directly under the man himself!
So mark your calendars for 1st December and make sure to head down early because there’ll only be a limited quantity of just 20 cakes available every day! Each slice will cost $8, while an entire cake will retail at $48.15 (280g).
Address: #01-01 Isetan Scotts Shaw House, 350 Orchard Road, Singapore 238868
Opening Date: 30 November 2018
Contact No.: 6235 0608
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