Harajuku / Omotesando area full of famous pancake shops such as Eggs'n Things, bills, Cafe Kaila. It is said that "French toast is next to pancakes", and I'm curious about pancakes, but I'm also curious about French toast these days, but I found a signboard on Omotesando Cat Street.
The name of the menu drawn under the explanation "French toast + donut + creme brulee" is "French donut" .
What is this ... French toast? donut? What's more, Creme Brulee ?? As you can imagine, it's impossible. But I'm sure it's a combination of delicious foods, so it must be delicious sweets!
If you're curious, the En-eating editorial department is the place to go. I'm thrilled by the unknown sweets.
◆ Fashionable space based on "white"
The name of the shop is "Le Ciel Blanc GARDEN HOUSE Cafe". You can see the white gate on the brick wall, and the stylish entrance and handwritten signboard behind it.
When I stood at the entrance and touched the door, some letters appeared on the stairs in the store. "↑ wedding salon / ↓ cafe" ... What? Wedding salon?
Actually, this cafe is a shop created by the company that operates the wedding hall "Le Ciel Blanc" opposite. The 2nd floor is a wedding salon and the 3rd floor is a waiting room. "Wedding" doesn't seem to have anything to do with it, so I'm a little nervous when I open the door.
When you go down to the first basement floor, which is a cafe, you will be greeted by a calm space based on white, although it is small.
◆ What is "soy donut"?
Nine kinds of donuts lined up in the showcase in front of the stairs. All of them are "soy donuts", but what are soy donuts in the first place? Is it different from okara donuts and tofu donuts?
Is there anyone who heard "soy donuts" and got a pinch? It seems that this donut is manufactured and sold in partnership with the popular donut shop "nico donut" in Azabujuban.
nico Donut soybean donuts are donuts made from domestic soybean paste and millet powder, using natural ingredients. This soybean paste contains nutrients for whole soybeans, including the skin, and is rich in protein and dietary fiber. It is a donut that is nice for the body.
In addition, using soybean paste makes it difficult to absorb oil, making the outside crispy and the inside chewy.
Currently, GARDEN HOUSE Cafe sells plain (160 yen), "kinako milk", "maple nuts", "cinnamon sugar", "sesame milk", "espresso", "vanilla sugar" (180 yen each), and " A total of 9 types of "Matcha" (220 yen). It seems that seasonal flavors will be sold in the future.
There is a cash register next to the showcase where you can To go and enjoy your favorite donuts and drinks inside the store. Healthy "SOY smoothies" with soy paste are also popular.
◆ Face to face with "French donuts"!
Now that the mystery of soybean donuts has been clarified, we finally challenge the mystery of "French donuts". Finish the order and checkout at the cash register and wait at your seat.
Wait about 10 minutes. Freshly made and other French donuts have been brought in! Caramel sauce is decorated with fresh cream, vanilla ice cream, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, kiwi and other fruits. It's cute that the cream melts and the toppings are misaligned.
It's hard to convey the “doughnut-likeness” from the whole picture, but when you insert the knife, the center is hollow. Oh, it was really a donut!
When you eat a bite, it melts on your tongue and the rich vanilla scent spreads in your mouth. "French toast" made from bread has a chewy and fluffy texture, but this French donut has a soft and fluffy texture that can not be said to be alive with the crispy texture of the donut.
And the characteristic is its taste. The apparel (liquid) that attaches the dough is made into creme brulee. The rich and mellow taste of the egg is irresistible. Of course, it goes great with fresh cream and vanilla ice cream!
French "doughnuts" that are not French toast, made from soybean donuts in a creme brulee style. It is an excellent dessert that was unlikely.
◆ The secret story behind the birth of French donuts
How did this wonderful sweet come about? The developer of the menu happened to fry the donuts, so I asked him about the secret story of the development (sorry during work). This person is a genuine French chef. At Le Ciel Blanc, he is in charge of cooking at the ceremony.
First, when it was decided to build a Le Ciel Blanc cafe, one of the staff was a big fan of nico donuts, so we partnered with nico donuts. It seems that it was decided to make it a donut shop after receiving technology provision.
And every time I passed in front of a nearby French toast specialty store, the chef thought, "It smells good," he said, "Isn't it possible to make something like French toast with donuts using the same flour? ], And as a result of combining it with my favorite creme brulee, it seems that such a French donut was completed.
It was a sweet that was born by combining the favorite things of the staff involved. Is this exactly what Manjushri is when three people come together?
◆ It will continue to change!
Actually, this cafe just opened on June 15th. It seems that there are many "still to come" items in the store and on the menu.
We plan to increase the number of interiors that are particular about "white" and "antique", and with the motto "How many times a woman can be said to be cute", she wants to make the interior nice. Will the day come when the white walls will be displayed with cute accessories and pictures? I'm looking forward to it.
In addition, it is said that they are planning to make use of the skill of the French chef, such as lunch where you can choose side dishes like the basement of a department store, and sales of sweets made by pastry chefs at the wedding hall. GARDEN HOUSE Cafe, I'm looking forward to the future.
Business hours are from 11:00 to 19:00. It is a brick building opposite the wedding hall Le Ciel Blanc. Many people stop by on their way home from shopping, and it seems to be a little crowded in the evening, but it seems to be vacant from morning to lunch time. Not only French donuts, but also soy donuts are excellent, so it looks good to have a little.
Anyway, "French donuts" that are neither donuts nor French toast nor creme brulee, I have a feeling that they are likely to become popular sweets ...!