Sinful delights for your way back home10 October, 2011 by Chad
Perhaps it’s all that walking, but sometimes it amazing me how most Japanese manage to sustain their slim physiques when there are so many tempting confectionery shops all over the place. Departmental stores beside subway stations are filled with entire levels selling all manner of classy desserts and residential streets often have their own loved patisseries around the corner too. One of the shops that caught my attention was the colorful Ginza Cozy Corner.
Like Milky, Ginza Cozy Corner (銀座コージーコーナー) is a franchise of patisseries (their color schemes are even similar) but this doesn’t mean that it isn’t very good. On the contrary, as the fact that the chain has spread to every corner of Japan could be seen as a testament to its popularity.
Though we passed by a number of other outlets, this particular store was found along the main path at Nakano. It stood out for genuinely being located at the cross section of the street. The bright red signage and colorful contents shouted out to this sweets lover.
The cakes here were average priced (at least in yen). Slightly lower than similar pastries in the departmental stores and well worth their cost.
Whenever you purchase cakes and such in Japan, the shops tend to include chilling packs in the box and are pretty meticulous about you eating them within their “best before” period, which is usually just an hour or two.
This leads me to believe that such pastries are usually purchased on your way home, fitting for a nice dessert after dinner or perhaps it wouldn’t be too sinful to sneak off during office hours to get one for a tea time snack.
When it comes to pastries, their presentation are almost always as important as its taste. Exquisite effort must had been put in to make each slice of their cake picture perfect, while still satisfying the taste test.
I must admit though, even for someone with a sweet tooth, the Strawberry Shortcake might had been a little too sweet for my liking (which usually tends to be the case for many Japanese desserts). The Gateau au chocolat cake was fine though.
More information and delightful pictures of all their available pastries at Cozy Corner’s official website (Japanese only). You shouldn’t have problem finding one when roaming around Japan.
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