Just like a masterpiece! The Japanese garden matcha sweets
SALON GINZA SABOU
We visited “Salon Ginza Sabou”, located in the shopping complex “Tokyu Plaza Ginza”, connected to Ginza station. They do not only have a café menu, but also meals, onigiri (riceballs), dorayaki (small Japanese pancakes) and you can even buy them to-go.
The inside of the restaurant looks chic and the seats have enough space in between, so that you do not have to worry to disturb other guests and have a good time talking and eating.
The finest matcha parfait, combining Western and Japanese cuisine
Here is the main attraction we have been looking for this time, “Sabou Parfait – Japanese Garden Style”. Matcha powder on white chocolate plate turning it in a traditional Japanese rock garden. Too beautiful to be eaten! Lets watch it in the video.
The “masu” sake container was specially made for the Sabou Parfait. It is big enough to be eaten by two persons.
The moment you break the white chocolate plate is so exciting. You should definitely try breaking it in the middle creating a cracking sound.
Breaking through the white chocolate plate, you will find matcha ice-cream and plenty of fresh matcha mascarpone cheese. Deep inside you will explore the mix of Japanese flavors, such as cooked chestnut skin with real warabi-mochi and Western pearl chocolate. A harmony of plenty of different flavors spreads inside your mouth. Furthermore the blended-in puff rice gives it a playful mouth feel. Lets try these different ingredients while breaking the white chocolate on top.
How about a nice green tea going with the parfait? The tealeaves are harvested from “Tea Farm Inokura”, which is one of Nara`s internationally highly valued tea plantations.
As for the spring menu “Sabou Parfait – SAKURA-“ makes its debut. Also this time, even though the Sakura image is purely Japanese, the inside of the parfait is western. The gab between the appearance and the filling makes it a funny dish.
Rice meal menu
“SALON GINZA SABOU” has a good reputation on their rice menu. The “Ginza Sabou Lunch Set” comes with rice called “Yuki hataka” and is served in a traditional wooden bowl.
When ordered, it is cooked in an earthenware pot. The freshly cooked rice shiny and sweet is exceptionally delicious.
People without time to eat in the restaurant should try freshly cooked onigiri for to-go. Onigiri, filled with grilled salmon from Hokkaido and a touch of sesame oil rounds the taste of the rice up. These “special selection salmon Japanese pepper onigiri” are awarded at the “Obento And Arepared Meal Awards 2017”.
Enjoy the menu with your five senses.
From the ingredients to the interior, in “Salon Ginza Sabou” you can feel the creators taste everywhere. It makes a difference, if the parfait is served in a normal glass or in the wooden sake cup. You really want to try this combination of Japanese and Western dessert. Since it got so popular on social media, there is always a long queue on weekends. So please bring enough time with you and see it with your own eyes.
Salon Ginza Sabou
Address: Tokyo, Chuo-ku Ginza 5-2-1
Opening hours: 11:00 – 22:00 (last order 21:00, To-go from 7:30)
Fixed holiday: none
Access: directly from Ginza station exit C3
Website (Japanese only): http://salon.adametrope.com/sabou/
※Prices excluding the consumption tax.
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THIS ARTICLE IS BASED ON INFORMATION FROM 05 23,2017 Author：DiGJAPAN! Editorial Team