I love summer in Japan; but it can get so hot and humid to the point you feel like you're melting. So what better way to beat the heat with a parfait using the best of seasonal fruit?
Shiseido Parlor in Ginza provides just that. With its location being only an 8-minute walk from the station, the luxurious restaurant and sweets shop immediately catches your eye with its terra cotta exterior and glimmering interior. Upon entering, you are instantly greeted by counters filled with glistening cakes and sweets.
The restaurant, Salon De Café, is located on the 3rd floor. Since I didn't make reservations, I ended up waiting for about 30 minutes on the first floor. After ascending on a series of escalators, you eventually make it to the restaurant, where waiters and waitresses, dressed in crisp uniforms, greet you.
I'm a university student, so I never go to places like Ginza, let alone fancy restaurants. Classical music in the background sets the mood. I haven't seen a diner in sight that dresses in casual wear; no flip-flops, T-shirts or shorts. Even the cutlery and napkins have a high class feel to it.
Shiseido Parlor releases new parfaits annually, and 2017's line-up looks absolutely amazing! This year for their "Midsummer Parfait Fair" campaign round 1, the flavors are (from left to right): Arakawa Peach (￥2,160), Apple Mango (￥2,580), Blueberry (￥1,890), and Koihime Strawberry (￥1,890). Each parfait consists of select fruit from various prefectures across Japan. I ordered the peach parfait, while my friend ordered the apple mango parfait.
I am rarely ever left speechless by food, but this really did it for me. One problem I've had with Japanese parfaits in the past is that it is solely cream filling. This peach parfait was more than just that; it had layers of ice cream, peach preserves and a strawberry sauce. The peaches were sweet and juicy, and flavors bursted out with every bite. I was left feeling so satisfied!
Although this month's parfait campaign is ending soon, Shiseido Parlor will come out with a new menu for next month, so don't worry! They also have dessert platters with several different types of desserts, cakes, and if you'd like to have an actual meal, Shiseido Parlor has a wide selection of yoshoku, or Western style foods! It could set you back a couple thousand yen, but I still highly recommend this place.
Address: 8-8-3 Chuo-ku, Ginza
Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building 3F, Tokyo
From Shimbashi Station Ginza Exit 5-minute walk
From Ginza Station A2 Exit 7-minute walk
Open Tuesday-Saturday 11:30-21:00 (Last Order 20:30)
Sundays/Holidays: 11:30-20:00 (Last Order 19:30)
Closed Mondays unless Monday is a holiday.
https://parlour.shiseido.co.jp/en/ (site in English and Japanese)