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A sweet kind of quiet in Tokyo

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August 20, 2012 / Japanese / By
Tina Tran

I consider Ori Higashiya a magical place.

It was my last day in Tokyo, the rain and wind was not slowing down and I arrived with my wet shoes and all. This small café-sweetshop-ceramic store did not promise much at first but it ended up being a place where I stayed for hours. Thinking back, every detail had a big character about it and they were all friendly with one another too, so it felt like I was in a Japanese sanctuary far away from Roppongi. I’d like to mention Mayumi too, the tea server there, who was able to make heavy conversations light and honest just like an old friend.

I had ordered first season picked Kagoshima tea and a date sweet filled with buttercream and topped with a walnut, coincidentally this sweet was also their most popular. I had also tried a white bean paste ball with a ginger jelly inside, white sesame coated peanuts and candied orange peel. The taste was such a surprise, I’m sure that those who appreciate old flavours would love the sweets as much as I did. They also do lunch!

I had purchased some of the biscuits and coated peanuts as a gift for a Japanese family that I was to homestay with. But the truest compliment was to see, as I was leaving their home, a box of black sesame coated peanuts on the altar, left to share with their deceased family.

Thanks to Upon a fold for the recommendation and pictures.

Just a note, whilst Roppongi branch is a 7 seater the Ginza branch holds 30 people. (Address: 2F 1-7-7 Ginza
 Chuo-ku Tokyo 104-0061).

Ori Higashiya

Country: Japan

Province/State: Tokyo

City: Minato-ku

Address: 3-16-28 Nishi-Azabu
, 1F

Zip/Post Code: 106-0031

Location Tips: Tv Asahi next to Roppongi Hills

Phone: N/A

Website:http://www.higashiya.com/...

Price Guide:$$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

Looks like an awesome place Tina! Gonna check it out the next time I'm in Japan!
Dinh
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